Thursday 22nd Nov, 2018

Lithium a key theme of Premier McGowan talks with trade commissioners

Spodumene crystals (containing Lithia, Li2O) at Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora Project
Spodumene crystals (containing Lithia, Li2O) at Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora Project

CAPTURING the lucrative lithium market is set to be a key discussion point of meetings this week between WA Premier Mark McGowan and the state’s overseas trade commissioners.

The eight trade and investment representatives are in Perth as part of efforts to promote trade and boost the local economy.

In a statement released by Premier McGowan, the importance of lithium was emphasised.

“Discussions will also ensure Western Australia capitalises on its status as the world’s leading producer of lithium, with the potential to increase downstream processing of lithium and other energy materials in the state,” the statement read.

The Premier discussed with the commissioners how to attract more overseas direct flights to Perth by exploring opportunities for a second direct route from China as well as a new direct route from Japan, India and other markets.

As part of their program, the commissioners are to engage with industry organisations and businesses to update them on existing and forthcoming major investment projects.

“My priority is to create jobs and diversify the economy,” Premier McGowan said.

“Our overseas Commissioners and teams work hard to foster greater trust and mutual respect with our international counterparts, and open doors for Western Australian businesses.

“This is an exciting time for Western Australia to showcase and broaden its strengths, and attract new industries.”

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