Seeking “real partnership” with India in the field of trade, the government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced setting up of its representative office in the financial hub of Mumbai to build links with one of the fastest growing markets of the world.

The announcement was made last night by state Premier Ted Baillieu during his address to the Australia-India Business Council.

A high-level team of state government officials was on a visit to India as part of a trade mission in April this year that clearly stated the importance attached to India as a business partner adding that there was a plan to send another large trade mission to visit India in February next year that would cover nine strategic sectors, including education, automotive, ICT, aviation, clean technology and tourism. The mission is expected to further leverage the business relations between Victoria and India, he added. — PTI