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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    India rise spurs Queensland export growth: Palaszczuk

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    India rise spurs Queensland export growth: Palaszczuk

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk travels to India overnight in a bid to supercharge Queensland exports to India and return investment in Queensland.

    “India is an important partner for Queensland, and my Government has worked hard to deepen the trading relationship,” the Premier said.

    “Over the last two years our export sales to India have increased by $2.2 billion or almost 50%.”

    In the 12 months to January 2017, Queensland exports to India were valued at $6.9 billion compared to $4.7 billion for the 12 months ending January 2015.

    India is now the third most valuable export market for Queensland, following China ($13.3 billion) and Japan ($8.7 billion), but ahead of Korea ($6.7 billion). 

    For every $100 in Queensland export earnings, India accounts for $12.

    The Premier said Trade and Investment Queensland had a dedicated presence at Bangalore, but she would investigate whether to expand the Queensland Government’s role and presence in India.

    “India is the largest member of the Commonwealth, and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games provide an important opportunity to showcase Queensland – its produce, its ingenuity and its people,” she said.

    The Premier said she would be undertaking meetings with key Indian-based businesses, including the leadership of Adani, which is developing the $21 billion Carmichael Coal mine-rail-port project in regional Queensland.

    “I have invited eight Mayors from across regional Queensland to join me in the meeting with Adani,” she said.

    “The Carmichael Coal project promises to provide thousands of direct and indirect jobs in regional Queensland.  As Premier, I am determined to ensure we maximise the benefit of this project for our communities and our State economy.”

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