The Australia India Business Council (AIBC) marked a significant milestone in its commitment to fostering bi-lateral relations between the two nations with the launch of the First Nations Roadmap in Sydney on 21st November. Unveiled at the 2023 NSW Australia India Address and Gala Dinner, the roadmap encapsulates AIBC’s priorities and actions for 2023-26, echoing a dedication to meaningful engagement with Australia’s First Nations.
Established in 1986, the AIBC has played a pivotal role in promoting trade dialogue between India and Australia. With a rich history spanning over 60,000 years, acknowledging the profound contributions of Indigenous (global) and First Nations (Australia) peoples has become integral to AIBC’s mission.
The roadmap’s foundation rests on three core principles: Respect, Community-First, and Culture-Centred. These principles underscore AIBC’s commitment to recognizing and celebrating the historical and contemporary Indigenous knowledge integral to sustainable relationships and successful business outcomes.
Four Priority Areas:
1. Share Culture: The roadmap places a strong emphasis on sharing cultures between First Australians and India-facing individuals and businesses. By acknowledging and appreciating each other’s rich cultural heritage, AIBC aims to strengthen the foundation of understanding.
2. Joint Initiatives: Collaboration takes center stage as AIBC strives to foster joint initiatives. By bringing together Indigenous businesses, government bodies, peak bodies, and industry players, the roadmap envisions a collaborative approach that benefits all stakeholders.
3. Knowledge Resources: Recognizing the importance of education, the roadmap outlines plans to create and disseminate knowledge resources. This initiative aims to bridge the knowledge gap, fostering a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and histories among India-facing entities.
4. Ongoing Engagement: The roadmap is not just a one-time effort; it sets the stage for continuous engagement. AIBC envisions ongoing interactions, events, and collaborations that go beyond mere transactions, building lasting relationships.
The launch event, attended by over 250 participants, received praise from notable figures, including Senator Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism, and Dr. Andrew Charlton MP. The warm reception reflects the significance of this initiative in the broader context of Australia-India relations.
Co-authored by Indu Balachandran and Susan Moylan-Coombs, the roadmap is not merely a document but a testament to AIBC’s commitment to cultural understanding and inclusivity. As the AIBC National Chair, Jodi McKay, aptly states, “This roadmap is our commitment to being part of the education journey, as we recognize and celebrate Australia’s First Nations’ peoples, their history, and their place in trade and economy.”
To delve deeper into the roadmap and its vision, visit AIBC First Nations Roadmap 2023-26. The journey has just begun, and AIBC invites all stakeholders to join hands in this meaningful endeavor toward cultural enrichment and prosperous partnerships.
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