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Australian export awards finalists winning on the world stage

14 November, 2008

Minister for Trade, Simon Crean, has announced the 84 enterprises that have been selected as finalists in the 2008 Australian Export Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in international business.

Crean said that these finalists represented the best exporters participating in their relevant State or Territory export awards program and that they will now progress to the finals of the national Australian Export Awards
 
“All these finalists deserve to be congratulated for their efforts and for their contribution to lifting Australia’s trade performance. Last year alone, this group of internationally competitive companies earned over $9 billion in exports. Just as importantly, they employed more than 40,000 Australians.
 
“I am also pleased that this year, for the first time, the overall winner of the Australian Export Awards will be named the Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year.
 
“The Australian Export Awards serve as a timely reminder that successfully engaging in the global economy is vital for our ongoing prosperity.
 
“This is why the Rudd Government is working hard to ensure that all Australian businesses operate in an environment that enables them to become internationally competitive and allows them to follow the outstanding example set by these finalists.
 
“Trade policy is more than trade negotiation. There is no point in winning better access to overseas markets if our businesses are neither competitive nor productive enough to take advantage of these new opportunities.
 
“I congratulate all the finalists and look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in December, when we will recognise and celebrate your international business achievements. You set a fine example to other Australian companies aspiring to make their mark on the world,” Cean said
 
The national export award winners in 13 industry categories, as well as the overall Prime Minister’s Australian Exporter of the Year, will be announced at the Australian Export Awards national presentation dinner on Friday, 5 December at the National Gallery of Victoria.
 
Now in its 46th year, the Australian Export Awards program is co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
 
For more information about the Australian Export Awards, including a full list of finalists visit: www.exportawards.gov.au.

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