MATCHING skills training to job opportunities, increasing trade and linking with ex-Tasmanians working around the world were high on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Premier's Business Advisory Council.
Premier Lara Giddings yesterday chaired the inaugural meeting of the council.
She said tapping into the ``Tasmanian diaspora'' was one priority named by the 10 members which include a McDonald's franchise owner, a university professor and a transport company boss.
``How can we tap into those essentially people who are ambassadors of the state, who can help link in with investment, who can help promote the state, create markets for us as well,'' Ms Giddings said.
There was also discussion about the need to have a ``bold vision'' for the state's economy as well as dealing with the immediate challenges.
Pitt and Sherry managing director John Pitt, who is also Northern Regional Reference Group chairman, said the Premier and Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne ``came to listen, rather than to speak.''
``The test of that, of course, will be what happens as a result of those conversations,'' Mr Pitt said.
Mr Pitt said the 90-minute meeting focused on the need to set targets for economic growth.
``That's something that is missing from our conversation at the moment.''
The group will meet again before the end of the year.
Establishing the council was one of 13 recommendations to come out of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry jobs forum held in August.
A follow-up forum to discuss progress on the recommendations has been set for November 7.