BAFA holds 2nd Annual conference Downunder

The 2nd Annual combined Australian Forwarders and Brokers (BAFA 2011) National Conference, held on tropical Hamilton Island North Queensland, between July 14 – 16 attracted 170 business networkers to the idyllic location.


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The 2nd Annual combined Australian Forwarders and Brokers (BAFA 2011) National Conference, held on tropical Hamilton Island North Queensland, between July 14 – 16 attracted 170 business networkers to the idyllic location.

The main keynote speaker – Jonar Nader raised the question of how ‘disconnected’ we are despite all the electronic wizardry available to us. The session titled: ‘Disconnected from the Networked World – How the Internet is Driving a Wedge between Them and Us’, gave a fascinating insight into how far we have reversed in terms of service and what was required to address the problem.

In industry related sessions, Customs, Quarantine, Airfreight and Sea freight innovation updates were all covered and the IATA e-AWB initiative was high on the Agenda. Delegates also sat through an interesting session where specific advice was given should businesses face a disaster of any kind. Recent devastating floods in Queensland, including the major city of Brisbane, demonstrated how real the threat was and what needed to be considered in advance. Other subjects included workplace law changes, including new parental leave laws.

In regard to the more ‘abstract’ sessions, professional MC and World Champion Public Speaker – Brett Rutledge delivered a presentation titled ‘In the minds of Champions”. Delegates heard about the experiences of World Champions and ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to reveal the key components that drive their success.