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Adelaide-Perugia: Strategic business alliance plan

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FA81 16 June, 1998


I have today announced the plan for a ‘strategic business alliance’ between Adelaide and Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region in central Italy. The proposed strategic alliance is an update on the sister-city concept and aims to maximise the many economic complementarities between the two cities in areas such as tertiary education and agro-industries.

The Australian Government last year signalled its commitment to further develop the Australia-Italy relationship through a number of initiatives to expand cultural, science and technology, and trade and investment links. The initiative for a strategic alliance between Adelaide and Perugia is a further step in that direction.

The City of Adelaide has the infrastructure that supports a competitive business environment on a global scale and offers a quality of life and economic advantages that makes it a most attractive location for business investment.

The proposed strategic business alliance between Adelaide and Perugia will build on the complimentarities which already exist between the two cities. Both have olive growing and olive oil production industries and highly regarded education sectors which are of interest and mutual benefit.

A strategic alliance between Adelaide and Perugia will further strengthen the personal and commercial links which exist between the two cities as highlighted in the olive oil industry and the education sector. It will also provide opportunities for other industries to explore areas which offer mutual commercial benefits.

The planned strategic alliance has the support of Italian community groups, major education institutions and Australian and Italian officials in South Australia. I will present the letters of support and a gift of South Australian goods to the Mayor of Perugia during my visit to the region today.

I look forward to the support of Perugia for this initiative and the important contribution it will make to the Australia-Italy trade and cultural links.


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