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Victorian Premier to lead mission to India

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The Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu will lead an extensive trade mission to India in late February 2012. The Super Trade Mission to India aims to engage with one of the world's fastest growing economies. Over 100 Victorian companies will be taking part in the mission to India, making it Australia's largest ever trade mission to the rising nation and Australia's fastest growing export market, growing at an average rate of 25 percent each year since 2005. "The size and scope of this Super Trade Mission clearly demonstrates our commitment to grow Victoria's already strong relationship with India," Mr Baillieu said. "Victorian businesses have strong capabilities in many sectors that India needs to support its future growth - including automotive, aviation, cleantech, education, food and beverage, ICT, life sciences, tourism and sustainable urban design." The mission to India aims to boost Victoria's economy with more jobs and export opportunities. "It will build on the successful trade mission to India involving 60 companies that took place in April this year," Baillieu said, "led by the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher - which is anticipated to generate more than $63 million in new exports, $19 million in capital investment and over 570 jobs in Victoria over the next 18 months. "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." Commencing in Delhi on the 21st February 2012, the mission will also focus on other key centres in India including Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune. Victorian organisations interested in joining the Super Trade Mission to India can visit www.trade.vic.gov.au for more information.

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