One of the state’s most fruitful Sister State agreements continues to reap benefits for Queensland businesses, teachers and university students.

Trade and Investment Queensland Chief Executive Officer Paul Martyn said this week Queensland’s Sister State Agreement with South Carolina, United States, is still strong after two decades.

“This relationship was reignited in January with a visit to Queensland by a delegation of academics and government representatives from South Carolina facilitated by Trade and Investment Queensland, the government’s global business agency,” Mr Martyn said.

“As a result, South Carolina is offering Queensland teachers employment opportunities in its schools and Queensland exporters access to a landing pad in the state’s capital, Columbia.

“There are also opportunities to build relationships between Queensland and South Carolina in life sciences, biotechnology, biomedical, as well as technology and innovation by offering South Carolina’s landing pad to Queensland companies.”

Landing pads provide market-ready start-ups with the potential for rapid growth a cost-effective option to land and expand into overseas markets. Eleven Queensland exporters attended a roundtable meeting with the South Carolina delegation to discuss the assistance available to help exporters break into the North American market.

“Queensland companies are expressing interests and exploring incentives offered by South Carolina,” Mr Martyn said. “Columbia is also encouraging Queensland businesses to take advantage of its incubator and accelerator program that nurtures start-ups.”

Queensland students are able to study at the University of South Carolina as local students and pay domestic fees for their studies as a result of the Sister State relationship.

The delegation was also looking at Queensland expertise in developing the former World Expo 88 site into the Southbank of today with the South Carolina State Government looking to emulate the development in Columbia.

Trade and Investment Queensland is the Queensland Government’s global business agency with an international network of offices in key markets and a domestic network servicing regional business.

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