Victoria’s trade strategy to drive export and investment

Victoria’s new trade statement identifies global trends in a drive to get businesses to seize international trade breaks.

Called “Globally Connected,” the statement includes a business Export Toolkit which enables online training and seminars on themes essential for successful international trade.

Globally Connected has been designed to better connect local businesses with overseas markets, boost jobs and strengthen the state’s economy.

Australia and New Zealand Managing Director of Alibaba Group, Maggie Zhou, will act as the first Business Ambassador under the program, encouraging business leaders to support trade and better connect with global opportunities.

Ms Zhou’s company now has 529 million active mobile users on its retail marketplaces in China and her experience will help Victorians to take advantage of the huge Chinese market.

Local companies can now also tap into a new A$1.5 million Asia Gateway Program which will enable small businesses to engage effectively with Asian markets.

The Victorian Women in International Business program has also been strengthened to promote new connections and exports.

Victorian businesses that are competitive, innovative and globally connected are critical to: creating more jobs; increasing sustainable business growth and driving prosperity across the state.

Victoria has invested more than A$125 million in international offices and trade missions since November 2014 which has seen export rise to almost A$44 billion last year.

Globally Connected: Victoria’s Trade Statement includes the:

For more information on these programs and a copy of Globally Connected: Victoria’s Trade Statement, visit Trade Victoria.