City poised to capitalise on growing Singapore relations We’re having a go
TOWNSVILLE is “focused, ambitious, positive, getting out there and having a go”, says Australian High Commissioner to Singapore Bruce Gosper.
Mr Gosper attended a roadshow in Townsville yesterday with delegates and city leaders ahead of the Townsville Enterprise Singapore Insights Delegation in September.
He spoke about how local businesses could capitalise on the growing relationship between Australia and the gateway to South- East Asia.
“I’m here with colleagues from the Australian Trade Commission and from the Australian Chamber of Commerce, so we are here to help business and the best thing for a city to have is a community that’s really focused on putting its best foot forward and looking for opportunity and that’s exactly what Townsville’s doing,” he said.
The Australian Roadshow series was initiated by the Australian Chamber of Commerce Singapore ( AustCham) in partnership with Austrade Singapore. About 80 people attended its first Queensland visit.
Mayor Jenny Hill said a focus of the event was how to establish good relationships with Singapore.
The Asian nation has signed a $ 2.25 billion military training agreement with Australia, with plans to train about 14,000 Singapore troops in central and North Queensland. “We know as part of the defence agreement there will be opportunities here for businesses as part of their deployment of forces here over the next 30 years,” she said.
“What we really need to do as a community is build a relationship because that’s how business works in South- East Asia.”
Cr Hill said it was important the city strengthened ties with Singapore.
“The presence of Mr Gosper here in Townsville over the weekend is about helping us determine how we put a package together, how we sell Townsville not just to Singapore, but to South- East Asia,” she said.
“We want to understand the capacity of our city, and go to the Singaporean Government and say this is what we have. We are capable of doing this and we are capable to grow and build our capacity as you build your infrastructure here in our community.”
Next month, Townsville Enterprise will lead a delegation to Singapore to meet with decision makers and industry leaders.
Townsville Enterprise CEO Patricia O’Callaghan said the delegation was meeting expectations with good indications it would be a success.
“We have around 30 people attending in Singapore which is a very strong delegation from the region,” she said. “As much as the population of Singapore is 5- 6 million people, it is on the doorstep of 660 million people so if we can connect with Singapore, ( the connection) is going to get even greater throughout South- East Asia.”