Message from the President 2018

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The ALCCI is made up of leaders of business and community; professionals; tradespeople; passionate people; and visionaries. Charged with the responsibility of enhancing trade links and providing a networking platform for forward-thinking entrepreneurs, we are currently working hard to develop solid relationships with the many communities that make up the wider Australian business community in order to maximise the benefit of 2-way opportunities in trade, tourism and investment at both a local and a national level for Australia and for Lebanon.

2018 has seen an astounding array of extremely successful events orchestrated by the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  The main purpose of the ALCCI is to promote and engage bi lateral trade between Australia, Lebanon and the Globe; and further to be the bridge/link driving successful business and trade empowering strong economic relations.

It was with much pleasure that the ACCI arranged many highlighted events for this year, some of which are but not limited to:

The ALCCI welcomed the newly appointed Lebanese Consul General to Victoria Mr Ziad Itani, in February led by Mr Faddy Zouky OAM President & Chairperson, The Executive Directors, Board Members, Business Women’s Group, The Young Entrepreneurs together with community leaders, political groups, social groups, religious leaders and community members.

 In March 2018 it was an absolute honour and privilege to have hosted a luncheon in honour of Dr Joseph Jabbra President of LAU , Dr Christian Elie Oussi and Mr Abdallah Al Khal from Lebanon American University

In April 2018 promoted Project Invest – ALCCI Annual Trade Mission to Lebanon 2018.  Some of the following Industries that business was engaged with:

Waste Management (Environment), Natural Gas and Petroleum, Professional Services, Education, Primary Produce , Meat and Livestock, Information Technology ,Energy and Power, Building and Construction ,Tourism ,Film and Television and Healthcare 

One of the major highlights and that of which we are extremely proud, is the official opening of the Australia House in Batroun led by His Excellency Gebran Bassil Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, His Excellency Glenn Miles Australian Ambassador to Lebanon and many other business and governmental officials.

Also in April 2018

On behalf of Mr Faddy Zouky OAM President & Chairperson, The Executive Directors, The Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and the Young Entrepreneurs of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry, it was with great pride and privilege to have honored Major General of the Lebanese Armed Forces Major General Samir Al-Hajj and Colonel Tony Ghaya from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Australian Army Cadets namely Captain Australian Army Cadets Erin Keegan Officer Commanding 39th Army Cadets Unit and Warrant Officer Class 1 Chris Kund Regimental Sergeant Major Australian Army Cadet Victorian Brigade Head Quarters and Cadet Michael Baini 39th Army Cadet Unit Australian Army. Together with religious leaders, highly acclaimed business associates, delegates, and media. All guests stood for a one-minute silence in recognition of those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Lest We Forget.

In May 2018

On behalf of the ALCCI, it was with an overwhelming joy, with great pride and a privilege to have hosted and honoured The Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army General Joseph Aoun and his delegation from Lebanon in Melbourne Australia.  A very busy agenda however an extremely successful mission.  Some highlights of General Aoun’s visit to Melbourne were:

  • with much pride and dignity that General Joseph Aoun (Commander in Chief of the Lebanese Army) together with HE Milad Raad (Lebanon Ambassador to Australia) Brigadier General Wassim Elbalabi (Lebanese Army) The Hon Dr Ziad Itani (Lebanon Consul General to Victoria), Mr Faddy Zouky OAM,  with many other guests, paid their respects at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.

  • attending The Victorian Parliament House and meet with the President of the Legislative Assembly and all the Australian Lebanese State Ministers and Members of Parliament

  • joined a historical dinner held in his honour hosted by the ALCCI which was attended by Federal, State and Local Ministers, Members of Parliament, Distinguished Guests, all Australian Lebanese Political Parties, Religious delegations, Social & Charitable Associations, highly profiled business associates, the general community and so much more.

June 2018:

The ALCCI was very proud to have recently hosted a private dinner honouring The Honourable Daniel Andrews MP Premier of Victoria and the Honourable Philip Dalidakis MP Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade.  Together with the ALCCI delegates and many highly influential business associates attended this dinner.

Further and most recently, I am extremely honoured to have been appointed as the new Lebanese Honorary Consul General to Tasmania.  I am extremely humbled and privileged to have this honour bestowed upon me by His Excellency Michel Aoun President of the Republic of Lebanon. I truly believe that I will further enhance the excellent relationship between Australia and Lebanon.  I am forever indebted to the Lebanese Government for their continuous support towards myself and the ALCCI. 

As the first half of 2018 has seen a plethora of many successful and powerful events, I welcome you to join with the ALCCI in their upcoming events for the next half of 2018.  I would also like to remind you to SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming annual Gala Ball themed this year “Prosperity Through Diversity” Saturday 20 October 2018 to be held at The Sofitel Hotel Ballroom. Do not miss out and book your tickets by email to bernadette.khoury@alcci.org.au.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Executive Directors, The Founding Directors, The Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and The Young Entrepreneurs of the ALCCI for their continued loyal support towards the ALCCI and look forward to a very successful year ahead embracing our theme of Prosperity Through Diversity.

The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM

HISTORICAL NEWS – Lebanese Honorary Consul General to Tasmania

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On behalf of The Executive Directors, The Board Members, The Business Women's and The Young Entrepreneurs of the ALCCI, it is with our greatest honour to advise that Mr Faddy Zouky OAM (President & Chairperson of the ALCCI) has officially been appointed as the Lebanese Honorary Consul General to Tasmania by H.E. Michel Aoun The President of Lebanon. Congratulations to the Honourable Faddy Zouky OAM. We wish you every success with all your further endeavours

Lebanese Armed Forces Luncheon

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Inspector General Major General Samir al-Hajj &  Colonel Toni Ghaya
From the Lebanese Armed Forces

Saturday 21st April 2018  @  Level 35, Sofitel Hotels & Resort

On behalf of Mr Faddy Zouky OAM President & Chairperson, The Executive Directors, The Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and the Young Entrepreneurs of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry, it was with great pride and privilege to have honored Major General of the Lebanese Armed Forces Major General Samir Al-Hajj and Colonel Tony Ghaya from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Australian Army Cadets namely Captain Australian Army Cadets Erin Keegan Officer Commanding 39th Army Cadets Unit and Warrant Officer Class 1 Chris Kund Regimental Sergeant Major Australian Army Cadet Victorian Brigade Head Quarters and Cadet Michael Baini 39th Army Cadet Unit Australian Army. Together with religious leaders, highly acclaimed business associates, delegates, and media. All guests stood for a one-minute silence in recognition of those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Lest We Forget.

Project Invest – ALCCI Annual Trade Mission to Lebanon 2018

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It is with my great pleasure to cordially invite you to attend the

ALCCI Annual Trade Mission to Lebanon

May 8 2018 to May 17 2018

Project Invest

do not miss out

Tentative Itinerary:

Depart:  Melbourne  8 May 2018

Arrive: Beirut 9 May 2018 

7:00pm : Welcoming / Briefing Cocktail reception 

10 May

  • LDE Official Opening and panels 
  • LDE  Gala Dinner 

11 May 

  • LDE Events 

12 May 

  • LDE Events and Closing Ceremony 

13-16 May Following meeting but not limited to 

  • The President of Lebanon
  • The Prime Minister 
  • Chambers of Commerce 
  • IDAL < Other counterparts in business, 
  • Site seeing and so much more

Industries being visited and not limited to:

  • Waste Management (Environment)
  • Natural Gas and Petroleum 
  • Professional Services 
  • Education 
  • Primary Produce , Meat and Livestock 
  • Information Technology 
  • Energy and Power
  • Building and Construction 
  • Tourism 
  • Film and Television 
  • Healthcare 

SHOULD YOU WISH TO BE ENGAGED IN ANOTHER AREA OF INTEREST PLEASE ADVISE ASAP

PRICE:

  •  $4,000.00  economy flights with Etihad Airlines with hotel accommodation at La Royal check In 9 May and check out 17  May 2018 inclusive of all transport, meals, entry fees etc.
  •  $9,200.00 for business class flights with Etihad Airlines with above accommodation details

PLEASE DEPOSIT MONIES INTO THE ALCCI BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS AS FOLLOWS

BSB 063 158   ACC NO  10359986 with your name as the reference.  Also please email your receipt and a copy of your valid Australian Passport to bernadette.khoury@alcci.org.au

Previous Trade Missions

Welcoming the Consul General of Lebanon HE Ziad Itani

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The ALCCI welcoming the newly appointed Lebanese Consul General to Victoria Mr Ziad Itani, led by Mr Faddy Zouky OAM President & Chairperson, Mrs Rosanna Chaina Baini Executive Director along with other Executive Directors, Board Members, Business Women’s Group, The Young Entrepreneurs together with community leaders, political groups, social groups, religious leaders and community members.

End of year message from the President 2017

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As another year draws to a close, it is with a heart full of pride that I address you on the achievements and accolades of the Australia Lebanon Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (Vic) (ALCCI) over the past 12 months. 2017 has been a year filled with opportunity and success; it has been a year of new beginnings and a plethora of dynamic opportunity. It is with much excitement that I can inform you of our accomplishments this year, and what we have to look forward to in the next!

It is with resounding joy in my heart that I have the esteemed honour and privilege to have extended the warmest of welcomes to a Luncheon hosted by the ALCCI in honour of HE Gibran Bassil Foreign Affairs & Emigrants Minister for Lebanon earlier this year. In my years I have come to live by the motto “Making a difference is the key to success”, this could not ring more true than in Excellency Gibran Bassil. His overwhelming and tireless efforts to bring together international contingents and Diasporas, to enhance, enrich and exhibit the beauty of our homeland Lebanon is a true testament to his driven and hardworking spirit. His drive, passion and enthusiasm to be the change is the true measure of his success in Lebanon and abroad. Truly so grateful for his innovation and drive in making the LDE the astounding success it is today. He has been an honouring example of everything the ALCCI stands for, by pioneering a new page in Lebanon’s history, by opening it up to a wider audience and sharing her beauty with the rest of the world. He is truly building bridges of opportunity for all of us and further enhancing and allowing us to bring Australian Toils to Phoenician Lands. It is with great confidence I can say today, that we truly have a reference in Lebanon that supports our existence as a chamber of commerce, and that is HE Gebran Bassil, His Excellency is the future of a progressive Lebanon that we all want. He has boosted confidence in our new generation, not just in Lebanon, but around the world. I personally witnessed the tireless efforts and hard work that he and his team put in to ensure Lebanon receives the best representation abroad targeting all facets of economic stimulus to Lebanon. Today, we are very thankful of our Lebanese Government who boosts stability and confidence in the country, made possible through unity, consensus and harmony of all political parties. In particular, I am extremely proud and thankful to HE General Michel Aoun President of the Republic of Lebanon for his tireless hard work, dedication and commitment to ensuring Lebanon’s economic strength and economic stability. And we hope they all work together for the benefit of the Lebanese people who have unbearably suffered for decade’s political, economic and military crisis. Today, we are proud to say that we have successfully created the International Chamber House in Lebanon, under the benefaction of His Excellency Mr Bassil. Through this catalyst we are able to unify and amalgamate all Lebanese chambers of commerce throughout the world, to work hard for an economically solid Lebanon. We are also striving hard to persuade the wider Australian Business community to invest in Lebanon.

The ALCCI has been extremely busy in 2017; Honouring The Hon Martin Pakula MP State Attorney General and HE Glenn Miles Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, attended LDE 2017, meet with HE General Michel Aoun President of the Republic of Lebanon, HE Saad Hariri The Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon, The Maronite Patriarch, The Mofti, Dr. Salim George Sfeir CEO of Bank of Beirut and Honorary Chairperson of the ALCCI, Dr Joseph Jabbra from ULA, meeting with Mr Mohammad Chocair President of the Beirut Chamber of
Commerce & Industry and it’s representatives and with Mr Toufic Dabbousy President of the Tripoli Chamber of Commerce & Industry and it’s representatives and many more dignitaries and promoted Australia during our Trade Mission in 2017 to Lebanon themed “G’Day Lebanon. I am further honoured to advise that for the first time, both the Business Women’s Group and the Young Entrepreneurs were part of the delegation to Lebanon. A wonderful array of breakfast seminars, business meetings and so many other events were organised by both these Groups. I am so deeply proud to advise that both these groups are the first of their kind all over the world; what a great accolade for the ALCCI.

On Monday 23 October 2017, at the Presidential Palace, Beirut, the Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove as guests of the President of the Republic of Lebanon, His Excellency Mr Michel Naim Aoun, and Mrs Nadia Al Chami, attended a Ceremonial Welcome. It was my greatest pleasure and privilege to have been invited by the Australian government to attend this official visit.

The Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), as guest of the Caretaker of the Commonwealth War Graves facilities in Beirut, Mr Yahya Bsat, viewed Australian War Graves laid a wreath at the base of the commemorative cenotaph. Afterwards, at Martyrs’ Square, Beirut, the Governor-General, as guest of the Minister of Defence, His Excellency Mr Yacoub Sarraf, attended a commemorative ceremony and laid a wreath at the Martyrs’

In the evening, at the Australian Residence, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, as guests of the Ambassador to Lebanon, His Excellency Mr Glenn Miles, attended a reception in recognition of United Nations Day with Australian supported aid agencies operating in Lebanon.

In 2017 the ALCCI hosted many business seminars, business networking meetings, attending many special events so of which were but not limited to:

  • Mr Raed Charafeddine First Vice Governor of Banque of Beirut
  • Attended LDE 2017 in Lebanon
  • Coordinated our Trade Mission to Lebanon themed “G’Day Lebanon 2017
  • HE Samir Geagea Member of the Lebanese National Assembly of Representatives, Executive Chairman of
  • Lebanese Forces visit to Melbourne
  • Medyar Business Building & Construction Seminars in both Melbourne and Sydney
  • Hosted our Annual Gala Ball themed “Making Difference”

I am extremely proud to acknowledge the wonderful support of our partner Bank of Sydney, who have been a dynamic force for the ALCCI.

As a Chamber it filled our hearts with pride when The Honourable Marlene Kairouz MP was elected as the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation last year and this year Minister Kairouz was also elected as the Minister for Local Government again the first female of Lebanese decent to do so in Australia, we marked this significant achievement by presenting her with an award on behalf of the Chamber at the Business Women’s Group Business in Fashion Event.

This year we also hosted a superstar studded spectacular Gala Ball themed “ Making a Difference” held at the Palladium Ballroom Crown Casino Melbourne . Our event included the talents of Mr Wissam Braidy, Miss Rim Saidi, Mr Faddy Charbel, Miss Joanna Karaky, with Michel Fadel’s Musical Quartet and so much more. It was an honour to have also hosted Dr Salim Georges Sfeir CEO of Bank of Beirut from Lebanon who is also the Honorary Chairperson of the ALCCI, Mr Antonine Menessa President of HALFA from France and Mr Firas Abdelrahman and Mr Nadim Kazma from Medyar in Lebanon . Congratulations to all award recipients being The Young Entrepreneurs Award was received by Mr Jerome Zouky & Mr Daniel Trjukla – Water for Life, The Business Women’s Award received by Mrs Abla Amad OAM, Best Business Strategist was received by Mr George Ghossayn OAM, Mr Peter Bader and Mr Ali Khodr and finally the President’s Award was received by Dr Salim Georges Sfeir.

The ALCCI has been established to create an economic bridge between Australia, Lebanon and the resto of the world. We have worked tirelessly to boost ties between Australia and Lebanon, and encourage political exchange and economic support which we believe is part and parcel of the relationship. This has been done through trade missions, network seminars, forums and aggressive lobbying with both governments for the benefit of our respective business communities in Lebanon and Australia. We have indeed become an important contact and consulting body for Government and business interests.
I must take this significant opportunity to extend my unwavering and ever grateful appreciation to Australia and her successive government for affording all immigrants the opportunities to thrive and peruse their dreams. It is true that Australia is the land of opportunity with her “golden soils and wealth for toils her beauty and rich and rare”, we are eternally indebted to this homeland for being a springboard of endless opportunities, and for allowing us to live our dreams. We must thank the founders of this nation who built our constitution on the philosophies of liberty, freedom and a fair go. A philosophy each of us Australiana encompass in our everyday lives. My humblest and utmost gratitude is extended to the Australian government for continuing to be a pinnacle of strength, support and positivity, in all of the Chamber’s endeavours.
The strength of the ALCCI is in the diversity and skills of its members. We seek to include members from all facets of business, commerce, tourism, hospitality, education, health, construction, banking and technology. Help us to build the ALCCI by encouraging membership among colleagues and contacts.

I invite you to engage in our upcoming events for 2018, including but not limited to: Banking & Finance Seminars with our Partner Bank of Sydney, Business Networking Seminars, the ALCCI Business Women’s Group events and the ALCCI Young Entrepreneurs events and finally our 2018 Gala Ball.

We look forward to another successful year working with our partner the Bank of Sydney, to whom we remain grateful for their ongoing support.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank sincerely the Executive Directors, The Board Members, The Matriarch, The Business Women’s Group and The Young Entrepreneurs of the ALCCI, of whom I am deeply indebted for their hard work, commitment and tremendous support towards further enhancing the ALCCI.
On behalf of Executive Directors, Board Members, The Matriarch, the Business Women’s Group and the Young Entrepreneurs, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and wish you and your families a very Merry and Happy Festive Season and a very prosperous New Year.

Yours Sincerely,

Faddy Zouky OAM
President

Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove visit to Lebanon

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A historical visit to Lebanon was orchestrated and assisted by Mr Faddy Zouky OAM (President & Chairperson of the ALCCI) on Tuesday 24 October 2017 by the Australian Governor-General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). The Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC visited Lebanon’s President, the Australian ANZAC War Grave site. Among other and highly and important visits, the Governor-General at the Grand Serail, Beirut, met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon, His Excellency Mr Saad Hariri also attended by His Excellency Glenn Miles Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr. Faddy Zouky OAM and many other Government officials and highly influential business delegates.