The NT Government is banking on an overseas trip to Indonesia and Vietnam to strengthen relationships with two of the largest importers of Territory cattle and buffalo.
Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Ken Vowles is travelling with representatives from the NT’s pastoral and live export industry.
The trip, costing $15,395 for the minister and one other staff member, aims to promote the Territory as the supplier of choice when it comes to cattle and buffalo live exports.
“The Government’s number one priority is creating jobs, and my previous visit to Indonesia and Vietnam showed there is plenty of room for growth in our live export industry,” Mr Vowles said.
“Ministerial visits to countries we export to strengthen existing relationships and create new opportunities for Territory industries.
“Representatives from the NT Livestock Exporters Association, NT Cattlemen’s Association and NT Buffalo Industry Council will join me on this trip, which will open doors for their organisations,” he said.
The visit will build on relationships established during the minister’s previous visit to the two countries in December last year.
Mr Vowles said he will also use the trip as an opportunity for Arafura Games meetings in his role as minister for the Arafura Games.
“While in Indonesia and Vietnam I will also have meetings about the Arafura Games, which we are bringing back next year. Indonesia and Vietnam have both signed up to take part.”
The delegation returns on Sunday.
Last week, Chief Minister Michael Gunner revealed the NT’s Five Point Gas Strategy.
Expected to drive the government’s vision for the Territory as a world class hub for gas production, the strategy is about creating jobs as well.