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    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    US trade mission to grow Queensland exports and jobs

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    US trade mission to grow Queensland exports and jobs

    The Premier’s trade visit to the United States next week will seek to build on the record export growth and create more jobs for Queenslanders.

    Premier Annastacia said her visit, which will include New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles, follows confirmation 2017 was the best calendar result for exports.

    “According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, Queensland earned a record $69.6 billion from exports in 2017. It was an increase of $14.3 billion over 2016 and more than $25 billion higher than 2014, the last full calendar year of the former Newman LNP Government,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Queensland now earns one in every four of Australia’s export dollars.   As Minister for Trade, I will work hard to ensure that our state realises our fantastic potential to sell our products and raw materials around the globe.”

    Queensland is an export State and our trading performance continues to strengthen under this Government.

    “I thank all the farmers, miners, manufacturing workers, sales staff and entrepreneurs on this result.”

    “By creating opportunities overseas, we can create jobs here in Queensland. By working together, we can further boost trade and strengthen the partnership with other countries in terms of tourism, education and sport, as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will show.”

    “Next week, I will travel to the United States to boost investment, strengthen our relations with individual States in the US and attract new film production on top of the record result last financial year.”

    Ms Palaszczuk will join the Prime Minister and other State leaders to meet with the Governors of the United States in Washington DC next week.

    “The National Governors’ Association is now led by Governor Brian Sandoval from Nevada – a State that our Government is working with in key areas of energy, mining and water management.”

    The Premier said in addition to travelling to Washington DC for the National Governors’ Association meeting, she will be meeting with key investors in New York and film studios in Los Angeles.

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791