18 Apr 2016
Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade
One hundred international and interstate investors and local representatives will sit down today and tomorrow to discuss the business opportunities on offer in the Northern Territory.
The high-powered investors are attending the Northern Territory Government's invite-only Red Carpet Investor Forum.
Potential investors have flown in from across South East Asia and all parts of Australia as part of a month-long investment attraction campaign by the Country Liberals Government.
Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Asian Engagement and Trade Peter Styles officially opened the forum this morning.
“The Northern Territory Government will utilise this event as an opportunity to showcase the Territory and the remarkable investment opportunities it has to offer,” Mr Styles said.
"We are leaving no stone unturned in our endeavours to attract high end investment and create economic prosperity for Territorians. It's about creating new business opportunities and jobs for Territorians.
“The forum will bring together around 100 selected invitees including international and interstate investors and NT private and public sector representatives to discuss opportunities in the Northern Territory.
“It is an extension of the successful Northern Australia Investment Forum (NAIF) held in Darwin last November, but specifically focused on the NT.
“The forum involves investors who have previously expressed interest in Northern Australia as an investment destination. It will connect those investors with project proponents, generate leads and grow relationships with the ultimate aim of investment and economic growth in the Territory.
“It will involve a combination of keynote speakers including Gina Rinehart who addressed attendees this morning, as well as presentations from key industry leaders, testimonials from investors in the NT and customised meetings and site visits for investors.”
The Red Carpet Investor Forum is part of the Northern Territory Government’s inaugural Open Territory program of events which includes a series of domestic and international events to provide Northern Territory businesses, including small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with new means to enhance their national and international profiles.
Open Territory is showcasing business capability in the NT, as well as highlighting trade and investment opportunities alongside sport, arts and cultural events.
Events to follow in the coming weeks include the Business Technology Conference and expo, the NT-Timor Leste Ministerial Forum, the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-The Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) Ministerial meeting, the Australia-Asia Chambers Forum and Territory Expo.
For more information on the Open Territory program of events visit www.openterritory.nt.gov.au.
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