Australia's 'aid for trade' strategy a springboard for aid impact

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By Lean Alfred Santos

Following the release of its newest aid for trade strategy, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop expects investments in this area will increase the country's aid’s impact — and indirectly its presence — on the international stage. We take a closer look.

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