David Crook, Australia’s consul general and senior trade commissioner based in Atlanta, has one wish that he would like fulfilled before he is transferred in six months to a year – a bilateral free trade agreement between Australia and the United States.

          This may not be the first choice of most people. But in his speaking engagements to business groups throughout the Southeast, Mr. Crook is making it his top priority.

          The recent bilateral agreements reached by the U.S. with Chile and Singapore, he told GlobalFax, make him even more desirous to see an Australian-U.S. one signed before his government sends him elsewhere.

          The best argument in such an agreement’s favor, he added, is the growth of trade between Australia and the U.S. to some $28 billion already.

          Since arriving in Atlanta three years ago, he has witnessed the growth of trade in food, sports equipment, sports services and wine between the two countries.

          A bilateral agreement would lead to even more trade, although he is not sure if Australia’s wineries will be able to improve on its current successes in Atlanta.

          Every month a new Australian wine is being introduced to Atlanta distributors, he said.

          Mr. Crook may be reached by email at HYPERLINK mailto:david.crook@austrade.gov.au david.crook@austrade.gov.au