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Asian Productivity Organisation's inaugural visit to South Australia

14 November 2016

The Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) visited Murray Bridge on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

The APO delegation consisted of 22 members of senior Government trade, agriculture, science and policy officials along with industry and private sector representatives from 20 member countries, including; Cambodia, Iran, India, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The agenda for the delegation focussed on visiting and networking with South Australia's agricultural supply chain to increase direct relationships with key leaders and stakeholders in the region.

Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR) hosted a luncheon for the delegation which showcased the region's agricultural industry and provided delegates with the opportunity to meet with local industry leaders, including members of the Murraylands Food Alliance (MFA).

“We saw the APO delegation as a great opportunity to network and make connections for export, investment and trade, as we have had the opportunity to connect with senior representatives from various Asian countries. It is a rare opportunity to have so many key influencers from Asia's agricultural sector in the same place, so the luncheon was our prime opportunity to showcase our region at its best” said RDAMR Chief Executive Jo Podoliak.

The delegation visit was also an opportunity aimed to highlight not only direct export trade opportunities but also areas of expertise for joint research and development, technology transfer and investment.

Establishing strong connections with Asian markets is a key driving factor in the RDAMR's Strategic Roadmap, which is focused on building a stronger regional production base. The APO delegation was seen as a key initiative to drive this focus for the Murraylands and Riverland region.

For more information, please visit RDA Murraylands and Riverland website at http://www.murraylands.org.au/.