New Delhi : The Queen’s Baton Relay for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is in India where its arrival coincides with Trade 2018 – the Games’ trade and investment program.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones said the Palaszczuk Government is actively reaching out to key markets as the baton makes its way around the Commonwealth.
“We’re staging top-level trade and investment seminars with leading government, business and community leaders to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay,” he said.
“We’re letting them know that Queensland is open for business.”
“In India, our forums will showcase Queensland as a destination of choice for trade, investment, tourism, sports, education and training opportunities,” Jones added.
Embracing 2018 Legacy Advisory Committee Chair and Study Gold Coast chair Rob Borbidge is leading the Indian delegation.
Borbidge said Australia and India shared a common interest in the business of sports and the emerging field of sports diplomacy.
“The Australia-India Sports Partnership, launched earlier this year, established an agenda to advance cooperation between our countries in training and development, sports science, governance and grass roots participation,” he said.
“Through this partnership, our countries will realise great developments in sports capability. Trade 2018 will enable further partnerships to develop between India and Queensland.
“We’re encouraging potential investors in India, and right around the Commonwealth, to join us at Games time to discover for themselves the full breadth of trade and investment opportunities in Queensland,” he said.
Minister Jones said Commonwealth House, a purpose-built venue in the heart of the Gold Coast, would be an international trade and investment hub in the lead-up to and during the Games.
“We want to encourage business leaders, investors and heads of government from around the world to tap into Queensland’s exciting investment, trade, tourism and business opportunities,” Jones said. (ANI)