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O'Farrell will travel to boost NSW trade

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The new NSW premier Barry O’Farrell has said he and his deputy Andrew Stoner will travel overseas as much as necessary to seek investment and boost overseas trade. "We need to do better than play catch up [with other states], we need to be number one in terms of trade," he told his newly sworn-in cabinet on Sunday. O’Farrell has already indicated he will take charge of trade delegations to both India and China within the first six months of his leadership. Stoner announced he had delegated his roads portfolio in order to focus on attracting foreign investment for NSW. "We don’t intend to shy away from looking outward to do better in terms of opportunities for business and the economy for NSW." Stoner has previously said he will look to desert countries in the Middle East and Africa to find markets for Australian farm produce. The new deputy premier said overseas travel was a necessary part of pursuing new trade links. "That was a pre-election commitment."

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