President's message

Message from HABC President & Vice Chairman of the Board


Dear friends,


It is a great honor and pleasure to be elected as the new President of HABC. I look forward to carrying on from the very successful presidency of Mr Antonios Adamopoulos, whose tireless work in the first year of the Council's operation contributed to making the vision of the Greek business community a reality.

Australia plays a major role in world economic affairs and its significance will continue to increase further in the years to come. Its proximity and trade links to the hugely populous and rapidly expanding economies of Asia, as well as its strong western institutions constitute important strategic advantages for Australia's economy.

Greece's membership of EU, the Eurozone and its geographic location, which renders it the closest gateway into Europe for the east-west trade, also constitute strategic advantages for its future.

Although Greece has suffered significant negative publicity in recent years, the reality is that there is a very dynamic and outward looking private sector that succeeds globally.

Existing relations between the two countries are strengthened by the Greek diaspora in Australia, historical links, as well as the extensive engagement of Greek controlled merchant fleet in Australia's foreign trade.

HABC was founded in order to assist in bringing closer competitive Greece with competitive Australia for the common interest of both sides and this is the task that we will be pursuing.

To this end, our program of activities includes business missions to and from Australia, conferences with high profile speakers from Australia as well as cultural activities, which remind us of the close bonds the two countries share. At the same time, we are expanding our co-operation with major government and private organizations in Australia to provide our members with a competitive edge through the most current available information on available business and investment opportunities.

Sincerely,

Michalis Bodouroglou
President of the Hellenic Australian Business Council
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