Now more than ever it is crucial we drive investment into our state by showing off what South Australia has to offer both on a national and international stage.
Japan and South East Asia are two of our key regions when it comes to investment, trade and tourism which is why I am visiting Tokyo and Singapore to explore opportunities for South Australia.
Today in Singapore I am meeting tourist industry representatives at an event organised by Tourism Australia and also having discussions with Singapore Airlines to support an increase in direct flights to Adelaide.
In my visits to Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills during the bushfire emergency, local communities and businesses have constantly urged me to spread the word that these areas remain open for business and that is precisely what I am doing on this trip.
I had considered cancelling it because of the bushfire situation but I believe there is greater benefit in continuing with the arrangements made because they allow me to do what our bushfire affected areas have asked.
During this trip I will also be fostering important investment and trade relationships which will lead to positive outcomes for our state.
Meetings I am having with senior business and government leaders cover, as well as tourism, the emerging hydrogen economy, space, ag tech, cyber security, film production and attracting more venture capital investment in South Australia.
Another focus is enhancing relationships which will help attract more international students to South Australia.
This trip has been a matter of public record since 19 December.
On that date the Government Gazette published that I would first be absent from 21 to 28 December.
Significant bushfire events in the Adelaide Hills saw me remaining at work during most of this period and significantly curtailing a planned holiday with my mother and other members of my family.
Since the break out of major bushfires in South Australia in December, I have spent a great deal of time visiting the most affected areas, often unannounced.
As well as a series of visits to the Adelaide Hills, this has also included five visits to Kangaroo Island with the most recent of these last Saturday.
In considering whether to proceed with this trip, I was also guided by advice indicating that weather conditions during this week would be more favourable for reducing the bushfire threat.
The Government Gazette also published on 19 December that I would be absent from January 13 to 20. During this absence my meetings and other activities in Singapore and Japan include the following:
- Australian High Commissioner
- University of Adelaide Alumni
- Singtel to discuss its global operations and opportunities in South Australia
- Enterprise Singapore – the Singapore Government agency working with businesses to internationalise
- The Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Heng Swee Keat to strengthen South Australia’s relationship with Singapore and promote opportunities in innovation, cyber, data and hydrogen
- Attendance at Operating in Space Conference
- ARA Infrastructure – one of Asia’s largest real estate fund managers
- Xeitgeist Entertainment and MAY30 Entertainment – to discuss opportunities for film production in South Australia
- Australian Ambassador to Japan and attendance at luncheon hosted by the Ambassador to discuss opportunities for collaboration in hydrogen production, storage and transportation
- Participation in Innovation Roundtable
- Attendance at SA Food and Wine Showcase dinner
- Visit to Research Centre for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo to meet university and energy company representatives and strengthen engagement between the Centre and South Australia’s universities
- Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan
- Japan Australia Business Co-operation Committee
- Visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation