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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 16/04/1999

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 11250

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr David Murray, Managing

Director of the Commonwealth Bank, as one of my three personal representatives

on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Mr Murray brings a wealth of business experience to his ABAC role.

He has done a great deal over many years to promote Australian business

and the expertise of Australia's banking and financial services

sectors overseas, especially in the APEC region. Last year, he also

made an important contribution, as a representative of the private

sector, to the work of my task force on international financial reform.

APEC leaders agreed at the Osaka meeting in November 1995 to the establishment

of ABAC as a way of ensuring that leaders benefit from the views of

those most directly involved in regional trade and investment. The

Council provides Australian business with a strong voice in APEC.

It has served APEC well over the four years of its existence.

This will be an important year for APEC and I very much look forward

to working closely with Mr Murray and my two other ABAC representatives,

Mr Michael Crouch and Mr Malcolm Kinnaird, to achieve practical results

for Australia and to remove impediments standing in the way of business.

Mr Murray will replace Mrs Imelda Roche, co-chairman of Nutri-Metics

International, who has been a member of ABAC since its inception.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Imelda warmly for the

extremely valuable contribution she has made since 1995. She has been

an excellent representative both of Australia and of Australian business.

16 April 1999

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