NSW Premier to join Australian Prime Minister's trade mission to China

2 April 2014

Shanghai

The Premier of NSW, Mr Barry O'Farrell, will join the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, next week on Australia's largest-ever trade mission to China.

Mr O'Farrell will join the Prime Minister, other State Premiers, the Federal Trade Minister, Mr Andrew Robb, and business leaders for "Australia Week in China" from 8-11 April. The four day visit will include Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.

"China's significance as Australia's and NSW's largest trading partner cannot be overstated," Mr O'Farrell said.

"I will travel to China to emphasise that NSW is open and ready for business and Sydney, as Australia's only global city, is the best place in Australia to do business.

"Two-way merchandise trade between NSW and China was worth more than $27 billion last financial year and China's banking system is on track to overtake the US system by 2020.

"I look forward to meeting with business and investor groups and Chinese Government leaders to discuss opportunities to strengthen our long-standing diplomatic and trade relationship with China."