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Premier going for seconds after a successful Indian trade mission

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More than 150 Victorian organisations will participate in the Premier’s second super trade mission in India. The Premier of Victoria Ted Baillieu will lead the next Super Trade Mission to India from 11 - 15 March 2013. The Trade Mission will start in Mumbai before moving on to Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Kolkata. The mission follows on from the first Super Trade Mission to India in February 2012. The Victorian Government anticipates over $355 million of additional sales to be generated over the two years since the February 2012 mission. The Premier has also led the Super Trade Mission to China in September 2012 and is now planning to lead more than 170 companies to the Middle East from 23 February - 1 March 2013. More than 150 Victorian organisations from the automotive, aviation and aerospace, biotech, cleantech, education, food and beverage, ICT, infrastructure and tourism sector are encouraged by the Victorian Government to participate. In December 2011, Premier Baillieu recognised the importance of trade missions. He explained that, "trade missions provide Victorian companies with great opportunities to connect with their overseas counterparts and grow new markets for our high-quality goods and services". According to Export Victoria, the initiative provides a platform for existing exporters to build on, and new markets will consequently open up for first time participants. Mission participants will be introduced to potential qualified customers, business partners and investors, and have the opportunity to showcase their organisational expertise and capabilities in many sectors needed to support India’s future growth. India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It is Australia’s fourth largest goods export market in 2011, with total goods exports valued at $15.3 billion and services exports worth $2.1 billion. In 2011, Victorian goods exports to India were worth $401 million.

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