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South Australian Industry invited to develop trade opportunities with China

December 21, 2012 • News

South Australian food businesses have been encouraged to participate in a major State Government project that will see increased trade opportunities with a major province in China, which has a population of 37 million. 

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Gail Gago, says the project stems from a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Government and the Fujian Provincial Government which was signed this year, in August.

“The MOU is designed to enhance investment in new agricultural technology, promote the export of premium agricultural products and collaborate in food safety research. Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is inviting expressions of interest from South Australian food businesses who believe they are in a position to develop trade and business relations with Fujian,” Ms Gago said.

Ms Gago believes her intention is to invite a Chinese delegation of senior government officials and business leaders to Adelaide early in the New Year. Giving an opportunity for the companies selected to meet with their Chinese counterparts.

“Discussions are underway with the Australia China Business Council, the China Australian Entrepreneurs Association and Food SA to identify suitable partners to take advantage of this new and prospering relationship. Opportunities are emerging in China as a result of the rapid spread of economic growth and development in second and third tier cities, as well as China’s drive for improved quality of life for its citizens,”Ms Gago said.

Ms Gago added “China also has a growing focus on new environmental technologies and solutions to carbon pollution and a push for deeper relationships in key areas of strategic interest to them; food and energy security.”

China’s middle class is expected to double from 100 million to 200 million over the next 10 years, Ms Gago believes, and now is the time for South Australia to foster a strong and mutually beneficial trade relationship.

“The development of the Fujian Project supports South Australia’s China Strategy as well as the strategic priorities of Premium Food and Wine from Our Clean Environment and Growing Advanced Manufacturing. It will result in increased SA opportunities in food science and food safety research and training, increased exports to Fujian province and increased investment in South Australian agribusiness,” she said.

The first round of Expressions of Interest can be lodged at agribusiness@sa.gov.au by 25 January 2013.

 

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