15 Dec 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Minister for Business
Business Minister Peter Styles said next year’s inaugural Open Territory program will provide Northern Territory businesses, including small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with new means to enhance their national and international profiles.
“It will be about showing Australia and the world what the Territory and Territory businesses, suppliers and industries have to offer,” Mr Styles said.
“The program will span from mid-March to mid-May and also include sport, arts and cultural activities.
“It will complement October Business Month and be based on the same successful model but with a greater focus on profiling business capability in the Northern Territory as well as showcasing trade and investment opportunities and strengthening government-to-business and business-to-business relationships.”
Open Territory follows the success of the Northern Australia Investment Forum (NAIF) held in Darwin last month with a number of those international investors committed to return for events between March and May next year.
In Malaysia last week for the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) Ministerial meeting, Minister Styles was confirmed the next BIMP-EAGA-Northern Territory meeting will be held on 27 April 2016 in Darwin – during Open Territory.
Mr Styles said the scheduling is ideal to enable visiting political, business and industry representatives to stay on longer and attend Open Territory events including the Regional Australia-Asian Chambers Forum being put together by the Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory.
“We have received an exciting response from our fellow Chamber of Commerce representatives across the region, who are keen to discuss relevant opportunities and issues facing business growth in the region and investigating the role the private sector can play in developing the North,” Chamber of Commerce NT CEO Greg Bicknell said.
With a number of international businesses and investors in the Territory, local SMEs will also have the chance to showcase their goods and services through a Trade Expo.
Another feature Open Territory event will be the inaugural Territory Taste Festival funded collaboratively by Festivals NT and the Department of Business.
The Festival will be based around the enjoyment of food that represents Northern Territory producers, farmers, growers, traders and the hospitality industry as a whole.
It will feature food and wine tasting, pop-up restaurants, Aboriginal bush tucker, chef demonstrations, cooking classes and a 150ft table dinner party.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the Northern Territory is home to unique food and cultural experiences with everything from Indigenous bush tucker to crocodile meat and some of the best and freshest seafood in the world.
“There is enormous potential for the Territory to become a ‘must do’ destination for foodies and tap into the food tourism markets and this new event is an opportunity to plate up the tastes of the Territory to interstate and overseas visitors,” he said.
More events are in the planning stages with the complete program to be finalised over the coming months in collaboration between the Department of Business, a number of NT Government agencies and local businesses.
More information is available at www.openterritory.nt.gov.au
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