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“Growing Tropical Economies”. Graham Poon CEO AGM Presentation 04 December 2009. What is TropLinks Inc?. TropLinks Inc is an independent, not for profit incorporated association Though not a government body, will be supported by Qld Govt first 3 years on a decreasing basis annually

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Growing tropical economies

“Growing Tropical Economies”

Graham Poon

CEO

AGM Presentation

04 December 2009


What is troplinks inc

What is TropLinks Inc?

  • TropLinks Inc is an independent, not for profit incorporated association

  • Though not a government body, will be supported by Qld Govt first 3 years on a decreasing basis annually

  • Must be self-sustaining at end of 3 years through fee for service, membership fees, success fees etc

  • Will join with WA and NT to be Nth Australian initiative with international linkages


Membership

Membership

Basis: Those with a desire to develop, commercialise and export tropical expertise (science, knowledge and innovation)

  • Is membership-based and include:

    • Businesses and industry groups

    • Research bodies

    • Educational Institutions

  • Membership will be fee-based

  • TropLinks is a key mechanism in Qld Govt Tropical Expertise Strategy 2008-2012

  • Diverse Board


Vision and mission statement

Vision and Mission Statement

Vision

  • To grow the Tropical Economy of Australia

    Mission Statement

    TropLinks will maximise the capacity to develop, commercialise and export Tropical Expertise (science, knowledge and innovation) in:

  • Tropical Environmental Services

  • Tropical Agriculture

  • Tropical Health

  • Tropical Living (including built environment, education, tourism, services to mining)


Services to members

Services to Members

Assistance with Critical Issues for Nth. Australia:

  • Business matching/Opportunity Identification: especially collaborative bids/alliances (TropLinks will assume role at completion of current contract)

  • Stakeholder engagement: build critical mass

  • Identity and branding

  • Lobbying and coordination

  • Funding and capital raising: investment for projects, industry development


International markets 1

International Markets (1)

Projects and commercial opportunities

  • Aid/development funded e.g. ADB, WB, AusAID, ACIAR, UNDP

  • Direct to industry e.g. mining services, cattle

  • Opportunities will be project-based but geographically, targets will be Sth East Asia, northern and southern Pacific

  • Typical Opportunities: PNG LNG project, Guam, Energy in the Pacific


International markets 2

International Markets (2)

Commercialisation of Innovation

  • Most funding will come from highly developed economies such as the US, UK and Europe so these would be the primary targets.

  • The domestic Australian market will also be an important source through innovation funds, private investors etc.


International markets 3

International Markets (3)

Philanthropic Funding

  • Most philanthropic funding comes from highly developed economies especially the US so this is the primary target

  • Certain amount of funding arising in Sth East Asia where rich individuals are putting funds into projects in areas such as environment

    Research Funding

  • Most funding will come from highly developed economies such as the US, UK and Europe so these would be the primary targets.


Membership of troplinks

Membership of TropLinks

It’s All About Linkages and Partnerships

  • Establish greater national and international linkages

  • 119 members at 25.11.09 with concerted membership drive starting soon

  • Free membership currently


Membership of troplinks1

Membership of TropLinks

Proposed Membership Fee Structure

For a 12 month membership –

  • 1-5 employees (FTE’s)$175

  • 6-25 employees$295

  • Over 25 employees$550

  • Public institutions $850


Troplinks moving forward

TropLinks Moving Forward….

To Date

  • CEO on-board July 20, 2009

  • Office now established at 212 McLeod St, Cairns

  • Finalisation of Strategic Plan

  • Research/Admin Officer on-board Dec 03, 2009

    The Future

  • Feb 2010: Hiring of Business Development Executive

  • Trade Missions: First quarter 2010 and on-going

  • Late 2010: Torrid Zone/Tropical Expertise International Forum

  • Establishment of partner “satellite offices” domestic and international on on-going basis


Qld govt support

QLD Govt Support

Strong support from QLD Government business units

  • Trade QLD

  • QPIF

  • Environmental Technologies

  • Technology and Commercialisation

  • Creative Industries: HEAT initiative

  • Southern Regions


Growing tropical economies

www.troplinks.com

Graham Poon, CEO

0448 951 454

[email protected]

Jenny Compton, Research/Administration Officer

0410 536 269

[email protected]

TropLinks Office

Phone: 4041 0955

Fax: 4041 0633

212 McLeod St, Cairns


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