QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has met leading Britain-based investors on the last leg of her 11-day trade mission to the United Arab Emirates, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The Premier outlined the many investment opportunities across key sectors in Queensland – including resources, energy, advanced manufacturing and agriculture – to encourage greater investment, and also promote the state as an ideal location for UK companies to become established.
“Our preliminary trade figures for 2018 show Queensland’s exports to the UK were valued at $805m, representing more than 16% of Australia’s total merchandise exports there, with non-ferrous metals, coal and meat our major export items,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We also have healthy relationships supporting education, training, tourism, research and knowledge-based industries to further support our standing as a go-to partner.”
To promote the state’s reputation in technological innovation, the government is also supporting Queensland companies to participate in the annual London Technology week in June.
“Financiers based in the UK continue to look at investment opportunities in Queensland and are open to exploring business options in Queensland’s construction, infrastructure and other important industries, so we will continue to discuss all options with them,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Some of the biggest companies in the world are working with us because they recognise who we are, how we operate and what we have to offer.”