Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan is leading a delegation of regional port authority chairmen on a visit to the People’s Republic of China.
Ms MacTiernan said promoting good relationships and building trade and investment links with China and key Chinese ports was an important aspect of the visit, which also included inspections of transport infrastructure, industrial zones and a planning and urban development exhibition.
“There is value in our export port operators understanding the processes and technologies at destination ports and facilities to improve the compatibility of the products and services they provide,” she said.
“Our itinerary includes major ports in Shanghai and in Western Australia’s sister province of Zhejiang, both of which already take South-West coal.
“We will also visit the Shanghai ZhenHua Port Machinery Company, a world leader in bulk export and container handling equipment technology and manufacture.”
Ms MacTiernan will also address an infrastructure seminar in Beijing, organised by the Australia China Business Council.
The Minister will be accompanied by:
- Ian Burston, chairman, Broome Port Authority;
- Alan Birchmore, chairman, Fremantle Port Authority;
- James Matijasevich, chairman, Esperance Port Authority;
- Ian King, chairman, Geraldton Port Authority;
- Peter West, chairman, Dampier Port Authority;
- James Brosnan, chairman, Bunbury Port Authority; and
- Michael Dziombak, director, Port Hedland Port Authority.
Minister's office: 9213 6400