Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto will visit Australia between September 28-30 to strengthen trade, economic and political tiess between the two countries, the ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Maroto will meet Minister for Finance, Women’s Affairs and Civil Service Katy Gallagher in Canberra on Wednesday 28 Septemberand Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Defense Richard Marles.
On the same day, he will attend the inauguration of the Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) facility in Queanbeyan, Naturgy’s first battery facility to store renewable energy in Australia.
On Thursday 29th he travels to Sydneywhere he will open the Spain-Australia Business Meeting organized by ICEX-Invest in Spain, the CEOE and the Chamber of Commerce.
The event will be attended by Australia’s Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic, and representatives from the main Spanish companies in the infrastructure, energy, banking, defense and hospitality sectors.
The list of participating companies includes Acciona Energia Internacional, ACS, Airbus, Caixabank, CAF, Elecnor, FCC, Ferrovial Construccion, Iberdrola Renovables Internacional, Indra Sistemas, Naturgy, Navantia, NH Hoteles, Sacyr Industrial, Seat Cupra, Sener, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Talgo, Técnica y Proyectos (Typsa) and Viscofan.
On March 30th will hold a meeting with Australian investment funds organized by ICEX-Invest in Spain and will then Travel to the Navantia facilities.
The minister will also attend a meeting with the main Australian tour operators organized by Turespaña to promote Spain as a tourist destination and carry out activities aimed at attracting tourist flows to Spain.
Maroto’s visit to Australia is part of a larger tour that will start earlier in Bali, Indonesia, where it will take place between September 22nd and 27th She will attend the G20 Trade and Tourism Ministerial Forums.
On September 26, Maroto will participate in the forum organized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to “highlight the importance of public and private sector collaboration in the search for new tourism experiences and products,” the ministry said.
On September 27th, the minister will visit one of the companies owned by the Meliá Group in the country where it was founded 38 years ago (since 1985) with the opening of its first international hotel in this destination.