Mission to the US for Queensland's critical minerals

Thursday, 07 December, 2023

Mission to the US for Queensland's critical minerals

The Queensland Government has announced that Resources Minister Scott Stewart is travelling to the United States to secure partnerships with government and industry representatives to grow Queensland’s critical minerals industry.

The foundations for this mission were laid in June this year at the World Mining Congress, and meetings continued in Sydney last month at IMARC, marking the official start of engagements with the United States Government.

The Queensland delegation will be accompanied by North America Trade Commissioner Viki Forrest and will meet with senior government officials and specialist resource industry investment firms in Washington DC and New York.

In the announcement, the Queensland Government said that strengthening international connections aligns with important objectives under the $245 million Queensland Critical Minerals Strategy (QCMS) that will maximise economic opportunities and position Queensland as a global leader.

“As demand continues to surge for the critical minerals needed to build wind turbines, solar panels and storage batteries, Queensland will be at the forefront of the next global resources boom,” Stewart said. “This is why I am heading to the United States next week, to negotiate future partnerships and secure Queensland’s legacy in this new industrial revolution.

“This is about more than promotion, it’s about securing the next generation of jobs for Queensland, diversifying and decarbonising the global economy, and securing the state’s future economic prosperity.”

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