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

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