APIBC NEWS : 9th Dec 2016
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Australia Pacific Business Councils and Australian Business Volunteers Sign Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

Australia Pacific Business Councils including Australia-PNG, Australia-Fiji and Australia-Pacific Islands signs MOU with Australian Business Volunteers,


Photo from left: Gary Clifford (President APIBC), Sarah O'Connor (CEO, ABV), Greg Pawson (President APNGBC, AFBC), John Field (Director, ABV)

9 December, 2016, Sydney, Australia - The Presidents of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council, the Australia Fiji Business Council and the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council and the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Business Volunteers on behalf of the new Chair of ABV, Mr Mark Epper, today signed Memoranda of Understanding aimed at improving sustainable business and social growth in the countries covered by the Councils.

Mr Greg Pawson, President of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council and the Australia Fiji Business Council, and Mr Gary Clifford, President of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, said in a joint statement “The Councils have a long relationship with Australian Business Volunteers, preceding the first MOU entered into in 2005.  We are delighted to enter into this three year MOU with ABV which recognises the important role it plays in supporting business and economic growth in the Pacific islands economies.  We look forward to working with ABV going forward to enhance the opportunities for growth in its work.”\ 

Also present were ABV directors, Mr John Field, Ms Fran Healy and Ms Sue Kluss. 

The CEO of Australian Business Volunteers, Ms Sarah O’Connor, said “Our relationship with the Councils exemplifies how ABV partners with business to target our work as an international volunteer organisation. It ensures we align ABV’s mission to support a strong and vibrant private sector with the specific needs of Pacific Island communities given the three Councils’ strong history of working in the region.” 

“This MOU reflects the strong relationship we have with the Councils and how important it is to bring the not-for-profit and business sectors together in addressing inclusive economic growth”, said Ms O’Connor. 

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