Enhancing global connections to create local jobs

Published: 29 August 2017

Globall Connected: Victoria's Trade StatementThe Victorian Government has launched a new trade statement that aims to better connect businesses to the world, strengthen the local economy and create more jobs in Victoria.

The statement, Globally Connected: Victoria's Trade Statement is the first of its kind released in Victoria in more than a decade.

Included in the trade statement are a number of Victorian Government priorities including, strengthening Victoria's international presence, supporting the state's priority sectors and help businesses take their products and services to the world.

The statement also includes a range of new initiatives that will help drive more trade and investment opportunities for Victoria and its businesses.

One of the major initiatives to come out of the trade statement is the Business Ambassador Program, of which Alibaba Australia and New Zealand CEO Maggie Zhou is Victoria's first Business Ambassador.

The Business Ambassador Program aims to use high profile industry leaders to make global connections that result in increased trade and investment opportunities for Victoria.

In addition to the Business Ambassadors Program, the Victorian Government also announced it would build on its Women in International Business Program and would use $1.5 million of Asia Gateway Program funding towards helping local companies expand into Asia.

The Victorian Government is committed to continually creating new trade and investment opportunities for Victoria and its businesses and has invested more than $125 million towards international offices and trade missions since 2015.

Victorian export continues to increase in value and in 2016 exports from the state were worth nearly $44 billion.

More information on Globally Connected: Victoria's Trade Statement visit: trade.vic.gov.au