QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has met executives from Germany’s top-tier companies in Berlin, as part of an 11-day trade mission.
The Premier also met with Australia’s ambassador to Germany and host, Lynette Wood.
Ms Palaszczuk has highlighted Queensland’s natural resources, reliable energy supply and proximity to growing markets.
“Germany and Queensland are entering a new era of innovation-led investor relations, which will be strengthened further by the new Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Australia and my Government’s $650m Advance Queensland initiative,” the Premier said.
German business executives included Bombardier Transport, ShareNow, Seimens Energy, Kaufland, Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH, BayWa, Factory Berline, KfW, Remondis International, and members of the German Australia Business Council.
The collection of representatives made up a broad spectrum of transport, logistic, renewables finance, and waste management companies.
“Today’s event provided an excellent opportunity to encourage foreign direct investment in Queensland,” the Premier said.
She noted German multinational countries already had a hand in development and investment of Queensland industries such as defence and aerospace, renewable energy, biofuels, and biotechnology and advance manufacturing.
“Rheinmetall is playing a key role in further developing Queensland’s heavy vehicle and defence manufacturing capability,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Wirsol is building large-scale solar farms in the state; DB Schenker has been involved in bringing sustainable aviation fuel to the Brisbane Airport; and Siemens has numerous Queensland interests, from health innovation to circuit breakers to train control system technology.”