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ALABC - LADU Presentation May 2018


ALABC Chairman Richard Andrews delivered the attached presentation at LADU in Perth 17 May 2018

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LATAM Newsletter May 2018


The LATAM newsletter for May 2018 is now available. Listed below are a few of the highlights.


Ø  A message from the CEO – Marcelo Salas

Ø  The Airport Economist Mr. Tim Harcourt - Latin Americas Series

Ø  The challenges of Chinese investment in Latin America

Ø  Australia hosting unprecedented numbers of international students 

Ø  Latin American economic outlook 2018

Ø  Introducing The Persistence Scorecard for Latin America

Ø  Major Oil Companies Embrace Latin America

Ø  Chinese start-ups turn to Latin America as new land of tech opportunities

Please click on the link to read the full newsletter






ALABC LATAM News May 2018

Click here to download the latest edition of the ALABC LATAM News May 2018. 

Topics include:

  • The cash economy in Latin America
  • Financing infrastructure in Brazil
  • Colombia Blockchain Association
  • Chinese start ups in Latin America
  • and much more..


Duratray Awarded as the First Large-Scale Chilean Investment in Australia

Duratray Awarded as the First Large-Scale Chilean Investment in Australia

Duratray Awarded as the First Large-Scale Chilean Investment in Australia

During Expomin 2018, at the prestigious Australian Business Night held at the Ambassador’s residence in Santiago Chile, Duratray received the award as The First Large-Scale Chilean Investment in Australia. 

Conymet Duratray, a leading manufacturer of mine truck dump bodies, become the first large-scale Chilean Investment in Australia in the year 2001. Then using Australia as the key platform for Duratray to develop exports to more than 30 countries across five continents as: Canada, South Africa, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Russia, Panama and Suriname, amongst others.

The award is a recognition given by the Government of Australia and Austrade, by the Ambassador of Australia in Chile HE Robert Fergusson and the Senior Trade Commissioner for Latin America, Ms. Shannon Powell, and the award presentation was assisted by the Chile Minister of Mining Senator Baldo Prokurika.  The presentation event was held at the Ambassador’s residence on the 24TH April with more than 300 attendees from all industries who were attending the Expomin tradeshow in Santiago, plus local dignitaries from Chilean and international mining companies.

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Foreign Minister - Julie Bishop thanks Jose Blanco

The Foreign Minister - Julie Bishop has thanked Jose Blanco for his contribution to ALABC and his outstanding service to building Australian and Latin American relations.

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Latin America Industry Survey Invite



Dear Industry Stakeholders,


Latin America Industry Survey


As Australian businesses become more active in the Latin American region, it is increasingly important to understand the skills needs of these businesses and where there may be opportunities for Australia's education and training sector to help meet these needs.

The Council for International Education (Council) brings together experienced international education experts and Australian Government ministers with portfolio responsibilities relevant to international education to work collaboratively, and with key stakeholders including industry and state and territory governments, to strengthen and grow Australian international education.

The Council has now established a Working Group, of which I am the chair, to engage with Australian education providers and industry to develop a more strategic, nationally coordinated approach to building education, research and training cooperation with Latin America. The Working Group’s findings and recommendations for government and the sector will be presented to the next full meeting of the Council at the end of 2018.

To assist the Working Group in developing the strategy, I would like to invite you to complete an industry survey to provide us with valuable information on current industry engagement with Latin America, including where Australian businesses have identified skills gaps that Australian education and training providers can help address.

Please note that all of the information that is provided by you through the survey will be treated confidentially.

Please click here to access the online survey which will be available until 8 June 2018:


If you have any questions regarding the working group or the survey, please email the Working Group Secretariat at Americas@education.gov.au.

Your feedback will be important in informing Australian Government and education providers as they develop strategies for engaging with Latin America and helping Australian businesses to meet the skills needs of their operations in the region.




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LATAM News 26.04.2018
As previously advised, the Council’s long-serving chairman, Jose Blanco, will be stepping down at the end of this month. As from 1 May, Richard Andrews will assume the role of chairman, pending ratification of same at the Council’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held on 24 May. At the same time, Marcelo Salas will take up t... Sign-in to read


Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of ALABC

Media Release 

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of ALABC

The Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Marcelo Salas as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ALABC, effective from 1 May, 2018.

As CEO, Marcelo will be responsible for the day to day operations of the ALABC, managing all aspects of ALABC’s secretariat and working closely with the Chair and ALABC’s Board of Directors to enhance the delivery of services to ALABC’s members and stakeholders, and to strengthen ALABC’s role in promoting the business links between Australia and the Latin American region.

Marcelo is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years’ of international experience in senior roles in government and in the private sector, and in a diverse range of industries including mining, engineering, manufacturing and agribusiness.

Marcelo was born in Chile, but has resided in Australia for over 18 years. During his extensive diplomatic career, Marcelo served as Senior Trade Commissioner for Chile in Australia and the USA. In recent years Marcelo has worked as an international business developer and, prior to his appointment with ALABC, was a Senior Partner at Euromonitor International, the world's leading independent provider of strategic market research. Marcelo also served as a director of ALABC from 2010 to 2017 and thus possesses a deep understanding of ALABC and its members.

In announcing the appointment, ALABC chairman, Jose Blanco, stated, “Marcelo brings a wealth of experience to ALABC and has the skills and drive needed to contribute to the continued growth of ALABC. His familiarity with the workings of ALABC, knowledge of the Latin American region and proven track record of helping companies to do business in foreign markets, makes him the ideal person to manage the expansion of ALABC”.

Mr Blanco added that “The combination of a full-time CEO of Marcelo’s calibre and the strong leadership that will be provided by a highly-qualified and dedicated board of directors led by Chair-Elect, Richard Andrews, should ensure that ALABC’s members enjoy increased value and that the Council continues to go from strength to strength.” 

Responding to his appointment, Marcelo stated, “I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the growth of ALABC and look forward to working closely with the Chair and the ALABC board to provide members and the broader stakeholders with added benefits and to expand business links between Australia and Latin America.”



16 April, 2018


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