The Australian Business In Europe (ABIE) was founded in London in October 1975. The objective was to provide a forum for Australians working in Europe and European business people associated with Australian industry to meet regularly, get to know each other and discuss topics of mutual interest. Today, ABIE has an international membership of about 1,000 drawn mostly from Australian companies with business interests in Europe and from a wide range of European companies with reciprocal interest in Australia. Banking, insurance, finance, manufacturing and service industries are well represented, as are smaller enterprises.
In 1988, ABIE expanded its presence in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and other European countries.
ABIE Russia was founded by Slava Konovalov in May 2009 and is run by a Committee. ABIE hosts a range of events designed to keep members up-to-date with business, political, sports and cultural developments occurring in Australia. It also runs a social programme to facilitate networking. ABIE hosts breakfast meetings, seminars and social gatherings and organises events and exhibitions related to Australian art and culture.
Australian Ambassador Margaret Twomey commented: âPeople-to-people ties are a key element to success in the Russian business environment. ABIE Russia presents a platform for Australian and Russian business representatives to take advantage of the increasing bilateral momentum, to develop networks, and to strengthen people-to-people relations. I encourage you to make the most of opportunities presented by ABIE Russia and the broader ABIE network. And I look forward to meeting you at a future ABIE function.â