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Sandoval, Australian official OK to advance cooperation

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk have signed a statement of intent to advance relations between the two governments and to strengthen collaboration in the areas of mining, higher education, water, technology and innovation.

Sandoval and about 30 Nevadans representing economic development, higher education and private business interests are on a two-week trade mission to Australia.

“Queensland’s focus on innovation presents a unique opportunity to help propel many of our key industries into the future,” Sandoval said in a statement. “The Governor’s Office of Economic Development will take the lead on ushering this partnership through, and I look forward to seeing the collaborative projects that will serve to increase our competitiveness in mining, education, water and technology.”

The statement says in part that its purpose is to “facilitate mutually beneficial outcomes that enhance the development of the mining sector with a view to increasing trade and investment opportunities for both states.”

The agreement will allow for sharing of challenges and best practices in a number of areas, including mining technologies, health and safety and environmental and social sustainability in mining; higher education including research and commercialization partnerships; water management including collaboration on water efficiency technologies; and technology and innovation including pathways for market access for startups and established technology companies.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Find @seanw801 on Twitter.

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