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Riyadh, Jumada II 25, 1436, Apr 14, 2015, SPA —


The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) hosted today a meeting of the Saudi-Australian business sector within the framework of supporting the cooperation aspects of the economic and trade relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them.

This came in the presence of Australian Minister of Trade and Investment Andrew John Robb and his accompanying delegation, currently on a visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; CSC Deputy Chairman Saleh Al-Afaliq; Saudi Ambassador to Australia Nabil bin Mohammed Al Saleh; Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ralph King and the Chairman and members of the Saudi-Australian Joint Business Council.

During the meeting, they emphasized the excellent relations between the two countries, particularly at trade and investment levels as well as agriculture, food security, education, technical training, health care, infrastructure, mining, services and other areas.

For his part, the Australian Ambassador highlighted the strong economic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Australia, calling for continuing the work and joint coordination between the two sides on issues of common interest, especially with regard to the free trade agreement between Australia on the one hand and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States, on the other hand to increase investment and trade volume.

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The Joint Saudi Australia Business Council will be held in Australia October 20-23. The Saudi Australia Business Council is hosted by the Council of Saudi Chambers, the largest and most influential association in Saudi Arabia.


There will be a senior delegation representing a range of sectors and we would like to invite you to attend the industry session and our complimentary reception. The meeting will consist of three separate events, in three locations, and will focus on the key issues and opportunities for the Australia Saudi bilateral business relationship. Please note the following program we have scheduled:

Monday Oct-20 Melbourne Advanced Manufacturing Industry Session 12pm 4:30pm
Monday Oct-20 Melbourne Welcome Reception 5:30pm 7:30pm
Monday Oct-21 Melbourne Joint Business Council Meeting 9:30am 11am
Tuesday Oct-21 Canberra Reception at Saudi Embassy 5:30pm 7:30pm
Tuesday Oct-22 Canberra Defence Industry Session 10am 12:30pm
Tuesday Oct-22 Canberra Education 2pm 3:30pm
Tuesday Oct-23 Sydney Agribusiness and Livestock Industry Session 10am 12pm
Tuesday Oct-23 Sydney Financial Services and Investment Industry Session 2:30pm 5pm
Wednesday Oct-23 Sydney Farewell Reception 5:30pm 7:30pm


Exclusive member rates apply for the above industry session. Please find Membership Application Form here.

Further details including the venue will be followed shortly. Should you have any questions, please contact us on 03 9867 0132 or email at .


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09 April 2014

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Australia has advised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed contracts with specialised international companies that are capable of performing the necessary procedures of obtaining biometric data of applicants, including fingerprints, face identification and others. This is also a significant step in developing visas in Australia that are needed by those who are applying for entry into the Kingdom for the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimage.

Amongst these companies is VFST Global Facilitation which will operate the centre in Australia and will replace existing service offices. This centre will have a major role in conducting the following:

1. Recording biometric data of all visa applicants; this procedure aims to shorten waiting times at border ports of the Kingdom especially for pilgrims (Hajj and Umrah)

2. Regulating and enhancing the performance of visa services, as visa applicants will receive a high standard of service upon their application for a visa.

The centre’s location will be on the 4th Floor at 8 – 10 Hobart Place, Canberra ACT, Australian Capital Territory, 2601.

The centre will start to receive visa applications as of 14/04/2014.

Khodr Saleh : Saudi Press Agency – Australia

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Australian businesses will have greater opportunity to engage with one of the fastest growing international trade markets following the establishment of the Australia-Saudi Business Council.

The Council was established in partnership between the Australian Industry Group and the Council of Saudi Chambers after a gap was identified for greater information and support on the ground for Australian business trying to navigate the Saudi market.

Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, said: “Saudi Arabia is a diverse and sophisticated export market with a particular interest in Australian products – including cars, infrastructure and mining technology. This Council will help business further explore this market.”

Joint- Managing Director of Dragoman and Chairman of the Australia-Saudi Business Council Tom Harley, said: “Saudi Arabia is already well recognised for its student exchange programs and I think there is certainly further scope for deeper engagement – beyond trade to education and cultural exchange.”

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Chairman, Tom Harley and Mr Samir Gabbani, on behalf of Mr Abdullah Al-Mobty, Chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers and witnessed by the Minister for Trade and Competitiveness Dr Craig Emerson and the Saudi Minister for Agriculture the Hon Dr Fahd bin Abdurahman Balghunaim, in Canberra today.

Companies interested in joining the newly formed Australia Saudi Business Council are encouraged to register their interest with the secretariat at or 03 9867 0227

Media Enquiries: Gemma Williams – Ai Group – 0401 664 047