BUSINESS leaders, investors and heads of government from around the world will be encouraged to tap into the exciting investment, trade, and business opportunities during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones and City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate today hosted a Trade 2018 event on the Gold Coast to encourage Queensland businesses to embrace the Games.
A purpose-built international trade and investment centre – known as Commonwealth House – will be built on the beachfront at Broadbeach for business and government leaders to meet during the Games.
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“The Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase all our state has to offer and this is about letting the world know that Queensland is open for business,” Ms Jones said.
“What better place to bring the boardroom to the beach than here on the Gold Coast during our world-class Commonwealth Games?”
Ms Jones said Commonwealth House is central to Trade 2018, which was launched in London in March when the Queen’s Baton Relay began its journey across Commonwealth nations.
“In London, the Premier invited key government, business and community leaders to join us for the Games to experience the best our state has to offer, including exciting investment and trade opportunities available through Trade 2018,” she said.
“As the baton makes its way around the world, we’re actively reaching out to key markets at every stop, such as the United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and Canada.
“It’s a unique opportunity to strengthen Queensland’s ties with our trading partners.”
Ms Jones said the 2018 Games would show the world what Queensland has to offer.
“Queensland has a lot of untapped potential and the Games, along with Trade 2018, will show the world what we have to offer,” she said.
“We want our Games to be one of the greatest sporting success stories and we want benefits to flow to communities and businesses. It’s about delivering a positive legacy.
“Over the months leading up to the Games, we will continue to showcase the Gold Coast and Queensland through inbound business and trade missions from key international markets in targeted industry sectors.”
Cr Tate said Trade 2018 would culminate with a program of trade and investment-focused activities delivered in parallel with the Games next year.
“To showcase the best of the city and state, we will host these events at Commonwealth House. This venue will welcome leaders from across the world, showcasing trade and investment opportunities,” Cr Tate said.
“All of the work we are doing now is focused on further establishing the Gold Coast as a world-class city, while creating a lasting legacy for years to come.
“We are using the Games to promote the Gold Coast beyond the sporting world, showcasing our city’s reputation as a place of unique opportunity with an enviable lifestyle – a place where people can live, work, study and invest.”
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from 4 – 15 April 2018.
Commonwealth House will officially open from 25 March – 16 April 2018.
For more information on the Games visit www.gc2018.com.