Key role in new Shanghai Trade Office

The State Government is seeking a Regional Director to lead the new South Australian office in Shanghai and oversee its activities across China, with an Expression of Interest released to the Shanghai business community yesterday.

“The new Marshall Government is committed to creating jobs by boosting South Australia’s international trade and supporting exporters, and that’s why we’re getting on with the recruitment of this key role in establishing the new Shanghai office,” said Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

“We’re seeking an experienced business development professional with extensive networks across the Chinese business and Government community. The role of Regional Director will assist us in effectively implementing the new office which we pledged as a key election commitment.

“The Regional Director in Shanghai will be pivotal in establishing South Australia’s deeper, longer-term engagement with China, as we look to grow our trade and cultural ties with our state’s largest two-way trading partner.

“I’m committed to creating a more extensive overseas trade network for South Australia, and the Marshall Government will open new South Australian offices in key commercial centres across the globe – centres where we can assist our successful exporters to expand whilst also assisting new players to make their mark.

“Clearly China is a priority location, but there is also a staged approach planned for offices in the United States, Japan, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia.

“This staged approach and initial focus on the new Shanghai office will allow us to refine and sharpen how we service South Australia’s export community.

“The recruitment process for the Shanghai Regional Director is being conducted in partnership with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, with support from the Australian Trade Commission. We hope to draw on their extensive, high caliber business networks to identify and attract the very best person to represent South Australia.

“This is a key part the Marshall Liberal Government’s plan to grow our exports and create more jobs, to drive an export-led transformation of the South Australian economy.”

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