The Newman Government will open a new Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) office in Jakarta, as recommended following a comprehensive review of the agency.
Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said TIQ’s overseas network would be enhanced with greater resourcing and the opening of a new office in Indonesia.
“An Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade Commissioner, based in Jakarta, will be responsible for opening local export and investment channels for Queensland businesses,” Mr Nicholls said.
“They will also be a direct point of contact for the Indonesian Government.
“Increasingly, Queensland companies – particularly in the education and agribusiness sectors – are seeking advice from TIQ about opportunities in Indonesia.”
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh, who visited Indonesia last month in a bid to rebuild trade relations damaged by the Gillard Government’s ban on live cattle exports, said the opening of an office in Jakarta was a further sign of goodwill.
“While it is pleasing to note that since my visit the Indonesian Government has indicated restrictions will continue to ease, establishing a permanent Queensland presence in-country will help re-establish trust.
“It will also help our producers – who have also endured flood, cyclone and drought this year – rebuild and hopefully expand their businesses.”
Source: Queensland Government.