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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment


5 April 1998

The Howard Government is backing a push to sell Australia's environmental management expertise to Asia.

Environment Minister Robert Hill says the push will deliver jobs and economic opportunities to Australia as we play a part in creating a better global environment.

Senator Hill says the experienced China/Asian consultancy Redan and Associates has been appointed to identify priority market sectors in China.

"Australia has a highly developed environmental management sector but the domestic market is still too small to be the sole basis for continued development of the industry.

"China represents an outstanding opportunity for Australia's environmental management industry.

"China's environmental market is estimated to be worth $5 billion by 2000 and grow to $20 billion in the following decade.

"The Chinese Government has said it plans to double its environmental expenditure as a percentage of GNP by 2005.

"China does face some enormous environmental challenges and Australia is well placed to be a part of the solution.

"Much of the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and services from Australia to Asia has been undertaken by the private sector.

"Governments have a vital role in assisting this transfer by establishing the appropriate conditions for commercially-driven trade in environment technologies and services."

Senator Hill says Redan will be supported by the Cooperative Research Centre, Pollution Control and Waste Management and the Research Institute Asia and Pacific.

The strategy will focus on the contribution the private sector can make to environment protection and sustainable development in China. The strategy will identify priority market sectors and regions for the Australian industry to provide environment technologies and services to China.

Redan and Associates will conduct extensive consultations in Australia with relevant Federal and State agencies, industry bodies, individual environmental management companies and key Australian/Chinese business figures.

In China key agencies, institutions and NGOs will be canvassed with support from Austrade and informed Chinese parties. Australian companies already operating in China will also be consulted.

The consultants will visit Beijing, Shenyang (Liaoning Province), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), Chongqing (Sichuan Province), Guangzhou (Guangdong Province) and Shanghai.

The consultative phase of the project will be followed by analysis which will identify priority sectors, relevant national and provincial policy issues, regulatory requirements and infrastructure priorities.

For further information:
Matt Brown 62777640 0419 693515
Jim Cannon 62741076
April 5, 1998

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