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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 fall-back option. It is wise for industries not to leave things entirely up to government, to be thinking where their markets exist and how to protect them; it is sensible to move that way. I thank the member for Goyder for her personal commitment to develop international markets. She does not normally make these comments. BIMP-EAGA stands for the subregional grouping made up of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area. The member for Goyder suggested the Northern Territory and Australian governments were members of BIMP-EAGA - my advice is we are not. We have a good neighbouring association and target those specific areas of commerce. The Northern Territory government and the Chamber of Commerce have offered to sponsor the placement of a senior BIMP-EAGA Business Council representative with the International Business Council in order to promote business matching and networking. BIMP-EAGA has not yet taken up that offer. BIMP-EAGA has not gained a great deal of traction as a vehicle for driving business growth and investment. BIMP-EAGA has become very bureaucratic and does not have a large business contingent. My understanding of the group is at the moment it is made up of bureaucrats, whereas our approach has been to go directly to elected members, either at the national or provincial level, to gain access at a political level into the country, and also going to marketplaces - whether it be mining or pastoral areas with business-to-business links. Business is best done business-to-business. It is for government to assist where there are political barriers. We know where our key markets are and cannot be everywhere all the time. We need to target markets. We are doing that and it will bear fruit in the future. We do not feel BIMP-EAGA is producing results. They have much initial work to do. We will work with the key markets of China, Japan and Indonesia, and the emerging markets of Vietnam, Philippines and areas of Papua New Guinea with mining opportunities. We are keen to look at other opportunities. India is a huge market. We are analysing that market to see what is available. The Growing International Trade strategy highlights Indonesia as the key market in our region. As mentioned, Malaysia and the Philippines are recognised as emerging markets. We have an ongoing relationship through the supply of cattle and husbandry expertise in Malaysia. We have a similar approach in developing markets in Vietnam, where government industry has been providing technical advice in establishment of feedlots. That work continues The member for Goyder suggested she receive a briefing on the work undertaken to promote cattle exports to Vietnam. Although well intended, your comments about animal husbandry are a little misplaced. The Asian Relations trade area should be a bipartisan approach and I believe we have the balance right. They are difficult markets to work in. I know the department is working very hard with live cattle export to Vietnam. The Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association, the national industry body, and my department have been working with a Vietnamese private partner in the design of feedlots, which have now been built. However, we are still working on the first shipment of cattle to Vietnam. The member for Goyder asked about achievements under the trade strategy. Since April this year, the key initiatives of the strategy are: the Indonesian Mining Procurement Forum, which was extremely successful. This was our third forum and it has grown from strength to strength. It is now recognised on the national stage. Companies are now flying into Darwin to meet with buyers from Indonesian mines, and the number of delegates coming from Indonesia is growing. We were privileged to have the Vice-Governor of East Kalimantan visit. The Mining Procurement Forum continues to grow. We have to link our businesses with procurement buyers and the management of Indonesian mines. I was shown a map of all mines in the eastern area of Indonesia, and there were dots everywhere representing nickel and coal mines. There are vast opportunities to do business with those mines. However, we have to get it right. Many businesses have been burnt in the past and we cannot repeat that. The Indonesian Mining Procurement Forum attracted approximately 130 participants. The Balikpapan Expo, a mining expo in East Kalimantan, is the pinnacle annual event for the region where mining companies meet with suppliers. A 27-strong delegation of business people visited the expo. Sadly, it coincided with sittings and I was unable to attend. Earlier in the year I attended the OZMINE Conference in Jakarta. I was the most senior Australian person to attend and had the pleasure of opening the expo with the Indonesian Ambassador, which was an honour for me. It put the Northern Territory on the stage. It is another seminal event in Indonesia where we show the wares of Australian companies to Indonesian mining companies and the government, and was represented by a very strong delegation. 6519