The Austrade MENA Connections seminar was held on Monday 6 November 2017 at the MinterEllison office in Sydney which attracted more than 100 business people as well as ambassadors, trade commissioners and government officials.

Transregional themes, such as food, mining and education, are becoming more evident as is the role that Dubai plays as a hub for Australian firms, for both logistics and for regional promotions and exhibitions.

The seminars focused on the above trends, current business scenario, future market potential and more. The panel also discussed on economic transformation and diversification for its continued growth and development.

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Vice President of the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry, James Harb.

The purpose of the Austrade MENA Connections event in addition to the information component is naturally to provide a networking platform to share experiences of working in and with the MENA region as well as strengthen the existing and inspire new connections.

For the fifth year, Austrade MENA Connections in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, State Governments and Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry successfully held a seminar series program to provide insights on the Middle East and North Africa region between 30 October -10 November in major cities around Australia.

At the Sydney event, Vice President of the Australia Arab Chamber, James Harb was the Master of Ceremony for the evening and warmly welcomed guests.

 

Panel Discussion: (left to right) Ms Anna Fedeles, Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Dubai, Ms Berenice Owen-Jones, Australian Ambassador to Morocco, Dr Axel Wabenhorst, Australian Ambassador to Qatar, Warren Hauck, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Ralph King – Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen, and Mr Mark Morley – Senior Trade Commissioner: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt.

For the fifth year, Austrade MENA Connections in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, State Governments and Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry successfully held a seminar series program to provide insights on the Middle East and North Africa region between 30 October -10 November in major cities around Australia.

Andrew Watson, the Executive Director SME of EFIC, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, welcomed guests as a member on behalf the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

“The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry as the organising partner is very encouraged by the overwhelming response to this event. We as a Chamber consider ourselves privileged to share with you the common vision to promote and grow Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the Middle East & North Africa region” said Mr Watson.

Australian Ambassadors to the MENA region that attended included Dr Ralph King – Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen, Warren Hauck, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Axel Wabenhorst, Australian Ambassador to Qatar and Ms Berenice Owen-Jones – Australian Ambassador to Morocco.

The Austrade Trade Commissioners to the MENA region were Mr Gerard Seeber – Senior Trade Commissioner MENA, Consul General Dubai, Mr Mark Morley – Senior Trade Commissioner: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and Ms Anna Fedeles – Deputy Consul General and Trade Commissioner: Dubai.

The event is a prime example of AACCI’s role as a facilitator of the collaborative initiatives by bringing together stakeholders from Federal and State Governments and commercial sector to present first hand commercial intelligence on changing realities and the emerging opportunities in the MENA Region to Australian businesses.

Fabian De Marco, Committee Member, AACCI and Managing Director for San Siro Financial.

After a compelling panel discussion and Question & Answer session, the vote of thanks was presented by Fabian De Marco, Managing Director of San Siro Financial and Committee member of AACCI.

The Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AACCI) is the peak national association for two-way trade and investment between Australia and the Arab League countries.

For over 42 years, the Chamber has been supporting Australian exporters and members in their business endeavors, providing business information and networking opportunities.
In addition, to AACCI’s activities on national and state levels, AACCI is increasingly active internationally.

Australia’s trade exchange with the Arab world has quadrupled over the past decade.

However, with the trade relationship continuing to diversify, it is no longer just an exchange of goods and services, but strategic alliances, technology transfer, exchange of ideas on tackling bigger issues such as defence, health, education, food and water security, and these will be discussed here today.