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Dec 9, 2016

A delegation from the Indonesian Consul is visiting the Pilbara this week to learn more about agriculture, tourism, new energy sources and other export commodities that are in high demand in the Southeast Asian nation.

Prompted by the New Pilbara Economic Development Conference in Perth last week, the group, led by Consul for Economy Ms Rahmawati Alih, travelled to the engine room of Australia for a first-hand look at the region’s emerging industries.

Hosted by the Pilbara Development Commission, the group commenced the regional tour in the east Pilbara at Pardoo Station to learn more about opportunities to expand local cattle and crop production.

On the three-day tour covering more than 400 kilometres, the group also met with the Port Hedland International Airport, Pilbara Ports Authority, LandCorp, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and local residents.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill welcomed the delegation to the Pilbara.

“Maintaining strong working relationships with our key trade partners is essential to our current and future economic prosperity of the Pilbara,” Mr Hill said.

“New emerging industries, such as agriculture and tourism, are bringing new opportunities for investment and export markets.”

“This is a great early outcome from the conference last week, and I’m confident it won’t be the last.”

Diversification is a key approach in the Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint that is poised to bring new jobs and business opportunities for locals.

“Pursuing the Blueprint vision is up to all of us. Showcasing the region’s economic potential through delegation and investment visits is one strategy for attracting new investment that will create new jobs,” Mr Hill said.

“We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the Indonesian Consul,” Mr Hill said.

The Indonesian Consul delegation arrived in Port Hedland on Tuesday 6 December and departed Karratha on Thursday 8 December.

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