Ballarat business leaders join delegation in Cuba By Brendan Wrigley
March 14, 2016, 3 p.m.
THE LEADER of Ballarat mining technology company Gekko Systems has been
among the first Australian business leaders to visit Cuba, joining a
select delegation led by the outgoing federal trade minister Andrew Robb.
Managing director and chairperson of Gekko Systems Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
was one of 10 Australian business leaders who was chosen to venture to
the island nation ahead of the symbolic visit by US president Barack
Obama later this year.
Direct flights between Cuba and the US are also set to begin in the
coming weeks, opening the Caribbean nation to an influx of tourism.
Remarkably, Ballarat local and MEO chief executive Peter Stickland was
also chosen to go on the maiden trip, meaning two of the 10
representatives were from Ballarat.
Ms Lewis-Gray said while she had been there as a representative of the
nation-wide mining body METS Ignited, she saw plenty of scope to form a
relationship between Gekko and the Cuban government.
“The Cuban government is looking for experts to give them advice and
help them develop projects, and they’re willing to bring that expertise
from overseas,” Ms Lewis-Gray said.
“While infrastructure is declining, as a country they have one of the
highest rates of education and highest rates of doctors per capita.”
The trip was designed to bolster trade between Cuba and Australia. The
trip had a specific focus on food, energy and mining services.
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