One year ago today, at the 2014 AGM on the 26 March, the AusCham Chapters of Hanoi and HCMC, formally agreed to run themselves jointly through a National Board (see the video below with the then AusCham President, Tareq Muhmood).

For that to happen, we had to change the Charter. And for that to happen, we needed – in both Hanoi and HCMC – a:

  • 25 per cent quorum
  • Two thirds majority supporting the proposal.

If it tripped in either city, on either of these hurdles, the whole proposal would fail.

The result was an emphatic and resounding victory for those proposing the National Board:

  • Hanoi: 63 per cent (32 of 51) of eligible voters cast their vote. 97 per cent (31 of the 32) approved the proposal.
  • HCMC: 58 per cent (112 of 194) eligible voters cast their vote. 99 per cent (111 of the 112) approved the proposal.

Since the National Board was formed, AusCham has not been content with being a two-city National Chamber. Instead, over the past 12 months, we have expanded, holding events in Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.

In the next two months, we will also hold events in Vung Tau and Hue. Further, our exposure and relevance in Australia has also increased considerably.

For more details on how it all happened, click here.

To see the then President of AusCham, Tareq Muhmood, argue the case for a National Board prior to the 2014 AGM, see below.