TIQ has officially opened a new office in San Francisco, with a focus on promoting Queensland’s start-up and tech communities as well as broader trade and investment goals.

Opening the office on 5 June, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said it was ideally located to promote Queensland’s knowledge industries and to further Queensland’s strong trade relationship with North America.

‘This new office is well positioned to focus on supporting Queensland knowledge industries businesses to enter the North American market and increase the potential to attract high-value investment into the sector,’ she said.

‘North America is Queensland’s fifth largest two-way goods trade partner valued at almost $8.7 billion, including $7.0 billion with the United States.

‘The United States is also the primary source of foreign direct investment into Australia, valued at $214 billion at the end of 2018, a rise of 10.7% on the previous year.’

The new location on Silicon Valley’s doorstep is 1 of 15 offices in TIQ’s overseas network.

It will be led by recently appointed Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America Viki Forrest.

Ms Forrest was previously CEO of the US-based ANZA Technology Network and has more than 20 years’ international business experience spanning Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA.

Speaking after her appointment, she said she was excited about driving trade and investment for Queensland across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Ms Forrest joined Minister Jones for the official opening, along with TIQ’s A/CEO Paul Martyn, Austrade representatives and Queensland mayors.

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

Photo: Office Manager Lisa Anton, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner Viki Forrest, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones, Acting Chief Executive Officer Paul Martyn and Business Development Manager Vicki Clare.