Trade ministers head to WTO for talks

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Australia is seeking to breathe new life into global agriculture market reform as well as set new international rules to limit subsidies which undermine fish stocks.

Trade Minister Don Farrell and assistant minister Tim Ayres will travel to Geneva to lead Australia's delegation to the 12th World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference from June 12 to 15.

Senator Ayres is also leading Australia's delegation to the annual OECD ministerial council meeting in Paris on June 9 and 10.

Senator Farrell said key issues would be dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 and Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine in terms of access to vaccines and other medical products, as well as the promotion of digital trade and food security.

"We will also seek to tackle important longer-term challenges, including by agreeing new rules to limit subsidies that undermine fish stocks, and reinvigorating discussions to reform global agriculture markets," Senator Farrell said.

Senator Ayres will follow up recent launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework with counterparts from other IPEF members to discuss next steps.

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