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Australia, Mexico energy partnership agreed

23 July 2002 – The Australian and Mexican governments have agreed to extend their co-operation pact in the energy sector following discussions ahead of today’s APEC Energy Ministers meeting in Mexico City today.

In a statement issued today, the Australian government said the proposed working partnership could involve exchanging ideas covering infrastructure reform, technology transfer, personnel training and expertise development in areas including oil, coal, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy.

“This is a move to capitalise on the natural advantages our two countries possess when it comes to both energy generation and supply,” said Ian Macfarlane, Australia’s minister for industry, tourism and resources.

“But it’s more than just co-operation between our governments, we are also keen to involve the private sector in the collaborative project.”