Australian Latin America Leadership Program 2013

17 October 2013

Australian Latin American Leadership Program

This year NSW Trade and Investment supported the Australian Latin America Leadership Program (ALALP) 2013.

The ALALP is a leadership development initiative for high calibre mid-career managers and officials drawn from business, government, trade unions, education, the arts, and community organisations and was held in Australia from 3 to 14 October 2013.

The theme of this year's ALALP was "Sustainability in the Context of the Australia Latin America Business Relationship".

In the program, "sustainability" was defined in not only environmental concerns, but related areas such as economic and social development; government regulation and activity; the changing nature of business; the skills and education of the workforce and trade/international relations between Australia and Latin America.

After an intensive selection process 39 men and women from Latin America and Australia were chosen from 380 applicants to take part in the program.

Selection was based on the applicant's potential for advancement to the most senior levels of leadership and influence in their respective organisations and communities within the next five to ten years.

The ALALP ran for 12 consecutive days and included a mix of structured seminar activity and field trips to different Australian regions.

The program enabled the candidates to become informed about initiatives and challenges facing a range of enterprise sectors including mining and energy, agriculture and agribusiness and innovation, technology and manufacturing.

NSW Trade and Investment accompanied one of the three field trip groups of 13 participants to the Riverina and Murray region of NSW and also hosted with ALALP a dinner for this group at the NSW Trade and Investment Sydney headquarters at the MLC centre on 11 October 2013.

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