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.

Presidents Message – March 2017    

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 On behalf of The Chairman and the Board of Directors of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Vic),  it is with my greatest pleasure to wish you all a very successful year ahead.

Our team has been very busy planning the launch of major new initiatives for the future benefit; many of which were years in the making.  2016 has seen a paradigm success in the ALCCI activities, including Trade Missions, assisting Australia and Lebanese Governments towards strong economic development, devoting platforms for networking and negotiations, and finally a major focus moving forward for 2017 has been on education, construction, finance, business, tourism and culture.

The Chamber takes a collaborative approach to building solid platforms to keep the industry, innovation, education, economic growth, growth market for jobs and much more, as we move forward together in 2017 with our members/sponsors and partners.

As a not for profit Chamber, the ALCCI connects with members in order to open up new markets for businesses, enhancing our membership which incorporates a diverse range of backgrounds, all with one aim of prosperity through business.

I am extremely privileged to acknowledge the visit to Australia of H.E. Gebran Bassil Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister of Lebanon in March/April this year.  Minister Gebran  is a true advocate towards  the vitality of Lebanon’s diaspora and the growing role of Lebanon.  Minister Bassil recognises that around 40 million Lebanese expatriates reside in 167 countries around the world. “We have presence in every single corner of the globe, and this represents a golden opportunity for us. What we are trying to do is to reconnect these expatriates through cultural exchanges, monetary interests, and the Lebanese traditions so they can have a positive impact on the economy. This concept has been going on for years; however, we are now materializing it into a state policy. After all, the flows of capital coming from the diaspora have maintained Lebanon’s economic standing during adverse times. We receive around USD8 billion annually from the diaspora; therefore, we are trying to build bridges to bumper their contributions to the homeland.”

Minister Bassil wants to build up relations based on values rather than interests. “We want to preserve our country’s stability by preserving our values. History has shown us that the prevalence of power makes us lose, that we need to build up on a chain of values to maintain solid foreign relations and a good domestic situation. We want Lebanon’s message of coexistence and tolerance to prevail and to echo all across the region to bring peace to the Middle East. We are a small player in this chessboard, but we can be a significant one if we put our values beforehand and form bridges between regions, between our Arab neighbours and us, and between the Arab world and Europe.”

His Excellency is the instigator of the new Lebanese Nationality Program website which was launched by the Lebanese government to help Lebanese people abroad (who don’t have their citizenship) reclaim their Lebanese nationality. This is an initiative launched by the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Emigrants to initiate and facilitate the process for people of Lebanese heritage.

Minister Bassil recently said:

We need your help to restore Lebanese expats their Lebanese citizenship … With each person that restores his Lebanese citizenship, we give Lebanon a new day of life”

Our Chamber is extremely overwhelmed with joy and excitement to welcome HE Gebran Bassil to Australia this year and wish him and his delegation a very successful and rewarding association with Australia and beyond.

I am very excited to invite you all to attend Australia Week In Lebanon themed“G’Dy Lebanon”  4-9 May 2017 in Lebanon.  The main aims and purpose of  G’Dy Lebanon are to provide Australian Businesses the opportunity and platforms to extend their business across the international seas into the ready and prosperous lands of Lebanon, Middle East , The Gulf and Africa.  This opportunity will be greatly achieved by attending the Lebanese Foreign Affairs Department LDE 2017.  The LDE 2017 embraces all Lebanese Diaspora from all over the world.  A wonderful opportunity for Australian Companies, businesses to further enhance their potential overseas.  Truly a business venture not to be missed.

I look forward to a mutually rewarding association for 2017 and beyond and look forward to a reciprocally rewarding prosperous year ahead.

Yours sincerely

Mr Faddy Zouky OAM

President

Holiday message from the President 2016

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, The Business Women’s Group and the Young Entrepreneurs of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Vic), I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very safe and prosperous New Year.

I would like to thank you for your continued and loyal support for 2016 and look forward to a mutually rewarding future ensuring that 2017 embraces powerful business and networking events.

Once again wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a joyous New Year.

Yours sincerely

Faddy Zouky OAM BA, LLB, DipEd, GradDipMigLaw, MLLB
President, ALCCI
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End of year message from the President 2016

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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. 2016 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 tell you of our accomplishments this year, and what we have to look forward to in the next!

I was honoured to have travelled to Lebanon in May of this year with a delegation made up of the ALCCI Directors; and many other influential Australian business corporations. We attended the Lebanese Energy Diaspora 2016 and had the opportunity to meet many Lebanese, numerous delegates not only from Lebanon but other parts of the Globe and a huge international media contingent. This year was exceptional as it was the first time the ALCCI had the pleasure of hosting its own panel at the LDE. Through the facilitation of discussion lead and instigated by myself, we were able to implement and create the first Chamber House in Lebanon to be a host for all International Lebanese Chambers of Commerce throughout the world.
This year, the Chamber had the honour to host many special VIPs including Mr Raed Charafeddine First Vice Governor of the Banque de Liban, Mr Salim Sfeir Chairman and CEO of Bank of Beirut , Political Ministers and Members of Parliament, Mr Lahoud Lahoud Director General, Chief of Protocol & Public Relations at the Presidency of the Republic of Lebanon, Ms Betty Hindi Founder of the First World House of Lebanon and representative of the Lebanese Army, Mr Ziad el Hawat Mayor of the municipality of Jbeil and the highly internationally acclaimed entertainer Ms Carole Samaha.

This year also saw the flouring of two dynamic groups of the Chamber our Young Entrepreneurs- the youth arm of the Chamber- and our Business Women’s Group. Our Young Entrepreneurs have been making ground breaking movement this year, they officially launched on the 1st of April, with over 400 guests attending and a significant myriad of dignitaries. They are the first youth arm of any Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the world, which is a very proud achievement for the Chamber. Our Young Entrepreneurs have successfully established Australian Lebanese Society’s in all major Melbourne universities with the idea of interstate branching on their horizon. They will be looking forward to hosting a youth engagement panel, a youth award evening and their major event for 2017 an annual youth sports day. Their hope is to bring together all denominations of young Australian Lebanese via sport and to culminate the day with a cocktail evening. Our Business Women’s Group have also been a powerful force, they launched on the 26th of June, and hosted an exhibition named “Art of many Genres from Middle Eastern Backgrounds”, showcasing the talents of numerous artists of different genres from Middle Eastern backgrounds. They recently hosted two Empowering Women Thru Leadership seminars which focused on providing powerful tools, knowledge and ability to further enhance their business expectations and so much more. They are excited about their 2017 programs and events promoting Australian Lebanese Women through many different business ventures and projects. They hope to be a catalyst for change in the movement of female empowerment.

This year the chamber was lucky enough to host various events including seminars, ‘From Hawkers Barrows to Boardrooms: 130 years of Lebanese business in Victoria contributing to the community’ hosted in partnership with The Australian Lebanese Historical Society of Victoria. This year the Chamber expanded its horizons establishing connections and partnerships with the Italian, Greek and French Australian Chambers of Commerce. 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, the first female of Lebanese decent to do so in Australia, we marked this significant achievement by visiting Ms Kairouz and presenting her with an award on behalf of the Chamber.

This year we also hosted a superstar studded spectacular Gala Ball themed “ This is Home”. Our event included the talents of Ms Carole Samaha, Ms Gina Liano, Mr Alin Le Kal, Mr Kevork Khatcherian and Ms Kylie Fisher. Ms Fisher debuted a song which I had the honour of producing titled “ This is Home”, a tribute to the sacrifices made for a better future and the amazing opportunities this country Australia has afforded each and every one of us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Directors for their continuous commitment and support towards the ALCCI. Their dedication, love, passion and hard work is unparalleled so I thank them all for such a significant contribution.

I am very excited and it is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in Australia Week in Lebanon 2017 themed “G’day Lebanon”. This is a first for the Chamber, and harnesses further our aim to enhance business links and open floodgates of communication for Australian and Lebanese business alike. It is anticipated that we will be hosting G’day Lebanon in May 2017 in Lebanon.

G’day Lebanon is a highly achievable opportunity for you to promote and engage your business and trade with all participants attending from across Australia, Lebanon and the Lebanon diaspora including the Gulf, South America, Europe and many more. This is a premier event to promote business and trade for all participants. Contributing as a sponsor and exhibitor through the week provides a wonderful prospect for your organisation to captivate a large field of both Australian and international politicians and Ministers, highly influential and reputable business leaders who provide support towards decision making portfolios in various capacities, and a vast influx of foreign and local and commercial media.

These scheduled events will provide a dynamic and enthusiastic privilege for your organisation to be involved in. We are all extremely excited about G’day Lebanon and assure you at all times, that our intent is to maximize your benefit and further advance your business.

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

Highlights from the ALCCI 2016 Gala

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The ALCCI GALA Ball was held on the 21st October 2016, held at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. A fantastic night filled with many highlights, Hosted by Gina Liano and attended by businesses leaders, politicians and dignitaries from all over the world converged on Melbourne for this special one night in the year. Revisit the wonderful night with the videos below.

ALCCI Gala 2016 Red carpet

ALCCI Gala 2016 – Main event

ALCCI Gala 2016 – Fashion show and awards

ALCCI Gala 2016 – Auction

ALCCI Gala 2016 – Performance

ALCCI Gala 2016 – Finale

For more highlights from the night see our previous post. Click Here