07 Apr 2018
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles, will lead a government and trade delegation to Japan and South Korea today to strengthen relationships with the two countries and explore trade opportunities for the Territory.
Mr Vowles, who will travel with representatives from mineral exploration companies, will meet with government officials, potential private investors and strategic partner organisations.
“Japan and South Korea are key markets for the Territory’s mineral resources, and on this visit we will be promoting investment opportunities that have significant potential to create local jobs, and grow and diversify our resources sector,” Mr Vowles said.
“While in Japan I will also re-confirm the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to our Memorandum of Cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries by signing the Masterplan, which will guide our work together.
“This will promote and progress research and development projects in Territory agriculture and aquaculture, and supply chains into South-East Asia.
“The Memorandum has already seen Humpty Doo Barramundi send their farmed fish to Tokyo to be assessed by top sashimi chefs. We want to see more of this.
“Asia is a vast market just to our north. It offers huge opportunities for us to increase exports, which creates jobs and boosts our economy.”
Mr Vowles, who is also Minister for the Arafura Games, will meet with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology while in Japan to follow up his invitation to take part in the Games.
“The former chaotic CLP government scrapped the Games. As promised, we are bringing them back on 27 April 2019,” Mr Vowles said. “We already have eight countries signed up, and more will be announced soon.
“The Arafura Games are a great relationship builder and will further strengthen ties between the Territory and the countries who take part.”
Mr Vowles leaves on Saturday, 8 April and returns on Saturday, 15 April.
Travel costs for the Minister and one staff member:
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