Victoria aims for boost in SE Asian business

A Victorian trade mission to Southeast Asia has generated business worth more than $A130 million for the state.

The Brisbane Times reports that, according to the Victorian government, the June mission to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will also create over 300 jobs.

The delegation, led by Premier Denis Napthine, included 300 automotive, food, aviation, education and healthcare businesses. 

Those businesses involved were given financial support and were required to submit evaluation of sales, anticipated exports and extra jobs created over the next two years as a result of the mission.

''This program has helped Victoria become Australia's leading export state with our exports increasing by 4.8 per cent; a greater increase than any other state or territory and well above the national rate of 0.9 per cent,'' Dr Napthine said in a statement.

The ABC reports that the Victorian government plans to expand its focus on Southeast Asia, India and China.

"Our focus is very much business offices and expanding business offices in Southeast Asia," Dr Napthine said.

"The consumer class in Asia is growing exponentially and we are well placed geographically, we are well placed with the products we produce, particularly in the food and fibre area to supply that growing market."