Thursday 29 February 2015
Labor refuses support to Victorian Business on world stage
Victorian Minister for Trade Adem Somyurek today in Parliament refused to commit support for Victorian Small Business to participate in Expo Milano 2015.
The former Coalition Government allocated $1.25 million for Victoria to be promoted at the Expo Milano, which is expected to be the largest ever staged with approximately 29 million people anticipated to visit over six months.
Planning for events and a trade mission activity as part of the Expo was well advanced with a Victoria Week of activities scheduled for May 2015 as part of the Expo calendar.
Victoria’s two-way trade with Italy was more than $1.4 billion in 2012-13, and Milan enjoys a sister city relationship with Melbourne that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Trade, Craig Ondarchie:
“The Expo would provide a unique opportunity to showcase Victoria’s economic and industrial expertise, promote exports from Victoria, and seek to attract investment from Europe.
“The first act of the Andrews Labor Government is to de-invest in our important relationship with Italy. I’m certain Victoria’s Italian business, cultural, educational and wider community will be horrified.
“Victorian Business’ involvement in Expo Milano would increase awareness of Victoria as an innovative destination to encourage more highly skilled Europeans to visit, work and study in our State and promote Victoria’s agribusiness and environmental and urban development credentials.”