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    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    New Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioners appointed

    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    New Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioners appointed

    The State Government has appointed new Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioners to India and the Middle East.

    Speaking from Abu Dhabi, Premier Campbell Newman said the appointments were the result of a long and detailed search for the right people.

    He said Australian born Donna Massie would head up the Middle East office based in Abu Dhabi, while Indian born Australian national Parag Shirnamé would represent Queensland in India.

    “Ms Massie has 20 years of experience in International Business Development and Marketing in finance and banking, defence, engineering and mining,” Mr Newman said.

    “Through her extensive experience Ms Massie has fostered close connections with the Emirati government and business communities and her appointment is a boon for Queensland companies working in this region.

    “As Trade and Investment Commissioner to the Middle East, Ms Massie will spearhead Queensland’s new business development in the region and become the State Government’s eyes and ears in this important region.”

    Total merchandise trade between Queensland and the Middle East was valued at more than $1.3 billion in 2012/13 with Queensland’s main exports being food, live animals, machinery and transport equipment.

    Mr Newman said Mr Shirnamé brought more than two decades of business experience to his position.

    “He has worked as a Senior Manager and Dean of the Ford Academy, Ford Motor Company, Chief Executive of DSK Supinfocom and Diversity Asia Pacific and has been a consultant to companies in China, Australia, United States and India,” he said.

    “India is one of the top 5 trading partners for Queensland and we are very fortunate to be able to appoint a person with Mr Shirname’s experience and business acumen to the position.

    “With a population of more than 1.2 billion people, India is one of the biggest potential markets in the world, with two-way trade between India and Queensland reaching $5.3 billion in 2012/13.”

    The two new Commissioners will commence in their positions this week.

    The Premier is leading a business delegation to the UAE, Singapore, China and Japan from 15 September – 1 October 2013. 

    [ENDS] 17 September 2013

    Media contact: Premier’s office 3224 4500