Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Western Australia plays host to French trade mission

    15/06/2017 10:00 AM
    • ​13 French companies represented in Business France trade mission delegation
    • Delegates set to meet local businesses and tour the State's infrastructure
    • Companies are part of sea innovation clusters operating in the maritime, naval, offshore and other marine markets

    More than a dozen companies from France will visit Western Australia this week as part of an important trade mission to meet with local businesses and observe common-use infrastructure.


    A total of 26 delegates from 13 French businesses will tour the Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility in Henderson, which has been chosen as one of two national shipbuilding locations.


    Henderson has been confirmed as the nation's minor naval vessel hub with the majority of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels to be built in WA along with up to 21 Pacific Patrol Boats.


    There are two clusters involved in this trade mission, the Mer Bretagne Atlantique (representing an industry precinct on the Atlantic coast of France) and Mer Mediterranee (for those on the Mediterranean coast).


    The trade mission was organised by Business France - the French government agency responsible for the international development of the French economy - along with the Western Australian Government.


    French businesses will also hold one-on-one meetings with Western Australian companies to discuss potential partnerships and business opportunities.


    Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:


    "WA boasts an experienced and internationally competitive industry which is ready to participate in Australian and foreign shipbuilding programs.


    "I look forward to seeing how we can boost business opportunities for local companies in the defence sector and adjacent industries like oil and gas.


    "The French companies taking part in the trade mission are investigating possible joint ventures, subcontracting opportunities and transferring technologies."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600