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Bringing Back the Arafura Games: Business Engagement Program and History of Trade Exhibition

The Territory’s international trade and investment attributes and rich history of doing business with our neighbours across the Asia Pacific region will be on show during the Arafura Games.

The Business Engagement Program, which is occurring alongside the Games, has received more than 100 registrations from international delegates including business people, investors, diplomats and Embassy staff.

The delegates represent more than 16 countries including our closest neighbours Timor Leste and Indonesia. Delegates from the Philippines, Japan and China as well as those further afield including the US, United Arab Emirates and Hungary have also registered.

The Business Engagement Program will promote the Territory’s unique international trade and investment opportunities with a view to creating jobs and business connections while strengthening regional relationships.

 The 15 sector-focused sessions will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 29 April to 4 May and topics will include:

A highlight of the Business Engagement Program is a free exhibition curated to illustrate the history of Northern Territory trade from exchange of goods between pre-colonial Aboriginal Territorians and people from Makassar in Indonesia, to the early days of gold mining and cattle farming.

Registrations for sessions in the Business Engagement Program have been filling fast. To view the full list and to book, go to

The trade exhibition will be open to the public daily from 27 April until 4 May on Level 2 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

 Quotes from the Chief Minister and Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation Michael Gunner

 “The Territory Labor Government is focused on creating jobs for Territorians and providing opportunities for local businesses to grow.

 “The Business Engagement Program will connect businesses and drive new trade possibilities as well as support the expansion of existing and emerging industries.

 “I would encourage businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to promote our products within the Asia Pacific region and further afield.”

 Media contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192.