Victoria's relationship with the Middle East, Africa and Turkey

The Middle East, Africa and Turkey are important economic partners for Victoria. Many countries in the region are experiencing strong economic and population growth and are engaging more and more in global markets.

Opportunities exist for Victorian companies across a range of sectors, including food and fibre, international education, water technology and METS.

The Middle East, Africa and Turkey are key export destinations for Victorian food and fibre products, education and VET, mining, equipment, technology and services (METS), automotive products and professional services.  Saudi Arabia is Victoria's fifth largest merchandise export market and the United Arab Emirates is Victoria's eleventh largest merchandise export market.

Iran is an emerging market for Victoria following the lifting of many of Australia's autonomous sanctions on Iran in January 2016.

Victorian Trade and Investment Offices

Supporting our relationship, the Victorian Government has offices in Dubai (est 1997), which plays a vital role in the facilitation of trade, investment and the establishment of people to people links and partnerships between the regions.

Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement negotiations

The Gulf Cooperation Council includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which are key markets Australian livestock, meat, dairy products, vegetables, sugar, wheat and other grains.

Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the GCC commenced in July 2007. Four rounds of GCC-Australia FTA negotiations were held, with the last one held in June 2009.

At the GCC Leader’s Summit in January 2021, the GCC renewed its interests in pursuing an FTA with Australia (and other key countries) as a priority market. Internal consultations have commenced on this development.

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If you are considering investing in Melbourne, we can help you scope the market opportunity in Melbourne/Australia and assist you with your business case development.

Working with us will allow you to be fully informed and limit the number of surprises associated with your new investment. Our staff are experienced and well connected  and can introduce you to potential partners to help make your investment a success.

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Middle East enquiries contact Kassem Younes
General Manager - Middle East, Africa & Turkey
Email Kassem

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