Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair will make his first official trade mission to two of the state’s priority international markets – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indonesia – from 18-22 February 2018. Mr Blair will use the mission to promote NSW capabilities in premium food production, advanced manufacturing and will also brief investors on NSW’s vision for the proposed Western Sydney airport.

“NSW shares strong trade ties with the UAE and with Indonesia built through many years of engagement and friendship. Both nations are critically important economic partners for NSW,” Mr Blair said. “During my visit, I will be in Dubai to attend Gulfood – the world’s largest annual food and hospitality event. I will be meeting with and supporting a number of NSW producers who are showcasing some of the state’s best food to the world.

“I will also be in Abu Dhabi to visit the Al Maktoum International Airport, where I will provide a briefing on the Western Sydney Airport development. “In Indonesia, I will be visiting Jakarta to follow up on the work of a recent NSW delegation of cherry and blueberry importers and discussing NSW’s achievements in world class biosecurity and disease monitoring.”

The Minister will also meet with the ASEAN Secretariat to discuss Sydney’s role as the host city for the upcoming ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the first time Australia has hosted a summit with ASEAN. The UAE is a crucial trade partner for NSW, in the last financial year the total bilateral merchandise trade between NSW and the UAE was $462 million. Indonesia and Australia also have a strong trade and economic relationship, with bilateral merchandise and services trade totalling $10.6 billion in 2016-17.