Profound structural changes have
taken place in Western Australia's economy in the past few years. The
changes are producing a widely diversified and internationalised economy
closely linked to the economies of nearby Asia.
The State's resources industries have grown in sophistication and have led
to the development, for example, of infrastructure and service industries
to support them. These new industries have taken on world-class
dimensions; and have led to a growing demand for an ever more highly
skilled and educated workforce, which is being met by an education sector
now marketing itself aggressively internationally.
Commerce and Trade Minister Hon
Hendy Cowan: proud of the State's close cultural and economic
ties with Asia
The strong resources sector has itself built on the proximity of the
State to Asia. Western Australia's ideal location as a quality source of
goods and services has become widely recognised.
All these factors are contributing to Western Australia's status as a
quality destination for investment. The State has long provided a favoured
location for investment to support its growth. Similarly, Western
Australia has attracted skilled people over the years to strengthen its
workforce and build its population.
The State is increasingly characterised as a world-class supplier of
manufactured goods and traded services to its neighbours and beyond. These
exports range from ferries to smart cards, and from pharmaceuticals to
construction skills. Much of the impetus for these industries has come
from overseas interest.
The Western Australian Government is confident that the State offers an
unrivalled environment in which your business can grow and prosper. The
Government provides a wide range of information, advice and support for
businesses to learn more about Western Australia. It operates 10 offices
in key international economic centres around the world. We would be happy
to introduce your organisation to major international businesses which
have set up manufacturing enterprises or regional headquarters in this
This web site will help you to learn more about Western Australia.
By Hon Hendy Cowan, MLA,
Minister for Commerce and Trade