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Now Open - Australia-Latin America  Business Excellence Awards 2018
Since 2002 the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) have recognised outstanding contributions to the development of Australia's commercial links with the Latin American region through their "Australia-Latin America Business Excellence Awards". Read more


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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Appointment of President-Elect of ALABC


Winners of ALABC 2017 Business Excellence Awards

Moly-Cop, Macquarie University and Intermodal Solutions (Group) Pty Ltd took out the 2017 Australia Latin America Business ExcellenceAwards that were presented by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, in Sydney on November 30.

The Australia Latin America Business Excellence Awards were introduced in 2002 to acknowledge outstanding performance by Australia
companies, institutions and individuals in doing business with the markets of Latin America.

Now in their 18th year, the Awards continue to be sponsored exclusively by COALAR and have grown significantly in prestige. They have been
presented to a growing list of companies and individuals that have excelled in their dealings with Latin America.

The 2017 Awards were presented at the annual Sydney Dinner of the ALABC, which this year was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, 30 November and was attended by over 150 guests.

They were presented by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who was the dinner guest of honour and keynote speaker.
The ALABC Committee responsible for judging this year’s awards had quite a challenge to select the winners from amongst a strong field of quality applications. In the end, the success and commitment to the region shown by the winners made them worthy recipients of the 2017 awards.

Winner of the Award in the Large Enterprise category: Moly-cop (http://molycop.com/)

Award presented to: John Barbagallo, CEO (pictured right)
Moly-cop is a leading global supplier of grinding media that is critical for mineral extraction and processing, particularly in the copper and gold industries. Moly-cop’s sales in Latin America (Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Suriname) amounted to more than $600 million in 2017 and
represented 43 per cent of the company’s global sales – an increase of some 30 percent in the region over sales for 2016.

Winner of the Award in the Medium Enterprise category: Macquarie University (www.mq.edu.au/)

Award presented to: Guie Hartney, Associate Director International Relations (pictured below)
Macquarie University engages with Latin America through its international arm – Macquarie International – and has enjoyed great success, particularly since 2014, with priority countries in the region (Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Peru). Macquarie University has seen a 24 per cent growth in student commencements from Latin America in the last two years and a 60 per cent growth in the number of commercial and research partnerships in the region.

Winner of the Award in the Small Enterprise category: Intermodal Solutions (Group) Pty Ltd (https://pittoship.com/)

Award presented to: Julie Boden, CFO (pictured below)
ISG identified the need for an environmentally friendly, cost effective and secure solution to move bulk commodities and grain from the mine or harvest site to the port and developed a patented bulk container with a removable lid. ISG has been supplying its innovative containers to Latin America (Chile, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Bolivia) since 2013 and its revenue continues to grow strongly from its expanded operations across the region. 90 per cent of ISG’s revenue comes from Latin America.


Hofmann Engineering and Vantaz Australia win Australia Latin America Business Excellence Awards 2016

The Awards were introduced in 2002 by the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC - www.alabc.com.au) and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR - www.dfat.gov.au/coalar/). Since then, the Awards have continued as an annual event, with COALAR as the exclusive sponsor.

The 2016 Awards were presented at the ALABC Sydney Dinner held at the Amora Jamison Hotel on Tuesday, November 22. In the presence of 150 guests, the Awards were presented by His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor General of Australia.


The 2016 Awards attracted a very high calibre of applications. The ALABC Committee overseeing the Awards program considers that, in the current economic climate, the breadth and nature of the applications highlights the growing diversity of the business opportunities in the region.


Read the full media release below


Chile: Market Insights & Growth Opportunities Seminars

Last week the Australia-Latin America Business Council hosted 2 Seminars on the growth opportunities in Chile. We would like to thank our below guests speakers for providing us with great insights into the Chilean market.  

Please click below to access a soft copy of the presentations from the Seminars.

“Chile: Outlook and challenges in mining”  
Ignacio Moreno, Vice Minister of Mining

“Investment Opportunities in Chile”  
Vicente Mira, Head of the Foreign Investment Committee 

"Chilean National Mining Program: From Natural Resources to a Knowledge Economy"  
Mauro Valdes, President of the National Mining Program

“Case Study: Pacific Hydro”  
Michael Fuge, Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Hydro 

“Case Study: Russell Mineral Equipment”  
John Russell, Managing Director, and Mariangeles Canitrot, South American Regional General Manager, of Russell Mineral Equipment  -  Please note this presentation is too large to load onto the website. For access to this presentation please contact secretariat@alabc.com.au 

We had a great turn out and would also like to thank our event supporters for their assistance in making both the events possible.




2015 Australia Latin America Business Awards - Now Open

Since 2001 the Business Council has been proud to join forces with the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (‘COALAR’) to host the annual Australia-Latin America Awards, a joint initiative that has over the years highlighted the success of a wide range of companies and individuals.

The 2015 Australia-Latin America Business Excellence Awards are now open and applications are welcome from all individuals and businesses alike. The Awards are not limited to members of the Council and all interested parties are encouraged to apply.

This annual awards program recognises EXCELLENCE in doing business with Latin America. Whether you are exporting, importing, have established a business in the region or are providing services, you are eligible for an award.

Each year we receive many high quality applications from all across Australia and from a diverse range of industries and business sizes. The judges look for excellence in a number of factors including:

  • Strategy in doing business in Latin America;
  • Growth in your business in Latin America;
  • Innovation in terms of either product or service, business model or operations;
  • Commitment to doing business in Latin America now and in the future.

In 2014, awards were given to Monash University, Harris Gomez Group, Orica Mining Services and Deswik Mining Consultants.  Congratulations again to these winners.

To apply, please complete the application form which may be found in the link below.

Applications close on Friday 30 October and the awards will be presented at the Sydney Annual Dinner on 12 November 2015.

For further information, please contact Maria Cordova on (02) 9431 8651 or by email at secretariat@alabc.com.au

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Second Australia Latin America Leadership Program Delivers Results

A highly successful second Australia Latin America Leadership Program (ALALP) took place during October when 38 emerging leaders from Australia and  nine Latin  American countries came together for  12  days to  collaborate on  an  action-oriented examination of ‘Sustainability in the Context of the Australia Latin America Business Relationship’.

The participants were  selected from approximately 380  applicants who were mid-career professionals from business, government, non- government  organisations  and  educational  institutions  in  Australia  and Latin America.

The primary purpose of the ALALP is to assist in the development of future leaders from Australia and Latin America and to develop strong networks between participants which will benefit both the individuals, organisations and nations from which they are drawn.

Participants met together for the first two days at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where they interacted with experts in fields related to the sustainability theme.  Speakers were drawn from business, government,  universities  and  trade  unions.  

They  included  Jose  Blanco, Chairman of ALABC, who was the opening speaker on the first day, and three Latin American ambassadors from Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, as well as a former Australian ambassador to Chile.

Three equally-sized groups comprising a mixture of Australian and Latin American then embarked on week-long field trips to examine the theme of sustainability in a variety of geographic and economic contexts. One group travelled to Queensland where they studied challenges facing mining and energy, among other issues, in cities as diverse as Townsville and Mt Isa.

A second group travelled throughout New South Wales, including the Riverina and Murray regions where they focused on agribusiness and other industries. A third group visited Victoria where they investigated technology-based industries such as windfarms. They also visited the regional centres of Ararat and Bendigo, as well as various research and educational institutions around the state.

The closing two days were at RMIT University in Melbourne where each group made a presentation on their field trip observations to an expert panel and submitted their final reports. Discussions based on the field trip reports enabled participants to draw comparisons between Australia and Latin American experiences in addressing issues of sustainability in a range of different contexts.

Many participants expressed the view that   their experiences in Australia could be usefully transposed to Latin America. Conversely, the Australian based participants were able to gain insights from the Latin American perspectives and experience of facing similar issues in their home countries.

Funding for the ALALP in cash and kind was received from 10 business, government and educational institution sponsors in Australia.

These included Mt Isa Mines – Glencore, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Council on Latin American Relations (COALAR),  RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, the Australian Department of Education, Innovia Security, Pacific Hydro, the University of Melbourne, Austrade and the State Government of Victoria.

The ALALP Steering Committee was chaired by  RFE  (Dick) Warburton and  the Co-Directors were Brian Pickett and  Russell Lansbury. Further details about the program can be found on the webpage:  www.alalp.com.

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