Job op­por­tu­ni­ties

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

NE­GO­TI­A­TIONS launched last week to se­cure a free trade agree­ment with Hong Kong will cre­ate new ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for the South West, ac­cord­ing to For­rest MHR Nola Marino.

Mrs Marino said the agree­ment was fo­cused on se­cur­ing ac­cess for our ser­vice providers in ar­eas such as ed­u­ca­tion, law, fi­nance, tourism, con­struc­tion ser­vices, en­ergy and min­ingre­lated ser­vices, and trans­port.

“With Asia’s emerg­ing mid­dle class pro­jected to grow from 600 mil­lion to­day to 3 bil­lion by 2035, the po­ten­tial for ser­vices ex­ports is sig­nif­i­cant,” she said.

Aus­tralia’s ser­vices ex­ports to Hong Kong in­creased by 50 per cent in the last five years to reach $2.4 bil­lion in 2015-16.

“More ex­ports mean more lo­cal jobs,” Mrs Marino said.

The first round of ne­go­ti­a­tions will be held in Can­berra later this month.

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