Assistant Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will visit Shanghai this weekend to build Australia’s commercial, cultural and tourism ties.

Mr Pitt will meet Australian start-up enterprises accessing mentoring, finance and business development opportunities via the Australian Government’s Shanghai Landing Pad.

He will also witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between China’s Bright Foods and the Northern Co-operative Meat Company.

The agreement is aimed at improving access for Australian meat through the Bright Foods supply chain.

"Shanghai is a key city in Australia’s largest export market and there is always more we can do here to increase trade, especially given the huge new opportunities created by the China Australia Free Trade Agreement," Mr Pitt said.

"China is also an important investor in Australia and our highest spending tourism market. This year is the China Australia Year of Tourism.

"During my visit I’ll also be looking at ways to grow our tourism links, particularly as we begin to repair the damage from Cyclone Debbie."

Mr Pitt will hold meetings with Australian and Chinese officials and business people throughout the visit.

He will also attend the Tastes of South Australia display and the inaugural AFL match in China at Shanghai’s Jiangwan Stadium between Port Adelaide and the Gold Coast Suns.

The match is designed to promote AFL and Australia, as well as build links between the two countries through sport.

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