FROM a few strides across Peel Street to halfway across the world, the Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has presented a leather brief case from Tamworth to the Minister responsible for Agriculture in Bahrain, His Excellency Dr Juma bin Ahmed Al-Kaabi.
Mr Joyce said the brief case had Dr Al-Kaabi’s name engraved into the satchel’s flap and was manufactured by Aussie Bush Leather which has a shopfront and manufacturing arm directly across the street from his Tamworth electorate office.
Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa also received a satchel engraved with his name.
Mr Joyce said the Middle East was a major destination for Australian agricultural products and has been for a long period of time.
“Wheat, barley, live-sheep, live cattle, frozen and chilled beef and mutton and dairy to name just a few of the products we export there,” Mr Joyce said.
“With our attention on our Asian markets it is important for me as the Agriculture Minister to send a clear message that old friends are gold when it comes to trading relationships and in agriculture the Middle East is definitely an old friend. “
He said the presentation of a leather product from his own electorate showed how easy it was to support a manufacturing business that was aiming to break into international markets as well as consolidating its position within the domestic market.
The Member for New England Barnaby Joyce presenting a leather brief case from Tamworth's Aussie Bush Leather to the Minister responsible for Agriculture in Bahrain, His Excellency Dr Juma bin Ahmed Al-Kaabi.