The Victorian Government is committed to supporting small, medium and large-sized firms as well as regional Victorian businesses to grow their engagement with Latin America.
Tim Harcourt the 'Airport Economist' visits countries around the world to learn about the emerging opportunities for doing business there, how to get your foot in the door, to learn from companies who are successfully operating there, and discover the local culture. Here he talks about the opportunities for partnership between Australia and Latin America.
Here are just some of the initiatives the Victorian Government has undertaken to forge greater trade and investment partnerships with organisations across Latin America.
A stronger presence on the ground
The Victorian Government Trade and Industry office (VGTI) in Santiago, Chile is evidence of the Government’s commitment to boosting trade and investment ties with the region.
The office will support Victorian businesses to identify opportunities, share market intelligence and facilitate business and government-to-government connections.
Direct international air services to and from Victoria are crucial in supporting global business and tourism flows, investment, and stronger people-to-people linkages.
The Victorian Government played a key role in securing the new direct flight between Santiago and Melbourne, which is expected to lead to significant growth in tourism in both directions as well as facilitate trade with further air cargo options.
Attract and boost investment
Victoria’s strong and diversified economy, fast-growing population and world-class infrastructure offer sizeable opportunities to potential Latin American investors. Invest Victoria is the state’s investment promotion agency, offering potential investors free services, including advice on government procedures, site selection, market briefings and introductions to industry networks. Learn more about how we can help you assess feasibility and establish operations in Melbourne here.
Skilled, significant investor and business migrant visas
Victoria is the destination-of-choice for nearly half of all business migrants to Australia. The Victorian Government supports various investor and business migrants through visa nomination, which may lead to permanent residency if certain conditions are met. For more details visit: liveinmelbourne.vic.gov.au.
Export Skills Program
Through our Export Skills Program and together with key partners, we will provide market insights through briefings, seminars and online platforms to assist businesses to understand the opportunities to trade with Latin America and ensure Victorian companies are export ready.
Victorian Women in International Business Program
The program promotes opportunities for Victorian women to make new connections and develop partnerships to help grow their export businesses. In 2018, we will bring together “Women Doing Business in Latin America” to expand networks and promote cross-sectoral collaboration.
Victoria’s International Chamber House (ICH)
The ICH is a Victorian Government initiative established to encourage close collaboration between government, bilateral international chambers and business associations. The Government will continue to leverage the ICH to strengthen our engagement with key Latin American stakeholders.