Premier visits Japan and the Philippines to boost trade and investment

17 February 2014

Street scene in Japan

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell is on a four-day visit to Japan and the Philippines to promote trade and  investment opportunities.

Mr O'Farrell is visiting Tokyo  and Manila to  meet with senior government representatives, business leaders and industry and  investor groups.

"Japan and the Philippines  are important partners in Asia and I will take  to both the clear message that NSW is keen to expand our trade and investment  links," Mr O'Farrell said.

"Japan is a major market for NSW resources and agricultural  products, with bilateral merchandise trade worth $16 billion last financial  year. I look forward to meeting business and government leaders including  Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Taro Aso.

"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the sister state  relationship with Tokyo  and I will also be meeting the new Governor of Tokyo, Mr Yoichi Masuzoe, who  was elected earlier this month.

"I believe opportunities exist to build an even stronger  trade relationship between Japan  and NSW and that's why we opened a Trade & Investment Office in Tokyo last year."

Mr O'Farrell said his time in to Manila  would include a meeting with the President of the Philippines,  Benigno Aquino III, who visited Sydney  in 2012.

"I welcome the opportunity to show that Australia and NSW are serious about making our  education, migration and tourism links with the Philippines even stronger," he  said.