Queensland First Nations represent at the World Indigenous Business Forum 2023 in PNG
Friday 27 October, 2023
Trade and Investment Queensland, alongside First Nations businesses and representatives, attended the 14th World Indigenous Business Forum held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Leata Alaimoana, Queensland Trade Commissioner for the Pacific, attended the Forum joined by Marcus Oakley, Kamilaroi man and Senior Investment Advisor, Trade and Investment Queensland,
The Queensland story and First Nations representation was strong, with Cameron Costello, Quandamooka man (Stradbroke Island), Deputy Chair, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and Interim Chair of the Queensland First Nations Tourism Council presenting at the Forum.
Mr Costello’s presentation, Global Indigenous Partnerships for Economic Development, showcased the development of Indigenous tourism projects between Queensland’s Quandamooka people and the Roku people in Papua New Guinea.
The Forum brought together over 500 delegates from 14 countries to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of First Nations people, foster business networking and explore new opportunities for First Nations businesses.
Trade and Investment Queensland is dedicated to building a greater presence for Queensland’s First Nations companies supported by the power of international collaborations and leveraging of our global networks.
Quotes attributable to Leata Alaimoana, Queensland Trade Commissioner for the Pacific:
“Trade and Investment Queensland is committed to the support, promotion and growth of First Nations businesses to grow economic opportunities and increase their global footprint, as well as furthering Queensland’s relationships with Pacific communities.”
“Queensland’s First Nations companies are unique, diverse and passionate about their products, which cross a diverse range of sectors. We’re so pleased to see Queensland companies at the Forum, including Baidam Solutions, a leading Indigenous ICT security company, and SupplyAUS, which delivers a range of products and services.”
“The Forum is a valuable opportunity to meet with First Nations Ambassadors from around the world, from Nepal to Native American tribes in New Mexico and Canada.
“We were able to engage with Ambassador Justin Mohamed, Australian Ambassador for First Nations People, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Adrian Weeks, Senior Trade Commissioner, Austrade, and Queensland specialist Joshua Kaile, Senior Business Development Manager, Austrade.
“Fostering meaningful partnerships and collaborating to support trade outcomes is central to TIQ’s partnerships with DFAT and Austrade.
“I’m proud that Queensland is part of Team Australia in PNG and that our state is represented at such an important global event dedicated to growing economic prosperity for First Nations communities.”
Last published: 3:28 PM, Friday, 27 October 2023