About the Council for
Australian-Arab Relations
   
 

Explore Australia is a gift from the young people of Australia to the youth of the Arab nations.

It is an initiative of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR). CAAR was created to promote mutual interests between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world, and to foster a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

Council members are drawn from business, government and the academic community.

Mission Statement

To promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

Objectives of the Council

In carrying out its mission, CAAR shall seek to:

* broaden awareness and understanding of each other's history, culture, society and areas of excellence;

* promote greater understanding of mutual foreign policy interests;

* encourage activities that generate economic benefits for Australia and Arab countries;

* promote Australia's image in the Arab world as a culturally diverse nation of creative and innovative achievement in technology, industry, agriculture, education, the arts and sport;

* identify opportunities for enhanced collaboration between Australia and Arab countries;

* establish a strategic framework and long-term plan to foster and promote relations between Australia and Arab countries; and

* complement the work of existing organisations through strategic partnerships

Education:

* promote within Australia an informed understanding of Arab society and politics

* promote and facilitate collaboration between universities and research organisations in Australia and Arab countries

* promote Arabic language in Australia

* promote Australian studies in Arab countries

* develop a cadre of Australian graduates with Arabic language skills and a practical understanding of business practice and culture in Arab countries

* encourage Australian students to develop a long-term interest in Australian-Arab relations

The formation of the Council is a significant initiative by the Federal Government: one that recognises the importance of a strong relationship between Australia and the Arab world. The Government has sent a clear message: Australia values the contribution of our Arab communities, and our relations with Arab countries are important to the national interest.

 

Contacts

CAAR Secretariat
Middle East and Africa Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Barton ACT 0221

Tel. +61 (02) 6261 2090
Fax. +61 (02) 6261 2640

email: caar@dfat.gov.au

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