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One of the Commonwealth Games most exciting events to occur far away from the track

Trade 2018 Delegates at Southport Yacht Club

Queenslanders are poised to strike gold at the Games – but they won’t be anywhere near a track, field or pool.

The Queensland and Commonwealth Collaboration and Showcase event at the Southport Yacht Club provided a huge opportunity for key industry sectors to build relationships with international trade delegates from Commonwealth countries visiting the Gold Coast for the Games.

Regional Development Australia (Brisbane) CEO Margaret Blade said the event allowed relationships to be forged that could benefit Queenslanders for decades to come.

“This event is a huge opportunity for Queensland’s regions to showcase what they’re good at to key trade delegates from around the Commonwealth,” Ms Blade said.

“International delegates attended a half day showcase event where they got get the chance to interact with exhibitors representing twelve Queensland regions, the state’s priority industry sectors and government trade and investment agencies.

“Events like this are about forging business relationships through meeting people. It’s wonderful how a major event like the Games can help leverage this awesome opportunity – it’s testament to the power of the business of sport.”

The event will connect economic development professionals and industry representatives from across Queensland to share knowledge and collaborate.

“Another large part of what we’re facilitating is a chance for economic development professionals from government and industry to come together and develop their skills,” Ms Blade said.

“We’ve also organised for a workshop session with people from across the regions. We wanted to get practitioners together to identify trade and investment priorities and collaborate to improve outputs.”

For more information on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Trade program, visit