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NT Government: Building trade opportunities in South East Asia

05 Nov 2023 1:15 PM | Stephanie Berlin (Administrator)

Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ngaree Ah Kit is set to lead a delegation to Indonesia and Timor-Leste to attract new investment into development opportunities in the Northern Territory and new international students.

Indonesia is the Territory’s sixth largest trading partner, with the trade delegation set to visit Lombok and Jakarta to build on existing close economic and strategic partnerships following on from the recent MoU signing for economic development with West Nusa Tenggara Government.

While in Indonesia, Minister Ah Kit will present at the Indonesia Australia Business Council Conference as an opportunity to promote the significant investment opportunities available in the Northern Territory, particularly in the critical minerals sector.

The delegation will engage in discussions to advance a collaborative approach to ensuring the ongoing viability of its live cattle trade, including agricultural research and development opportunities.

Another key feature of the program will be an International Education showcase of Territory education and training providers for agents in Indonesia keen to identify placements for students into the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory also enjoys a strong relationship with Timor-Leste and part of the delegation will travel to Dili to continue Government’s engagement on the advancement of key actions under its Strategic Partnership Agreement with Timor-Leste finalised earlier this year.

While in Dili, the Minister will meet the Vice-Prime Minister, other Government officials and various organisations to discuss the countries’ mutual interests and opportunities.

This includes bilateral activities in the health, education and workforce development sectors.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ngaree Ah Kit:

 “The Northern Territory has the potential to be a major player in the global supply chain of the critical minerals required for new and renewable energy technologies and we need to continually tell that story to our trading partners.

“This South East Asian visit is also a major opportunity to advance our renowned agricultural and international education export offerings, while building on the strong partnerships we have in training and workforce development.

“Representing the Northern Territory Government on this delegation brings with it the significant opportunity to attract more investment into the Northern Territory by building stronger relationships with our near neighbours and trading partners, and highlighting why the Northern Territory is the best investment decision.”


Total trip cost for Minister Ah Kit and two ministerial staff: $19,810

Source: NT Government Newsroom

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