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Trade 2018 follows QBR to Papua New Guinea

Pacific nations have been invited to capitalise on the business opportunities arising from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Timed with the Queen’s Baton Relay arrival in Papua New Guinea, a Trade 2018 delegation hosted various targeted events encouraging local business leaders to visit Queensland during Games Time.

A key focus of the visit was to advance plans for a Pacific focus within the Trade 2018 Games time Trade and Investment Program.

Office of Commonwealth Games Deputy Director-General, Kerry Petersen, said GC2018 provided a unique platform for nations to strengthen business-to-business relationships across the Commonwealth.

“In April next year, to coincide with the Games, we will deliver an exciting program of business events and activities.

“A Pacific-focused business event in particular will highlight the economic and business opportunities of key Pacific Commonwealth nations such as Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji and the Solomon Islands,” she said.

“We want to showcase Pacific region expertise to the rest of the Commonwealth, ensuring businesses leverage from the Games and the Commonwealth connection.”

Highlights of the PNG visit included:

  • a Trade 2018 Business Breakfast, held in collaboration with the Australia PNG Business Council, to discuss the trade and investment opportunity for the Pacific from GC2018
  • a roundtable workshop, involving government and business representatives, exploring the legacy opportunities for emerging PNG leaders in agribusiness through Games time activity
  • Participation in an Australian High Commission hosted event to welcome the Queen’s Baton and to celebrate the value of interest in sports diplomacy and sport for development in the Pacific region.

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