June 2023 ALABC E-Newsletter


  • Industry News - A combination of news articles specifically curated for news relevant to the Latin American region. 
  • Upcoming Events - Registration links so that you can secure your place at important business events. 
  • New Members - Get in contact with our new member companies to create new business opportunities. 
  • Featured Members - Find out which companies are being featured this month. 
  • Previous Events - Gain access to previous event photos and webinar recordings to share with your friends and colleagues on social media. 
  • Event Sponsorship Opportunities - Provide more exposure to your business by sponsoring an ALABC event through event partnerships and marketing strategies. 

ALABC Annual Report 2023

On 25 May 2023 we held our Annual General Meeting. This was a great opportunity to review with our members and stakeholders how ALABC has been doing during the past year.

ALABC continues to successfully deliver high quality events and webinars with great support from our members, sponsors and participants at our many events. All the revenue we receive is reinvested into resources that allows ALABC to continue activities that add value for our members.

The 2023 Annual Report is attached which highlights our activities and successes over the past year.

ALABC is grateful for the excellent relationship maintained with the Australian Government, our State Governments, Australian and Latin American Ambassadors, our strategic partners, stakeholders, members and sponsors that provide valuable support and feedback on our activities.

We encourage everyone to get involved, participate in our events and keep in contact.


Chile Mining Law: Mining royalty news update

A mining royalty consists of a specific tax levied on large mining companies in consideration of the fact that they exploit limited and non-renewable natural resources. While the miming sector will often react negatively to the thought of additional taxes, the philosophy behind a mining royalty is that the communities and areas where multinational mining companies work in should also be able to enjoy and share in the vast profits that these operations see.

In Chile, this government backed initiative was promoted with the aim of modifying the taxes that large companies in the mining sector pay, while establishing a wider distribution of resources to regional governments and municipalities throughout the country.


South Pole Climate Claims Webinar 6 July 2023

The space of corporate climate claims is evolving fast and is shaped by a multitude of factors. Being able to communicate important climate milestones, such as net zero commitments, is a key goal for many companies, yet navigating how to best communicate this can be challenging. 

Register for South Pole's Mastering Climate Claims in 2023 webinar on July 6th at 3pm AEDT and join South Pole's Asia-Pacific experts as they give insights into how you can communicate your climate action confidently using international best practice and guidance. 


Give back to the 600 families while drinking the best Colombian Coffee

Are you a coffee lover looking for a way to give back to small farmers and communities in Colombia? Look no further than MICRO LOTE COFFEEa new collaboration project with the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC). 

Micro Lote Coffee is dedicated to delivering the best quality freshly roasted coffee from small coffee farmers in Colombia to consumers in Australia. To make this project a success, we are inviting ALABC members and stakeholders to commit to a fortnightly or monthly subscription. 

As an ALABC member, you and/or your company will receive the highest quality and freshest coffee possible. Not only will you be able to enjoy a great cup of coffee, but you'll also be able to share the story and the social impact of this project with your co-workers, family and friends. 

Read more about this new offer in the flyer attached below.


Airlines consolidate and relaunch to reshape Latin America's skies

Latin American aviation is charting a course back to health despite receiving no direct government help in the Covid-19 crisis, with a battle for the skies heating up through mergers and expansion plans.

As passenger numbers bounce back, growth is once again in focus. The sector's dominant players have embarked on corporate combinations and launched new routes, with investors pumping in billions of dollars to aid the recovery.


Chile details its national lithium strategy

When Chilean President Gabriel Boric announced preliminary plans for a national lithium strategy in April - one that would increase government participation in the lucrative sector, details were scarce.

Investors gained some clarity last week when the Chilean government released a 33 page document that expands upon its initial pledges with specific timelines and targets. Chile is currently the world's second-largest producer of lithium, a critical mineral that is used in electric car batterie and key to the global green energy transition.

Currently, only two companies mine lithium in Chile: Chilean firm SQM, which is nearly a quarter owned by a Chinese company, and US firm Albermarle. They are both private and operate in the largest of the country's more than 40 salt flats that are home to lithium reserves. 


ALABC COALAR Latin American Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner 2023

Date: 20 July 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Guest speakers: Katie Knight, CEO of Investment NSW and Chris Ellis, Country Manager - Oceania at LATAM Airlines

Event partners: Investment NSW, Study NSW and LATAM Airlines

Gold sponsor: Eucoclean Global
Silver sponsor:

Sponsorship opportunities:

Contact: secretariat@alabc.com.au

Register here >>

ALABC Melbourne Annual Dinner 2023

Date: 3 August 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: Park Hyatt Melbourne, 1 Parliament Dr, Melbourne VIC 3004

Guest Speakers: Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria, H.E. Jaime Chomali, Ambassador of Chile and Michelle Ash, VP Growth at BHP

Event partner: Global Victoria
Gold sponsor:

Sponsorship opportunities:

Contact: secretariat@alabc.com.au

Register here >>

University of Queensland Latin American Colloquium

Date: 26 September 2023

Time: 10:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane QLD

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ALABC Brisbane Annual Dinner

Date: 26 September 2023

Time: 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Location: Customs House Brisbane, 399 Queen St, QLD 4000

Sponsorship opportunities:

Contact: secretariat@alabc.com.au

Register here >>

Chadwick Downs Cattle Company

We are Australia's largest Beef Cattle genetics exporter to Latin America and. are keen to expand our network in this region further and collaborate with other businesses dealing there. Our stud's genetics can be found in more than 70% of the Argentine Braford cattle herd which is the proud result of 25 years of exporting to that country.

We've been breeding Brafords and Brangus Cattle since 1982 and are passionate about sustainably producing efficient and easy-care cattle that are not only profitable but tread lightly in the environment. Brafords have been at the heart of our breeding program for over 30 years with our genetics being used in more than 15 countries on 4 continents across a whole range of production systems and climates. You'll find Chadwick Downs in the rugged Warrumbungle mountains in NW NSW.

The country provides a a stunning backdrop of tough terrain and harsh climate. Our Brafords have been bred under real-world conditions, selected for fertility, adaptability & efficiency off grass and our cows are expected to perform without the support of winter crops or supplements. In turn, this means our bulls and the progeny they produce, will perform exceptionally well under varied conditions. We have a proud history of exporting frozen semen and embryos to Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico and have strong relationships within the beef cattle industry in South America.


Discover the World

Discover the world are the GSA for Aeromexico, COPA Airlines and GOL. We service the travel Industry for the airlines and have both retail and corporate accounts that travel to Central and South America.

Delivering sales success since 1981, Discover the World is a leader in global outsource sales and marketing. We combine our deep industry understanding with practical field team energy and focus to drive excellence in market sales delivery.

Discover remains the dominant innovator for the travel industry at the cutting edge of helping travel companies grow beyond their own network, resources or core competencies. We help bridge the gap to reach across cultures, economies, languages, currencies, and complex business practices to maximize our clients' investment and revenue returns. Our reputation is earned every day.


Ebury Australia

Ebury is an international payments and FX risk management company majority owned by Santander and operates in 24 different countries.

We have a presence in South America with offices in Brazil and soon to be Chile and Mexico, as well as owning Bexs Bank. Ebury has the most extensive capabilities in the market for Latin American local currencies whose goal is to help companies operate as smoothly as possible within the region.


Balmoral Logistics and Consulting

Balmoral collaborates with Australian METS with their international expansion to Chile and other Latin America countries. To do that, they have two divisions of services. 

The core, under Balmoral Global Logistics, which includes local and international freight, customs clearance, warehousing, distribution and other logistics related services, from and to Australia and many other countries.

The other division, under Balmoral Connecting Companies and Places, was born as clients expressed their interest for advice and support in expanding in Latin America markets.

Company updates 2023:

  • Balmoral was part of the delegation of Australian METS companies that were present this year in Expomin 2023, which took place in Santiago, Chile between 24 and 27 of April 2023. It was also nominated by Austmine as its logistics partner for this mining event.
  • With almost two years in Australia, and 13 years in Chile, Balmoral have developed a collaboration strategy with Australian METS that are growing or wish to expand into Chile and other Latin American countries. Some recent cases are for example Aletek, Auroad, Elite, Fourthane, Pacific Mining Parts, Phibion, among others.

Please see the attached flyer to learn more about Balmoral and get in contact via the website balmoralccp.com or email cgarces@balmoralccp.com


Boardroom Luncheon with the Ambassador of Peru, H.E. Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia

On 18 May we proudly held an exclusive business luncheon with the Ambassador of Peru, His Excellency Vitaliano Gallardo proudly sponsored by Mazars in Australia yesterday in their Melbourne office, chaired by Richard Andrews.

Distinguished members and guests had the opportunity to hear insightful presentation about the benefits of investment in Peru, discuss topics and had the opportunity to ask questions directly to the Ambassador.

A big thank you to our sponsor Mazars in Australia for supporting this important event and to Liliana Harris for her valuable contributions.

A special thank you to our special guests and patron members in attendance:
Ivan Alexander Silva Rivera, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Peru
Mario Vargas, Trade Commissioner of Peru
Jose Meza, Honorary Consul of Peru in Melbourne

MMG Limited
LATAM Airlines
University of Melbourne
EucoClean Australia Pty Ltd
Global Victoria

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Australia - Chile Business Council Mining Dinner in Santiago, 24 April

At the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) we are thrilled to share with our members, stakeholders and friends the success of the first Australia-Chile Business Council Mining Dinner in Santiago which took place on Monday, 24th April. This event was a joint collaboration between The Australia Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and SOFOFA, and we are delighted to have had our Premium Event Partner, ISG – Pit to Ship Solutions

We extend our sincere gratitude to our Gold Sponsors, BHPGrupo Antofagasta MineralsGlobal VictoriaTrade and Investment QueenslandEnaex, and SQM, for their support in making this event a success. We were honoured to have our keynote speaker, The Honourable Cameron Dick, QLD Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, as well as His Excellency Mr Todd Mercer, Ambassador of Australia, Claudia Sanhueza, Undersecretary of International Economic Relations of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chile, Mr Mark Fones, Vice President Area International of Lithium SQM, for providing their insights and expertise, Mr Ramon Jara, President of the Chilean chapter – Chile- Australia Business Council and Ms Valeria Alvano, Director of ALABC who spoke on behalf of the Australian Chapter Chaired by Ian Hansen, CEO of Wescef who also deserves recognition for his continuous support of our organization.

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19 April 2023

Boardroom Luncheon with the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Peru

ALABC was honoured this week to host the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of #Peru, Ambassador Ignacio Higueras Hare for an exclusive luncheon on “Opportunities for Business and Investment in Peru” with members and special guests of ALABC hosted by our Chairman Richard Andrews.

"It is vital to create spaces such as this one here to promote bilateral economic relations, based on the dissemination of business opportunities, building bridges between Australian and Peruvian entrepreneurs and businessmen."
- Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Peru

Thank you to all our special guests and Patron members in attendance:
His Excellency Vitaliano Gallardo, Ambassador of Peru
Carlos Marin, Consul General of Chile
Eliana Beraun, Consul General of Peru in Australia
Crispin Conroy AM, State Director, NSW State Office, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Chris Gibbs Stewart, CEO of Austmine

Patron members: MMG Limited

Investment NSW

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23 February 2023

Boardroom Luncheon with Crispin Conroy AM, Director of the NSW Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Office

ALABC's first event of 2023 with Mr Crispin Conroy AM, Director of the NSW Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Office was held at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia on 23 February.

25 exclusive guests and ALABC members had the opportunity to attend and hear from our guest of honour Mr Crispin Conroy AM, Director of the NSW Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Office. We had the pleasure of welcoming 5 Ambassadors and Heads of Mission to our event.

We are grateful to have had the former CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia, Mr Mitch Hooke attending. 

Thank you to our Patron members that attended: EucoClean Australia Pty LtdCSIROInvestment NSWSharp Extensive ITLATAM Airlines

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