Premier flying to Beijing to strengthen WA resources

Premier flying to Beijing to strengthen WA resources

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 10:04
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Premier Mark McGowan's previous trip to China was focused on stimulating education and tourism exports.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan is preparing for his second mission to China, this time focusing on strengthening investment in the state’s resources sector.

Mr McGowan will visit Beijing from June 6 to 9, meeting with representatives from Chinese central government agencies as well as some of China’s biggest investors in WA.

Australia China Business Review understands Bank of China, CITIC Pacific Mining, CNOOC, China Union Agriculture Australia, China Baowu Steel Group, Chongqing Iron & Steel Group, China Metallurgical Group Corporation, Ansteel, Norico, China Construction Bank and Sinosteel are among the companies the premier will meet with.

“I want Beijing to know that WA is open for business and that we are focused on growing business ties and investment in our state,” Mr McGowan said.

“China is Australia’s biggest training partner, and I want to ensure that Western Australia is in the box seat to maximise opportunities that will create more jobs in the resources sector, as well as industries like tourism and education.

“The benefits from the visit last year are already starting to flow, with a new strategy launched to promote Perth as a study destination and positive discussions about direct flights from Shanghai.”

Mr McGowan previously travelled to China as Premier in November last year, leading a delegation of 40 representatives from WA’s tourism and education industries.