Founded in April 1975, the Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC) has established itself as the premier private sector organisation focussed on increasing and strengthening trade and investment between Australia and the Philippines.

The APBC attracts members from many industries based in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Philippines. Today more than 50 organisations ranging from SMEs to large, high profile companies are part of the APBC network.

What We Do

APBC President Eduard Alcordo signing the Memorandum of Understanding with Jose Mari Mercado - President and CEO of BPAP (Business Processing Association of the Philippines).

The APBC’s core objectives are to:

  • Promote the exchange of products, services, investment and ideas between Australia and the Philippines through strategic alliances, sharing of commercial intelligence and advocacy
  • Provide a range of exclusive networking, communication and engagement opportunities with influential business and government contacts in both countries
  • Facilitate introductions and/or business enquiries to the most appropriate government agency in both countries
  • Represent APBC members’ views on pertinent issues to the Philippine and Australian Governments

The APBC Board meets on a monthly basis to address issues and matters of interest presented by its different committees. Through its executive committee, the Council develops programs and events aimed at fostering better business between the two countries as well as assisting members achieve their business objectives.

The Council works in close partnership with key business and government entities such as Austrade, the Philippine and Australian embassies, the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Department of Trade and industry, the Makati Business Club and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP).

The APBC also works closely with allied organisations in the Philippines, such as the Philippine Australia Business Council (PABC, the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc. based in Manila.

Letter from the President

Introducing you to the Australia Philippines Business Council.

Eduard Alcordo

Thank you for your interest in the Australia Philippines Business Council, the APBC. It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to introduce you to the APBC and encourage you to join us and continue to build on the deep and enduring relationship between Philippines and Australia, their governments, their businesses and trade enterprises and their peoples.

We have been doing what we do since 1975, fostering friendship, understanding and mutual benefit between the business communities of both countries. Our primary aim has always been to promote trade, investment and technical cooperation between Australia and the Philippines.

We encourage all businesses involved in trade and business between Australia and the Philippines and their key people to join the APBC and strengthen our ability to represent the importance of personal and business links between our two countries. By joining the APBC you will help us to hear your plans and concerns so that we can do our best to take these forward to improve government policy and business outcomes.

The APBC hosts a number of events in Australia and the Philippines from time to time such as member meetings, economic briefings, special topic discussions and networking events. We do our best to have representatives of the Australian and Philippines Governments and senior members of businesses operating between the two countries at every event - having people like you involved helps make it even better.

We have a newsletter that we publish to members and friends about the council and its activities as well as developments and activities in national and international business policies, immigration policy, investments policy and other matters that will be of interests to our members. We encourage contributions from members to highlight opportunities that business and investment can offer to our members and the broader Australia-Philippines business community.

Many thanks again for taking the time to learn more about the APBC and again I encourage you to think about joining and being part of the bright future of business and community between Australian and the Philippines.


Ed Alcordo

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