Media Release

28 August 2017

Guy: Liberal Nationals to establish Victorian Government Business Office in Thessaloniki

Monday 28 August 2017

Liberal Nationals to establish Victorian Government Business Office in Thessaloniki

Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has announced that if elected, a Liberal Nationals government will open a Victorian Government Business Office in Melbourne’s Greek sister city, Thessaloniki.

The $1.7 million investment will increase access to export markets and facilitate Victorian investment into the Balkan region and Turkey, as well as grow the Victorian economy by building relationships in Eastern Europe.

The establishment of the Victorian Government Business Office in Thessaloniki would recognize the immense contribution of the Hellenic Australian community to Victoria, providing a strong foundation for professional and business relationships to form and flourish.

These international links promote Victoria as a desirable destination to live, study, do business and visit, allowing all Victorians to benefit from the social, economic and business opportunities created by our diaspora communities.

Equally important is the need to have strategic business offices close to businesses in other parts of the world, providing the opportunity for direct dialogue between overseas business and the Victorian government.

 

Quotes attributable to Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy:

“The establishment of a Victorian Government Business Office in Thessaloniki will provide a huge boost to Victoria’s access to European export markets, facilitating tighter business relationships between Victoria, the Balkans and Turkey.”

“It will also attract potential investment to Victoria, which will grow the economy.”

“The Greeks of Victoria have made an enormous contribution to our culture. The establishment of this office recognizes and will further encourage this contribution.”

“I recently visited Thessaloniki and was enormously impressed with the progress of the city, in particular the stunning new waterfront development, which I have pledged to emulate in Geelong.”

“Thessaloniki is an amazing city and I believe we should do more to strengthen the sister city relationship between Thessaloniki and Melbourne.”

 

Quotes attributable to Chair of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Georgegina Poulos:

“HACCI supports this initiative which will foster and promote bilateral trade and investment between Australia and Greece.”

 

Quotes attributable to the President of the Thessaloniki Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘The White Tower’, Paul Mavroudis OAM:

“The establishment of this office will help to bring Victorian and Greek businesses together, strengthening the relationship between the two sister cities.”

“The Thessaloniki based business groups I have spoken with are very excited at the prospect of developing closer ties with Victoria, as is the local government.”

“This announcement is recognition of the great contribution that Greeks have made to Victoria over the generations.”

 

Background:

There are currently Victorian Government Business Offices located in Bangalore, Beijing, Chengdu, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mumbai, Nanjing, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Washington DC.