Today’s visit to Tasmania by President Xi Jinping is a momentous occasion for Tasmania, one which was marked today by five more significant Memoranda of Understanding between Chinese and Tasmanian partners.

This afternoon signatories from the Tasmanian Government and Tasmanian and Chinese businesses and organisations gathered at Wrest Point to sign agreements which will further add to the cooperation and investment opportunities between us.

These Memoranda are in addition to the four which the Premier Will Hodgman signed and President Xi Jinping witnessed in Canberra on Monday night, and the Antarctic Gateway agreement witnessed today by President Xi and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Minister for State Growth Matthew Groom signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Partnership for Investment and Trade Promotion between the Department of State Growth and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

Four further agreements between Entura, Premium Australia Foods, Reid Fruits and the University of Tasmania and Chinese counterparts were also signed.

These Memoranda will establish cooperation, investment and job opportunities for Tasmania and China. This is further terrific news for Tasmania on a day when the eyes of the world are on us thanks to the President’s visit.

The exposure for Tasmania created by the President’s visit, the investment ties which will come from the TasInvest Summit, and the direct links established by these Memoranda of Understanding will combine to provide huge opportunities for Tasmania and Tasmanian jobs.

Memoranda of Understanding

Strategic Partnership for Investment and Trade Promotion

• Between the Department of State Growth and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Australia.
• Department of State Growth and CCCA have negotiated an agreement to form a strategic partnership to promote investment and trade cooperation between Tasmania and CCCA members.
• Through regular meetings, the Department of State Growth will share Tasmania’s investment and trade opportunities with CCCA members and provide necessary investment study and market entry services.

International Hydropower Engineering and Consultancy Strategic Cooperation

• Between Entura and Hydro China.
• The two parties have negotiated a strategic partnership to jointly pursue clean energy consulting and engineering services globally by leveraging their complimentary expertise.

Tasmanian Food Hub for China eCommerce Distribution

• Between Premium Foods Australia Pty Ltd and Baorui (Shanghai) International.
• Building on the successful Premium Australian Foods and Baorui International eCommerce partnership model currently being utilised by Victorian based businesses.
• The MoU is established to investigate several appropriate sites to then build a specific state of the art food and fibre hub in Tasmania offering a central collection and processing point for premium food; opening up the Chinese eCommerce market for Tasmanian food suppliers.

Reid Fruits Expansion Investment Agreement

• Between Reid Fruits and Jinsheng Group.
• A successful outcome to the Heads of Agreement will result in investment by Jinsheng Group in to Reid Fruits in Tasmania for expansion of cherry production.
• The project will pioneer temperate tree fruit production in one of Tasmania’s new irrigation schemes which has been supported by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.

Cultural Research Centre and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Education

• Between the University of Tasmania and Yunnan University.
• In recognition of the importance of Asia to Tasmania the university has partnered with the State Government and created a Tasmanian Asia Institute. The Sino-Australia Cultural Research Centre would be located within the Institute.
• The two partners, Yunnan Normal University and Australian Education Management Group, will provide over an initial period of five years AUD $1,600,000 to support the Sino-Australia Cultural Research Centre. UTAS has also contributed about $500,000 in PhD scholarships under the new centre.
Jeremy Rockliff, Deputy Premier