TIQ’s regional network is helping businesses across Queensland navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to build strength and resilience through Trade and Investment Groups (TIGs).

TIGs from Cairns to Ipswich met for the first time in 2020 during February and March, and will now look to hosting their next meetings online.

A TIQ initiative, TIGs bring together local councils, industry groups, chambers of commerce and other stakeholders involved in trade to enable a coordinated government response to trade and investment outcomes.

Director of TIQ’s Regional Network Denise Kreymborg said the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the value of the TIGs.

‘It’s important for the TIGs to keep moving forward and show regions that TIQ will be there to support them at all times,’ Ms Kreymborg said.

‘The next round of TIG meetings will function as an online check-in with members as they deal with COVID-19’s impacts on trade.

‘Collaboration is a valuable tool in any crisis and initiatives like taking TIG meetings online will ensure that local governments and industry groups continue to have opportunities to work together on solutions.

‘Queensland’s export industry will get through this crisis by being proactive and identifying the opportunities out there now and as the state moves into the recovery stage.’

Ms Kreymborg said feedback from participants so far had been positive.

‘Participants have told us they really appreciate the opportunities provided by TIG meetings, such as chances to increase connectivity, share information and identify priorities.’

TIQ has established TIGs in all regional areas where it has offices as part of its Regional Action Plan.

TIQ’s regional network is the secretariat for the meetings which are co-chaired by TIQ and the Regional Development Australia representative in each location.

Dates for the next round of TIG meetings will be confirmed shortly.

Supporting regional growth is a priority under the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022.

You can learn more about the support available to exporters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on our TIQ industry recovery package page.