Yemeni trade delegation inspects WA grain

26 Jun, 2008 02:46 PM
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A trade delegation from the Republic of Yemen has visited Western Australia to forge a closer relationship with the State's grain suppliers.

The delegation, lead by the Yemeni Minister for Industry and Trade, Dr Yahya Al-Mutawakel, included government officials, as well as grain traders and millers.

WA Agriculture Minister Kim Chance discussed trade opportunities for the State's grains industry with the Yemeni delegation and assisted delegation members in familiarising themselves with the new wheat export marketing arrangements.

"During my visit to Yemen earlier this year, both the government and private traders expressed interest in the new Australian wheat export arrangements and the opportunity to import more wheat from Australia," Mr Chance said.

Yemen regularly imports 200,000-300,000 tonnes of wheat annually from Australia, all of which came from WA last financial year at a value of $89million.

"The WA grains industry will be able to adapt to the changes in the wheat export marketing arrangements, and developing a closer relationship with this very important market is one way the State Government can help the transition," Mr Chance said.

During the Yemeni visit, a draft Memorandum of Understanding was presented to Dr Yahya Al-Mutawakel for consideration by Yemen's Agriculture and Irrigation Minister.

"The draft MOU between WA and Yemen was developed to help encourage greater co-operation between the two countries and to provide a sound foundation from which to encourage further trade," Mr Chance said.

During their visit, the delegation met with representatives from grain traders and handlers, farmers and the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The Yemeni delegation also visited several local grain handling and marketing operations during its visit.

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