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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Export awards highlight Queensland strengths

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Export awards highlight Queensland strengths

    Queensland businesses engaged in international trade will be recognised for their success and innovation at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight. 

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the awards acknowledged the contribution Queensland exporting businesses continue to play in the State’s economy and job creation.

    “The Export Awards are our chance to showcase the tremendous achievements of Queensland’s most innovative and successful trade businesses,” the Premier said.

    “The sector continues to play a key role in helping to drive our economy and create jobs right across the state, with one in five Queensland jobs now supported by exports.

    “The value of Queensland exports reached almost $70 billion over the past year to August - 56% since my government came to office.

    “This substantial growth been driven by coal, LNG and crops, especially chickpeas, which are now worth $1.45 billion.”

    The Premier said showcasing Queensland’s top exporters encouraged other businesses to succeed in world markets, no matter how big or small they may be.

    “This year, 48 Queensland businesses have been named finalists across the 12 categories, including the new Queensland Defence Industry Award, which highlights the depth and strength of our export culture here in Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Receiving an Export Award is one of the highest recognitions of exporting achievement and each and every finalist should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. I wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

    Winners of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards automatically progress as national finalists to the Australian Export Awards, which will be held in Canberra on Tuesday 5 December this year.

    The Premier said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to supporting Queensland businesses to take on international markets.

    “Queensland businesses have the innovation, expertise and professionalism to thrive on the global stage and my Government is committed to helping them get there,” the Premier said.

    “Our vision is for Queensland to be the most innovative and dynamic trading economy in the nation and to achieve this, we have launched our Advancing Trade and Investment Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.“This strategy allocates $35 million over the next five years to deliver 22 new initiatives including export and e-commerce training for business, more international showcases and trade missions, and expanded overseas trade offices.”

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    Media contact:  Geoff Breusch 0417 272 875