Queensland open for business with UAE

During the Australia – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue meeting, countries from the Arab Gulf region were told Queensland was open for business.
The Department of Foreign affairs has announced a business mission to visit Queensland from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman in 2011.
Secured during the Australia –GCC Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Abu Dhabi, Foreign Minister Rudd said global interest in the wellbeing and recovery of Queensland is very strong.
"Following our devastating natural disasters in January and February, I am telling the world that Queensland is well and truly open for business," Mr Rudd said.
According to Minister Rudd, ministers from all the Gulf States expressed their sympathy for the people of Queensland and willingness to support practical measures to help rebuild.
As part of an agreement between Australia and the GCC, business representatives and organisations from the region would tour the State later this year, with the aim of expanding trade and investment links for mutual benefit.
"A high-level visiting delegation this year is one way to support Queensland's economy,” Minister Rudd said.
“It’s an opportunity for Queensland businesses to expand trade and investment links."
Merchandise trade between Australia and the GCC countries amounted to $8.7 billion in 2010.

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