Queensland trade mission strengthens ties with Fiji and the Pacific

Trade and Investment Queensland CEO Justin McGowan (PHOTO: File)

Queensland is set to bolster its trade and investment ties with Fiji through a trade mission led by Trade and Investment Queensland. 

This week’s mission aims to advance Queensland’s Pacific Trade Strategy, which was unveiled late last year.

The delegation, headed by Trade and Investment Queensland CEO Justin McGowan, will engage in high-level discussions with Fijian ministers, businesses, and Queensland University alumni. 

Supported by Leata Alaimoana, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Pacific, the mission seeks to cement Queensland’s position as Australia’s gateway to the Pacifc.

With an AU$4.38 million commitment from the Queensland Government, the Pacific Trade Strategy is focussed on business, education, and sports ties, with members of the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Reds to conduct specialist skills clinics in Fiji.

The itinerary includes visits to Queensland companies operating in Fiji, such as Litehaus International, which supplies reconditioned computers to schools in the region. 

Another highlight is Calmer Co, a Fiji-Queensland collaboration specializing in developing Fijian kava into nutraceuticals for global export.

Representatives from Cairns Airport Corporation have also joined the delegation to explore strategic partnerships and opportunities.

Frank Yourn, Executive Director of the Australia Pacific Business Council and Australia Fiji Business Council, commended Trade and Investment Queensland’s proactive approach in engaging with the private sector across the Pacific. 

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