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March 15, 2022

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Deputy United States Trade Representative Sarah Bianchi met with American-based engineering and construction company Bechtel, convened a roundtable with union and labor stakeholders, engaged the government of New South Wales, and welcomed the new U.S. Consul General in Sydney, Christine Elder, to her post.  

During the Bechtel meeting, Ambassador Bianchi learned about their priorities in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

At the roundtable with Union NSW, Ambassador Bianchi expressed the Biden Administration’s strong support for international labor rights and discussed how the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework can benefit workers across the region.

In her meeting with the government of New South Wales, Ambassador Bianchi conveyed her deepest sympathies to those affected by the recent flooding. She also discussed how strong trade relations between Australia and the United States can be mutually beneficial.

She completed her time in Sydney by welcoming the new Consul General for the U.S. Consulate in Sydney, Christine Elder, to her new posting. Ambassador Bianchi expressed her hope that USTR and the U.S. Consulate in Sydney could continue close collaboration in order to strengthen the U.S.-Australia trade relationship.