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Representing the Government at the 19th International Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia

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Andrew Leigh to represent the Australian Government at the 19th International Nikkei Conference on the future of Asia

Tonight, I depart Australia for Japan to represent the Australian Government at the 19th International Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia.

This will be my first visit to Japan as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

The Tokyo conference will examine the future of economic growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.

Whilst in Japan I will be meeting the Bank of Japan’s Assistant Governor, Mr Kazuo Momma to discuss ‘Abenomics’ – Japan’s new fiscal and monetary strategy under the Abe Government.

I will also be meeting with senior officials from Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, and the Cabinet Office.

During the Conference I will participate in a Roundtable with foreign policy and economic commentators from the University of Tokyo, Keio University and the Japan Centre for Economic Research.

This trip will be an opportunity to discuss the Australian Government’s Asian Century White Paper and to reaffirm the importance of our economic and security relationship with Japan.

Australia has an important contribution to make to the region’s economic growth and stability and I look forward to representing our country at this conference.

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