Northern Australian Investment Forum 2017

Territory major projects are being showcased to the world at the second Northern Australia Investment Forum (NAIF), which got underway in Cairns on Sunday 19 November.

The high-level, invitation-only event hosts senior leaders from Australian and international companies, presenting attendees with projects, opportunities and information about investing in Northern Australia and promoting northern Australia as an investment destination with a focus on the agribusiness and food, resources and energy, and tourism infrastructure sectors

A delegation of Northern Territory industry, business and government representatives have travelled to NAIF to share information about the opportunities in the Territory.

Senior representatives from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources played a pivotal role in sharing knowledge of investment opportunities in the primary industries and resources sectors with potential national and international investors.

At this year’s forum the Northern Territory Government hosted a breakfast for attendees prior to the opening session.

The breakfast featured fresh Calypso mangoes from Perfection Fresh in Katherine, and dried and preserved mango products including jams, chutneys and sauces, by Crazy Acres Farms. The Territory products demonstrated some of the types of investments that are available in the Territory.

The exhibition marketplace allowed investors to engage with Northern Territory Government representatives. Three minerals companies also showcased their Northern Territory projects in the marketplace – Arafura Resources Ltd’s Nolans rare earths project, Verdant Minerals Ltd’s Ammaroo phosphate project, and PNX Metals Ltd’s Hayes Creek zinc/precious metals project.

The 2017 forum is a collaborative event between the Australian Government and the governments of Queensland, West­ern Australia and the Northern Territory.

It followed the successful inaugural NAIF in 2015, which was held in Darwin and attracted more than 350 business leaders from 20 countries.

NAIF is organised by AusTrade as an initiative under the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. The forum runs until Tuesday 21 November.

A panel of speakers take questions from the crowd
DPIR Chief Executive Alister Trier (left) was on a panel that discussed investment opportunities in agribusiness and food