2020-22 Business Plan
To broaden and strengthen Australian-Arab relations by advancing areas of shared political, economic and social interest and building a greater appreciation of each other's cultures and values.
The 2020-22 objectives for the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) are to:
- ensure that the CAAR grant program aligns with the Australian Government's regional priorities, and CAAR's 2020-2030 Strategic Plan;
- ensure an effective and engaging program of CAAR projects that incorporate participation at the Dubai Expo 2020; and
- pursue innovative public diplomacy and social media opportunities, to promote the CAAR and highlight the value of Australia-Arab relations.
In 2020-22, the CAAR Board members will:
- promote the CAAR's profile through social media, in order to increase awareness of the Council's work and further its mission;
- promote the two-year grant round to potential applicants that:
- represent a diverse cross-section of Australia and the Arab region;
- align with at least one of CAAR's 2020-22 priority themes of:
- Arts and Culture
- Health and Sport
- Gender equality
- build strong international community and institutional relationships, and promote social cohesion; and
- could promote future opportunities for trade and investment.
Board and Secretariat: There are up to seven Board members (a Chair and six Board members appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs) and two ex-officio members from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade). The Board is supported by a Secretariat based in DFAT’s Middle East Branch.