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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland offers to host ASEAN leaders summit

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, November 09, 2016

    Queensland offers to host ASEAN leaders summit

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has offered Queensland to host a summit of leaders from south-east Asian nations in 2018.

    Speaking to State Parliament today, the Premier said she had written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to propose Queensland host the ASEAN-Australia Summit in 2018.

    The members of ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – include Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

    “My Government is determined to continue to grow our exports, our tourism industry and our international education sector,” the Premier said.

    “I commend the Prime Minister’s recent proposal for a special ASEAN-Australia Leaders’ Summit to be held in Australia in 2018,” the Premier said.

    “By hosting this Summit and welcoming ASEAN leaders to Queensland, we can deepen our partnership with these countries.

    “ASEAN countries are growing markets for Queensland.”

    Last financial year, Queensland merchandise exports to ASEAN countries increased to $3.5 billion last financial year. Almost 160,000 tourists from ASEAN countries travelled to Queensland in 2014-15 and 12,000 students from these countries studied in Queensland in 2015.

    Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland has experience hosting international government meetings with the G20 World Leaders’ Summit in 2014, the Pacific Islands Forum in 2009 and the APEC Finance Ministers Meeting in 2007.

    “As Premier, I am offering Queensland to host the Summit and showcase our State to the leaders of our south-east Asian partners,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

     Media contact: Kirby Anderson 0417 263 791