Premier visits Japan and the Philippines to boost trade and investment
17 February 2014
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.