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Gippsland Connect Export Program adapts to COVID-19

   Thursday 16th April, 2020

Due to the current events occurring in the mitigation of COVID-19, the Gippsland Connect Export Program is taking a different form over the next four to six months, and in partnership with our national cluster program supporter, FIAL, Food & Fibre Gippsland is moving all activity online.

Anything involving travel and face to face contact like our planned pre export training seminars, export in market tours, retailer meetings and in-retailer visits into Gippsland, have had to be cancelled.

However, in place of these events, a series of virtual sessions are being planned which will allow the program participants from all over Gippsland to continue to comply with the Stage 3 restrictions requiring social distancing and self-isolation while still keeping the momentum going as they work towards exporting to their target markets.

The market concentration at this stage is on opportunities in Singapore, Malaysia and other emerging South East Asian markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and also China.

There will be an initital virtual session on April 23 is in conjunction with the Shandong Department of Commerce China. This will be conducted using in market FIAL expertise.

The Virtual Meet the Buyer Event is an online business matching exercise, presenting a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with buyers via videoconference from major supermarket chains, retailers, distributors and importers in Shandong looking to procure Australian products.

Gippsland businesses are welcome to particpate, with the guidance of the Gippsland Connect Program Manager.

If you'd like to know more about how to get involved, please email David Grimmond

This Virtual Meet the Buyer event series will start with a few different Chinese provinces, with future plans being made to run other virtual events with Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the UAE and the UK.

To participate, businesses must be registered on the Australian Food Catalogue

Companies must be export ready, and may expedited through the process of registering Gippsland companies when pre-qualified from Gippsland Connect.