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Today Victorian Minister for Employment and Trade Louise Asher announced in a speech in Shanghai that the ACBC will be the first bilateral business council to be part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s new International Chamber House (ICH).
The National Office of the ACBC will be moving its head office later this year from Sydney to Melbourne to be part of ICH, which is set to open at 121 Exhibition Street in Melbourne’s CBD.
National ACBC President and former President of ACBC Victoria, Ian McCubbin, said the ACBC is delighted to be the anchor business council for International Chamber House, where it will be co-located with the Victorian Branch of the ACBC, the foundation ACBC branch.
“Since 1973, the ACBC, through its network of 6 branches around Australia, has played an important role in the Australia-China dialogue through an exciting calendar of events, conferences, seminars and publications for its members, and deep engagement with government and industry on issues impacting on bilateral business, trade and investment. We expect our seventh branch to be established in Tasmania in November, which will give the ACBC representation in all 6 Australian states.
“We fully expect that our new home in International Chamber House will strengthen our ability to increase our contribution to the Australia-China relationship, one of the most important, long-term relationships underpinning Australian prosperity and security,” Mr McCubbin said.
Ms Asher said that the Napthine Government expected the ICH initiative will encourage greater collaboration between government agencies and bilateral international chambers and business associations, as part of the Victorian government’s strategies to facilitate trade and investment opportunities for Victorian businesses with key international markets.
Ms Asher said she was delighted that the ACBC had decided to be part of this initiative, which will enhance Melbourne’s position as Australia’s leading centre for international business engagement with key markets such as China.
The full text of the announcement can be accessed below.
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