The Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, recently led Victoria’s Super Trade Mission to China – the largest trade mission to ever leave Australia, and now Australian businesses looking to export to the middle east can jump on board with a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates.
Following the successful mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia in 2012 which received exports of $235 million, the Victorian Government will be leading a second Super Trade Mission to the Middle East in February 2013.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is Victoria’s second-largest value-added export region after South East Asia. The region is a significant importer of Victorian goods, representing the single largest importer of Victorian automobiles and a substantial importer of food and beverage, Export Victoria revealed.
‘This Super Trade Mission will allow participants to gain a first hand understanding of key markets in the region, with the opportunity to showcase products and forge new connections with potential qualified customers, business partners and investors.
With the UAE still operating as a major trading hub for the region, key activities across a number of sectors will be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. There will also be individual sector program extensions into Turkey, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and Saudi Arabia.’ Export.
Export Victoria welcomes Australian business in the following areas to apply for the trade mission:
Who should apply and for what program?
Food & Beverage and Agribusiness – Companies involved in the food & beverage and agribusiness sectors including production, logistics and services. Program runs from 23 February to 4 March incorporating Gulfood, visits to Abu Dhabi and Dubai with an extension into Saudi Arabia.
Higher Education – Universities, research organisations or service providers to higher education. Program runs from 23 to 28 February (dates to be confirmed) incorporating visits to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ankara and Istanbul.
Vocational Education and Training – Vocational education and training providers, including ELICOS. Program runs from 23 to 28 February (dates to be confirmed) incorporating visits to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ankara and Istanbul.
Water – Companies involved in all areas of water management, including treatment, supply, waste management, water technologies, and governance. Program runs from 23 February to 4 March and incorporates visits to Abu Dhabi, Dubai with an extension into Saudi Arabia.
Infrastructure – Companies involved in infrastructure from delivery to major suppliers to infrastructure project managers including; infrastructure for urban development, rail, road, oil and gas, and aviation. Program runs from 23 to 28 February and incorporates visits to Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Istanbul.
Equine – Companies from across the equine sector including service providers, equine supply organisations, and event management. Program runs from 23 to 28 February and incorporates visits to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Additional cities to be advised.
Defence – Defence companies wishing to attend the International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi from 17 to 21 February should contact [email protected] prior to application.
Marine – Companies in the recreational and light commercial marine industry who are involved in the design, manufacture, refitting and repair of all types of yachts, pleasure craft and light commercial boats, manufacturers of boat equipment and fittings, and firms and organisations involved with marinas and other centers involved with the storage, servicing, refit and repair of all sizes of leisure craft. Program runs from 27 February to 9 March, incorporating the Dubai International Boat Show in Dubai, and a visit to Istanbul.
Other – Companies that are not involved in one of the above sectors should contact the Middle East Team to discuss their involvement.
Trade Mission Assistance Program
The Victorian Government will coordinate programmed events, site visits and business matching meetings. The direct cost to participants will include items such as airfares and accommodation. Eligible companies may be entitled to claim up to $3,000 towards expenses incurred under the Victorian Trade Mission Assistance Program.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity apply online.
Most will find Dubai hotels online, ensuring a place to stay upon arrival and most will eat out nearly every meal bringing a boost in the restaurant industry as well. There will also be individual sector program extensions into Turkey, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and Saudi Arabia.