October 2018

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Queensland–Brazil MOU on research, higher ed

Queensland–Brazil partnerships in higher education and research will grow, following the signing of an agreement between the Queensland Government and the Brazil National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

TIQ in Brazil

Participants in the Queensland university delegation to Brazil in March this year.

Queensland–Brazil partnerships in higher education and research will grow, following the signing of an agreement between the Queensland Government and the Brazil National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

President of CNPq Mario Neto Borges said the new memorandum of understanding (MOU) created a strategic partnership between Brazil and Queensland.

‘Brazil and Australia face similar problems in terms of environment, food production and renewables,’ Mr Borges said.

‘It is important that we do what we can to promote research partnerships in these and other areas.’

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said the new MOU would increase Brazil–Queensland academic and research exchanges in important areas of mutual interest.

‘The MOU is the result of growing interest from both sides to increase academic and research exchanges in areas such as water and environment science, agriculture and renewable energy,’ she said.

‘Queensland already attracts a significant number of Brazilian students to study English; however we also want to promote our strengths in higher education and research.

‘Under the MOU, CNPq and TIQ (through Study Queensland) have committed to a joint academic research workshop that will further facilitate research linkages between Queensland and Brazilian universities.’

The MOU builds on the Brazilian government’s new Program for Internationalisation of Brazilian Higher Education and Research Institutions (PRiNT), which aims to boost research capacity in Brazilian universities through international partnerships.

It was announced at the annual Latin American Colloquium run by the University of Queensland on 4 September.

As part of this event, TIQ hosted a Queensland Government briefing, which was attended by 13 Latin American ambassadors.

Queensland is the second most popular Australian destination for Brazilian students, with more than 11,200 enrolments last year, a 35% increase in 12 months.

Study Queensland’s growing relationship with Brazil is part of its Global Partnership Plan, one of three key initiatives in the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2016.

TIQ Latin America also led a Queensland universities mission to Brazil in March this year, to begin the process of exploring research partnership opportunities.

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Alipay opens doors to Chinese tourism

Far North Queensland tourism operators got together recently to hear more about the potential and practicalities of adopting one of China’s largest online payment systems.

Far North Queensland (FNQ) tourism operators got together recently to hear more about the potential and practicalities of adopting one of China’s largest online payment systems.

Around 70 accommodation providers, tour operators and other businesses attended the ‘Doing Business with Alibaba’ workshop in Cairns in late August, where they were briefed by speakers from Alibaba Group, the world’s largest online and mobile ecommerce company.

A key topic was the use of Alibaba’s Alipay, a PayPal-like system used by millions of Chinese people for cashless transactions using Chinese currency around the world.

Principal Trade and Investment Officer for FNQ Trent Scott said many local tourism operators were already using Alipay, but there was still great potential for adoption and promotion.

‘We already have more than 100 registered Alipay businesses in the Cairns/Far North Queensland region, but there’s potential for many more to get involved,’ he said.

‘Having a system like Alipay in place makes it easier and more inviting for Chinese visitors to spend their tourism dollars with Queensland businesses.

‘This workshop was an opportunity for businesses to really understand the technology involved, and to ask questions about practical issues such as integration with other accounting systems, how to promote Alipay access to Chinese visitors, and how the system can work in regional areas where wi-fi performance may be slow.’

Mr Scott said the Alipay speakers also learned a lot from the session, and indicated they were keen to visit Cairns again to show businesses how Alipay services and campaigns could be used to attract consumers.

As well as discussing Alipay, the Alibaba speakers outlined opportunities to sell to Chinese consumers through Alibaba’s Tmall Global online retail shopfronts.

The workshop was held in Cairns on Friday 24 August, and was hosted by Cairns Regional Council with support from TIQ, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and Alibaba Group.

Participants also heard a presentation from Incentiapay, an Asia-Pacific payment-solutions company that can help Australian businesses adopt Alipay.

TIQ ran an earlier series of ecommerce workshops with Alibaba last year in other Queensland regions.

Providing ecommerce training for SMEs is one of 22 initiatives outlined in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queensland and Nevada combine on water solutions

Queensland and the US state of Nevada might seem like unlikely collaborators, but with similar dry climates and a strong interest in water management, the two are working together to help future-proof their urban water-supply systems.

Queensland and the US state of Nevada might seem like unlikely collaborators, but the two are working together to future-proof their urban water-supply systems.

With similar dry climates and strong interest and expertise in water management, the two states have a surprising amount in common.

Queensland and Nevada became sister states in February this year, when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signed a memorandum of understanding with the Governor of Nevada, The Honourable Brian Sandoval.

Governor Sandoval was in Brisbane in late August to finalise a partnership between Queensland Urban Utilities and the Nevada-based company WaterStart.

His visit also coincided with a joint water-innovation workshop attended by some of Queensland’s best water-tech businesses.

Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham said the workshop was about partnering internationally to ensure both governments could continue to supply water for the future.

‘This partnership between Queensland Urban Utilities and WaterStart is about creating more success stories,’ he said.

‘[It] puts water supply experts and technology company representatives from Queensland and Nevada in the same room to share ideas, build relationships and create connections.

‘The WaterStart partnership will help to speed up the innovation cycle, assist our water utilities to drive efficiencies and better manage risk while providing an opportunity for Queensland’s innovative companies to take our practical management solutions to the world.’

Also attending the workshop were Anthony Christensen and Antonio Lovisi from TIQ’s Brisbane-based Mining and Resources team, which helped to recruit the Queensland water-tech experts who attended the workshop.

TIQ was also involved in developing an earlier agreement with Nevada that included cooperation on water management, and TIQ staff contributed to the development of the sister-state agreement.

For information about the water partnership, or for advice on exporting your water-tech product into other markets, contact TIQ’s Mining and Resources team.

Increasing Queensland exports is one of the targets of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Grants for collaboration on SME exports

Queensland business groups and government agencies can apply for grants of up to $1.5 million to facilitate SME export opportunities under the Australian Government’s new Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs funding program.

Queensland business groups and government agencies can apply for grants of up to $1.5 million to facilitate SME export opportunities under the Australian Government’s new Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs funding program.

The program will provide grants to help industry bodies, government agencies and regional development committees establish and operate SME ‘export hubs’ (collaborative groups) across Australia.

The export hubs must support SMEs in one of the following priority sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • cyber security
  • food and agribusiness
  • medical technologies and pharmaceuticals
  • mining equipment, technology and services
  • oil, gas and energy resources.

These sectors align with 6 Growth Centres that are currently being funded by the Australian Government to drive national innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

The export hubs will be expected to collaborate with the relevant Growth Centre to support local SME development.

Grant amounts will range from $150,000 to $1.5 million. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have an ABN
  • be an incorporated not-for-profit group, a local or state government body, or a Regional Development Australia committee
  • be able to provide at least 50% of the project cost themselves.

Export hubs can support SMEs of all kinds, including regional, remote and Indigenous businesses.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the grants close 5pm Monday 15 October.

Applicants shortlisted as a result of their EOI will then be invited to submit a full application.

For more information on funding programs available to support Queensland exporters, connect with TIQ.

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New Queensland trade commissioner in Jakarta

TIQ continues to build Queensland’s business presence in Indonesia, with a new trade and investment commissioner starting work last month and an expanded TIQ Jakarta team moving to larger premises.

Jakarta office teamTIQ continues to build Queensland’s business presence in Indonesia, with a new trade and investment commissioner starting work last month and an expanded TIQ Jakarta team moving to larger premises.

The new premises in Jakarta’s CBD include better facilities for Queensland businesses visiting Indonesia, and more room for additional TIQ staff members who will promote Queensland in this key export market.

New Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Indonesia Ben Giles said that strengthening TIQ’s presence in Jakarta was a strategic move with real economic potential for Queensland.

‘The Indonesian economy is actually the largest of the ASEAN economies, with annual growth of 5–6%,’ he said.

‘It’s a market of 260 million people with a booming middle class, right on Queensland’s doorstep.

‘Indonesia is also home to some very successful businesses looking to expand their global investments, and there’s definitely the potential to connect them to suitable Queensland enterprises.

‘TIQ’s new office is a key part of building a higher profile for Queensland here so that we can take advantage of these emerging opportunities.’

Before joining TIQ, Mr Giles was a Senior Adviser and Trade Commissioner for Austrade for more than a decade.

He said Queensland businesses should consider Indonesia’s long-term economic potential, and its role as a gateway to the larger ASEAN market.

‘Indonesia is predicted to be one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2030, so now is an ideal time to enter the market and start building your business presence with long-term goals in mind,’ he said.

‘The recently signed economic agreement between Australia and Indonesia will reduce export tariffs and paperwork for Queensland businesses wanting to export here.

‘It’s also worth thinking more broadly than just Indonesia, and considering whether you’d like to develop an export plan that takes in more of the ASEAN region.

TIQ Indonesia can support you in that process, as can TIQ Singapore, who work with us to provide integrated coverage across South East Asia.’

Mr Giles said sectors with the greatest growth potential in Indonesia included education and training, food and agribusiness, and technology and innovation.

He invited Queensland business representatives with an interest in Indonesia or plans to visit the market to contact the TIQ team in Queensland or Indonesia for local advice and support.

Strengthening TIQ’s presence in Jakarta is one of 22 initiatives in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Mr Giles can be contacted at:

AIA Central, 23rd Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 48A
JAKARTA 12930
INDONESIA
+62 (21) 3111 6133
ben.giles@tiq.qld.gov.au

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State’s export values rise by 11.5% in 2017–18

Recently released figures show that the value of Queensland’s goods exports rose 11.5% last financial year, with stronger global economic conditions and rising resources prices major factors in the state’s export success.

Recently released figures show that the value of Queensland’s goods exports rose 11.5% last financial year, with stronger global economic conditions and rising resources prices major factors in the state’s export success.

Final ABS figures for the year ending June 2018 value Queensland goods exports at $74.1 billion, a record 12-month total and 11.5% higher than last financial year.

TIQ economist Simon Fischer said coal and other resources continued to play a major part in Queensland’s export success, with agricultural exports also important.

‘Coal exports were worth more than $40 billion to the state in 2017–18, with both demand and prices rising,’ Mr Fischer said.

‘Stronger global economic conditions have boosted industrial production across Queensland’s major trading partners, lifting demand and prices not just for coal but also for LNG and other key minerals.

‘At the same time, our agricultural exports remain strong, with beef, crop and cotton exports worth $9.5 billion.’

Mr Fischer said that Asia, including India, remained Queensland’s main export market, with some smaller South East Asian nations growing in importance.

‘Exports to China, Japan, India and Taiwan were again the largest contributors to our export growth in 2017–18, accounting for 63% of Queensland’s export value, up from 60% last year,’ he said.

‘And Queensland goods exports to South East Asia grew by $574.8 million (up 16.1%), driven by exports of minerals, meat, chemicals and industrial machinery.

‘We also saw some changes in that ASEAN region, with Indonesia rising one place to be our tenth-largest goods export market, Malaysia rising four places to be eleventh, and the Philippines up four places to twenty-sixth.’

The new figures rank Queensland as Australia’s second-largest goods exporter by value behind Western Australia ($129.7 billion), and comparable to the combined total of New South Wales and Victoria ($74.4 million).

Increasing Queensland’s share of national overseas exports is one of two key targets identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Digital grants for small business closing on 8 October

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to help small businesses use digital initiatives to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities.

Queensland small businesses have until Monday 8 October to apply for a digital business grant to buy hardware or software or get expert help to improve their online performance.

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides grants from $1,000 to $10,000 to help small businesses use digital initiatives to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities.

To be eligible, a business must have fewer than 20 employees, have Queensland headquarters, and have had a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year.

They must also be able to:

  • match their grant funding with an equal amount from their own resources, and
  • pay for the approved products and services in full before being reimbursed for the grant amount.

Applications must explain how a grant will be used to enhance digital capabilities, help a business be more competitive, and enable it to employ more staff.

More details are available in the application guidelines.

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 8 October.

The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 recognises the increasing importance of digital disruption and ecommerce to global trade and investment.

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Iron Chef Sakai puts Queensland on menu

Japan’s famous Iron Chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, cooked up a storm using Queensland produce at an industry lunch at his La Rochelle restaurant in Tokyo last week.

Hiroyuki Sakai and Mark Furner

Iron Chef Hiroyuki Sakai and Agriculture Minister Mark Furner celebrate Queensland produce at Chef Sakai’s La Rochelle restaurant in Tokyo.

Japan’s famous Iron Chef, Hiroyuki Sakai, cooked up a storm using Queensland produce at an industry lunch at his La Rochelle restaurant in Tokyo recently.

The lunch marked the visit to Japan of Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner, who was in town on a trade mission to promote Queensland beef and other produce.

Queensland beef fillets, macadamia nuts, broccoli, honey and other produce starred in dishes served at the four-course lunch, which was organised by TIQ Japan and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Mr Furner said it was an honour to see the best Queensland produce prepared by Chef Sakai, who starred for many years in Japan’s Iron Chef TV series.

‘Chef Sakai is world-renowned as an Iron Chef and already has close ties with the Sunshine State,’ he said.

‘He is the honorary TAFE Queensland culinary ambassador to Japan and also appeared at Beef Week earlier this year.

‘Yesterday’s lunch highlighted the high quality of Queensland food that is exported to Japan, and the main course served up delicious Queensland-grown beef.

‘Queensland beef remains a family favourite in Japan, and yesterday’s lunch ensured that title remains at the forefront of importers minds and tastebuds.’

Beef is Queensland’s most significant agricultural export, with a value of almost $1.4 billion, and Japan is the state’s most important beef customer.

While in Asia, Mr Furner also visited Korea with the trade mission, which included producers and distributors from North Queensland, Bundaberg, Gympie, Warwick and Brisbane.

The La Rochelle lunch was held on Monday 10 September and was attended by key Japanese meat-buyers.

Promoting Queensland exports is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
 
La Rochelle Queensland Lunch menu:
Appetiser: Smoked Australian salmon topped with Queensland watermelon radish, salmon roe and tomato relish
Entrée: Oven-baked natural Japanese sea bass with Queensland macadamia nuts and lemon scented verbena
Main: Queensland beef fillet poêle drizzled with truffle-scented red wine sauce, served with Queensland broccoli and beetroot
Dessert: Queensland macadamia honey and fromage blanc mousse served with peach and vanilla ice cream

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Indonesia-Australia economic agreement announced

Queensland primary producers, resources companies, education providers and other businesses could enjoy improved export opportunities as a result of the new Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

Queensland primary producers, resources companies, education providers and other businesses could enjoy improved export opportunities as a result of the new Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the conclusion of substantive negotiations on the IA-CEPA on 31 August in Bogor, Indonesia.

The IA-CEPA is a free trade agreement designed to foster economic cooperation between Australia and Indonesia and expand and diversify bilateral economic partnerships.

Building on the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA), it will provide better and more certain access to the Indonesian market for Australian exporters.

Under the new agreement, over 99% of Australian goods exports by value to Indonesia will enter duty-free or under significantly improved preferential arrangements by 2020 (compared with 85% under AANZFTA).

Indonesia will also guarantee automatic issue of import permits for key Australian products such as frozen beef, sheep meat, cattle, feed grains, rolled steel coil, citrus products, carrots and potatoes.

Queensland holds a significant share of Australia’s export market for all of these products, and import licences are currently a major barrier for many Australian exporters into Indonesia.

Changes to Indonesian investment laws will also make it easier for Australian educational institutions to partner with Indonesian business to provide skills training in Indonesia.

Queensland education and training providers are already active in this area, with a consortium led by TAFE Queensland playing a major role at an Indonesian training conference late last year.

Negotiations on the IA-CEPA began in 2010, and both Australia and Indonesia must now complete their own domestic treaty-making processes before the agreement can come into force, probably in 2020.

Queensland exported $1.2 billion worth of goods to Indonesia in 2017–18, a 17.3% increase on the previous year. Indonesian tourism, study and investment in Queensland are also increasing.

TIQ relocated and expanded its Jakarta office in May this year, supported by funding committed under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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De Motu to use grant to take inhaler global

A revolutionary inhaler designed to improve the chances of patients suffering from anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest will be further developed for export after its creators received a $100,000 Queensland Government grant.

A revolutionary inhaler designed to improve the chances of patients suffering from anaphylaxis and cardiac arrest will be further developed for export after its creators received a $100,000 Queensland Government grant.

Brisbane-based medical technology company De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd (DMC) is one of 70 Queensland companies to receive a grant in the latest round of the Ignite Ideas Fund, which helps start-ups and SMEs commercialise market-ready innovations and compete in the global market.

De Motu Cordis has developed a new inhaler to deliver drugs more rapidly and with less pain than traditional needle-based delivery methods.

The inhaler will be used to quickly deliver pulmonary drugs to patients who have heart attacks, and to deliver adrenaline to allergy patients suffering anaphylactic reactions.

Innovation Minister Kate Jones said De Motu would use the $100,000 grant to support clinical trials before it meets with the United States Food and Drug Agency (USFDA) and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) later this year.

‘We’re committed to investing in innovation to create sustainable jobs here in Queensland,’ Ms Jones said.

‘That’s why we’re committed to supporting companies like De Motu Cordis – not only have they developed a product that has the potential to help thousands of people around the world, they’re ready to scale up and start exporting.

‘Passing USFDA and TGA requirements will lead to the start of human trials next year.’

DMC Chief Operating Officer Tamara Mills said the company would soon head to the USA after being selected to take part in the prestigious TMCx program at Texas Medical Centre – the world’s largest – to accelerate US market access for the DMC product to treat anaphylaxis.

‘The Ignite Ideas grant will be used to support DMC in commercially developing the first non-invasive product for the rapid delivery of adrenaline,’ she said.

‘This will be the first of a number of critical and emergency care indications within DMC’s product portfolio.’

Research shows that delays in delivering adrenaline (eg because parents are reluctant to use epipen needles, or because of time taken to travel to hospital) can have major, long-term impacts on patients.

The De Motu inhaler aims to overcome these barriers so that people suffering from life-threatening allergies can received adrenaline more quickly before adverse effects set in.

De Motu Cordis is one of more than 70 Round 4 recipients sharing in more than $8.3 million in Ignite Ideas funding.

Supporting start-ups and innovation is one of the actions identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.