HACCI WA celebrates the strength of the Hellenic Business Community at Parliament House

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On the Tuesday, March 12, 2024, the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (HACCI WA) was honoured with an event at Parliament House, hosted by the Hon Michelle Roberts MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and the Hon Alanna Clohesy MLC, President of the Legislative Council. 

This gathering celebrated the contributions of the Hellenic business community to both the economic and cultural fabric of Western Australia.

Ms Roberts commended the Hellenic business community for their dynamic role and significant contributions to the state’s diverse business ecosystem. 

(L to R) Hon Dan Caddy MLC, Minister Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA, Consul Karasiotou, Bishop Elpidios, Dr Elena Limnios, Speaker of Parliament, the Hon Michelle Roberts, Simon Millman MLA, Hugh Jones MLA. Photo: Supplied.

The HACCI WA President Dr Elena Limnios unveiled the chamber’s strategic focus for 2024, aimed at enhancing information sharing, networking, and member connections across the globe. This initiative in collaboration with the HACCI National Federation seeks to fortify the bonds between HACCI members, the Chambers of Commerce in Greece, and the Greek Exporters Association, creating a fertile ground for collaborative growth and opportunities.

The event also featured an enlightening address by HACCI WA Patron and Consul of Greece in Perth, Mrs. Georgia Karasiotou, on the diaspora’s role in shaping policies through feedback to the Greek Government and the significance of postal voting in the European Parliament Elections. This underscores the importance of active engagement in democratic processes.

A special moment was the blessing of the traditional Vasilopita by Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea, symbolising prosperity and good fortune for the year ahead, and representing Archbishop Makarios of Australia.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly receiving a Commemorative HACCI WA coin
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly receiving a Commemorative HACCI WA coin. Photo: Supplied.

The event was attended by numerous members of Parliament, including Premier the Hon Roger Cook MLA, Minister the Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Hon Dan Caddy MLC, Hon Stephen Pratt MLC, Simon Millman MLA, Meredith Hammat MLA, Margaret Quirk MLA, Hon Klara Andric MLC, Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC, Hon Steve Thomas MLC, Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Hugh Jones MLA and others. Their presence underscored the government’s support for the Hellenic business community and its contributions to Western Australia’s prosperity.

The event set a positive tone for the year ahead, promising continued growth and prosperity for the Hellenic business community in Western Australia.

“We are deeply thankful for the generosity and support from the President and the Speaker of Parliament for hosting us tonight. The presence of the Premier, Ministers, and distinguished members of Parliament is a great honour. We are excited for a year of growth and prosperity for our Chamber in 2024,” Dr Limnios said.

“The Hellenic National Federation plays a crucial role in amplifying the voice of the Hellenic business community in Australia. We are dedicated to leveraging this unified platform to foster better connections and growth opportunities for our members, both within Australia and in their business endeavours with Greece.”

For further details on HACCI WA and upcoming events, please visit our website at www.hacciwa.com.au.

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