WA Government News | Sep 04, 2019
- Access Asia grants first step of State Government's Asian Engagement Strategy
- Grants program supports WA business to create jobs by expanding trade with Asia
- Up to $10,000 in individual grants for projects that link WA's priority industry sectors
The McGowan Government's Access Asia business grants program announced today will support Western Australian businesses to diversify the economy and create jobs - by growing their trade with rapidly-expanding Asian markets.
Today's announcement is the first stage in what will be an ongoing implementation process of the State Government's Asian Engagement Strategy.
Access Asia grants will support product marketing, expo/trade visits, cultural/language training and other activities that help build businesses' capacity to trade with Asia.
Funding of up to $10,000 will apply to approved projects which must relate to the six priority areas identified by the State Government's economic development framework, Diversify WA:
- International education;
- Mining and METS;
- Primary industries;
- Technology and advanced manufacturing; and
- Tourism, events and creative industries.
Approximately 25 grants are available this financial year, with further grants available in 2020-21. Applications will open on Monday September 16, 2019.
For more information about the grants, visit https://www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/accessasia
Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley:
"Access Asia business grants offer WA businesses the immediate opportunity to build better links with Asia, grow trade and create jobs.
"WA's economic future is tied to Asia's burgeoning economies, and a vast range of opportunities exist to export WA's world-leading resources, produce, services and skills, as well as promoting our outstanding tourism and education industries.
"Developing deeper relationships and meaningful people-to-people links is essential and these grants focus on activities that bring people together and increase Asian literacy for WA businesses.
"The Access Asia business grants demonstrates the McGowan Government's plan to deliver on its Asian Engagement Strategy, diversify the economy and create jobs and prosperity for WA."
Minister's office - 6552 5300