A delegation of representatives of Japan’s largest business institutions toured South Australia last week to investigate future investment and collaboration opportunities. Hosted by the State Government’s Investment Attraction Agency, the group visited various sites around Adelaide in a range of industry sectors. Their itinerary included SAHMRI, the Tonsley innovation precinct and SARDI’s Aquatic Sciences facility at West Beach as well as the Waite Campus.
Japan’s strength in state-of-the-art technology and South Australia’s growing emphasis on innovation and entrepeneurship are seen as providing good potential for partnerships that create jobs and drive economic growth. International partnerships such as these can also help local businesses develop new export opportunities.
The group of 14 delegates was accompanied by staff from the Department of State Development and visited The Plant Accelerator, the winery, AWRI and SARDI. Their tour was punctuated by an intense thunderstorm and finished with an impromptu koala sighting!