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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 2010 pavilion experience a journey of discovery, learning about Australias history, its dynamic and modern cities, its spectacular landscapes, art, culture, food and unique tourism opportunities. Most importantly, the Northern Territory features prominently within the pavilion at every stage. On 21 May at 5.35 pm, the Australian pavilion welcomed its one millionth visitor. Within the first month of opening, some 47 000 people visited per day. During the six months of the expo the Northern Territory will have a regular presence promoting a range of trade and investment opportunities. In August, I led a delegation comprising representation from business, industry, government and Charles Darwin University to Shanghai, hosting the NT Week at the expo from 23 to 27 August. NT Week gave a focus on promoting investment and trade opportunities across the Territorys key sectors such as minerals, oil and gas, tourism, education and major project developments, all underpinning the key message of the Territorys growing trade capability and investment readiness, coupled with a can-do environment. The visit provided the Territory with an opportunity to strengthen our bilateral relationships with China and, where possible, other markets of strategic interest to the Territory which play a crucial role in establishing a platform for future engagement and pursuing commercial opportunities. This is sure to give further clout to the Territory. I welcomed the visit by Chinese Vice President, Mr Xi Jinping, to the Territory in late June 2010. This was a tremendous opportunity to directly showcase the Territory and build on important bilateral relations at the highest level. It was very significant the Chinese Vice President chose to spend nearly two days in Darwin, also visiting Kakadu. The opportunity to spend several hours over dinner at the Convention Centre with the Vice President was a great opportunity to promote the Northern Territory. I believe his visit was instrumental in Charles Darwin University securing a Confucius Institute. A Confucius Institute is where the Chinese government supports a dedicated chair at the university to provide opportunities for Territorians and Territory business to understand more about Chinese language, culture, business practices, and have a first-class view of establishing a relationship with China before leaving the Northern Territory. It will be a very valuable chair at the university for years to come. A dedicated investment portal has been established to provide initial point of contact for investment opportunities. I encourage anyone with an interest to visit through the Northern Territory government website. During the development phase of my governments new trade strategy, I expressed a keen interest to include business events in that strategy. This sector is a lucrative market which has the potential to bring hundreds of people from a broad range of corporate business to the Northern Territory, also providing multiple benefits to the local economy. I am pleased our minister has announced three new international standard business events to the Territory in 2010. This is a remarkable achievement which will add a significant boost to our economy. These new events are worth reiterating: 1. the Bulky Goods Retailers Association Annual Conference with approximately 200 participants; 2. the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association International Conference with around 400 participants; and 3. the Skl International Annual Tourism Conference with approximately 200 participants. It is really important to promote the Northern Territory overseas, and even more important to attract major conferences and major corporate groups to the Northern Territory. Let them get their feet on the ground in the Northern Territory, let them see the infrastructure, the business acumen and capability we have, the fantastic facilities and social infrastructure and the friendliness of Territorians. A key part of our trade strategy is not being the Harlem Globetrotters bouncing randomly around the world to snag a contact. It is to be key, to be strategic and understand our competitive advantage, to understand our competition, where investment may come from, and be targeted and strategic. It is also getting people to the Territory, and the three new events will directly complement our governments ongoing promotion and development of Darwin as Australias gateway with Asia. I want to talk about the National Export Awards. My Northern Territory Chief Ministers Export and Industry Awards recognise the contribution of our local business in exploring and developing international markets. I had great pleasure in officiating at the awards ceremony with minister Knight in Darwin in early September. The gala event was attended by the Territorys leading exporters, the business community, government and industry associations, and was a 6509