At the conclusion of the 52nd Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference in Darwin, delegates were informed that the AJBCC would be severing its 52 year secretariat links with the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and its predecessors and relocating its secretariat from Canberra to Sydney, at the beginning of 2015, so as to be “closer to the commercial heartbeat of the nation”.
Paul Gallagher, the retiring Executive Director of the AJBCC (1998-2014), on behalf of ACCI and himself, wished the AJBCC, with its move to Sydney, success for the future. He observed, “As we have seen from this conference’s aspiration, expressed in its theme of “Australia and Japan – A New Era in the Relationship”, in the context of the JEAPA, the future looks very, very bright. It is, of course, up to the members to make sure this is the case. Over the last fifty years of our history, the word most commonly used was ‘complementarity’ to describe the relationship, whereas at the 50th anniversary conference, our two Chairmen indicated that they hoped that the hallmark word for the second 50 years of our organisations would be ‘collaboration’. That requires all of us to get involved. It’s not a case of just receiving the wisdom. Business, government, academe must come together.”
Subsequently, the President advised the AJBCC Membership that David Jacobs would be Paul’s successor. On Sunday 14th December 2014, a morning tea was held at the Grand Hyatt, Canberra for the long serving people whom, over the decades, had roles in the AJBCC Secretariat as Director-General, Executive Director and Executive Assistant.
Territory welcome for Japanese business leaders
12 October 2014 Chief Minister Adam Giles will tonight officially welcome hundreds of business leaders who have touched down in Darwin for this week’s Australia-Japan Joint Business Conference. “It is a huge coup for the Territory to be hosting this prestigious conference which attracts the cream of the Japanese and Australian business community,” Mr Giles said "I would like to extend a warm Territory welcome to these corporate leaders who will get a chance to see first-hand the investment opportunities we have to offer. “I was a keynote speaker at this conference in Tokyo last year and it is an honour to have brought the event onto Territory soil with an impressive list of industry representatives and government officials from both countries attending.”
Australian delegates include representatives from top mining and energy companies such as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Woodside, ConocoPhillips and Santos, as well as the NAB and ANZ banks. “Our relationship with Japan is going from strength to strength and this conference is an opportunity to showcase the kinds of exciting projects being pursued in Northern Australia,” Mr Giles said.