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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier to drive tourism, agriculture, investment and education on Hong Kong and China trade trip

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016

    Premier to drive tourism, agriculture, investment and education on Hong Kong and China trade trip

    Education, tourism, and agriculture and investment will be high priorities as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk leaves for her second trade mission to Queensland’s biggest trading partner - China.

    The Premier will also make her first official visit to Hong Kong as an official guest of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - the first Queensland Premier to do so.

    In mainland China, Ms Palaszczuk will join a delegation of state premiers as well as a delegation of Australian companies and organisations with more than 100 from Queensland as they take part in Australia Week in China (AWIC) 2016, organised by Austrade.

    “Our government has a plan to be particularly active in Asia so we can position Queensland to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities coming out places like Hong Kong and China,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Rising incomes and modernisation across emerging Asian countries are driving a shift in consumption patterns.

    “What we’re seeing is growing demand for education and agriculture as well as more Chinese tourists looking to visit Queensland.

    “China is the second largest agricultural importer in the world and I want to make sure Queensland producers from cattle farmers to wine makers can benefit.

    “In addition, the new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement allows 95 per cent of Australian exports to enter China duty free, opening up a market of 1.3 billion people.

    “This is Queensland’s big opportunity to provide the services, goods, products and expertise a modern Asia – and a modern China – needs.

    “And that’s why I’m returning to China for the second time since becoming premier and why we’ve had three other ministerial level missions to China since we came to office.”

    Last financial year, Queensland’s two-way trade with China and Hong Kong was worth more than $18 billion.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the trade mission would further strengthen the Queensland economy by boosting exports and attracting new investment.

    Ms Palaszczuk said her government’s approach to trade was paying dividends with a $5.3 billion export boost in the value of Queensland’s overseas merchandise to more than $49 billion in 2015.

    This is the best result since 2011 and a 12 per cent increase on 2014.

    Ms Palaszczuk said Queensland also enjoyed strong tourism relationships with China.

    “Chinese travellers are Queensland’s largest international tourism market by expenditure,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Visitors from China spent more than $950 million in Queensland last year – a 51 per cent increase in expenditure on the previous year.

    “We want to make those ties even stronger and get even more benefit for the Queensland economy and for Queensland businesses.”

    Ministerial-led missions coordinated by the government’s global business agency, Trade Investment Queensland (TIQ), are a key part of the government’s strategy for promoting exporters, attracting investment and creating jobs.

    “In many cases, governments can open doors and access new opportunities that the private sector cannot,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I want to work even harder to help Queensland businesses get the most out of those opportunities, and that is why, for the first time, a forward plan of trade missions has been published on the TIQ website.

    “This will give businesses early notice around what missions are planned, where they are going and when.

    “It will make it easier for business to join the missions and benefit from new trade and investment opportunities, leading to more jobs for Queenslanders.”

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