Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

QLD Premier looking to boost international ties on mission to Japan, US

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QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is on her way to Japan and the US on a trade mission aiming to boost Queensland’s trade, jobs and business.

Export opportunities in industries from agriculture to biomedical devices, autonomous technology and screen productions stand to reap rewards from Ms Palaszczuk’s trade mission to Japan and the US.

Ms Palaszczuk flew out this week for the ten-day mission that is to include stops in Tokyo, Boston and Los Angeles.

“Queensland is undoubtedly an export-oriented economy,” she said.

“Last year we saw exports totalling almost $70bn – that accounted for almost one in every four of Australia’s export dollars.”

In Boston the Premier plans to attend BIO2018, the world’s largest innovation conference, on the 20th anniversary of Queensland’s first participation in the event.

“Queensland’s track record at BIO is a display of sustained excellence,” the Premier said.

“It has resulted in partnerships such as the University of Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative, the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Partnering Office at the Queensland University of Technology and the partnership between Siemens Healthcare and the Translational Research Institute.”

The Premier will also meet the proponents behind a proposed battery factory in Queensland, further entrenching Queensland’s position as a leader in renewable energy.

In Los Angeles, Ms Palaszczuk aims to speak to film industry representatives about opportunities in the state.

In Tokyo the Premier plans to visit a new global education facility where Queensland is the sole international partner in an English-language program. She will also visit the University of Tokyo.

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