Mayor joins US biotech trade mis­sion

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THE Rock­hamp­ton re­gion’s in­vest­ment po­ten­tial will be in the spot­light next month when mayor Mar­garet Strelow (pic­tured) joins a trade mis­sion to the US.

Cr Strelow took up the op­por­tu­nity af­ter she was in­vited by Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk to the event, which will take place at the world’s largest biotech­nol­ogy con­ven­tion.

“This is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to show­case our re­gion’s in­vest­ment po­ten­tial on an in­ter­na­tional scale and to be sup­ported by Premier Palaszczuk at this event gives us an ad­di­tional drawcard when talk­ing to busi­nesses and in­dus­try,” Cr Strelow said.

More than 16,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from around 70 coun­tries are ex­pected to at­tend this event, which is about show­cas­ing the lat­est biotech­nol­ogy and life sci­ences as well as build­ing part­ner­ships.

Cr Strelow said from health to ed­u­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy and agri­cul­ture, Rock­hamp­ton was a prime in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion and that’s the mes­sage she’d be tak­ing to the con­fer­ence and the meet­ings.

“The im­por­tance of build­ing in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions, at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ment, se­cur­ing dis­trib­u­tors and broad­en­ing coun­cil’s knowl­edge of in­ter­na­tional mar­kets can­not be over­stated,” she said.

“Hav­ing the sup­port of the Queens­land Premier as well will also pro­vide an added boost to the dis­cus­sions we’ll be hav­ing about Rock­hamp­ton’s po­ten­tial.”

Cr Strelow said later this week she will highlight some of what can be done at a field day at Al­ton Downs show­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive project with CQU, lo­cal farm­ers, and a seed com­pany grow­ing black sesame.

“This is the ex­act kind of ini­tia­tive we want to build on,” she said.

The 2018 BIO Con­ven­tion will be held in Bos­ton, Mas­sachusetts from June 4 to 7 this year.

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