Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt MP, today delivered the keynote address in Shanghai, at AccessChina’16. 

AccessChina’16 is a five-day Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) trade mission to China.

"Opportunities in our largest export market China will continue to expand and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) ensures Australia can take full advantage of those opportunities,” Mr Pitt said.

“ChAFTA better enables Australia to supply – through preferential tariffs – the primary produce that China demands now and into the future.

“And with an emerging middle class, the ability of regions like Toowoomba to quickly bring high value crops and other agricultural products into this market will create a great deal of new opportunities.

“ChAFTA also benefits exporters in services sectors such as education, health and aged care,” Mr Pitt said.

TSBE AccessChina’16 project leader Dr Ben Lyons said the participation of Assistant Minister Pitt and Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham at the conference was welcomed with enthusiasm.

“Government-to-government relationships are very important in the Chinese context and having key ministers with us in Shanghai further extends the reach of this delegation,” Dr Lyons said. 

Dr Lyons, who is also Food Leaders Australia CEO, said the journey to Asia was the start of many business owners’ export plans. 

“We’re empowering small to medium-sized enterprises to see for themselves where their products fit within the Asian market with this trip,” he said. 

“To put an international delegation of this size together shows this is a 'can do' region.”

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