Trade 2018 Overview
Trade 2018 is the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Trade and Investment Program developed by the Queensland Government in partnership with City of Gold Coast.
Trade 2018 will strengthen Queensland’s trade and investment ties across the Commonwealth and boost Gold Coast City’s and the state’s international business profile.
Trade 2018 will deliver focused activity in key Commonwealth markets, to build on opportunities before, during and after GC2018.
The program includes targeted inbound and outbound missions, international activations via business receptions and investor briefings run concurrently with the Queen’s Baton Relay, and an extensive Games-time business hosting program.
Queensland is ideally positioned at the crossroads of the Asia-Pacific, close to growth markets
Queensland’s workforce is highly skilled, motivated and employment-ready
Sub-tropical climate, world-class education and services, diverse economy and lifestyle make Gold Coast City and Queensland an ideal place to live and work
Trade 2018 will conduct events in priority markets coinciding with the Queen’s Baton Relay – including outbound trade missions, investor briefings and roundtables in priority markets.
Inbound business/trade missions from key international markets, in targeting industry sectors.
A parallel program of trade and investment activities, events and site visits during Games-time, April 2018.
Commonwealth Trade Agenda
Hosting GC2018 during a time of significant change in the Commonwealth represents a unique opportunity for Australia, Queensland and the Gold Coast to deliver a global legacy which unites the Commonwealth through stronger trade and investment relationships.
As a key step in this process, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk participated in the inaugural Commonwealth Trade Ministers' Meeting in London in March 2017 to explore how the Games can support the emerging Commonwealth trade agenda, and we are continuing to work with Commonwealth trade bodies on these opportunities through Trade 2018.