CAAR Strategic Plan 2003-05

Objectives

In carrying out its mission, CAAR would 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

Activities

The Council's activities fall into four broad categories:

  • Publicity, Promotion & Media
  • Education
  • ™ Business and Commercial
  • ™ Cultural

Publicity, promotion and media

Objectives

  • To promote the work of CAAR in Australia and Arab countries
  • To raise awareness in Arab countries of contemporary Australian society,traditions and capabilities
  • To promote Australian achievements, joint ventures and success stories of Australia in Arab countries, and of Arab countries in Australia
  • To promote to Australians the importance of the relationship between Australia and Arab countries

Activities

  • Support the publication of information about Australia on the Arabic language internet
  • Support the translation into Arabic of publications about Australia
  • Seek the support of commercial organisations for CAAR's objectives
  • Initiate a media program to encourage Australian journalists to take a greater interest in the region
  • Establish a website on the DFAT home page

Education

Objectives

  • To promote within Australia an informed understanding of Arab society and politics
  • To promote and facilitate collaboration between universities and research organisations in Australia and Arab countries
  • To promote Arabic language in Australia
  • To promote Australian studies in Arab countries
  • To develop a cadre of Australian graduates with Arabic language skills and a practical understanding of business practice and culture in Arab countries
  • To encourage Australian students to develop a long-term interest in Australian-Arab relations

Activities

  • Establish workshops sponsored by academic bodies which bring together honours and postgraduate students to discuss research and future directions in Arabic studies with experts from Australia and overseas
  • Support the establishment of institutional links between schools and universities in Australia and Arab countries
  • To support scholarships, student exchanges and education grants
  • Give support to research using the Arabic language
  • Support youth exchange programs
  • Support awards, prizes and other ways of recognising significant events, milestones and achievements in Australia-Arab relations
  • Support original works in Arabic about Australia
  • Support the translation into Arabic of publications about Australia and original works by Australian authors
  • Support a program of academic visits in both directions

Business and commercial

Objectives

  • To promote awareness of the potential of Arab markets among Australian business people
  • To promote in Arab countries an awareness of trade and investment, and tourism opportunities in Australia
  • To promote bilateral trade opportunities between Australia and Arab countries
  • To identify opportunities for employment and support the placement of Australians with Arabic language and business skills
  • To enhance awareness of Australian capabilities as a supplier of sophisticated services, including but not limited to education, IT, tourism, in addition to traditional commodities

Activities

  • Enhance links and work in partnership with relevant chambers of commerce and other organisations with experience of markets in Arab countries
  • Seek out Australian and Arab companies likely to support CAAR objectives

Cultural

Objectives

  • To foster greater awareness in Arab countries of contemporary life in Australia and in Australia of contemporary life in Arab countries by supporting and promoting cultural, heritage and sporting activities
  • To deepen understanding of the traditions, values and beliefs of contemporary Australian and Arab societies
  • To complement the marketing activities of Australian companies and organisations
  • To promote cross-cultural relations

Activities

  • Sponsor visits between Australia and Arab countries of high profile cultural figures
  • Develop closer links between sporting bodies in Arab countries and Australia, for example by training Arab coaches in key sports where Australia excels
  • Support high profile events which would boost Australia's image and also have commercial benefits
  • Develop institutional links between museums, and centres for the arts such as NIDA
Last Updated: 24 April 2013