Melbourne: Seeking to enhance its economic ties with India, Australia's Victoria province government on Wednesday announced that a "super trade mission" of over 100 world-class companies of the region led by Premier Ted Baillieu would visit the country in February 2012.

Victoria is the third Australian province after New South Wales and Northern Territory (NT), which is aiming to strengthen trade ties with India.

Baillieu said more than 100 world-class Victorian companies would take part in the Super Trade Mission, making it Australia's largest-ever trade mission to India, according to an official statement.

"The size and scope of this Super Trade Mission clearly demonstrates our commitment to grow Victoria's already strong relationship with India," Baillieu said.

"Victorian businesses have strong capabilities in many sectors that India needs to support its future growth – including automotive, aviation, cleantech, education, food and beverage, ICT, life sciences, tourism and sustainable urban design," he said.

The Super Trade Mission to India will focus on Victoria's strengths to generate more jobs for Victorians and substantial new export opportunities for Victorian businesses, Baillieu said.

 "It will build on the successful trade mission to India involving 60 companies that took place in April this year – led by the Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher – which is anticipated to generate more than 63 million dollars in new exports, 19 million dollars in capital investment and over 570 jobs in Victoria over the next 18 months," he said.

Trade missions provide Victorian companies with great opportunities to connect with their overseas counterparts and grow new markets for their high-quality goods and services, he said.

The Super Trade Mission will commence in Delhi on February 21 next year and showcase the best of Victorian industry capability in key centres including Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.

The mission is an important element of the Coalition Government's Trade Engagement Programme - India, which aims to strengthen existing relationships between Victoria and India and to open up new markets, the statement said.

(Agencies)