Presidents Message – June 2019

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2019 has seen an astounding array of extremely successful events orchestrated by the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ALCCI).  The main purpose of the ALCCI is to promote and engage bilateral trade between Australia, Lebanon and the Globe; and further to be the bridge/link driving successful business and trade to empower strong economic relations.

It is with my greatest honour to advise that the ALCCI was a sponsor of the Kahlil Gebran Exhibition themed The Garden of the Prophet held at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. Half a world away and over eight decades after his death, the moment you walk into The Garden of the Prophet exhibition, Gebran immediately comes to life with his resounding words, reminding the observer that even in death, the Lebanese poet remains alive, speaking directly to his visitor. Selected works from the Gebran Museum, formerly the Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Bcharri, Lebanon have been carefully brought to Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. The great Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist who is known worldwide for his most famous literary masterpiece, The exhibition celebrated the life and works of the artistic and literary genius who has inspired some of the world’s most influential figures of our time, from Indira Ghandi to Elvis Presley, John Lennon and David Bowie.

The ALCCI was also duly proud and honoured to have hosted a private tour to the Gebran Museum in Melbourne with Mr Rudy Rahme. Mr Rahme is a renowned sculpture, painter, and a poet. Rudy studied at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) Rudy pursued his specialisation in fresco and sculpture at the “Academia Spinelli-Florence” with the assistance of the Baraldi family. Rudy has received many accolades, among which the Golden Medal in Lebanese poetry, the Said Akl Prize, and the Murex d’Or of the French city Nojance sur Marne. Rudy invented a new technique for fixing the “Pencil on Canvas” painting which was patented in his name in Florence-Italy. Mr Rahme donated one of his materpieces to the Melbourne Immigration Museum. A private luncheon was held in his honour.

The ALCCI was deeply honoured to have hosted a private dinner honouring His Excellency Sheikh Amine Gemayel, former President of the Republic of Lebanon and Mrs Joyce Gemayel, former First Lady of the Republic of Lebanon. It was a great privilege to welcome and honour His Excellency during his visit to Melbourne and Australia.

The ALCCI orchestrated a Trade Mission to Lebanon themed G’Day Marhaba Lebanon. On 1 June 2019, Australian Delegates departed to Lebanon as part of this Trade Mission to promote Australian businesses and foster and encourage relations between both countries.  Part of this Trade Mission was to take part in the LDE. Being aware of the value that the Lebanese diaspora in the world represents, and the need to foster Lebanon’s relationship with them on meaningful and sustainable grounds, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants started in 2014 the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference (LDE) in Lebanon. This unique event has become an annual ritual gathering eminent people of the Lebanese Diaspora in Beirut to celebrate their stories of success and engage in a strong and symbiotic partnership with their fellow countrymen, to seek investment opportunities in Lebanon. As part of its roadmap aspiring to shorten the distances between the Lebanese Diaspora and Lebanon, LDE makes yearly the journey to various destinations in the world, where regional conferences are held to promote the concept of “Lebanity”, to encourage the Lebanese Diaspora to visit and invest in Lebanon, and to celebrate their stories of success. This is a wonderful initiative by the Lebanon Government and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and wishes them every success and here I would like to thank our President of the Republic of Lebanon HE General Michel Aoun and in particular our Foreign Affairs Minister HE Gebran Bassil for his great initiative and hard work.

During the 2019 Trade Mission, the ALCCI was very fortunate to have engaged in:

  • a private meeting with His Excellency General Michel Aoun President of the Republic for Lebanon
  • a private meeting with HE Riad Salame Governor of Banque du Liban and other business associates
  • a private meeting with Her Excellency Rebekah Grindlay Australian Ambassador for Lebanon a private meeting with IDAL and Mr Nabil Itani (Chairman) and other business affiliations

And so many other meetings pursuing bilateral trade between both countries.

I am honoured and thank sincerely the organizing committee and the two keynote speakers who coordinated a Breakfast Seminar themed Post Federal Election Taxation & Business Issues which was held on 29 May 2019.  This was the first of many series of seminars that will provide a piece of invaluable information to the business community which was proudly sponsored and partnered by Bank of Sydney.

I am proud to advise that the ALCCI has mentored youth and provided with much-needed guidance and assistance.  I am proud to also confirm that many guests attend the ALCCI office in search of assistance and it is my great pleasure to confirm that I do provide them with connectivity to both business and the local and wider community

I am deeply indebted to Dr Salim Sfeir, Honorary Chairperson of the ALCCI and our Partner.  Also would like to thank Bank of Beirut and Bank of Sydney for their outstanding support and contribution to the sustainability of the Chamber.  And in addition to that, I want to thank all our sponsors, volunteers who have given their time and resources to support the ALCCI.  I would also take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board, The Board of Directors and the Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and The Young Entrepreneurs for their continuous hard work and commitment; I am deeply grateful.

It is with my outstanding joy to have been bestowed by decree from His Excellency General Michel Aoun, President of the Republic of Lebanon, HE Saad Hariri The Prime Minister for the Republic of Lebanon and HE Gebran Bassil the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Emigrants the position of Honorary Lebanese Consul General to Tasmania.  It is with my resounding privilege to honourably assist the Lebanese community in Tasmania and proudly represents the Lebanese Government.

 

The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM
President & Chairperson

 

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

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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.