Victoria's relationship with the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey
Situated in a large and diverse region, the Middle East, North 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, Turkey and Iran 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)
- automotive products
- professional services.
Several countries in the region are very significant export markets for Victoria. Saudi Arabia is Victoria's sixth largest merchandise export market and the United Arab Emirates is Victoria's tenth 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. Export opportunities exist for Victorian companies across a range of sectors, including food and fibre, international education, water technology and METS.