Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signs the MOU with the Local Government Association of Queensland on 7 February.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signs a trade MOU with the Local Government Association of Queensland on 7 February.

The Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 has reached major milestones in its first year of implementation, with the majority of Strategy initiatives either completed or underway.

That was the message from TIQ CEO Virginia Greville, speaking at an event to mark the first anniversary of the Strategy, which was launched in April 2017.

Ms Greville said that the first 12 months of the $35 million Strategy had seen a wide range of initiatives rolled out across Queensland and in key overseas markets.

‘The Strategy contains 22 initiatives that are designed to increase Queensland’s exports and attract foreign investment to the state,’ Ms Greville said.

‘I’m pleased to say that important initiatives have already been implemented.

‘At home, we published the Queensland investment prospectus in June 2017, established a dedicated Townsville office in August 2017, and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Local Government Association of Queensland in early 2018.

‘Overseas, we’ve delivered three very successful showcase events with Queensland businesses, and strengthened Queensland’s trade presence in Singapore and Jakarta so that we are better equipped to promote our exporters in the critical ASEAN market.’

Ms Greville said other initiatives have also been piloted or are well advanced in their planning and development.

Businesspeople across Queensland have contributed their thoughts for the Strategy.

Businesspeople across Queensland have contributed their thoughts for the Strategy.

‘For example, we piloted ecommerce training across South East Queensland last year, and it went well so we are now planning the next series of training workshops,’ she said.

‘We’ve also recently launched the first round of the Developing Future Leaders program, which will place Queensland graduates and SMEs in TIQ’s overseas offices, giving them a chance to develop international networks and skills.

‘And we are well advanced in developing tailored trade and investment action plans for every Queensland region, with consultations completed and the plans being prepared.’

Ms Greville acknowledged the contributions from businesspeople, other organisations and staff involved in rolling out the Strategy in its first year.

‘This has been very much a joint effort, with Queensland businesses contributing their insights and participating in events; state and local government agencies collaborating with us; and TIQ staff around the world working day to day to turn the Strategy into reality.

‘I think we’ve had a successful first year, and I’m looking forward to seeing the initiatives progress further over the next 12 months.’

Ms Greville was speaking at a gathering on 11 May to mark the Strategy’s first anniversary.

More details of all 22 initiatives can be found in the full Strategy.

A formal evaluation of the Strategy’s first year is being compiled and is scheduled for release in late 2018.

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