NSW appoints trade commissioner in Japan

23 October 2013

The NSW Government launched a new Trade & Investment Office in Japan and announced the appointment of a Commissioner to drive investment and export opportunities in one of the State’s key international markets.  

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner made the announcement on 22 October 2013 while on a trade mission to Japan and China.  

Mr Stoner represented the Premier at the 51st Japan-Australia Joint Business Conference in Tokyo and met with government and business leaders in both countries to promote investment opportunities available in Sydney and NSW.  

Opening a Trade & Investment Office and appointing a Commissioner underlines the NSW Government’s commitment to growing the important relationship between NSW and Japan.  

Two-way merchandise trade between NSW and Japan was worth just over A$16 billion in 2012-13, and by facilitating relationships between NSW and Japanese businesses through the new Office and Commissioner the NSW Government aims to boost this figure.  

The Tokyo office, which is in the city’s CBD, extends NSW’s network of international Trade and Investment Offices to six.  

Geoff Walker, the new NSW Trade & Investment Commissioner for Japan, brings a wealth of experience to his new role and is also fluent in Japanese.  

Mr Walker’s background includes seven years as secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and Commissioner at the NSW Government Office in Japan from 1988-98.  

He has more than 25 years management experience in the transport, manufacturing and distribution industries, including marine transport and food ingredients, in Japan.  

He is also a former president of the Japanese subsidiary, Kerry Japan, of international conglomerate Kerry. Under Mr Walker's leadership the company’s sales in Japan grew from A$10 million to A$50 million.  

Mr Walker said he was excited by the prospect of promoting NSW’s numerous investment opportunities to Japanese businesses.  

“I welcome the opportunity to utilise my years of experience in Japan in both the public and private sectors to increase the close business relationship between Japan and NSW,” Mr Walker said.  

“It is a deep and broad relationship built up over more than 50 years.”  

“The NSW presence in Japan will help further develop partnerships in the key industries of the 21st century,” Mr Walker said.  

“Our focus will be on opportunities for trade and investment in areas such as infrastructure, clean technology, advanced manufacturing, mining and agribusiness.”