Between now and Christmas, Western Australia will be playing host to four major international delegations, including representatives from some of the largest industrial investment groups in the world.
The Minister assisting the Minister for Trade, Gordon Hill, said today the delegations would include the biggest investment group ever to arrive from France - a 360-member delegation from the French Provence region - and 22 representatives from the influential Japan Federation of Economic Organisations.
"Besides these, we have a ten-member group from South Korea to look at opportunities in mineral processing; plus we are about to have a United Nations mission visit to investigate Perth as a possible site for an international solar energy research centre," Mr Hill said.
He said the presence of so many delegations showed that WA was now quickly gaining an international reputation as an important area for future investment.
"That reputation was not achieved without effort and cannot be maintained without considerable on-going effort by Government ministers, Government officers and the local business community," he said.
"It is not good enough simply to hope that overseas investors will materialise at regular intervals at Perth Airport.
"International competition for investment is far too fierce for any cargo cult mentality."
Mr Hill said it had to be realised that sometimes years of work were involved in attracting and securing international investment in the State.
A typical example could be found in the recent announcement that the State Government had been successful in drawing together the international consortium to invest $35 million in building WA's first tile factory.
"Yet there are attempts to belittle those efforts and embrace the cargo cult option," Mr Hill said.
"A prime example is the Opposition's attempt to criticise the Into Asia conference.
"They do not want to look at what has been achieved or the necessity to stage such a gathering. Their only interest is to dissect the enrolments.
"The fact is, we held a highly successful international conference, attracting 475 delegates - 110 of whom were either international delegates or representatives of international companies.
"We provided this international business community with a clear picture of what Western Australia has to offer; and members of the local business community succeeded in cementing valuable contacts which might have taken months to achieve using other methods."