Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan today departed for China where he will meet with the operators of the world’s busiest container port in Shanghai.
Mr Donnellan is the 11th Andrews Government Minister to travel to China and will visit Melbourne’s Sister City Tianjin, where he will meet with the Tianjin Port Authority, before heading to Beijing and then on to Shanghai.
The Minister will also meet with current and prospective investors from across the country’s booming transport, distribution and logistics sector.
In Beijing, Mr Donnellan will meet with executives from CIC Capital, China’s $200 billion sovereign wealth fund and part of the Lonsdale Consortium behind the successful $9.6 billion bid for the 50-year Port of Melbourne lease.
The trip will also include meetings with representatives from: Tewoo Group; ChemChina, China Easypass Info Tech; Apex Logistics; COSCO Shipping Lines; logistics team and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Company.
China is Victoria’s largest overall trading partner, with total goods exports valued at $4.83 billion in 2015-16 and is a key investor across a number of industry sectors.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Ports Luke Donnellan
“China is Victoria’s largest trading partner and we’re seeing firsthand how huge volumes of container traffic are managed through its major ports in Shanghai and Tianjin.”
“The Andrews Labor Government will continue to pursue trade and investment opportunities with China and our other key international partners.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020