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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier's trade mission to Japan focussed on jobs and investment

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, November 13, 2016

    Premier's trade mission to Japan focussed on jobs and investment

    Multi-million dollar mining and manufacturing deals to deliver new jobs and investment for Queensland will be signed-off during the Premier's five-day Trade and Investment mission to Japan this week (13 to 18 November).

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Japan is now our second-largest trading partner, with total trade worth $11.6 billion­ – nearly 17% of Queensland’s total exports.

    “I will reassure Japan’s business, tourism and education sectors that Queensland is open for business. We value their business and the partnerships we have forged," the Premier said.

    "For over 40 years, Japan has invested heavily in Queensland beginning with coal mines in the 1960s."

    On Tuesday, in Fukuyama, the Premier will meet with JFE Steel in a bid to finalise the go-ahead for the Byerwen Coal Project, 140km west of Mackay, a new coking-coal mine bringing 350 construction jobs to the region next year.

    JFE Steel has sourced much of its high quality coking coal from Queensland and needs more of it. The steel making giant is now the preferred supplier of rail track to Aurizon.

    The Premier's mission will also include a formal agreement with Sumitomo Electric Industries and the Queensland University of Technology into the potential for a concentrated solar photovoltaic demonstration project in Queensland.

    SEI plans to produce their battery storage systems in the state as they find more opportunities in off-grid, regional areas.

    Expanded tourism and international education opportunities are also on the table.

    The trade mission coincides with the arrival of the first shipment of carrots into Japan by Queensland Company, Kalfresh at Kalbar – supporting the Governments push to promote the states produce in Japan.

    When the Premier returns to Brisbane on Friday (November 18), she will immediately convene a meeting of the Government’s Working Queensland Cabinet Committee in Brisbane.  The Cabinet meeting will undertake a stocktake of major projects and the Government’s job-generating programs.


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