WA Premier Mark McGowan’s latest mission to North East Asia will be focused on promoting the new Tokyo-Perth direct flight, and strengthening economic ties with some of Western Australia’s key trade and investment partners in Japan and South Korea.
In December 2018, the WA Government successfully secured direct flights with All Nippon Airways to start the Tokyo-Perth route from September 2018. The service which will operate seven days a week will bolster visitor numbers, grow the tourism industry and create more jobs for Western Australians.
The Premier will meet with the President and CEO of All Nippon Airways to personally thank him for the company’s co-operation and commitment to the Tokyo-Perth service, the first time a direct service between Japan and Perth has operated in more than eight years.
Discussions around broader resources and industry engagement in Western Australia will also be held with senior representatives across a range of businesses, including Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co, Tokyo Gas and INPEX Corporation.
During the mission, the Premier will meet with government officials including the Australian Ambassador to Japan Hon Richard Court AC and Australian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea HE James Choi.
The mission also marks the Premier’s first visit to South Korea since taking office. The visit to Seoul includes opportunities to meet with key trade and investment partners to boost and attract further investment in resource and new technology projects in Western Australia.
Japan and South Korea have had longstanding relationships with Western Australia, contributing 62 per cent of the total value of WA’s petroleum exports in 2017-18.
Japan is the second largest customer for iron ore exports, contributing to nine per cent of WA’s total value of iron ore exports in 2017-18. Contributing six per cent of Western Australia’s total value of iron ore exports in 2017-18, South Korea is WA’s third largest customer for both iron ore and petroleum.
Source: WA Government