forces' departure from JB Balad, the 332nd EMDG
ensured the legacy of the AFTH, which served more than 35,000 people, was upheld.
As for the EMDG
scheme, Vaile says the Government has "full confidence in the value of the scheme to Australian exporters and in Austrade's administration of the scheme".
had been formed in 1980, and project definition had lasted from 1983-86.
That means eligible businesses can plan their exporting efforts in the knowledge that adequate funding for EMDG grants will be available to support them.
The Coalition is committed to ensuring Australian business can compete on a world scale by creating an economic environment that supports the growth of the private sector and facilitates further trade and export activity, and the EMDG program is an important function of this.
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EMDG grants, administered by Austrade, encourage small and medium-sized firms to tackle global markets by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses.
EMDG recipients in the Geelong region last year included:
It is modifying the EMDG
scheme in order to contribute to that objective while still maintaining the Government s commitment to the scheme.