21 Sep

Deputy Premier to advance Queensland in Europe and the Middle East

Deputy Premier to advance Queensland in Europe and the Middle East

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad will today depart on trade mission to promote Queensland’s growing expertise in the knowledge-based economy in Europe and the Middle East.

The mission will also explore models for infrastructure development and reaffirm Queensland’s commitment to the Great Barrier Reef at a meeting with UNESCO officials in Paris.

“Trade missions are integral to driving Queensland jobs both through encouraging local companies to expand internationally and through driving international investment in Queensland industries,” Ms Trad said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to broadening Queensland’s economy with our $405 million Advance Queensland innovations and this mission will focus on supporting our innovation economy abroad.

“I’ll not only be looking for good ideas for supporting these policies but I’ll also be promoting Queensland’s growing expertise in a growing range of sectors – from Fintech to the smart cities sector.

“In London, I will be meeting senior planning executives around economic development opportunities with a particular focus on Cross River Rail – Queensland’s number one infrastructure project. I will also be engaging senior executives of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult program, which brings together businesses, universities and city leaders to grow the economy and make cities better.”

"I will also be meeting with senior business leaders to discuss the longer term opportunities for Queensland businesses in the United Kingdom following Brexit."

In Paris the Deputy Premier will meet UNESCO representatives to discuss the Queensland Government’s actions to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

“I will be outlining our staunch commitment to implement the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, including our commitments to reinstate our world class tree clearing laws,” Ms Trad said.

“From Paris I will be heading to the United Arab Emirates where the focus will be on innovative technologies and services for urban infrastructure and development.

“I will be leading a delegation of representatives from eight Queensland companies who, with the Government’s assistance, are progressing into new international markets.

“I will be exploring a number of major projects in the United Arab Emirates including Dubai South, the world’s largest green field urban development project and Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai, which is expected to become the world’s biggest airport by 2050.”

Ms Trad will depart Brisbane on 20 September and return on 1 October.


Media contact: Anna Jabour 0429 890 942

Posted in General by Claire Emery

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