MORE than 100 business and community delegates from south-east Asia are set to visit the northern suburbs to explore potential trade and development opportunities.
The visit will happen during the Australia Asia Exchange Conference being held in Perth CBD from May 31 to June 3.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough has invited the delegates to visit points of interest in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo including market gardens, property development sites, tourism and retail opportunities.
“The visitors are from a range of industries including distribution and logistics companies supplying supermarket chains, food and beverage operators and property development investors,” Mr Goodenough said.
“They are mainly Singaporeans, however there are also visitors from China, Malaysia, and other south-east Asian countries.”
Local businesses and members of the Joondalup and Wanneroo business associations will be invited to a networking event to meet the delegates.
Mr Goodenough recently returned from Singapore where he spoke at the conference of the business opportunities in the northern suburbs.
“During my visit supermarket chains expressed interest in sourcing high quality Australian agricultural produce and seafood including products such as fresh fruit and vegetables, beef, honey, nuts, abalone, and rock lobsters,” he said.
“By specialising in the five-star hotel and gourmet food segment, local growers can sustain sufficiently high prices in order to make exporting viable.
“Previously competing on price in the tough Asian market has not been feasible.
“It is therefore important to choose a niche market segment to operate within.”