Australia's new trade minister has a message to the world: there's more to the country than just commodities.
Steven Ciobo, who recently replaced the former trade and investment minister, Andrew Robb, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" his job right now is to reinforce a couple of key messages.
"One is that Australia is much more than just resources and energy. It's about focusing on the services side of the economy. You know services represent 70 to 80 percent of Australia's economy yet it's only about 20 percent of our exports," he said.
"So there's a lot of scope for us to do more in the services sector and that's where the key part of what I've been focusing on over the past several days I've been in the U.S."
Australia's economic position, in recent times, has come under pressure as a result of the collapse in commodity prices.
The country's seasonally adjusted trade deficit widened in December by 30 percent from the previous month to 3.5 billion Australian dollars ($2.53 billion). On the upside, there was an uptick in the export of services, particularly those related to services.