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

Situated in a large and diverse region, 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 increasingly engaging in global markets.  The State Government of Victoria has long recognised the importance of engagement with this region and has maintained a Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) in Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 1997.

The Middle East, Africa and Turkey are key export destinations for Victoria's:

  • food and fibre products and manufactured goods
  • education and Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • mining and Mining Equipment Technology Services (METS)
  • professional services.

Several countries in the region are very significant export markets for Victoria. The UAE is Victoria’s fourteenth most valuable merchandise export market and Saudi Arabia is Victoria’s twentieth most valuable export market. The Middle East North Africa region is Victoria’s second most valuable meat export market after the United States.

Emerging export opportunities exist for Victorian companies across a range of sectors including cybersecurity, fintech, edtech and agritech.

Victoria’s relationship with the Russian Federation and Central Asia  

Victoria has a long-standing relationship with the Russian Federation. Victoria is home to the second largest Russian born community in Australia and the City of Melbourne has had a sister-city relationship with St Petersburg for over 30 years.

The Russian Federation and Central Asia represent tremendous opportunities for Victorian companies, especially in the mining equipment, technology and services sector. Mining is a key industry for economies across the region and countries such as Russia and Kazakhstan are still reliant on imported machinery and equipment to run operations.

Russia is currently the third largest gold producer globally and is the dominant supplier of gold to Europe. Kazakhstan has the 12th largest proven oil reserves and 14th largest natural gas reserves, is the world’s largest producer of uranium and ranks in the top ten countries for coal, gold, chrome, zinc, lead and bauxite reserves.

Victoria’s trade and investment links with the Russia Federation and Central Asia are managed from the Victorian Government Trade and Investment office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Connect with us at the VGTI office in Dubai

Global Victoria's team at the Dubai VGTI from left to right: Baris Satar, Mireya Cruells and Kassem Younes

Whether you're a Victorian business looking to export your product or service to the MEAT region, or you already have a presence and want to  strengthen or diversify your market reach, our team in Dubai are on the ground in Dubai to support your global aspirations.

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