Opportunities and Links to Asia

Opportunities and Links to Asia

Treasurer to visit China to strengthen relationship

Friday, 19 October 2018
Treasurer’s office – 6552 5900

Treasurer Ben Wyatt will visit China next week for a series of meetings focused on ensuring that Western Australia’s long, respectful and prosperous relationship stays strong.

Given the current tensions in global trade, the Treasurer will use the Parliamentary break to meet with Chinese representatives of Government and business in his first trip to China since taking office.

During the visit, the Treasurer will meet with the heads of State-owned enterprises and top private investors, as well as other key organisations such as the Chinese Government’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Bank of China and BaoWu Steel.

The trip follows successful visits by Premier Mark McGowan.

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New program to support job growth into the Asian region

Friday, 12 October 2018
Minister’s office – 6552 6700

Applications are now open for the State Government’s new Priority Sector Funding Program.

The McGowan Government established the grant program with the aim of assisting Western Australian companies to engage with and develop international business capabilities in Asia.

The program is open to applications, from industry associations and bilateral businesses, to run projects on behalf of Western Australia’s priority trade and investment sectors and markets.

Suitable sectors include mining and energy, education and training, marine and defence, aerospace and aviation, information and communications technology, health care, building and construction, creative industries and consumer goods.

Funding of up to $30,000 is available for outbound projects, such as delegations participating at key international forums or business programs; and $20,000 for inbound projects, showcasing specific Western Australian industries to international delegations.

For more information, visit http://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/PSFP

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Asian Engagement consultation paper revealed at ASEAN Dialogue

Thursday, 15 November 2018
Minister’s office – 6552 6700

The McGowan Government today launched the first stage of the State’s Asian Engagement Strategy with the release of a consultation paper.

Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston launched the paper at the State Government’s inaugural Western Australia – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade and Investment Dialogue.

Asia is Western Australia’s largest export market and its share of the global economy is growing, making Asia vitally important to our State’s economy.

Western Australians have long held close relationships with our Asian trading partners, largely through the State’s resource exports.

However, our ties are much deeper with many Western Australians born in Asia and many organisations, in WA and Asia, devoted to improving cultural ties and understanding.

This relationship provides a terrific platform for the State to diversify its exports to the region and provide opportunities for jobs growth within WA.

The consultation paper invites submissions to develop a comprehensive picture of Western Australia’s Asian engagement activities and see how the State can better engage with Asia.

For more information and to make a submission, visit https://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/aes

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New strategy to increase Chinese visitors to WA

Sunday, 11 November 2018
Minister’s office – 6552 5600

The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, will implement a new marketing strategy to increase the number of Chinese people visiting WA.

The strategy will see an additional $1 million allocated to the China market for co-operative and tactical campaigns to build awareness of Western Australia in Shanghai.

The marketing push will demonstrate the McGowan Government’s commitment to securing more direct flights from China.

In 2017-18, 59,000 Chinese people visited WA, up 17.2 per cent compared to this time last year, and spent $299 million while they were here, making China the State’s biggest international visitor market in terms of spend.

The number of Chinese visitors has grown an average of 11.6 per cent a year since 2016, ahead of the national average of 11.3 per cent for the same period.

The new strategy will look to build on this growth by driving business and incentive travel, and promoting products through existing key distribution partners.

Tourism WA will also encourage WA tourism operators to become ChinaReady to better serve the Chinese consumer.

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