Australian and German Foreign Ministers to open the largest business technology event in the Asia Pacific

Media release


31 May 2011

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will tonight open CeBIT Australia, the largest annual business technology event in the Asia Pacific region.

“From e-health technology to tablet computing, CeBIT Australia is the leading regional platform for business technology,” Mr Rudd said.

“With over 600 exhibitors and over 30,000 highly qualified trade visitors from Australia and overseas, CeBIT delivers an annual economic boost of over $167 million to the NSW and Australian economies.”

Germany is Australia’s inaugural Partner Country for CeBIT Australia 2011.

“It is a pleasure to open CeBIT at the Sydney Opera House with German Foreign Minister, Dr Westerwelle.”

“Germany, at the cutting edge of innovation, science and technology, is the perfect partner country for Australia in digital technology.

Dr Westerwelle will be accompanied by a diplomatic and trade delegation representing ICT industries and others.

“Germany is a critical trade and investment partner for Australia. It’s our 10th largest trading partner and German companies provide over 100,000 jobs to Australians.”

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, CeBIT will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 31 May to 2 June.

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