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Our tribute to a man who changed the world - Madiba

Australia Africa Business Council (Vic) was profoundly saddened by the news of president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s passing. As president of the AABC (Vic) I express my heartfelt condolence to the people and government of South Africa and the Mandela family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

In a wake of Madiba’s death, we feel not only sorrow but also pride and inspiration. Madiba stood firm for justice to prevail. He chose not to revenge his enemies, he faced punishment with forgiveness, discrimination with fairness, and he won! He won the hearts of his people, the love of the world, the respect of the entire globe and the blessing of the divine.

This respect was earned. Mandela was the architect of peace and reconciliation - rare phenomena in this world. He placed his personal need beneath his people’s interest. He fought for equality and humanity.

President Mandela has done more than most of us would accomplish in a lifetime. He was a man who fulfilled mission. His achievements and contribution are great inspiration.

We should implement his wisdom through which he was quoted as saying:

‘‘If people can learn to hate each other, they can taught to love - for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’’

Rest in peace and God Bless.

Di Fleming for the Australia Africa Business Council (Vic)

December 2013

 

Welcome to the Australia Africa Business Council

The AABC’s key purpose is to build and broker business relationships between Australia and the fifty-four nations in Africa.

Africa’s rapidly growing prominence on the world stage highlights its increasing importance as a global economic force. New business ventures and strengthened bi-lateral trading ties between Australia and Africa have a tangible economic benefit for each respective economy in the immediate and longer term.

The AABC aims to unite business communities on both continents. The Council promotes business networks, social contacts and increased trade and investment between Africa and Australia.

Take a moment to discover the AABC and engage with us!

On this site you can profile your company, collaborate with organisations from Australia and Africa and stay informed about our upcoming events.

Become a Member today!

Click here to find out about the benefits available to AABC members.

 

Upcoming Events

2014 AABC (Vic) Ghana Trade Mission

In 2014 AABC (Vic), in partnership with Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), will lead a ten-day Trade Mission to Ghana, which will include a two day stopover in South Africa. The AABC (Vic) invites you to take advantage of this unique to expand your business into one of Africa's most promising market economies.

Click here for further information.

Click here to register.

Key target sectors include:

  • Agriculture and Agro-Processin
  • ICT
  • Energy (Coal, Wind, Gas
  • Mining
  • Services (Financial, Health, Education, Oil and Gas)
  • General Infrastructure (Transport, Roads, Railways, Ports)
  • Tourism

As one of Africa's most promising emerging economies Ghana has become a hub of economic opportunity for foreign businesses. Political stability, free enterprise and consistent economic growth and development have made Ghana an ideal point of market entry into Africa. Attractiveness includes:

  • Stable government
  • Abundant, adaptable easily trained labour force
  • Competitive daily minimum wage rate
  • 100% foreign ownership of companies allowed
  • Duty free access of manufactured exports to USA (AGOA) and European Union markets
  • Excellent sea and air connection
  • Strategic and central location within West Africa providing access to the 250million population of the ECOWAS market.

Please contact Margo Isaacs, TM Manager for further Information:

 

Past Events

December Business Seminar

Africa's Time is Now! Learn about and invest in Rwanda’s Untapped Investment opportunities in a diverse and complex continent boom.

2 December 2013, 6-7:30pm
Victoria University

For more information, click here

To register, click here.


 

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Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference

September 2-3, 2013. Melbourne

Co-hosted by the AABC (Vic) and October First Consulting

Click here for further information.


Africa Day 18th May - 25 May 2013

Africa Day is being celebrated from 18 May to 25 May, culminating in a Africa Day gala dinner event on Saturday 25 May at the North Melbourne Town Hall at 6.30pm? Tickets cost $70 per person.

For further details about the gala dinner and other activities scheduled for the next 7 days and also to purchase your tickets, please go to the following link:

http://www.africadaymelbourne.com/


Twilight Networking Event - June 26th

Speaker:
John Richardson
Director of the DFAT Victoria State Office

John Richardson was appointed Director of the Victoria State Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in January 2013. Before this appointment the development of Australia's bilateral relationshipsin Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada were his responsibility, those experiences translate to building relationships with Africa and we look forward to hearing from John a little about his involvement.

Africa on our minds! Micro look at a Macro world

This is a special opportunity to welcome new members and renew acquaintances with each other.