Today’s TasInvest Centrepiece Forum was a hugely successful addition to what has been one of Tasmania’s most momentous days.
On the day we welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to our state, with all the international media exposure that will follow his trip, the attendance of more than 270 high-powered Chinese and international business delegates at TasInvest has added another dimension to the opportunities available for Tasmania.
After delegates took the chance to visit mining, agriculture, tourism and dairy investment opportunities in the North and North West yesterday, today delegates were provided with exclusive access to proponents of major investment projects and other business matching opportunities.
Myself, as Minister for State Growth, Minister for Primary Industries Jeremey Rockliff, Minister for Resources Paul Harriss, and Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding also had the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with business leaders and delegates to promote the opportunities available now that the Liberal Government has ensured Tasmania is open for business.
Delegates also heard from guest speakers Warwick Smith AM (Australia-China Council); Geoff Dixon (Tourism Australia); Mark Ryan (Tassal Group Limited); John Lamb (Avebury Nickel Mines Limited); and Professor Peter Rathjen (University of Tasmania).
The newly-appointed Coordinator-General, John Perry, also made a presentation to delegates and introduced himself to potential investors. He will be an ongoing point of contact and will ensure that we have a continuing relationship with investors.
After today’s forum and one-on-one meetings there is every reason to believe the TasInvest Forum will directly result in major projects in Tasmania.
It is important now that we continue to build on the incredible opportunities afforded by the President’s visit and by the TasInvest summit.
Matthew Groom, Minister for State Growth