North Australian know-how on show


North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald has congratulated Gallo Farms from the Atherton Tablelands who will be representing the local region as one of 600 Australian business delegates taking part in the Australian Governments Australia Week in China trade mission to China.

"Northern Australian know-how will be on show in China," said Senator Macdonald.

The mission, led by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb and involving the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is the largest to leave our shores and is part of the Coalition Governments aggressive trade and investment agenda.

Senator Macdonald has also welcomed the inclusion of representatives from James Cook University on the mission.

"Agricultural innovation from the heart of Kennedy will be the order of the day when Gallo Farms meet with their Chinese counterparts and with potential customers, Senator Macdonald said.

"Educational excellence in Cairns and Townsville will be also showcased by JCU, who will be seeking to further their existing institutional collaborations in China.

Senator Macdonald said the mission would focus on growing Australias already strong partnership with China across Australias sectors of strength which include agribusiness, food, beverage and consumer goods, education and training, financial services, health and senior living, resources, mining equipment, technology and services and built environment, tourism and investment.

China purchases over a quarter (28 per cent in 2012-13) of our exports and in last year, 2013, China accounted for 36 per cent of Australias goods exports at a total value of $94.5 billion, including iron ore ($52.8 billion) and coal ($9.1 billion) in 2012-13, Senator Macdonald said.

However, beyond mining and energy exports, China is also Australias largest source of international students and we are continually growing in terms of exporting our services such as tourism and financial and legal professional services.

Australia Week in China will present businesses with the opportunity to make valuable contacts in China, meet with Chinese industry leaders and decision makers and develop further cultural understanding of the business landscape, he said.

"This trade mission is good news for the national economy, but I am especially interested in what the trade mission can do to grow opportunities in Kennedy and in the North generally."

"One of our strongest sectors is, of course, tourism which will feature heavily across the delegation's agenda.

Tourism Australia is hosting a major business events showcase in Shanghai which will aim to capture more of the Chinese market and promote areas outside of our capital cities that could benefit from the flow-on tourism effects of an increase in business events tourism, he said.

More than 80 business events will be held in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong over five days 7 11 April.

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