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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier to join Chinese leaders’ summit to grow Qld trade, tourism and jobs

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Premier to join Chinese leaders’ summit to grow Qld trade, tourism and jobs

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will use a summit with Chinese Provincial leaders in Sydney tomorrow to increase exports and tourism to boost Queensland jobs.

    The Premier will join Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other State Premiers for Australia-China State and Provincial Leaders Forum, which coincides with the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

    “Seven Governors from China will also be in attendance to talk trade and investment, tourism, education and culture and smart cities,” the Premier said.

    “My Government has worked hard to strengthen our relationship with China, and in doing so create more opportunities and jobs for Queenslanders.

    “China is Queensland’s largest export market. Last financial year (2015-16), Queensland’s merchandise exports to China totalled $11.2 billion.

    “In terms of tourism - for the first time - China has surpassed New Zealand as the country with the largest source of international tourists to Queensland.”

    “In 2016, 484 000 Chinese visited Queensland, an increase of 21.4% on the previous year. These visitor numbers are only going to increase.”

    The Premier said Queensland was the first Australian state to sign an MOU with China Eastern Airlines, securing a new, year-round Shanghai to Brisbane direct service.

    “China is also Queensland’s number one source of international students studying at all levels in our state – last year, Queensland welcomed more than 22,000 students.”

    In terms of science and innovation, Queensland became the first Australian state to sign an agreement with the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology – China’s key agency for science and technology development – in 2008.

    “We also have forged strategic science agreements with the prestigious Chinese research institutions,” she said.

    In partnership, a University of Queensland researcher and a Chinese researcher from Wenzhou Medical University, invented a vaccine that is helping to save the lives of millions of women world-wide. This pioneering work from research colleagues and friends, Professor Ian Frazer and the late Dr Jian Zhou, led to the development of the world’s first HPV vaccine, Gardasil. With more than 187 million doses of the vaccine administered across 130 countries, including China, the number of new cases of cervical cancer in women has halved.

    “My Government is deepening our partnership with China – for Queensland industries, businesses and researchers – to create jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders,” she said.

    “Our decision to establish a fourth Chinese trade office in Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, will ensure we secure more opportunities for Queensland with our partner and friend China. The other Trade and Investment Queensland offices in China are in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.”

    Media contact: Kerryn Manifold (Premier’s office) 0428 510 973