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Victoria state in Aus seeks to double export to India

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Australia's state today announced a plan to double to in the next decade and expand its footprint in the education market ahead of Daniel Andrews' first official visit to the country from tomorrow.

The unveiled'Victorias Strategy: Our Shared Future' which targets trade, education, business engagements and tourism as major areas to strengthen links with

The strategy, an ambitious blueprint, aims at growing to India, attracting more international students and boost tourism.

Under the plan, Victoria, Australia's most densely populated state, aims to double the value of goods including and to India from an annual average of 500 million Aus dollar to USD 1 billion Aus dollar.

"We have a plan and we are getting it done, Andrews said.

"Our tourism, international education, sports and cultural and innovation offerings are the envy of the We want India to experience for themselves the best of everything produces," he said.

"We have worked closely with leaders and industry experts from the Australian Indian community on ways we can make our states bond with India even stronger.

The said he wants to increase the number of Indian postgraduate research students by a quarter by 2027.

"This blueprint is all about expanding our footprint in one of the world's leading economies, which will boost Victorian businesses and create jobs for locals," Andrews was quoted as saying by the SBSNEWS.

"Our biggest export is in fact the international education market. This is a huge part of our economic story and I think we can be confident, in fact buoyant, about what the future holds," he said.

The premier will leave for India tomorrow and return on Saturday after meeting with government officials and attending a forum in and

He is also likely to meet

The paper has identified the area for growth in goods exports to India from an annual average of 500 million dollar over past five years to 959 million dollar in 2027.

In education sector, the paper identified growth in Indian post graduate research students by 25 per cent over 10 years and to double the number of business engagements from 150 in 2017 to 300 per annum in 10 years.

It further noted a growth in overnight expenditure by Indian visitors to from 367 million dollar in last financial year to 885 million dollar in 2027.

Over 209,000 of Victorians have Indian ancestry including 169,802 Victorians born in India.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 18:15 IST