MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Once again another year is over and what a year it was! I am looking forward to 2016 and hope it is a prosperous year for us all.
2015 was a terrific year for the Australia - New Zealand - Japan relationship, for the Chamber, and for our members. It saw two very successful annual conferences held by the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) and the Japan New Zealand Business Council (JNZBC) with great representation by our Executive Council and corporate members. This year also saw the launch of a new ANZCCJ event series aimed at supporting Japanese SMEs and conducted entirely in Japanese. We also brought our members a variety of seminars, networking events, panel discussions and intimate round table discussions with prominent business and government figures. Each of these initiatives aims to bring value to our members, so we were pleased to see so many of you taking advantage of the opportunities we created in 2015. I hope you will continue to support the Chamber in 2016. Please sing out if there is anything particular you would like us to focus on - always happy to get feedback.
I see Australia and New Zealand entering 2016 with exciting new momentum and purpose. Business confidence is positive, driven by developments such as the signing of the JAEPA and the conclusion of negotiations on the TPP. Next year the Chamber is set to review its existing committees and launch new ones to better reflect its membership and interests. We also have a few events already lined up for next year, starting with our Shinnenkai on 19 January, the second event in the SME Support Program series in February, along with a range of special guests coming to speak at Chamber events. Watch this space for future event announcements and updates!
Finally, I would like to thank our members, new and old, for their sponsorship and commitment to the goals of our Chamber this year. A big thanks to the Secretariat for its hard work and to all our interns too.
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a fantastic 2016!