HACCI hold inaugural National Federation Meeting in Sydney

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The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) held its Inaugural HACCI National Federation Meeting (HNF) in Sydney on Friday, February 10, 2023.

In what marked an historic milestone for the Hellenic Australian professional and business community, the Board Chairs of HACCI Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia – Fotini Kypraios, Angela Tomazos, Kostas Koutsonas, and Dr Elena Limnios respectively – came together at the offices of Business Sydney to hold the inaugural meeting of the HACCI National Federation.

HACCIs across Australia have now realised the vision of the founding members of the respective Chambers to unite and establish a national presence and voice representing the Hellenic Australian business and professional community.

As designated by the HNF Terms of Reference, the heads of the four Chambers formed the founding HACCI National Federation Council, each of them assuming the role of chair, on an annual rotating basis.

HACCI Victoria Chair, Fotini Kypraios, will be the inaugural Chair of the newly formed HACCI National Federation Council.

“The HACCI National Federation is a vision HACCI Victoria has been working on for many years. I am excited for what the future holds,” Ms Kypraios said. “It is a privilege to be part of a new era of unity amongst Chambers across the country.”

“I am grateful for the enthusiasm with which my interstate colleagues have embraced the opportunity to be part of a collective, national voice of the Hellenic Australian business and professional community.

(L-R): Angela Tomazos (HACCI NT Board Chair), Arthur Baoustanos (HACCI VIC Director of Trade), Alex Demetriou (HACCI SA Board Member), George Mavrakis (HACCI NSW President), Dr. Elena Limnios (HACCI WA President), Paul Nicolaou (Business Sydney), Kostas Koutsonas (HACCI SA Board Chair), Fotini Kypraios (HACCI VIC Board Chair). Photo: Effy Alexakis.

“The HACCI National Federation will lead by example to connect, motivate and inspire future generations of community and thought leaders. Anything is possible when we work together.”

The HNF Terms of Reference outlines the vision and mission of the HACCI National Federation to connect Hellenic Australian state-based Chambers of Commerce and encourages continued collaboration and connection of Hellenic Australian chambers of commerce nationally and internationally, as well as with the governments of Australia and Greece.

Furthermore, the HNF aims to assist the member Chambers, as well as businesses and individual professionals throughout the nation, in their effort to share information, collaborate and network, promoting and fostering awareness of issues impacting business and professional Hellenes of the Australian diaspora.

The HACCI National Federation Council welcomed the guest attendance of HACCI NSW President, George Mavrakis, who has been engaged in discussions about the unification of HACCI state-based Chambers. Mr Mavrakis is supportive of the HNF, congratulates the Chambers on uniting and looks forward to participating.

The first activity of the HACCI National Federation will take place within the year and will be announced soon.

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