A landmark visit to the Central Coast in October by a Chinese delegation exploring economic and trade opportunities was a “critical step” for the region, according to Regional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) CEO, John Mouland.
RDACC and its project partners hosted the 27th NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting regional visit on October 24.
“Regarded as the most significant trade and investment initiative between NSW and China in 2019, the Sister State relationship between NSW and Guangdong facilitates mutually beneficial economic and trade opportunities for both areas,” Mouland said.
“(We were) proud to showcase some of the best assets that the Central Coast has to offer to this important international audience.
“Being a part of this crucial economic initiative has given us the opportunity to highlight the work being done as a part of the Central Coast Food Innovation Region initiative, a critical economic development project designed to leverage our existing regional strengths and realise economic benefit by growing and innovating our local food, beverage and agricultural industry.
“To allow this international delegation to experience first hand some of our most unique and iconic hospitality venues and our local agricultural industry and best practice research centres, supports our overarching aims to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness, develop export opportunities and encourage national and international trade through innovation, education and research.”
Mouland said the visit put the region on the map in terms of international export, trade and investment opportunities for the Coast’s agricultural, food production and hospitality sector.
The visit coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Sister State relationship.
“I recently had the privilege to travel, as part of a government delegation, to Guangzhou, and was exceptionally impressed with the level of innovation, agility and resourcefulness that I witnessed across all government, education and business sectors within Guangdong,” Mouland said.
“During our short visit to Guangzhou, we forged many valuable relationships which we are now keen on further developing to build on our existing trade and investment successes.
“We’re also seeking to identify new opportunities that are aligned to our region’s competitive advantages and China’s emerging demand.
“These experiences are invaluable for all parties involved, especially in terms of knowledge exchange, expertise sharing and the joint discovery of unique and innovative solutions to address both of our states’ current and emerging food and agricultural opportunities and challenges.”
Project partners helping to facilitate the visit included Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC), Central Coast Business Chamber, the University of Newcastle, including the Newcastle Institute of Energy & Resources (NIER), Central Coast Council and the State Government.
Media release, Oct 24
Regional Development Australia Central Coast