Northern Territory trades on its relationship with the Northern Hemisphere
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade has hosted a delegation of European Union representatives from 14 countries this week while promoting the Territory as open for business.
The 18 EU delegation representatives toured key trade and investment sites in Darwin and Alice Springs during their five day visit.
The department’s CEO, Shaun Drabsch, says the Territory is trading on its reputation as a region rich in diverse trade and investment opportunities to encourage interest from Europe.
Senior NT Government representatives in the Top End and Central Australia have been promoting Territory businesses and briefing the delegates on potential trade agreements and major projects in the resources, energy, agribusiness, defence, tourism, international education and innovation sectors.
Mr Drabsch says while international borders are closed to travellers, it’s important to lay the groundwork for the return of tourists and entice businesses to take part in the Territory’s exciting major projects.
In Darwin, the delegates also had networking opportunities with Charles Darwin University, City of Darwin, and Darwin Innovation Hub representatives, as well as the major companies with Territory-based projects, including Arafura Resources, TNG and Core Lithium.
In Alice Springs, the delegates toured the Desert Knowledge Precinct, Purple House, art galleries, Undoolya Station and Alice Springs School of the Air. The trip allowed them to discover how local businesses are developing innovative techniques and equipment to meet the needs of their customers.
The department’s Acting Director for Trade Development, Gina Cassimatis, has been accompanying the delegates during their trip.
She says the feedback from the delegates has been positive.
“They’ve been highly impressed by the opportunity to receive not just relevant and informed briefings on the NT’s industries and the opportunities to invest in these, but have also valued the introductions and networking with project proponents, industry stakeholders, and Territory Government representatives.
”The delegates now say they know so much more about the potential to do business in the Territory and will be making the relevant connections and follow up with their respective member-states on the opportunities here after their visit.”