MORE than 70 representatives from business houses in Queensland, Australia, visited the country last month.
They were eagerly seeking business opportunities.
The delegates came from the Northern Territory chamber of commerce, Cairns chamber of commerce, Austrade resource mission and the current one from Trade Queensland.
This week, the biggest delegation of 23 attended the mini-trade fair hosted by the Trade Queensland in Port Moresby.
The Australian High Commission and Austrade hosted the visitors.
High Commissioner to PNG Chris Moraitis said such visits only reiterated the growing interest by Australian firms wishing to do business in PNG and described current ties as “the deepest and most enduring”.
“The Queensland government has shown a strong desire to develop trade in PNG which is not only evident by the delegate here but also notable over the last three years that Queensland has sent two Agribusiness missions to PNG,” he said.
John Bissell, team leader of the Trade Queensland delegation said his agency “is very keen to promote business opportunities in PNG”.
He also reflected on a previous visit last September and said outcome was tremendous and revealed that there is already a backlog of firms wanting to visit PNG.
“PNG is the largest developing country in the South Pacific and Queensland’s largest trading partner,” he said.