Australia Turns out for ABAC: Australia's Top Political and Business Leaders Turned out in Force to Welcome Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation's (APEC) Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Last Month. (APEC/ABAC)

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The ABAC members were in Sydney from 12 to 15 May for its second meeting for 2002. Australia highlighted the importance of the visit with numerous functions and events to welcome the visiting ABAC delegates.

Topping the list was a special cocktail reception held by Australian Prime Minister John Howard in Sydney on 12 May. Australian ABAC delegate and Business Asia publisher Peter Charlton hosted another cocktail reception on 13 May, in conjuction with ABAC members David Murray and Michael Crouch. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer was the special guest at the 13 May event. NSW Premier Bob Carr hosted an event on the night of 14 May, while the visiting ABAC delegates were treated to a special barbecue breakfast on Bondi Beach on 14 May.

BUSINESS NEEDS TO PUSH TRADE: DOWNER

Australian Foreign Minister has urged the business community to keep pushing APEC governments on trade liberalisation.

Downer, in welcoming ABAC delegates to a special cocktail reception hosted by Australian ABAC member and First Charlton Communications chairman Peter Charlton, reiterated the importance of APEC and called for greater business involvement on the trade front. …