• Your Excellency George Bitar Ghanem, Consul General of Lebanon;
  • Mr Giscard El-Khoury, Charge d’Affaires, Lebanese Embassy in Canberra;

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

On behalf of the ALCC, we would like to offer a warm welcome to each and every one of you here today …

Thank you for joining us here to celebrate years of our thriving relationship that heralds commitment, respect and prosperity …

We would also like to thank & acknowledge our Partners:

– Arab Bank Australia;

– Etihad Airways.

Our Diamond Sponsor, Tradelink.

Our Platinum Sponsors:

  • AGL & Energy Connections;
  • Commonwealth Bank; and
  • J&J Metrowest & Daikin.

Our Gold Sponsors:

  • 2GB;
  • Austral Bricks;
  • Australian Civil Structural Engineering Solutions (Pronounced ACCESS);
  • Australian Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd;
  • Bank of Sydney;
  • Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers;
  • Caroma;
  • CBRE;
  • Ceerose;
  • Citywide Strata Management;
  • Colliers International;
  • CSR;
  • Hanson;
  • Holdmark;
  • Madison Marcus;
  • NAB;
  • Net Strata;
  • Origin;
  • Pacific Building Management Group Pty Ltd;
  • Parramatta Leagues Club;
  • Penatron;
  • Polytec;
  • Rheem;
  • Rinnai;
  • St George;
  • Think Joinery;
  • Trinity Constructions;
  • Weathertex;
  • Westpac;
  • Winning Appliances.

Our Silver Sponsors:

  • Apollo Kitchens;
  • City Shine;
  • Coverforce;
  • Dasco;
  • Deicorp;
  • EG;
  • MMDC Consultants;
  • O’Connors Strata;
  • Quantum Quartz;
  • RM Gregory;
  • Robertson + Marks.

Thank you to Christian DIOR, represented by Natascia Rantino, for the beautiful gifts …

Thank you also to the Local and Middle-Eastern media, for their ongoing support, represented by Joe Khoury and Camil Shalala …

We are honoured to be in the company of such committed Sponsors and business enthusiasts, as we show our appreciation of your generous contributions to the business successes of our nation …

Business is one area where Australians can work together and move beyond seeing our roles as limited and self-serving. We are addressing ways in which existing resources can be utilised efficiently …

It is about seeing the role of business as an essential element in providing opportunities for everyone in this country, to be able to participate and reach their fullest potential …

In September this year, the ALCC and the NSW Business Chamber together are organising a Trade Mission to Abu Dhabi and Beirut. This is an ideal opportunity to market your respective business. If you are interested to join us or to learn more, please contact Nadia Obeid …

On that note, we welcome and thank Mr Giscard El-Khoury, Charge d’Affaires of the Lebanese Embassy in Canberra, for travelling all the way from Canberra to join us here today, and sharing his insight of his experience during his early stay in Australia, as well as his participation, along with our Consul General, last May at the Foreign Affairs Conference in Beirut …

We look forward to his insightful address …

Sponsors are our backbone of support. We say THANK YOU with prominence that is front and centre – prominence that tells everyone in the business community that our Sponsors are part of the team, working hand in hand with us to make things happen …

I acknowledge your past and current contributions and thank you in anticipation of your future commitments …

I would particularly like to thank all the ALCC Board Members for their unfailing commitment and outstanding contributions. I acknowledge their ongoing dedication and harmonious relationships with our sponsors, members and guests …

It is because of them we have collectively achieved dynamic number of Sponsors …

On behalf of this dynamic ALCC Board, I would like to thank Nadia Obeid, our Executive Secretary, and Tania Druby for all their efforts throughout the year …

Lastly, I would like to also thank Paul Signorelli of Doltone House, who ensures the comfort and satisfaction of our guests and at all Chamber events …

Thank you again for joining us, and we hope you will enjoy this luncheon.