Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    South Korean delegation visits Western Australia

    23/08/2011 12:00 AM
    In a sign of the strong trade and investment links between Western Australia and the Republic of South Korea, a delegation from the republic is visiting Perth during a fact finding trip to Australia, hosted by the Australian Political Exchange Council.

    The prime focus of the seven-day visit is to see, first hand, the State’s investment in the world-class infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) in Henderson.

    Of particular interest is the AMC’s Common User Facility, which houses the world’s most technologically-advanced floating dock.

    Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said the Republic of South Korea was an important market for Western Australian products and services.

    “The Republic of South Korea is Western Australia’s fourth-biggest trading partner, with the majority of this trade in raw materials, and the State is keen to showcase opportunities in other important sectors of WA’s economy,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “In March 2011, the Premier visited South Korea to promote trade and investment linkages. Both the WA and South Korean governments are keen to develop this relationship even further to extend across different industries.

    The Minister said 2011 was an important year for Australia’s relationship with South Korea - dedicated as the year of friendship, to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    In October 2010, the Department of Commerce undertook a mission to South Korea with five WA companies to assist them promote their products into the supply chains of major South Korean companies such as Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

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