December 2019

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Season’s greetings from TIQ ASEAN

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – ASEAN, Tom Calder

Tom Calder

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – ASEAN, Tom Calder

How is the festive season celebrated in Singapore, where your office is based?
Like most things in Singapore, it’s celebrated with shopping and eating (albeit with a Christmas theme). Singapore celebrates Christmas with gusto, and major precincts including Orchard Road and Gardens by the Bay have month-long Christmas-themed activities. The Christmas lights along Orchard Road change every year and extend for 3.5km, while Gardens by the Bay creates a huge winter theme park complete with fake snow for the kids.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ ASEAN in 2019?
Supporting a number of key ASEAN food and beverage buyers to get down to Queensland, some for the very first time. They were blown away by the quality of the produce they saw (and ate), and this will translate into greater export sales for our producers.

A personal highlight was tasting the first shipment of Bargara Beer in Singapore. Bargara is the only Queensland beer in the market we know of and they are growing their sales volumes.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Expanding TIQ’s presence in, and engagement with, Vietnam. Vietnam is a market of increasing importance for Queensland and we need to engage in a more committed fashion.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Don’t fly over ASEAN en route to other markets in North Asia and Europe. They are our closest neighbours and engagement is underdone to this point in time. The region will expand rapidly over the next 10–15 years and there is strong demand for quality and innovative goods and services. As with any market, it will be a slow burn, but now is the time to contact TIQ ASEAN and start making connections and exploring the region.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Latin America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America, Alex Pessagno

Alex Pessagno, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Latin America, Alex Pessagno

How is the festive season celebrated in Latin America?
Christmas is celebrated at home with family. Family members share a late dinner and a toast at midnight to celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day. Gifts are opened the next morning. This is similar for New Year’s, with the addition of a lot of fireworks!

What was the standout achievement for TIQ LatAm in 2019?
We have consistently supported Queensland METS (mining equipment, technology and services) companies to expand their businesses in the region. TIQ’s Santiago office has delivered tailored solutions – from market briefings and business intelligence to distributor searches, business matchmaking and full agendas for commercial visits. As a result, several Queensland companies have decided to open offices in this region.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
We have welcomed many great companies and it makes us very proud of the work carried out by our team and the Queensland exporters who take the chance to travel and grab the opportunities here. For 2020, we would like to see companies who have started doing business in 1 or 2 countries in Latin America expand to other markets in the region. We’d also love to receive new Queensland companies beginning to explore this part of the world.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Start 2020 looking east towards Latin America! TIQ Latin America can help your new year be merry and bright, with new sales opportunities and strategies to grow your business.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Korea

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Korea, Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Korea, Daniel Kim

How is the festive season celebrated in Korea?
In Korea, only Christmas Day is a public holiday, so the overall mood is quite different from Australia. Nonetheless, most Koreans will spend time with their immediate family on Christmas Day and exchange gifts.

The annual catch-up with extended family takes place during the Chuseok Thanksgiving Holidays in September. The month of December is mostly a time to catch up with one’s numerous alumni networks, and given it’s the end of the financial year for many corporates, a slightly nervous time ahead of announcements about promotions and inevitable corporate reorganisation.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Korea in 2020?
A highlight was supporting Sun Metals to be in a position to sign off on the business case to invest $377 million to expand their zinc refinery in Townsville. Another was delivering Study Queensland Week in Korea, where Minister Fentiman led a business delegation that included 3 MOU signing ceremonies, 2 seminars in Seoul and Daejeon, 1 showcase dinner and 5 site visits. We also supported a number of Queensland exporters to access the Korean market for the first time, including Mulgowie Farming (broccoli), Grove Juice (premium orange juice) and Buderim Ginger (premium beverages).

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
The end of winter and the start of spring! National Assembly elections in April and welcoming a new Investment Director to our team.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
TIQ Korea would like to thank all the Queensland exporters we’ve worked with in 2019. We’ve once again been inspired by your diversity, innovation, drive and determination. Despite some ongoing challenges in accessing the Korean market, Queensland exports have more than doubled in the last 4 years to $9.5 billion. Overall, we are optimistic about 2020 and keen to continue to work with you to advance Queensland’s interests in Korea!

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Season’s greetings from TIQ North America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – North America, Viki Forrest

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner (Acting) – North America

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – North America, Viki Forrest

How is the festive season celebrated in your market?
Happy Holidays! People gather with family and friends to celebrate and to share food and gifts. While the wintery holiday season is short, people travel long distances to be together and enjoy Christmas markets, fireplaces, trees, wreaths, skiiing and ice skating. People decorate their homes inside and out, and it’s popular to place trees at windows facing the street so, as you walk at night, you see Christmas trees in homes all lit up – it’s really quite magical!

What were some standout achievements for TIQ North America in 2019?
It’s been an exciting and productive year. We established offices in San Francisco and New York, and one highlight was having Minister Kate Jones open the San Francisco office.

We quickly took advantage of TIQ’s new Silicon Valley location in the global biotech epicentre to strengthen Queensland’s life sciences companies. This included working with Queensland colleagues to run the inaugural TIQ California Life Sciences Institute Advisory Program with 5 Queensland life sciences companies over 4 months in the USA. This program is still in progress but is already producing export outcomes.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
Celebrating 2 new direct flights from Brisbane to the USA – San Francisco and Chicago – and the increased opportunities this will facilitate for foreign direct investment into Queensland’s innovation ecosystem! And we look forward to continuing to position Queensland as global leader in scaling and manufacturing opportunities for synthetic biology investment.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Herald in the new decade with a focus on your USA export opportunities. The USA is a massive market and focus is the essential ingredient to success. Speak to TIQ North America about how we can help you to prepare for USA market entry.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Middle East

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East, Donna Massie

Donna Massie, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East, Donna Massie

Is the festive season celebrated in the Middle East?
The festive season is in full swing in the UAE. Christmas carols are playing on the radio stations and every hotel foyer has a huge Christmas tree. Santa’s grottos are everywhere and they even host an annual Christmas market in town.

We are receiving happy Christmas wishes from Muslim friends and colleagues on a daily basis – we all embrace a celebration in the Middle East, regardless of religious beliefs. Christmas lights adorn shopping centres and residences. Hotels are offering special deals for Christmas lunch, and turkeys and mince pies are abundant in the supermarkets.

What was one standout achievement for TIQ Middle East in 2019?
We’ve had many successes this year, but one real highlight was the partnership between James Cook University and the Sheik Khalifa Marine Research Centre. JCU will provide expert assistance to help establish a new Marine Innovation Park. We introduced JCU representatives to the UAE Ministry of Food Security and advised JCU in the lead-up to them signing an agreement. It was a great outcome.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
We are looking forward to working on the build-up to Expo2020 in Dubai and to finalising several strategic projects at Dubai South.

Any end-of-year message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
Please watch the Expo2020 portal for export opportunities and don’t hesitate to contact TIQ’s Middle East office for support.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Taiwan

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein

Patrick Hafenstein

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein

How is the festive season celebrated in Taiwan?
With gusto! New Taipei Christmasland gala is the largest annual Christmas festival in Taiwan and was listed in 2018 by Hankyu Travel International Company as the top overseas Christmas travel destination in the world.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Taiwan in 2019?
This year we’ve focused on research and tech. On the research side, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries signed an MOU with the Taiwan Banana Research Institute to develop Cavendish bananas that are resistant to Panama Disease, and the Taiwan Deputy Minister of Agriculture travelled to Yeppoon for the planting of new lychee varieties. On the agtech side, Queensland company Ceres Tag won the ANZCham Taiwan Queensland Business Award for their partnership with Taiwan’s Yomura Technologies. And, on the smart city side, MiTAC, a top Taiwan tech company, signed agreements with Redland and Logan City councils and a number of Queensland universities and start-ups to use Queensland as their testbed for smart city technologies.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
In 2020, we want to further develop the Taiwan-Queensland relationship in biotech, agtech, smart cities, circular economy and drones, while maintaining our strengths in agriculture, resources, education and tourism.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
When we reflect on what’s best about our role, we quickly think of the relationships we’ve developed with our amazing Queensland clients. Thank you for giving us the chance to do what we enjoy. And make sure to contact TIQ Taiwan if you’d like to explore this amazing market.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ Japan

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Japan, Tak Adachi

Tak Adachi

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Japan, Tak Adachi

How is the festive season celebrated in Japan?
Christmas is still not widely seen as a religious holiday in Japan but more as a time to get together with friends, family and partners. Christmas lights and illuminations are all over Japan and the Japanese love to go and see these in the period leading up to Christmas.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ Japan in 2019?
There were many. To name a few – successful missions involving the Premier and Minister Cameron Dick, 2 successful education missions with Study Gold Coast and Study Queensland, and supporting Team Queensland to attract a direct Virgin Australian flight between Haneda Airport and Brisbane. The Rugby World Cup saw a record number of Queensland clients visiting our market, and we also contributed to the first exports of green hydrogen from Queensland to Japan.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?
TIQ Japan’s goal in 2020 is to become a ‘high impact’ team (like the Japanese rugby team). Watch out for our performance next year!

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?
From all of us here in Tokyo, we wish you a happy holiday season and all the best for the coming year. Thank you for working with us over the past year, contact TIQ Japan if we can be of any help – and book your Tokyo accommodation early for 2020!

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Season’s greetings from TIQ India

A festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – India, Gitesh Agarwal

Gitesh Agarwal, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – IndiaA festive-season chat with Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – India, Gitesh Agarwal

How is the festive season celebrated in India?

India celebrates Christmas with the same joy as it does Diwali. The colour red is seen across key cities and there is festive décor in shops, malls, hotels, churches, homes and schools. Big sales are everywhere, so everyone can play Santa. Restaurants serve special brunch menus, and plum cake is a big ritual. Bangalore alone has more than 100 Christmas events planned.

What were some standout achievements for TIQ India in 2019?

It’s been a year of connection. We have seen heightened engagement – such as 2 Indian innovators visiting QODE 2019 in Brisbane, successful visits to India by companies who received grants under TIQ’s Developing Future Leaders Program, visits by many Indian customers, and an 11-member women entrepreneurs’ mission to Queensland through Study Queensland. One big achievement was a very successful METS (mining equipment, technology and services) mission to the international mining exhibition in Kolkata. The 11 Queensland companies who attended made up almost 75% of the Australian presence there.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

Australia will engage with India very strategically, including through the Australia India Business Exchange program. TIQ has lots of plans, starting with a Study Queensland trade mission, potential launch of Q-PODs, the Indian Innovator campaign, the North Australian Education campaign etc. We also have new team members joining in December 2019, so it will be all hands on deck. Exciting times ahead for sure.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?

‘Why India?’ is a question being answered by Australia, with strategies and reports on India released at both state and federal level. In our experience, all the companies who actually spend time in India meeting companies and exploring opportunities go back as advocates of the India story. If you’re interested, please do reach out to TIQ India, and take a journey.

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Season’s greetings from TIQ China

A festive-season chat with Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – China, Julie-Anne Nichols

Julie-Anne Nichols, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Hong Kong and Macau

A festive-season chat with Queensland Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner – China, Julie-Anne Nichols

How is the festive season celebrated in China?

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in Chinese culture. Many old traditions are still followed, such as family reunions and elaborate meals with family, friends and others. Some new traditions have also emerged, with Chinese outbound tourism now peaking around the new year holidays. Queensland is a popular holiday destination.

What was the standout achievement for TIQ China in 2019?

It has to be delivering the thirtieth anniversary of the Shanghai Sister-State relationship throughout 2019. This was a true Team TIQ and Team Queensland effort. Multiple organisations and departments were involved in renewing the sister state agreement, and the TIQ Brisbane, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong offices worked together to create wonderful programs for Queensland Government, business and cultural delegations visiting Shanghai. A highlight was the joint performance of the Queensland Youth Orchestra and Shanghai Young Philharmonic Orchestra, who also signed an MOU.

What are you most looking forward to in 2020?

Continuing the Team TIQ delivery model, where we work seamlessly across our global network to deliver inbound and outbound missions for trade, education, investment, business development and relationship-building between Queensland and China.

Any new year’s message you’d like to share with Queensland exporters?

Speak to TIQ China about your ambitions in the Chinese market. And, at a practical level, please be mindful of Chinese public holidays during key festival periods, which affect business operations, transport and accommodation in China. These change each year so please check official dates before making any travel and business plans for China.

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China expo puts Queensland exporters on a Shanghai

Exporters from across Queensland travelled to China in November to showcase their goods and services at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.

Exporters from across Queensland travelled to China in November to showcase their goods and services at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.

Supported by staff from TIQ Shanghai, the 15 Queensland companies at the event showcased food, beverages, consumer goods, education services and more.

Queenslanders living in Shanghai also came along to show their support, including Heidi Dugan, who is a celebrity host on Chinese TV.

Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for China Julie-Anne Nichols attended the official opening of the expo’s Australian Pavilion, which housed many of the Queensland exhibitors.

TIQ Shanghai arranged promotions and meetings for the companies with Chinese importers.

Senior Business Development Manager Li Chen said it was a unique opportunity for the Queensland exporters.

‘During the expo they got to develop relationships with networks in China and from abroad, and build their profile in this important market,’ Ms Chen said.

‘It was also an opportunity for TIQ to promote tourism, investment and trade opportunities in Queensland.

‘We are looking forward to seeing more Queensland goods and services here in China.’

Rockhampton City Council also hosted a series of in-market events during the expo, including an investment workshop targeting skilled business migrants and investors.

Local Business Development Manager for investment and migration Eileen Liu, who presented at one of the council’s events, said it created the perfect synergy.

‘It was great to have regional Queensland profiled and represented here in Shanghai, especially while the expo was on and Shanghai and China were in the global spotlight,’ Ms Liu said.

Following the expo, 4 Queensland food and beverage companies exhibited their goods at Food Hotel China held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong, Shanghai on 12–14 November.

China is identified as one of Queensland’s most important export markets in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Queensland exhibitors at CIIE 2019

Queensland exhibitors at FHC 2019