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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Speakers confirmed for Trade 2018 Games Time program

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Speakers confirmed for Trade 2018 Games Time program

    Some of the world’s most recognisable business people and entrepreneurs will be lured to Queensland in April for a premiere trade and investment program during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

    Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced The Economist’s Executive Editor Daniel Franklin, based in London, and global entrepreneur Luke Anear – a Queensland success story - will be among keynote speakers at the Trade 2018 Games Time Trade and Investment Program.

    More than 30 events and activities will be held on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville as part of the program. On the Gold Coast, keynote speakers will present to audiences at Commonwealth House, a purpose-built beachfront facility at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.

    “This is a testament to the fact that the Commonwealth Games isn’t just about sport – it’s about making sure Queensland and in particular, the Gold Coast is forefront in the minds of the world’s decision makers,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
     
    “We have one of the best line-up of speakers the business world has ever seen and we’re bringing them all to Queensland.

    “The Games Time Trade and Investment Program will bring together entrepreneurs and business leaders, investors, political leaders, academics and organisations from around the Commonwealth.

    “As part of this program of presentations, we’re also running a range of industry-focused events. These events will cover a number of different business sectors like innovation, health and knowledge, international education and training, food, sport and agribusiness.”

    Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said Trade 2018 was part of a wider initiative to support the business community to put its best foot forward during the Commonwealth Games. “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making sure businesses capitalise on hosting the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” she said.

    “Trade 2018 is a program we’ve developed to help Queensland companies leverage the Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast’s new standing as one of the major events capitals of the Southern Hemisphere to stimulate business growth and investment. “I urge locals to get involved – the Games will generate around $4 billion for Queensland’s economy but the sky is the limit when it comes to using this great event as a springboard to more opportunities.”

    The Economist’s Daniel Franklin said he looked forward to exploring the Commonwealth and key business prospects, challenges, and future trends and forecasts at The Commonwealth – Business Advantages and Opportunities event on April 4.

    “Changes in politics and technology make this a challenging time for trade, but are also prompting a search for new opportunities,” Mr Franklin said.

    “Hence the importance of focusing on the future trading landscape, and how best to navigate it.”

    The Global Entrepreneur and Investor Exchange on April 5 will feature a keynote speech by Luke Anear, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Safety Culture, the world’s most used safety and quality inspection app.

    Mr Anear, whose business has grown from a small operation in Townsville to a Silicon Valley success story, will discuss global entrepreneurship and reaching international markets and investors.

    “Globalisation is affecting all countries and working together to form productive partnerships is the best way to compete on a global stage,” Mr Anear said.

    Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Steve Baxter will also feature in the Games Time Trade and Investment Program along with Shoes of Prey founder and CEO Jodie Fox and Thankyou founder and CEO Daniel Flynn.

    Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said seven international activations targeting high value investors and buyers were conducted throughout 2017 alongside the Queen’s Baton Relay to encourage visitation to Queensland.

    “As a result of our hard work with business partners overseas, more than 40 international delegations comprising 370 delegates will be involved in the Trade 2018 Games Time Program,” she said.

    “I look forward to the Commonwealth trade network coming together to develop relationships which will continue long after the Closing Ceremony has come to an end.”

    City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Trade 2018 was a networking bonanza for attending delegates.

    “This is about seeking out legacy opportunities for our city, our businesses and residents,” he said.

    “In many ways, Trade 2018 is as important as the Games program itself. To drive legacy well beyond 2018, where we must build long-term partnerships in commerce, trade and investment. “Attending officials know that a successful partnership starts with good relationships so I am looking forward to meeting delegates through Trade 2018.’’

    Trade 2018 Games Time Trade Investment Program will be delivered from April 3 to 16, 2018. For more information, visit www.commonwealthhouse.com.au

      

    Media contact: Jack Harbour 0419 620 447