Queensland and Taiwan explored opportunities for partnerships in innovation and new energy when delegates got together at the 33rd Joint Conference of the Australia-Taiwan Business Council and the Republic of China-Australia Business Council in Brisbane in August.

The annual conference, sponsored by TIQ and the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, is a key platform for dialogue on trade and investment opportunities between Australian states and Taiwan and China.

This year’s program included more than 30 presenters and contributors across a range of sectors, including biomedicine, innovation, energy and resources, and financial services.

TIQ’s Taiwan team secured several speaking slots at the conference for Queensland representatives, including a forum devoted to shared interests between the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan Patrick Hafenstein said the conference had taken the already strong relationship between Queensland and Taiwan in exciting new directions.

‘It was a great opportunity for senior business leaders across industries to share their experiences, opportunities and insights on how we can strengthen the Queensland-Taiwan relationship,’ Mr Hafenstein said.

‘Queensland already has one of the strongest relationships with Taiwan of any Australian state, leading in business partnerships with Taiwan across areas such as resources, tourism, international education, agriculture, migration and investment.

‘And we’re now forging new partnerships across innovation and new energy.’

Mr Hafenstein and Senior Business Development Manager Chris Lin travelled from TIQ Taipei to attend the conference and coordinate a program of meetings between the Taiwanese delegates and Queensland leaders in drones, smart cities, robotics research and innovation.

The program included visits to:

  • Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO’s Data61 to explore research collaborations
  • River City Labs and Fishburners to understand Queensland’s start-up ecosystem
  • TIQ and other Queensland Government agencies to discuss investment opportunities.

During the conference, TIQ Chair Steve Bredhauer also delivered a speech, highlighting recent successful partnerships between Taiwan and Queensland in agriculture, health and innovation.

Mr Bredhauer also talked about opportunities to further strengthen commercial engagement.

The conference ran from 29 to 31 August at the Queensland Art Gallery – Gallery of Modern Art, and was attended by around 200 local, national and overseas delegates.

Showcasing Queensland to world markets and increasing investment outcomes are both priorities of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.