The Trade Minister Andrew Robb has been recognised for sealing key trade deals more than the previous two years.
Regional public relations organisation Public Affairs Asia named Mr Robb its policy maker of the year at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
Mr Robb has secured agreements with China, Japan and South Korea — 3 nations that account for more than half of Australia’s exports.
“[It was] both humbling and a very wonderful honour to be recognised by Public Affairs Asia with The Gold Standard Award for Policy Maker of the Year,” Mr Robb said.
“The Japan and Korea agreements currently are delivering robust rewards and the China totally free trade agreement will come into force ahead of the finish of the year.
“Freer trade and far more investment is a vital driver of development and jobs and prosperity.”
The award also acknowledged his part in concluding the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which is but to be ratified by member states.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott lately nominated the trio of trade bargains as one of his signature achievements in workplace.
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