AS some of the world’s top athletes start competing on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the business world is also warming up for its own event.
Trade 2018 kicked off with The Commonwealth – Business Advantage and Opportunities event yesterday, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Games.
The program is a range of forums, business matching sessions, formal events and receptions, networking opportunities and site visits held on the Gold Coast, and across Queensland.
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Trade 2018 will host a vast network of entrepreneurs, investors and exporters from at least 40 different countries in Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe and, of course, Australia.
They’ll be aiming to snap up new business deals and trade partnerships and share unique insights.
It’s anticipated the Trade 2018 program will also help international investors, collaborators and innovators discover novel opportunities on the Gold Coast and in Queensland.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate last month said he wanted Trade 2018 to create a lasting legacy for his city.
“In many ways, Trade 2018 is as important as the Games program itself,” Cr Tate said.
“To drive the legacy well beyond 2018 we must build long-term partnerships in commerce, trade and investment.”
Trade 2018 will run throughout the duration of the Games, from April 3 to April 16.
For more information, visit commonwealthhouse.com.au