05 Nov Greetings From Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of New South Wales
I am pleased to welcome delegates to the 40th AKBC-KABC Joint Meeting which is being held under the theme ‘Celebrating 40 years: charting a new course in the bilateral relationship’ and I am delighted that Sydney is playing host to this milestone event.
The New South Wales (NSW) Government is committed to developing a close working relationship with the Republic of Korea, a valuable cultural ally and our fourth largest two-way trading partner.
The NSW-Korea bilateral trade and investment relationship has come a long way since the establishment of the Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea in Sydney in 1953. Underpinned by strong trade links in the resources and primary industries, now more than 60 Korean corporates have a presence in NSW, and we are pleased to host more than 219,000 Korean international students and visitors to the state each year.
From Seoul to Sydney and Busan to Badgerys Creek, this bilateral trade and investment relationship presents many exciting export opportunities for local businesses. I would like to thank the Korean business community in Sydney for their continuing investment in our great state. NSW has significantly benefited from Korean innovation, technology and our shared commitment to corporate social responsibility.
I wish conference delegates an enjoyable and productive time in Sydney and I look forward to seeing further collaboration between Australian and Korean businesses to the benefit of both nations.
Gladys Berejiklian MP