Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Visit to enhance WA-Japan ties

    26/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Energy and Resources Minister Francis Logan will visit Japan and Hong Kong this week for a series of meetings with some of Japan’s biggest and most influential companies.


    Mr Logan said the trip was designed to strengthen Western Australia’s ties with its $14.6billion trading partner.


    “Japan is one of our most important trading partners and we must remember that the development of WA’s iron ore and LNG sector was underpinned by significant Japanese investments in its early stages,” he said.


    “Trade and investment missions such as this give me a chance to meet with major energy and resources companies to re-affirm our existing and historical ties while looking for new opportunities.”


    The Minister will meet executives from two of Japan’s biggest gas utilities, Osaka Gas and Kansai Electric Power Co.  Both companies are foundation LNG customers from the North West Shelf project.


    He will also meet several companies with significant interests in WA’s mining sector, including the Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui and Co and Itochu Corporation.


    Mr Logan will also have talks with the Toyota Corporation and top engineering firm Chiyoda Corporation, which opened its first Australian office in Perth last month.


    A highlight of the visit will be the inaugural Japan - Australia - China forum on health and bio-engineering at Kobe University.


    The forum has come to fruition through WA’s Sister State relationships with Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture and China’s Zhejiang Province.


    It has attracted top scientists from the three cities, including 11 from The University of WA. They include deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, Professor Doug McEachern, and WA  Institute for Medical Research director, Professor Peter Klinken.


    Mr Logan will be accompanied on the visit by his chief of staff, Peter Terlick. The cost of the trip is estimated at $30,000.


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