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    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Queensland on show ahead of GC2018

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Queensland on show ahead of GC2018

    Malaysia and Singapore are the latest nations to host the Queen’s Baton Relay, along with Trade 2018 – the Games’ trade and investment program.

    Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said the Trade 2018 will showcase the very best the Gold Coast and Queensland has to offer in trade, investment and business opportunities.

    “We will be reaching out to Commonwealth markets and our delegations will meet with key government business and community leaders to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay.”

    “Our delegation will showcase Queensland as a destination of choice for trade, investment, tourism, sports, education and training opportunities,” Ms Jones said.

     “The Palaszczuk Government is keen to strengthen and enter into new partnerships with international buyers and investors in South East Asia.”

    “Last year we established a local Trade and Investment Queensland office in Singapore.”

    Ms Jones said Malaysia hosted a successful 2017 South East Asia Games in August and in 2020, would host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

    “We have many shared interests with Malaysia from sport and major events, and we will continue to explore broader business interests, including education and training, infrastructure, major event services, and health and knowledge.”

    His Excellency, the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, led the Trade 2018 delegation in Singapore.

    “Singapore is a global financial centre and tech-hub, presenting major opportunities to attract investment into our growing knowledge economy, including start-ups and entrepreneurs supported under Advance Queensland,” the Governor said.

    “Singapore is a competitive market, but through our international activities such as an entrepreneur roundtable, the Commonwealth Games and Trade 2018 are boosting the profile of the State and gaining access for Queensland businesses.”

     “The Trade 2018 international activations are ensuring this exclusive business space will ultimately strengthen trade and investment ties across the Commonwealth.”

    Mayor Tom Tate said the baton journey from London to the Gold Coast was an incredible opportunity to “tell our story to the Commonwealth’’.

    “We are a city broadening its economy – from tourism and construction to the future economic pillars of education, medical research and sport,” Mayor Tate said.

    “Our friends through Malaysia and Singapore are also recognising us as a lifestyle city, just one overnight flight from Asia. We are a safe destination, ideal for international tertiary students and their families. It’s time we rolled out the red carpet.’’

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