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Victoria strengthening ties with trading partners

Melbourne skyline
Victoria’s capital city Melbourne.

Supplied: The Victorian Government

Victoria is Australia’s most globally connected state and it is now looking to strengthen its connections with its partners in Asia and across the world to drive more trade and investment.

The state has announced it will partner with key global players like Alibaba to forge new connections and has launched a new grants program to help local companies get ready to do businesses in Asia.

Victoria’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis has released Globally Connected, a new trade statement which sets out the state’s plans to strengthen its international presence, support priority sectors and help local businesses go global – whatever their size or location.

Mr Dalidakis announced that Maggie Zhou, Australia and New Zealand Managing Director of Alibaba Group, will be the first Victorian Business Ambassador under a new program that will enlist key business leaders to support trade and better connect Victoria with global opportunities.  

Ms Zhou is a long time employee of Alibaba Group and her experience will help Victoria better connect with the tremendous opportunities available in China.

The Government also announced a new $1.5 million Asia Gateway Program to help local companies to engage effectively with Asian markets.  

Mr Dalidakis said Victoria deeply valued its relationships with its key partners in Asia. Demand from Asian consumers for Victoria’s products and services was growing fast, whether it be for food products from its clean green environment or international education services from its world leading universities and training institutes.

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

This material was produced by the Victorian Government.