Premier to join China trade mission

PREMIER Will Hodgman will join Prime Minister Tony Abbott on a trade mission to Asia next week, a move welcomed by the state's peak industry group.

Mr Hodgman confirmed yesterday that he would be accompanying Mr Abbott's delegation to China and Japan, and will leave the state at the weekend.

Abalone and forestry are tipped as the big products that will be discussed.

"I want to be very much at the forefront of promoting our state to the rest of the world," Mr Hodgman said.

"That includes attaching myself to this very important trade delegation that is being lead by the Prime Minister and senior leaders from across the globe," he said.

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Michael Bailey welcomed the news, and said it was a terrific opportunity for Tasmania.

"It's really important to cement ties in Asia," Mr Bailey said.

Mr Bailey said building personal relationships in Asia was "absolutely important".

"Forming those relationships that will help Tasmanian exports," he said.

Opposition Leader Bryan Green said he wished Mr Hodgman well.

"I'll be really interested to hear the feedback they get, particularly from Ta Ann's customers in Japan," Mr Green said.

Mr Hodgman will join about 600 business people on the tour, including billionaires James Packer, "Twiggy" Forrest and Kerry Stokes and all Australian Premiers and Chief Ministers.

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