Queensland Shadow Minister for Trade Lawrence Springborg
QLD Open For Business: State’s Trade Offices Must Get Message To The World
Victor P Taffa
The State Opposition today said Queensland must use its international network of Trade Offices to let the world know “Queensland is open for business”.
Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Trade, Lawrence Springborg, said it was vital the world did not assume the devastating images of the floods, beamed across the globe, gave the misleading impression the entire state was closed to business.
“While some industries have been severely affected, others are operating at either full or partial capacity.” Mr. Springborg said.
“Queensland needs to ensure that potential world markets and investors are properly and precisely briefed on those industries that are fully operational, those that have been slowed and those that are non-operational at the moment.”
“There are ten Queensland Trade missions, as well as three Special Trade Representatives based internationally.” Mr. Springborg said.
“The State’s trade and investment offices, in conjunction with Austrade offices, needed to proactively assure and brief international markets on the exact situation in Queensland.”
“Of course we have major issues with many of our agricultural and mining exports as a result of the floods, but the world must know that large parts of the State are still open for business either fully or partially.” Mr. Springborg said.
Mr. Springborg said he has also requested an urgent briefing from the State Government on the projected impacts the floods have had on the State’s Trade Capacity.