NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China Tony Zhang visits Quirindi to discuss trade and investment opportunities

NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner Tony Zhang visits LPSCLiverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has welcomed a visit to the Shire by NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China, Tony Zhang, an eminent trade official working directly to facilitate trade and investment for Australia in China.

Councillor Hope, who is also Chair of Namoi Unlimited (formerly Namoi Joint Organisation {JO} of Councils) said China is Australia’s largest trading partner and there are opportunities to build on this relationship for innovators in agriculture and other regional businesses through trade and investment which can also help grow employment opportunities.

“Namoi Unlimited has undertaken research to better understand how the group can influence economic growth in the region. Engaging in international markets, attracting international investment on the right terms, understanding the impact of global commodity markets, supporting agricultural innovation and leveraging and marketing with a regional brand have been identified as key requirements towards the outcomes we seek,” he said.

“Our JO is seeking to establish a formal relationship with the Agricultural Ministry of Ningbo, one of the largest freight ports in China. A delegation will travel to China in March 2018 and as part of developing relationships, member Councils will meet with potential investors to develop identified business opportunities in Guangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai. The JO is paying for the Mayors of the seven member councils to undertake this trip which I believe will have long term benefits for our region,” he continued.

Major exports to China are currently iron ore, coal and gold, however with an increasingly wealthy middle class there is huge potential to grow our agricultural products especially if we increase food processing and value-adding in the sector,” he said.

“We must take every opportunity to sell what we have to offer to China and other potential markets if we wish to see rural communities prosper into the future,” Councillor Hope concluded.

LPSC GM Ron van Katwyk, Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Councillor Virginia Black, NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner for North and East China, Tony Zhang, Mayor Andrew Hope, Director Engineering Services Warren Faulkner, Councillor Ian Lobsey, Councillor Paul Moules and Deputy Mayor Doug Hawkins discussed trade and investment opportunities.

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