Advancing Western Australia’s trade and investment interests across Europe

Agent General John Langoulant AO engages with and advances strategic relationships with Australian Ambassadors through Europe to progress investment and trade outcomes for Western Australia.

Mr John Langoulant AO by Mr John Langoulant AO,

Just like the Invest and Trade Office has representation globally, the Australian Government has diplomatic representation globally, including strong representation across the European region. Working collectively to advance the State’s interests, the London Office has made working with the Australian Ambassadors to the European countries a high priority as it does with the High Commissioner in London.

In early July the Agent General had the opportunity of meeting with Dr Greg French the Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands following his recent appointment as Ambassador. The Netherlands is a strong trading partner with Western Australia as it is a long-standing investor across many sectors of the Western Australian economy. Given the recent appointment of the Ambassador, this engagement was particularly timely to ensure the strategic interests of Western Australia are advanced. The Agent General also heard from the Ambassador around the history within the residence, which is home to a host of tapestries which were hidden during the war years in pipes under the home, only to be found later when a water leak in the home was being investigated.

Following the meeting with the Ambassador, the Agent General join a welcome reception for the Ambassador at his residence in the Hague with Australian business leaders from across the Netherlands. The London Office has welcomed a strong relationship with ABIE in the Netherlands and looks forward to ongoing engagement with the Ambassador and the Business network.

Later in July the Agent General met with the Australian Ambassador to Spain, Ms Sophia McIntyre in Madrid and participated in a forum with all Australian States represented.  The forum, organised by the Ambassador allowed for the Agent General to explain the initiatives being taken by Western Australia in transitioning to its net zero target by 2050, as well as presenting trade and investment opportunities for Spanish businesses looking to Western Australia. The Spanish media gave these presentations a high profile as their infrastructure providers have a strong appetite to invest in Western Australia especially across the renewable energy sector.