Pirie stakes a claim for Chinese investment

LEADING ROLE: Mayor John Rohde has been talking to Chinese representatives in Adelaide.

LEADING ROLE: Mayor John Rohde has been talking to Chinese representatives in Adelaide.

Mayor John Rohde is on the trail of Chinese investment in Port Pirie.

He was among representatives from Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla councils who attended a dinner hosted by Adelaide City Council for about 50 importers, distributors and buyers from China and more than 100 buyers from Shandong Province.

The event was part of a week-long inbound trade mission hosted by the state government with the Local Government Association.

Mr Rohde noted the opportunities for strengthening engagement with China in areas such as investment, education, trade, agribusiness, science, aged care, water and environment, research and development.

“The China market is a key component of South Australia’s economic transition and includes everything from consumption of high value goods and services produced in this state, the supply of competitively priced inputs to increase our global competitiveness, investment into our businesses to fund innovation or expand production or inbound tourism and education and migration into our economy,” he said.

“The three Spencer Gulf Cities were well acknowledged and received by the delegation, with the event providing a good networking opportunity for the region.”