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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Trade missions to drive Qld exports toward $50B in 2017

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Monday, December 05, 2016

    Trade missions to drive Qld exports toward $50B in 2017

    The Palaszczuk Government's global push for trade and investment opportunities was in track to secure a record $50 billion in export sales this financial year.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government was committed to supporting Queensland companies in their efforts to find new markets overseas and to promoting the State as an ideal investment destination.

    "Our approach is working.  Queensland’s goods exports rose by $1.1 billion to $47.6 billion in 2015-16 – a 2.3 per cent annual rise, compared with a drop of 4.4 per cent in the national figure," the Premier said.

    "Ministerial trade and investment missions, coordinated by Trade and Investment Queensland, are an important part of our strategy."

    "The ministerial-led missions are important because, in many cases, the Government can open doors and access opportunities that might otherwise be closed."

    Trade mission outcomes include expanding support for Queensland businesses with the commitment to new trade offices in Chengdu (China) and Singapore, signing an MOU with China Eastern airlines to increase direct flights from Shanghai to Brisbane, forging an agreement with the US Navy to progress biofuels with its Great Green Fleet initiative, boosting opportunities for the State's mining equipment, technology and services (METS), improving access to the Indonesian market for the State's live cattle industry and securing the Infinitus Conference for the Gold Coast, bringing 8,000 Chinese visitors, worth more than $50 million to the local economy.