Cr Ross Sommerfeld, Cr Lynne Forgan and economic development manager Naomi Searle are pleased Bundaberg has been invited to a trade expo in China later this year. Photo: Mike Knott chi1908b
Cr Ross Sommerfeld, Cr Lynne Forgan and economic development manager Naomi Searle are pleased Bundaberg has been invited to a trade expo in China later this year. Photo: Mike Knott chi1908b

Local businesses on show to China

BUNDABERG region’s aviation, food production and processing, manufacturing and marine sectors will be on show in China in October.

A trade delegation of seven people from Bundaberg, led by regional councillors Ross Sommerfeld and Lynne Forgan, will visit sister city Nanning for the annual ASEAN Trade Expo and Cultural Festival.

Sister City Committee member Cr Sommerfeld said the expo would attract buyers and exhibitors from all ASEAN countries.

“We expect this will be an annual event, with next year being bigger and better,” he said.

“If so, we will be negotiating for a larger site to really showcase local businesses, with representatives displaying their products and talking to potential customers.”

The delegation will also meet officials from the Nanning Municipal Government to discuss opportunities for trade, education, culture and sport between the regions.

The council’s economic development manager Naomi Searle has partnered with local businesses interested in the Asian market, which will provide promotional material and contribute towards the cost of the trade display.

They are Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Austchilli, Macadamias Australia, Farm Fresh Fine Foods, Bundaberg Mobile Equipment and Engineering, Jabiru and Microair.

Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the expo was a major event.

“The trade expo is Nanning’s largest, attracting exhibitors and buyers from all the ASEAN countries,” she said. “It’s a real coup the Nanning Government has invited Bundaberg to exhibit at the expo – a first for our region.”

Cr Sommerfeld said the council did not fund travel costs for elected members travelling overseas for Sister City events.



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