Trade and investment in Burma

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(Question No. 147)
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade, upon notice, on 28 September 2010:

With reference to the Government's policy of neither encouraging nor discouraging trade or investment in Burma:

(1) Does the Austrade office in Bangkok and the Australian Embassy in Rangoon provide advice to Australian companies enquiring about the operating environment in Burma for business.

(2) Does the Austrade office in Bangkok and the Australian Embassy in Rangoon provide advice to Australian companies about country risk factors, economic governance, forced labour and consumer boycotts.

Senator Conroy-The Minister for Trade has provide the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) In accordance with longstanding government policy, the Austrade office in Bangkok and the Australian Embassy in Rangoon neither encourage nor discourage trade with or investment in Burma. In response to enquiries from Australian companies, the Austrade office in Bangkok and the Australian Embassy in Rangoon provide advice about the operating environment in Burma.