Re-elected Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt with AEC Divisional Returning Officer Kym Maguire at the Declaration of the Poll last month in Bundaberg.
Re-elected Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt with AEC Divisional Returning Officer Kym Maguire at the Declaration of the Poll last month in Bundaberg. Contributed

Pitt heads to Papua New Guinea for trade talks

HINKLER MP Keith Pitt will visit Port Moresby this week to discuss with ministers and business leaders in Papua New Guinea ways to enhance the region's trade and investment links.

"Australia's economic relationship with its nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea has tremendous growth potential and can drive job creation in both countries,” Mr Pitt said in a statement.

"There are significant opportunities for Australian companies in Papua New Guinea including in the mining and energy, agriculture, construction and tourism sectors.”

The visit will be Mr Pitt's first overseas since his appointment as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

In 2015 Australian investment in Papua New Guinea was $18.4 billion and the trade between the two totalled $4.7 billion.

"With a strong background in agriculture, small business and engineering before entering politics, I am keenly aware of the opportunities for jobs and economic growth available to Australia through increased trade, tourism and investment with our neighbours near and far,” Mr Pitt said.



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