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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 15 November 2011) . . Page.. 5276 ..

Jed Johnson from Random Computers reported:

The quality of the meetings was much higher than I had expected. The mix of ACT Government, Austrade and industry help seemed to be the key. Random Computing’s meeting with the Assistant Sergeant at Arms and CIO of the United States Senate has opened a real opportunity for the use of our mobileX for Government software in all 534 Congressional Offices.

Paul Stapleton from NICTA Automap reported:

The mission delivered the industry insight Automap was looking for. We had the opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the potential for our technology in the US through targeted discussions with Government stakeholders and industry associations in the transport sector. A highlight was an invitation to submit an article for publication in the American Surveyor Magazine.

Austrade worked in partnership with the ACT government to develop and manage the in-market business matching programs for the mission participants. Austrade also worked with DFAT to deliver my own program. All business mission participants benefited from the ACT government’s financial support which subsidised Austrade’s in-market services.

DR BOURKE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, can you inform the Assembly of any future actions in this area?

MR BARR: Now that the trade mission has returned, I can inform the Assembly that the work and effort does not stop here. The pilot program continues with mission debriefing and company follow-up sessions next week. The companies will continue to be engaged in the next phase of the program to refine and implement their US public sector market strategies. A follow-up market visit is being considered for May 2012.

Work is also progressing to broaden the reach of the exporting solutions to government pilot program. The Economic Development Directorate will be participating in planning sessions with Austrade in early December to investigate further opportunities to deliver the program on an ongoing basis.

The directorate is also looking at partnership models with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Austrade and state governments to develop the pilot into a commercially delivered business development training program for Australian businesses, to be delivered from the ACT. There might also be opportunities to develop the program in focused areas for other markets, particularly emerging markets in Asia and the South Pacific.

To sum up, it was a very successful trade mission to Washington. I would particularly like to thank all of the company executives who participated in both the pilot program

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