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Published on : Wednesday, April 20, 2016
On our latest mission to China we were able to meet with a range of investors and trading partners, and build the state’s profile further after President Xi’s historic visit in 2014.
China is our biggest export destination, and a massive 46 per cent increase in Tasmanian exports to China, including a 59 per cent increase in agricultural and seafood exports over the past year, highlights the great possibilities for local businesses.
It is also vindication of our active engagement with China over the past two years, and highlights the need to maintain the momentum in the relationship.
The growing Chinese middle class increasingly demands clean and safe foods, and Tasmania has a great reputation for world-class produce.
Education and tourism are also sectors where there is exciting prospect for growth.
Our visit took us across four cities in China, along with Singapore, and saw the signing of several important agreements.
In Singapore, we met with:
In Fuzhou, Fujian Province, we had:
In Chengdu, a major city in Western China with a population of more than 10 million, we met with government officials and potential investors.
Chengdu offers significant opportunities for Tasmanian exporters, particularly in the areas of agribusiness and seafood, and our visit was the first one from a Tasmanian Premier.
In Chengdu, an exciting agreement was struck between Oak Enterprises, Fruit Varieties Tasmania and Chinese company Orisis to establish and grow patented Pink Lady variety apples in China, with a view to commercialisation in the next three to four years.
I was keynote speaker at a 300-head ‘Australia Week in China’ event, promoting investment and trade opportunities with Tasmania.
Source:- Tourism Tasmania