As Australia’s largest bank in Asia and one of Asia’s Top Five Corporate Banks, ANZ recognises the increasingly interconnected nature of business and economic activity in Asia Pacific. We anticipate the industrialisation and urbanisation of large populations across China, India and South East Asia to continue strongly, creating a soaring demand for Australia’s soft and hard commodities. Our history dates back over 175 years. We are committed to building lasting partnerships with our customers, shareholders and communities in 32 countries in Australia, New Zealand, throughout Asia and the Pacific, and in the Middle East, Europe and America. We provide a range of banking and financial products and services to around 8 million customers. Combining global scale with local expertise, ANZ connects clients to a diverse range of investment and partnering opportunities, global capital pools and to consumers in Asia Pacific.

ANZ has been a proud sponsor of the Foundation for a number of years now and is delighted to be able to continue its support for such a worthy cause into 2013. We congratulate Caroline in particular on her outstanding commitment and achievements to date.