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Question Without Notice No. 778 asked in the Legislative Council on 8 August 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 8 August 2019

TREASURER — CHINA VISIT

778. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Treasurer:

I refer to the media release dated 29 July 2019, titled, ''Treasurer to visit China in effort to drive investment in Western Australia and create jobs''.

(1) Which organisations did the Treasurer meet with?

(2) What notable individuals did the Treasurer meet with?

(3) What was the result of the meeting with the National Development and Reform Commission, which I note got the state of Victoria to sign on to the belt and road initiative?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The Treasurer met with a number of organisations at investment seminars held in Hangzhou and Shanghai. Separate meetings were held with the National Development and Reform Commission, the Boao Forum for Asia, the China Education Association for International Exchange and the Zhejiang provincial government.

(2) The Treasurer met with a significant number of individuals from the above organisations.

(3) The result was a commitment from both parties to maintain the vital economic relationship between China and Western Australia, a relationship on which the livelihoods of thousands of Western Australians depend, and as reflected in the investment memorandum of understanding signed by the Western Australian government and the National Development and Reform Commission in 2011.