Chief Minister Michael Gunner will travel to Japan where he will hold meetings with several job-creating industries including the major investor in Project Sea Dragon, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Territorys biggest foreign investor Inpex.
The visit will coincide with the arrival of the first gas from the Icthys gas project. The project has created thousands of jobs for Territorians and will operate for another 40 years.
Mr Gunner will also hold meetings with Japanese Government and business representatives, with a view to create more economic ties with Japan. He will discuss the upcoming meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month in Darwin.
While in Japan, the Chief Ministers meetings will include:
- Inpex, the Northern Territorys biggest foreign investor
- Japan Airlines (JAL), the national airline of Japan
- JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
- Nissui, a major investor in Project Sea Dragon
While meeting with JAXA, the Mr Gunner will encourage them to make use of the Territorys space base, which will be up and running in the near future.
Nissui are a major investor in Project Sea Dragon and the government will meet with them to discuss with them what could become the worlds biggest prawn farm and create 1500 jobs in Northern Australia.
Mr Gunner will then travel to Vietnam, where he will meet with representatives of the live export, international education and tourism industries.
A delegation from the Northern Territorys international education and VET sectors will also join the Government delegation.
Mr Gunner will then meet with the Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister, who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister.
As noted by Chief Minister Michael Gunner:
“My number on priority is to create local jobs.
To create local jobs, we have to expand and diversify our economy. Critical to that is expanding our export markets.
Japan and Vietnam are two of our most important trade partners and are big investors in our gas, minerals, education and agricultural sectors.”
Flight and accommodation costs for the Chief Minister, two staff and three media are: