Premier Daniel Andrews will visit China and Japan from 20 to 27 September 2016 to promote Victoria as a top destination for international students, tourism and business and investment opportunities.
The official visit is an opportunity to strengthen our engagement with both countries, position Victoria as the preferred trade and investment partner for Chinese and Japanese business, and pursue collaborations in health, building, sports and the arts.
During the Premier’s first official trip to China in 2015, the Victorian Government updated the state’s China Strategy, successfully negotiated export and business opportunities, and facilitated new health, research and cultural partnerships.
Over the coming week, the Premier will meet senior government officials and business leaders in Beijing, Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, Chengdu in Sichuan Province, and Tokyo, Japan.
The Premier will make major announcements including a performing arts coup for Melbourne’s Arts Centre, enhancing Victoria’s reputation as a destination for international students and new initiatives involving our iconic sporting events.
China is Victoria’s biggest trading partner worth more than $20 billion in two-way trade – accounting for almost a quarter of Victoria’s total food and fibre export market, including dairy, beef and wool.
Victoria has benefited from decades of Japanese investment, from manufacturing in the late 1950s to 1970s, to food in the 1990s.
Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews
“It’s vital we keep our relationships with China and Japan strong – they’re among our top trading partners and their investments in Victoria are good for our economy and great for jobs.”
“Victoria is the state of momentum – we’re creating thousands of jobs, building infrastructure for the future and our economy is the fastest growing in the nation – this is a great time to be promoting Victoria as the place to do business.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020