The Multicultural Community Medal for 2017 has been awarded to Mohamed Hage, NSW State Chairman of the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for economic participation.

The medal was presented to him by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in front of an audience of almost 1500 at the annual “Premier’s Harmony Dinner” held on Thursday 16 March at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney.

The gala dinner hosted by the Premier and the Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon Ray Williams is an annual celebration of diversity to the significant contributions made to the community by multicultural leaders.

A number of medals and awards were given out at the event together with multicultural performances marking the community harmony week in Australia.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented the Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award to the Moving Forward Together Association for their dedicated work towards building a peaceful, tolerant and inclusive Australia.

“I also congratulate all recipients of tonight’s Multicultural Community Medals for their dedicated work towards making our society more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of NSW’s cultural diversity.

“The medallists recognised tonight are truly remarkable. They are the faces of the often unsung and humble work of members of our community,” Mr Williams said.

The Economic Participation award recognised Mohamed for his outstanding success in fostering economic relations.

Over the course of his career, Mohamed has worked with a range of diverse sectors in fostering investment, trade flows and creating stronger government to government ties in a range of sectors.

As State Chair NSW of the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohamed has also assisted the state of NSW in generating new economic activities while continuing to strengthen trade and investment between NSW and the GCC region. Mohamed continues to add two-way investment capabilities for investment growth and diversification between the regions.

He has built more than 10 years’ experience in many aspects of professional investment management.

Award winners with Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister Ray Williams at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner. Picture © Salty Dingo 2017