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.

About Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council

The Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council (established 1980) and the Australia Fiji Business Council (established 1986) work to promote trade and investment between Australia and those countries and for their economic growth, act as a conduit for members to raise with governments issues germane to business, and act as a centre for information and networking for companies working between Australian and these countries. The Australia Pacific Islands Business Council (established 2000) works similarly across the following Pacific islands economies: American Samoa, CNMI, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.

About Australian Business Volunteers

Australian Business Volunteers is an international development not-for-profit organisation that works across Asia and the Pacific. Its Vision is to alleviate poverty by using business-skilled volunteers to drive inclusive economic growth and well-being. Its Mission is to strengthen business and institutions to enhance a strong and vibrant private sector. ABV’s origins go back to 1981 as a partnership between the Australian Government and the then Confederation of Australian Industry to establish what was then called the Australian Executive Service Overseas Program (AESOP).

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