The Asian Australian Business Council Inc. (AABCI) held a spectacular event on 21 June to mark the official launch of the organisation’s website and its premier event, the NSW Asian Business Excellence Awards. More than 150 people including 12 Asian consuls general, consuls, vice consuls, political leaders, high profile business people and members of various Asian Australian media groups filled the Members Dining room of the exclusive Union, Universities and Schools Club to mark this occasion.
AABCI president Dr Frank Alafaci addressed the gathering about the ground-breaking successes achieved by the organisation since its emergence less than a year ago, from networking with over 15 Asian Australian communities (and growing) to the establishment of strong working relationships with several consulates general and representative business groups from the vast Asian Australian community.
Acknowledging the support of like-minded individuals from the Asian Australian business community, Dr Alafaci signalled out the AABCI’s recent negotiations with the Turkish Australian Business Council, MUSIAD (industrialists and businessmen’s association of Turkey) to enter into an agreement between the two organisations to promote bilateral trade. This timely agreement was marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between AABCI President and Vice President of MUSIAD Mr Suat Kopuz.
Dr Alafaci spoke in glowing terms of his fellow AABC executive committee members before discussing the upcoming NSW Asian Business Excellence Awards, which will celebrate the achievements of the most outstanding Asian-Australian businesses at the AABCI Awards Gala Dinner on 3 October.
From home-based ventures and start-ups, to manufacturers and logistics companies, the event will bring together entrepreneurs who will be vying for the awards in six categories of business: Food and Beverage; Service; Trade/Wholesale and Retail; Manufacturing and Agriculture; Innovation; and the prestigious “Young Asian Entrepreneur Business Excellence Award”.
“The purpose of the awards is to recognise, showcase and commend outstanding leadership and successes from within the Asian Australian business community and to stimulate a more vibrant, competitive and sustainable economy in New South Wales and elsewhere through the organisation’s extensive business links, support networks and wide-ranging influence,” said Dr Alafaci.