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    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Brisbane and online

    Australia's once booming $40+ billion education industry is currently under significant strain. As the Australian government struggles to balance internal economic demands and cost of living pressures, policy changes relating to international students and visas have formed part of the government's arsenal to combat these issues. 

    Multiple policy changes, high visa refusal rates, high cost of living for students, reputational damage, loss of market share, reduced places available, high cost associated with visa applications and lack of transparency are just some of the concerns raised by multiple stakeholders across the education sector. There currently appears to be a disconnect between the 'open for business' messaging being promoted in the Latin American region and Australia's immigration rules and education goals. 

    With a lack of quality information available and long term consequences across the sector unknown, ALABC is calling for expressions of interest to participate in a 'LATAM Education Roundtable - How to navigate the choppy seas across the Pacific' in the following areas:

    • Go8 universities
    • Regional universities
    • ELICOS providers
    • VET providers
    • Student placement services
    • Immigration agents/law firms
    • State 'Study' 
    • Student accommodation providers
    • DFAT
    • DHA
    • Austrade
    • Chambers of Commerce
    • Industry representative groups

    We look forward to your participation in this important conversation on the direction of one of our most important transpacific economic relationships.

    Participants can join virtually, or in person in Brisbane.

    • 7 Aug 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne,1/5 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC, 3008
    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Online

    9:00AM, 21 August 2024 (Australia, AEST)
    4:00PM, 20 August 2024 (Los Angeles)



    Welcome and introduction

    Kim Prior, CEO of the Australia-Latin America Business Council

    Marlen Marroquin, Executive Regional Director, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (California)

    Ambassador welcome

    His Excellency Ernesto Cespedes Oropeza, Ambassador of Mexico in Australia

    US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce welcome

    The Honourable Albert Zapanta, President and CEO, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

    Guest introductions

    Moderator and Program Coordinator, Eduardo Gallifa, Manager, Ato Shipping

    Presentation 1: 

    • General overview of current manufacturing in Mexico's border
    • Current numbers of foreign companies established in Mexico
    • Incentives and why to manufacture in Mexico

    Pedro Montejo, President INDEX (National Association of the Maquiladora Industry) Baja California Mexico

    Presentation 2: 

    • General business overview in Australia & how businesses engage with Mexico and the region
    • Australia's top exports
    • Business opportunities for Australia and Mexico

    Kim Prior, CEO of ALABC

    Craig Ford, Australian Trade and Investment Commissioner, Mexico

    Presentation 3:

    • ·       Logistics and transportation opportunities and challenges

    Aram Hodoyan, President and CEO, OTL On Time Logistics


    Moderator, Eduardo Gallifa

    Closing remarks

    Moderator, Eduardo Gallifa

    • 3 Sep 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (AEST)
    • The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072

    • 3 Sep 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

    • 29 Oct 2024
    • (AEST)
    • 31 Oct 2024
    • (AEST)
    • The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072

    • 29 Oct 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The W Hotel, 31 Wheat Road, Sydney NSW 2000

    • 26 Nov 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Parliament House Canberra, Parliament Dr, ACT 2600

    Strengthening collaboration between Australia and Latin America 2023-2025

    Exclusive for Patrons and Large Corporate Members of ALABC and by invitation only

    For the past 12 years, the ALABC Networking Day at Parliament House in Canberra has been an important opportunity for government and businesses to come together and share insights around Australia’s commitment to strengthening ties with countries in the Latin American region, creating opportunities for trade, investment, tourism, and education.

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