From the Chairman’s Desk

Welcome to AIBC

Welcome to the Australia India Business Council – the peak body which facilitates bilateral business and trade across Australia and India. India is Australia’s 10th largest trading partner and 5th largest export market, and I am humbled and delighted to have been elected in this role as National Chair at an important time in the history of the Australia-India relationship.

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased that Ms. Sanushka Seomangal, AIBC National Vice Chair and I – Jim Varghese AM, National Chairman have been elected by a majority of 88 per cent of all the votes cast. This is a great vote of confidence in our election platform of driving a sharper business focus for all activities of the Australia India Business Council.

I am also pleased that this outcome was unequivocal in the face of attempts to damage the reputation of the AIBC through a series of orchestrated anonymous defamatory emails. We will continue to bulletproof AIBC from these unethical persons, including taking legal and criminal action as appropriate when they are inevitably identified as the authors of defamatory emails.

I have commenced a process of updating our national and state strategic plans. These plans will have Key Performance Indicators and provide a sharper business focus to all our activities.

We will use the ‘An India Economic Strategy to 2035 - navigating from potential to delivery’ report as the policy framework for our strategic plans and incorporate any strategic responses from the Government of India.

I will set up a National Chair’s Email hotline for you to give constructive feedback and business focused suggestions.

At the end of the day we have a very simple Key Performance Indicator: What have we done to increase the trade and investment between Australia and India?

I look forward to working with you to increase and enhance the business to business relationship between states and territories of Australia and the states of India.

Our network of state and territory chapters will be energised and empowered to embrace our ambitious business agenda.

I also welcome more involvement from Australians of non-Indian origin as we consolidate our identity as the pre-eminent Australia India Business Council.

We look forward to working collaboratively with any persons or organisation that supports our business objectives and outcomes, especially through our industry chapters.

Yours sincerely

JIM VARGHESE AM

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