Hong Kong and Macau - Bundy's new export destinations?
BUNDABERG Regional Council continues to engage with senior representatives of the Hong Kong Food Association with a view to establishing trade links to supply Hong Kong and Macau with locally grown produce.
A delegation from the Hong Kong Food Council, Hong Kong Food Hygiene Administrators Association and Food Professionals Association visited Bundaberg from September 9 to 11 at the invitation of Mayor Mal Forman to meet with local horticultural experts and educators.
Acting Mayor David Batt said the Bundaberg Horticultural Forum provided an exceptional opportunity to showcase the regions extensive produce portfolio.
"The meeting in Bundaberg has since been followed up by a presentation in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) Commissioner, Angela To presenting a detailed overview of opportunities in the Bundaberg Region.
"It is important that as a region, we access every opportunity that comes our way regarding promoting our potential for investment, development and export."
Cr Batt said discussions would be ongoing between the two parties.
"Hopefully, a further meeting may be organised for later in the year to build on the momentum these recent meetings have established," he said.
"The connections we have established with Nanning through our sister city relationship and now the opportunities that are being presented through this growing association with Hong Kong certainly add an exciting dimension to the expansion of horticultural activities through the Bundaberg region."
According to Cr Batt any return visit would be held in November to coincide with the 2015 Hong Kong Food Fiesta which runs from November 27 to December 1.
"This would present an incredible opportunity for local producers who may wish to display their products in such a vibrant marketplace environment," he said.
Council economic development spokesman Greg Barnes said council's economic development unit will continue to nurture the emerging relationship and work closely with TIQ to assist businesses interested in export opportunities with Hong Kong.
"Anyone interested in promoting their products to the retail and wholesale sectors of the Hong Kong food industry can contact Council's Economic Development team on 1300 883 699 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Alternatively, contact Dion Taylor (0448 197 835) who has been instrumental in co-ordinating and organizing the business to business meetings between local producers and Hong Kong food industry professionals," said Cr Barnes.