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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


LATAM News 27.03.2018
features this month includes: TPP-11 provides another bridge between Australia and Chile, Mexico and Peru Azure Minerals secures funding for push into Mexico Chile preparing new law to lure foreign investment Analysis: How Latin American governments are assisting their local startup ecosystems Mexican election scenarios: ... Sign-in to read

LATAM News 28.02.2018
features this month includes: Australia and Peru sign FTA Carsales bets growth on technology hub in Santiago ALABC appoints chairman-elect Newcrest increases exposure to Ecuador New Ambassadors in Canberra Australian Internships celebrates 20 years Chile's forecast 3.5% growth in 2018 Sign-in to read


Appointment of President-Elect of ALABC

LATAM News 31.01.18
Features this month includes: Karoon Gas does deal to fund drilling off Peru Colombia - Beyond Pablo Escobar Mining is red hot in Chile Economic and political outlook for Latam in 2018 Brazil's car industry increases exports Cuba's economic growth surprises  Ecuador looks to mining growth in 2018 Sign-in to read


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.

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