The Americas - USA, Canada & Latin America
Victorian Government Business Office
Victoria’s relationship with the United States
|Victoria has a strong relationship with the United States which includes a history of mutual business participation. The United States has a traditionally played a vital role in the Victorian economy as both a source of imports and as an export destination. |
Underpinning this business relationship is a Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States that was first signed in 2004 and became effective from the 1st of January, 2005. Furthermore, the city of Melbourne enjoys a sister city relationship with Boston which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010. A Memorandom of Understanding (MOU) on trade and investment was signed between Victoria and the State of Massachusetts in 2009.
The Victorian Government has a strong presence in the US with Victorian Government Business Offices in New York, San Francisco and Chicago playing a vital role in the facilitation of trade and investment. The Victorian Government also has a Tourism office based in Los Angeles. Latin America continues to also be of vital importance to Victoria.
The Victorian Government looks forward to continuing to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with the American business community.
Victoria’s major investors from the United States
|There are several prominent American companies currently operating in Victoria across a wide range of sectors, from IBM, Hewlett Packard and Motorola in the Information and Communication Technology industry, to GE Money and Citibank in the financial services sphere. |
Johnson & Johnson and Varian also have a presence in Victoria's biotechnology and life sciences sector, with General Motors, Heinz and Boeing additional American investors of note.