Global Conference 2017
The Hon. Steven Ciobo MP was sworn in as Australia's minister for trade, tourism and investment on 19 July 2016. This is Mr Ciobo's third front bench role in the Australian government's foreign affairs and trade portfolio. In these roles Mr Ciobo has championed economic integration in the Pacific through private sector-led growth; promoted the benefits of Australia's free trade agreements; and led delegations of industry leaders to key trading partners. Mr Ciobo served as the parliamentary secretary to the treasurer from September 2013 to December 2014. During this time he made the ultimate assessment of Australia's national interest on some 800 applications for foreign investment worth around AUD150 billion. He also served as an alternate governor to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr Ciobo was first elected as the member for Moncrieff in the Australian Parliament in 2001. Before entering Parliament, Mr Ciobo built a professional career in the private sector.