Media Release | Oil and gas giant INPEX backs Perth-based think tank

Media Release | Oil and gas giant INPEX backs Perth-based think tank
By Tammy Wayne-Elliott on 22 March 2019

Indo-Pacific | International Relations

Friday, 22 March 2019

INPEX Australia has partnered with the Perth USAsia Centre, a UWA based think tank aimed at strengthening Western Australia’s and the nation’s relationships with countries across the Indo-Pacific as well as the United States.

INPEX Acting Director Corporate Coordination, Bill Townsend said the Perth USAsia Centre continues to play a key role by ensuring Western Australian stakeholders have a seat at the table when critical geopolitical trends are being discussed.

“INPEX has appreciated the work of the Centre since its inception in 2014, particularly valuing the Centre’s events, dialogues and publications that relate to the Indo-Pacific and our interests in Japan. We are pleased to partner with the Centre in 2019 and look forward to helping build ‘Asia-capacity’ in WA moving forward.”

In October 2019 the Perth USAsia Centre will use its annual In The Zone conference to highlight the future of lithium, cobalt and other rare earth minerals across the state, nation and the globe. Also this year the Centre is partnering with the WA State Government to deliver a China Business Forum and the WA-ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue.

Perth USAsia Centre CEO Professor Gordon Flake said the support from INPEX will allow the Centre to continue its critical work in better understanding how Western Australia can and should collaborate with countries in the Indo-Pacific.

“The work we do is important to the future of this nation, with the Indo-Pacific representing 60 percent of the world’s population and home to some of the fastest growing economies over coming years,” Professor Flake said.

INPEX President Director Australia Hitoshi Okawa said this week he was delighted the Centre was focused on encouraging Western-Australian industry, defence, university, civil and government sectors to ‘look north’ for potential partners that can support the region’s shared interests.

The Perth USAsia Centre, located at The University of Western Australia, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit institution supported by the Federal Government, the WA State Government, The University of Western Australia and foundation corporate partner Rio Tinto. 

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