Plans on for fourth biennial Asian Business Excellence Awards in April 2018 to celebrate leadership
An array of high profile business leaders, consular officials and politicians graced the inaugural gala dinner of the Asian Australian Business Council (AABC) at the Marigold Restaurant, Haymarket, Sydney, on 6 October.
As the new “peak” organisation that appeals to the entrepreneurial interests and networking ambitions of not less than nine Asian Australian communities, the AABC comprises—among its founding members and others on the executive committee—several active, experienced, well-meaning Asian Australian business executives and community representatives from the Chinese, Indian, Korean, Thai, Pakistani, Malaysian, Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese communities.
AABC president Dr Frank Alafaci—an academic at UBSS, one of the nation’s premiere business schools—addressed over 200 people, commending the Council for its raison d’etre: to forge an extensive network of Asian Australian trade, commerce and industry; develop multilateral relationships between business people and organisations in Australia and Asia; promote Australian exports, manufacturing and agricultural interests in Asia and vice versa; support the interests of small and medium-sized businesses in Australia and Asia; and to lobby for the legitimate fair trading rights of Asian Australian business people and organisations.
Under AABC’s umbrella, the fourth biennial Asian Business Excellence Awards—scheduled to take place 21 April 2018—will recognise, celebrate and promote outstanding leadership, success and accomplishments among the Asian Australian business community in an extensive selection of categories from food and beverage, services, and trade to retail, agriculture and innovation.
“AABC will endeavour to serve as the undisputed mouthpiece representing businesses from all the Asian Australian communities within the different national industries in New South Wales and the other states as well as abroad where the organisation proposes to establish offices, branches and subsidiaries in the major Asian capitals and commercial centres,” says Mr Alafaci.