Toowoomba hosts first ever ASEAN Ambassadors and Heads of Mission meeting outside a capital city.

TRC welcomes ASEAN for their first meeting in an Australian Regional Centre

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio last night welcomed a special delegation of Australia’s South East Asian Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the region.

Ambassadors from Cambodia, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand, are meeting in Toowoomba to gain a better understanding of our region’s capacity as an agricultural centre.

Mayor Antonio said hosting the group was a major coupe for the region.

“The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) is tasked with generating opportunities for Australian and ASEAN business, education, science and innovation and the arts.

“To be singled out as a regional centre, because of the strength of our economy and agriculture offering, and the resulting opportunities for our region to enhance trade with South East Asia is fantastic,” he said.

“Our region punches well above its weight in agricultural production and food processing, in education, in medical care, and as we look to increase our tourism market, we are in a remarkable position to take our offering to the world.

The three day visit will include inspections of some of the region’s major agricultural enterprises and there will also be an opportunity for producers and business people in the region to learn more about the wealth of opportunities available to connect with the Asian market and establish relationships that will benefit our regional economy.

“People as sitting up and taking notice of Toowoomba, and we plan to seize every opportunity we can,” Mayor Antonio concluded.

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