AACC Events & Activities 2015

 

 

 



 

 

 

AACC Forum & Exhibition

 

 ec

 

Accompanying the AACC’s 24th Board of Directors Meeting and 25th General Assembly at the Wirtschaftskammer Wien, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce invited to an expert Forum on “Building Experts Through Public-Private Partnership” and an exhibition of Arab Countries and selected Austrian companies and products on December 10, 2015.

 

 CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

The Forum and Exhibition were festively opened by H.E. Dr. Richard SCHENZ, President of the AACC, in the  presence of H.E. KommR. Nabil KUZBARI, the AACC’s Founder and its Arab-President. The Opening Session was honored by the participation of numerous high-ranking personalities, beginning with H.E. Issa MURAD, Chairman of the Board of the Amman Chamber, H.E. Dr. Jasem ALBESHARAH, Director of the Abdulaziz H. Al Sagar Development Center of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Herbert SCHEIBNER, Former Minister of Defense of Austria, H.E. Michael SPINDELEGGER, Former Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs. spindelegger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forum & Exhibition was attended by a numerous international audience of some 200 visitors and guests, among them Their Excellences the Arab ambassadors from Jordan, the Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, and the Charge affairs of the states of Oman and Kuwait were also among the VIP attendees, together with representatives of the international diplomatic corps, members of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, companies, businessmen and the interested public.

 diplomaten

 

Session I of the Forum introduced the Austrian apprenticeship & vocational training system & international cooperativeness and was chaired by Mr. Mag. Pierre PRUNIS, Regional Manager Africa & Middle East of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. The high-ranking speakers were: Mag. Alexander HÖLBL, Head of Unit for Vocational Training and Engineer-Qualification of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy; Mag. Bernhard KAUFMANN, Sector Manager Education of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), Mag. Wolfgang BLIEM, Project Manager of the Institute for Research & Development in VET (ibw).

 

 

 

Session II focused on some Arab vocational training systems and was chaired by H.E. Mr. Herbert SCHEIBNER, Former Minister of Austria. The prominent speakers were: H.E. Dr. Khaled Abdel-Rahman SHAMAA; Ambassador of the Republic of Egypt; H.E. Mr. Ghazi JOUMAA, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia; Univ. Prof. Dr. Jasem M. ALBESHARAH, Director of Abdulaziz H. Al Sagar Development Center of the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and H.E. Senator Issa Haidar MURAD, Chairman of the Board of the Amman Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

Session III was drawing attention to Samples of training programs of the private economy in Austria and Europe and chaired by Mr. Albert KRONBERGER, CEO of a-consult. The renowned speakers included: Mr. Dr. Gerhard MÜLLER, Head of Human Resources at the BAWAG P.S.K; Mr. Mag. Herbert KRUTINA, Member of the Board of STRABAG; Mr. Dr. Kari KAPSCH, CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom AG, Mr. Otto Čavlović, Technical Director of S.C.A.N; and Mr. Stefan ZAFFALON, Managing Director Europe of DACH Advisory.

 

  

 

The “Exhibition” area was opened and represented 6 diplomatic representations of Arab countries in Austria, together with 11 companies, enterprises and international institutions that displayed their profiles – among them BAWAG P.S.K, Dach Adcisory, Grand Hotel Wien, HIT Engineering, S.C.A.N, Western Union, Wirtschaftsagentur Wien – ein Fond der Stadt Wien, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, Österreichische Staatsdruckerei, and many others - allowing for special networking opportunities and personal introduction to potential future business partners in the Austro-Arab context. The lunch buffet was prepared by Yasmin al-Sham and non-alcoholic wine and champagne provided by Mr. Hösl.

 

 

 

 

 Read full report in Arabic.


 

 

 

 

 

 

20. - 25. November 2015: Austrian Chamber of Commerce WKO and AACC joint trip to Dubai and Muscat

marktsondierungsreise

 

AACC Secretary General Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA accompanied WKO President DI. Ruck during a trip to Dubai and Muscat.

 


CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

modulThe participants attended different events among which we call list: Austria Connect Gulf 2015 Conference: „Rethink GULF - From Integration to Education", the exquisite ribbon cutting ceremony of Modul University Dubai Campus in Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), one of the fastest growing business zone in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, and which will be welcoming students in Fall 2016. The setup of this well renowned university came as the outcome of an agreement signed between DACH Advisory Group who will take care of the establishment and running of the new campus, and Dubai Invest who will be financing the project by 90%. In addition to the BIG 5, the largest construction event in the Middle East in its 35th edition and which gathered this year more than 80,000 construction professionals and key buyers. Both exhibitors or visitors were able to choose among 75 free certified educational workshops. Thousands of innovative, certified and cost-effective products from 3,000 exhibitors from over 65 countries were presented all under one roof.

 

President DI. Ruck hosted a memorable and generous reception at Dubai Creek for all participants. Economic Councilor Mr. Bandera and his team performed an outstanding organization for the event covering all current and eminent aspects in the region.

 

marktsondierungsreise2And the journey continues to the capital of Sultanate of Oman, Muscat with a visit of Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (ITHRAA) and the Information Technology Authority (ITA). Mr. Omar Al Shanfari, Deputy CEO for Operations at ITA talked about Oman initiative in the field of Information Technology and Mr. Khouja acclaimed Austria as Number 1 in E-Government and E-Justice worldwide, universally recognized in the field of civil law and cadastral records as well. Both parties concluded the meeting by agreeing on further promoting the mutual cooperation.

 

The Austrian delegation tackled different issues with H.E. Eng. Ahmed Bin Hassan Al Dheeb, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry inter alia the Dual Apprenticeship and Vocational training System in Austrian. H.E. Al Dheeb promised to forward it to the Ministry of Education for further assessment.

 

At Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), Eng. Redha Juma Al Saleh, Vice Chairman For Administration and Finance and Mr. Khouja presented to an audience of around 30 persons from board members to business community and commercial delegations an overview about their respective chambers area of activities. In his speech, Eng. Al Saleh quoted the Director General of OCCI as he acknowledged the AACC as one of the most efficient joint Chambers they have ever worked with. A session of B2B and lunch followed the presentations.

 

Finally, the Austrian Delegation visited STRABAG Oman LLC and heard about its successful story in Oman as a main road constructor with a volume of over 160 Million Euros. They had a tour at Oman Conference and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) construction site, scheduled to open in 2017. OCEC will represent a landmark project aiming at establishing the Sultanate as a major regional venue for regional and international events. It will include four hotels, a business park, retail shopping areas and residential districts, and will be surrounded by a nature reserve for Oman's exotic birdlife, parklands and valley park.

 

Austrian Trade Representative Mr. Zimmermann hosted a reception at the Austrian Foreign Trade Center for the business delegation. Mr. Zimmerman and his team has organized professionally a well prepared and diversified programme in Muscat.

 



 

 

 

Read full report in Arabic.


 

 

 

16-17 November 2015: AACC attends the 17th Arab Businessmen and Investors Forum in Abu Dhabi

 gruppe

 

The Vice-President of the AACC KommR Nabil KUZBARI and Secretary General Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA attended the “17th Arab Businessmen and Investors Forum” with focus on Investments in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which was held in Abu Dhabi on 16th and 17th November 2015.


CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

This high-level Forum was sponsored and organized by Abu Dhabi Chamber, with the cooperation of the Arab League, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy in addition to the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries.

 

This annual meeting gathered around 1500 entrepreneurs, bankers, investors in addition to some of the most prominent and influential figures in the field. Among them were: Mr. Herbert SCHEIBNER, Former Minister of Defense of Austria, H.E. Mr. Michael SPINDELEGGER, former Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Johannes KASAL, Former Head of Cabinet of H.E. Mr. Spindelegger and H.E. Karl SCHRAMEK, Former Austrian Ambassador to Syria and Brussels.

 

The panelists tackled relevant issues dealing with Leadership and Innovation within the Arab Framework of visions and strategies, Promotion of business innovation and leadership in agriculture, environment protection, finance, industry, energy, services and information sectors as well as in communications technology.

 

The Forum represented a platform for efficient and promising networking among participants which led H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed AL-MANSOURI, Minister of Economy of United Arab Emirates to express his willingness to visit Austria in 2016.

 

kasar

Besides of the conference a meeting for the Austrian and German delegation was arranged with H.E. Minister Adnan KASAR. During this meeting the cooperation between Germany-Austria-EU in general and on the other side Lebanon in relation to the current refugee situation were discussed. Furthermore the initiative of Mr. Nabil KUZBARI, concerning the reconstruction of Syria was talked about.

 


 

 

 

 Read full report in Arabic.

 


 

 

29 October 2015: Lights of Vienna “Salon-Evening”

salonabend

 

In cooperation with the AACC Lights of Vienna invited to a “Salon-Evening” on October 29, 2015. During this evening the factory and the showroom of the company were presented. Particularly, the factory and the producing halls of the famous luminaria of the grand mosques in Mecca and Medina were shown.

 

lusterkleinneuLights of Vienna produces various kinds of light fittings and chandeliers in a high grade of state-of-the-art technology. Their products can be found in many famous mosques, places, and hotels around the world.

 

We were honoured by the participation of H.E. Al-Gheilani, Head of the Permanent Mission of the GCC to the United Nations, Vienna; H.E. Mahmoud Al-Hasni, Minister - Counselor Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman and Nadim Khalili from the Europe Arab Bank and other representatives of the Arab diplomatic corps.

 

Read full report in Arabic.

 


 

 

2.October 2015: AACC Reception

büroOn Friday October 2, 2015 the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Vienna invited to a Reception at its premises in order to celebrate the newly renovated and refurbished office.

Accordingly, a number of Arab Ambassadors and important diplomats, politicians, representatives of institutions, such as the WKO and the WKW, and businessmen with a strong focus on the Austro-Arab Economic exchange honored us Most importantly also the Executive Committee of the AACC was invited. diplomats

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

The guests were welcomed by Dr. Schenz, President of the AACC, Mr. Kuzbari, the Vice-president and Eng. Khouja, the Secretary General.

schenz

President Schenz opened the reception with a speech in which he expressed his gratitude to the company STRABAG, and Böhm for the quick and excellent execution of the refurbishment! The companies were represented by Mr. Burger and Mr. Los.

schenz1 

Then he thanked all the donors and sponsors for the new office:

The AACC office was donated by Mr. Kuzbari and renovated in 1982 – therefore it was necessary to renovate and refurbish it again. The thanks also went to the companies of Merandi, represented by Mr. Ölhafen for the crystals, the Lights of Vienna, represented by the family Liebsch, for the chandelier and the Europe-Arab Bank represented by Mr. Khalili, for some furniture. The architects A2K and Mr. Rapf and Mr. Janes and their team were also mentioned. A special thank was given to the neighbors of the Keine Zeitung too.

Mrs. Führer from the WKW and Mr. Pierre BRNUIS from the WKO attended the reception. Furthermore, the AACC were honored by the attendance of their Excellenies, the Ambassador H.E. ABDALSHAFI from the Palestine Mission, H.E. Al Hussein from Jordan, H.E. Al Enazi, from Qatar, H.E. ALGHEILANI from the GCC Council, H.E. JOMAA from Tunisia. Moreover, representatives of the Embassies of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Qatar were received.hösl

Furthermore, Omar ar-Rawi from the SPÖ Vienna participated, such as Mr. Anas Abuzaakouk from the BAWAG. Mr. Rafat Alshimali played famous traditional songs on the Oud. The atmosphere was great and our guests were able to network and exchange. 

 rafat

A delicious buffet of Oriental food was served and Mr. Hösl presented his alcohol-free wine and champagne.

 

 

 

 

 

Read full report in Arabic. 


 

 2nd Meeting of the Arab Joint Chambers in Paris

 

On Friday 11, of September 2015 General Secretary of the Franco – Arab Chamber, H.E. Dr. Saleh Bakr Al-Tayar, in coordination with H.E. Iman Shehab, the General Secretary of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (UAC) invited to the 2nd Secretaries General Arab Joint Chambers in Paris.

 

meetingParis

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

 

The agenda contained the following new issues: Reports on the situation of the individual Arab Joint Chambers in regards to the EUR1. The recommendation by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development of the foundation of a "Support Fund" by Arab Joint Chambers. The cooperation for the organisation of the 3rd Arab – European Economic Forum in the first quarter of 2016 in Cairo. The next annual forum of the Secretaries General and the Directors of the Arab and European Chambers is planned for mid-December 2015 in Manama, Bahrain.


The meeting was remarkable productive and well organised. Under the leadership of General Secretary H.E. Dr. Iman Shehab the measures in order to achieve the certification of the EUR1, were examined. Furthermore, one focus was the refining of the establishment draft for the "Support Fund" with support of the AUC. Additionally, Iman Shehab elaborated on the issues of the Arab – Italian Chamber of Commerce. The meeting in 2016 will be held in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The meeting was honoured by the participation of H.E. Counsellor Manal Mowafi, Advisor to Deputy Secretary General for the Arab League for Economic Issues (Head of Chambers of Commerce of Arab League).

 

 

GruppenbildParis

 Read full report in Arabic. 

 


 

SG Khouja receives former Kuwaiti Minister of Health

 

jarallah

 

 

On Friday, August 28th, 2015, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Eng. Mouddar Khouja received H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al-Jarallah, surgeon, consultant and former Kuwaiti Minister of Health. 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

 

They discussed the possibilities of cooperation and exchange of expertise between Kuwait and Austria in the medical field, for example the outstanding Kuwaiti proficiency in the area of gastrointestinal surgery.

 

  

SG Khouja praised the expertise of Dr. Al-Jarallah in the field of sleeve gastrectomy operations, through a laparoscopic technique causing smaller incisions, which draw the attention and appreciation of the Austrian doctors.

 

  

The Secretary General depicted the Austrian know-how in the medical field, especially bones and heart surgeries and the physical therapy, in addition to the progressiveness of Austria in the field of medical devices.

 

  

H.E. Dr. Al-Jarallah explained that Kuwait has made significant progress in the field of health care, and that there is already existing cooperation between Kuwait and a number of European countries in this area.

 

  

He expressed his wish for a cooperation with the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce to discuss the possibilities of organizing Kuwaiti-Austrian events and activities in the medical field.

 

 

 

Read full report in Arabic

 


AACC participates in Exporttag 2015

fotoexport

On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) participated in the 13th Austrian Exporter’s Day of the Aussenwirtschaft Österreich (AWO)  at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) in Vienna.

With some 3000 visitors, 35 exhibitors and all Austrian economic delegates present, this year's Exporttag was an important expert platform for informational exchange, presentation and consultation with companies, enterprises and the public.

Like the years before, the AACC’s participation as an exhibitor attracted a high number of interested companies and visitors, who approached the AACC's stand for consultations, cooperation inquiries, information, network service and many other matters.

This year, the AACC was honoured to participate in cooperation with its esteemed member Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Read full report in Arabic


AACC participates in the 8th World Tunisian Business Forum in Vienna

 ahate

 


On Friday, 5 June 2015, AHATE invited to the annually held World Tunisian Business Forum in Vienna, which focused this year on "Tunisia Sustainable Development in the 21st Century". About 90 businessmen from Tunisia and Europe participated in order to examine possible bilateral investments and partnerships and to discuss the recent economic developments.


CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

The Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Eng. Mouddar Khouja was invited to participate in the Forum, to illustrate the economic potential of a co-operation between Austria and Tunisia. In his report, he presented various topics, among them a brief overview of the Austrian history, the economic situation in Austria and trade volumes of Austria and Arab countries, particularly Tunisia. Austrian goods that are exported to Tunisia range from machineries; valves & electrical switches; leather; tractors; plastic; paper; paperboard; pharmaceuticals; to measurement devices and others. Austria imports goods from Tunisia, for example: electricals; textile; clothes; shoes; natural gas condensations equipment; vegetables; and others.The keynote speech was held by H.E. Mr. Abdarahim Zouari, Former Minister of Tunisia.


In the evening, the Secretary General Eng. Khouja and H.E. Mr. Ghazi Jomaa, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to Austria, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming for a strong economic collaboration at the Ambassador's residency.

 

 

 
 

zuhörer

 

Read full report in Arabic

 


 

 SG Khouja receives a delegation from the Royal Court of Oman


On Monday, 1 June 2015, the Secretary General of the AACC Eng. Mouddar Khouja received H.E. Dr. Abdullah bin Rashid Al Sawafi, and H.E. Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Naddabi from the Royal Court of Oman.

 

omandel1

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 


The meeting, which took place in the Chamber aimed at consolidating and strengthening the relations and cooperation between the Sultanate of Oman and Austria. Eng. Khouja outlined the distinguished relations between the two countries as well as the development of these relations, especially on the trade and economic levels.

The Secretary-General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce gave an overview of the Austrian economy and the volume of trade exchange between Austria and Oman in recent years. He also pointed to the international progress Austria enjoys in the technical and scientific fields.

Eng. Khouja invited the guests to contribute to the promotion of investment opportunities and the increase of the trade volume between the two countries. He pointed to many investment possibilities and areas of Austrian expertise, especially in the fields of e-government, the establishment and modernization of factories, health care and building medical facilities, energy and renewable energy, as well as cooperation in the scientific field.

Dr. Al-Sawafi  and  Mr. Al-Naddabi  welcomed the proposal of Eng. Khouja to invite delegations from the Sultanate of Oman to visit Austria and meet with Austrian officials and businessmen.


 

 

 

Read full report in Arabic

 

 


 

AACC invites to Luxury Fashion Reception

 

On 27 May 2015, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce invited together with Popp & Kretschmer to an exclusive " Luxury Fashion Reception " in the traditional luxury fashion house in the heart of the city of Vienna.

 

luxury1 luxury2

Left picture, left to right: Tamara Chirazi – Mona Attar, AACC – Dr. Gabriele Führer, WKW / Right side: group photo with guests and models © Andrea Brückl

 

The Reception was especially dedicated to Arab society ladies, members of the female Arab diplomatic corps, wives of Arab diplomats and female representatives of both, Austrian and international organisations such as the Vienna Economic Chamber, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), UNIDO and others. The distinguished guests enjoyed the atmospheric ambience with an impressive fashion show, musical entertainment and the non-alcoholic luxury sparkling drinks of the brand "Fellinger Royal".

 

luxury3

Left to right: SG Mouddar Khouja – H.E. Amb. Dr. Yousif El Kordofani – CEO Dr. Rainer Trefelik
© Popp & Kretschmer

 

 

Read report in Arabic

 


 

 

AACC Training Seminar for Senior Representatives of Arab Chambers

 

From 18-22 May 2015, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce organized a training seminar for senior representatives of Arab chambers to deepen the relations and promote communication between the chambers. The course was attended by participants from Jordan and Kuwait, in addition to high-level diplomats from the embassies of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Oman. The program included specialized lectures, tours and field visits to major Austrian companies and institutions.

 

 

training1

 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
 

 

On the first day, the participants visited the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber where the Head of the Marketing Department, Mr. David Bachmann gave a presentation of the chamber and its administrative structure, services and its network of relationships and contacts on European and global levels.

 

Mr. Rudolf Lichtmannegger explained the policies of the chamber and its interaction with the public sector in the drafting of economic laws in Austria. He pointed to the unique system of social partnership in Austria, which includes all Austrian economic institutions, trade unions and labor organizations as well as governmental bodies. The most important result of this system is the scarcity of labor strikes in Austria, unlike the rest of the European countries. Ms. Sonja Rogge made a presentation on the International Centre for Arbitration in Austria and its role and tasks. Then, Mr. Rudolf Kottbauer of the Austrian Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) spoke about vocational training and the dual educational system in Austria which covers education and labor market requirements. The institute is one of the largest training institutions at European level and reflects the partnership between the private and public sectors to graduate qualified cadres. The school system in Austria allows vocational training graduates to enroll in public schools and qualify for admission to universities.

 

training2 training3

 

Afterwards, Dr. Maximilian Burger-Scheidlin, Executive Director of the International Chamber of Commerce in Austria, presented the work of the chamber, especially in the field of anti-corruption, and the adoption of principles of governance and transparency in the business sector. Mr. Christian Mandl, Head of Coordination with the European Union at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, gave a brief introduction of the Federation of European Chambers (Euro Chambers) and its network and presence on a global scale. He also spoke about the legal basis for the establishment of chambers in European countries. The program ended with a site visit to the Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) in Vienna.

 

On the second day, the participants visited the Austrian Parliament, where they were met by Dr. Reinhold Lopatka, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People´s Party and Former State Secretary for European and International Affairs. He spoke about the excellent relations between Austria and the Arab states and their historical roots, referring in this regard to the prominent role played by the late Chancellor Bruno Kreisky to build bridges and strengthen relations between the two sides. He stressed the fact that Austria considers itself as an economic and political partner of the Arab states.

 

After the meeting, the participants made a tour inside the Parliament and learned about the history of the building and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which ruled 11 nations all represented in the parliament.

 

training5 training4 training6

 

 

This was followed by a visit to the United Nations building in Vienna, and a meeting with officials of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Ms. Amita Misra, Director of Regional Programmes and Field Representation branch, and Dr. Azza Morssy, Head of the Arab Bureau at UNIDO explained the scopes, work and programs managed and supported by the organization on a global scale.

 

training7 training8

 

In the afternoon, a training session focused on “charismatic leadership in a multinational environment and the ways and means of personal development” was held by Dr. Scerstine Puddu and Ms. Heather Wokusch of UNICON, an Austrian company specialized in training and consulting.

 

The third day of the seminar started with a professional media training session conducted by Ms. Victoria Bischof from Media-Trainer, an expert in the field of communication and media training. The session focused on interpersonal skills in dealing with the media and how to optimize the personal performance when being confronted with unwanted questions, as well as how to avoid and respond to provocation by media representatives.

 

Later, the participants paid a visit to the "Smart City" of Aspern/Seestadt, which is an environmentally friendly development project on the outskirts of Vienna, and listened to a detailed explanation by Dr. Alexander Kopecek, Chairman of the Department of Legal Affairs and Finance of aspern 3420 in Aspern and Mr. Daniel Chladek, Regional Manager for International Services at the Vienna Business Agency.

 

The next day commenced with a visit to the local Vienna Economic Chamber, where Mr. Martin Müllner-Stefenelli from the Department for External Economic and International Relations briefed the participants on the administrative structure of the chamber and the services provided to the companies.

 

 training9

 

The same day ended with a trip to famous Austrian lake “Traunsee”, an area with charming nature in the province of Upper Austria.

 

training10 training11

 

On the last day of the program, the delegation visited the Austrian company Rosenbauer, the world’s leading manufacturer of systems for firefighting and disaster protection; the company also has a major branch in Saudi Arabia handling the sales operations in the Middle East. Eng. Andreas Zeller, Senior Vice-President and Head of Rosenbauer MENA warmly welcomed the delegation and gave a detailed explanation of the production steps inside the factory. Some firefighting trucks were ready for delivery to a number of Arab countries including Jordan, Oman and Qatar, and attracted the special attention of the delegation.

 

training12 training13

training14 training15
 

The program concluded with a visit to the Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI) in Linz, Upper Austria, which is one of the largest vocational training centers in Europe, where they were welcomed and briefed by Eng. Ludwig Steidl, Head of Company and Internal Training.

 

training16

 

 

 

Read full report in Arabic

 


 

 Meeting of the Arab-Foreign Joint Chambers


On Friday, May 8th 2015, the Secretaries General of the Arab-Foreign Joint Chambers assembled in Vienna for a meeting. The meeting was held upon invitation of Mr. Nabil Kuzbari, Vice-President of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) in cooperation with Amb. Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi, General Coordinator of the Arab-Foreign Joint Chambers and Secretary General of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Ghorfa) to enhance the cooperation and coordination between the different chambers.

 

sgmeeting1

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 


The meeting was chaired by Eng. Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General of the (AACC) and attended by Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaibi, Secretary General and CEO of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Qaisar Hijazin, Secretary General of the Arab-Belgian-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Saleh Bakr Al-Tayar, Secretary General of the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Arabe; Mr. Rashad Mabger, Secretary General of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development; Mr. Ahmad Younis, Secretary General of the Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Mohamed Ezzedin Bek Derna, Secretary General of the Maltese-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture; Dr. Bahaa El-Attar, Secretary General of the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Mr. Michel Alaby, Secretary General of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

 

sgmeeting2

 

 

Left to right: Amb. Abdulaziz Al-Mikhlafi – Vice-President Nabil Kuzbari – SG. Mouddar Khouja

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

AACC participates in the international Crans Montana Forum in Morocco

 

 Dakhla1

 

The CRANS MONTANA FORUM ON AFRICA & SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION was hosted by the Moroccan city of Dakhla in the period from 12 to 14 March 2014. The forum gathered about 800 participants including presidents, heads of government, ministers and representatives from 112 countries, including 36 African, 30 Asian, 31 European and 15 Latin American countries. The Forum addressed the challenges of African integration, Africa’s role on the international stage, a number of development-related activities in Africa and the ways of South-South and North-South cooperation in the economic, political and cultural fields.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...

 

 

The Forum started by a Royal Message from H.M. KING MOHAMMED VI OF MOROCCO which was delivered by Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Moroccan government.The Moroccan monarch stressed in his message on the fact that the African continent despite the existing problems, is also the continent with multiple qualifications that meets the needs and hopes of the world towards a better world. The economic growth rate in Africa is the highest since 2000, and the trade volume between the continent and the rest of the world increased by more than 200 % during the same period. The Monarch pointed to the fact that the continent's population will be about two billion people by the year 2050, which will enable it to use this enormous demographic force, especially the youth, to strengthen its position on the economic map of the world. In addition Africa has the largest stock of natural resources, which should be used for sustainable human development for its population.

 

Dakhla2

Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane delivering the Monarchs message

 

The former Spanish Prime Minister Mr. José Zapatero delivered a speech in which he called for solidarity in the world to secure that dignity and freedom are guaranteed for all human beings. He stressed that the global elimination of terrorism requires concerted efforts between the peoples and governments, and measures to find effective and sustainable solutions to global problems. He pointed out that establishment of an independent Palestinian state would constitute an important factor in the elimination of violence and terrorism. Zapatero also pointed to the need for good faith between the parties in order to support initiatives of cooperation between the north and the south, adding that Morocco is an important bridge in relations between the parties, being the closest point to the European Union.

 

Dakhla3

 

Dakhla is the second largest city in the southern Province and was built in 1884. It is located in the south-west of the Kingdom of Morocco, and is a first class tourist city with its stunning views of the sea and the desert, its pristine nature and its abundant fisheries. It has the less dense of population in the region, where a population of slightly over 100 thousand inhabitants (2012 estimate), reside on an area of 40 square kilometers. The peninsula of Dakhla borders the Atlantic Ocean and is characterized also as the largest wind farm of the African continent, which makes it an attraction for investments in the fields of clean and renewable energies.

 

Dakhla4 Dakhla5  

 

The Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Eng. Mouddar Khouja, participated in the Forum in Dakhla. During his journey he also visited the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Casablanca, where he met Mrs. Leila Raji, Head of the Department of International Relations and Partnerships in the chamber. During the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation between the two chambers and the possibility of organizing joint events in both Austria and the Kingdom of Morocco. Eng. Khouja also submitted an invitation to participate in the training course organized by the Austro-Arab Chamber for executives the Arab Chambers, scheduled to be held in Austria during the month of May.

 

 

Read report in Arabic

 


 

The Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC)

organizes an Economic Panel on Bahrain

 

 

In cooperation with the Vienna Economic Chamber (WKW) and the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) organized an economic panel called : Bahrain: Gateway to the GCC on Wednesday, 4th of March 2015.

 

Bahrain1

Panel & approx. 120 visitors

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
 

 

The meeting, which was convened in the Vienna Economic Chamber, attracted a great presence on the diplomatic and economic levels, among them H.E. Mr. Mohammed Salloum, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Mr. Hossam Al-Husseini, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kommerzialrat Nabil Kuzbari, the Vice‑President of the AACC, and high-ranked representatives of the embassies of the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Oman, Poland and Hungary. Representatives from the Mission of the League of Arab States to Austria and the Permanent Mission of the Gulf Cooperation Council to the United Nations in Vienna, also participated in the meeting, together with more than 120 businessmen and representatives of Austrian companies interested in trade and economic relations with the Gulf region.

 

Bahrain2

Right-to-left: KommR Nabil Kuzbari – H.E. Amb. Mohammed Al‑Salloum, Saudi Arabia – H.E. Amb. Hossam Al-Husseini, Jordan

 

By proxy for the President Dipl.-Ing. Walter Ruck, the Director of the Vienna Economic Chamber Mag. Heinz Wollinger opened the meeting with a welcome speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the distinguished relations between Austria and the Arab states. He pointed out that the local Economic Chamber in Vienna wanted to contribute to the strengthening and developing of these relations, in order to serve the economic and commercial interests of both sides.

 

Senator Dr. Richard Schenz, President of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce emphasized in his speech on the historical depth of Bahrain, which extends for 6000 years and witnessed during this period the interaction with multiple cultures and civilizations. He pointed out that Bahrain was known since ancient times as a trading center and that it has currently the ideal conditions in terms of the tax system.

 

The Austrian Ambassador to Kuwait and responsible for Bahrain, Mag. Ulrich Frank made a presentation on the political situation in Bahrain and how liberal the country was, noting in this context to the presence of Christians and Jewish members in the Bahraini parliament. He also mentioned that the Bahraini authorities recently granted a piece of land to build a church on it.

 

In his presentation, Mr. Sebastian Gerlach, Business Development Manager for the DACH region of the Bahrain Economic Development Board spoke about the economic development witnessed by the Kingdom of Bahrain, and that ongoing reforms & regulatory improvements have made Bahrain the freest economy in the Arab World for 20 consecutive years, which makes it ideal for partnerships and economic cooperation. In addition, Bahrain is ranked in the first place as the “most favorable tax regime in the world”.

 

Bahrain3

Left-to-right: Dr. Oskar Andesner, WKO – Dipl.-Ing. Mouddar Khouja, AACC – H.E. Amb. Mag. Ulrich Frank – Dr. Gabriele Führer, WKW – Senator Dr. Richard Schenz, AACC – Mr. Werner Braunöck – Mr. Sebastian Gerlach

 

Mr. Werner Braunöck, Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Narmo Capital based in the Kingdom of Bahrain, spoke of his expertise as foreign investor in Bahrain. He pointed out that the decision of his company to transfer its headquarters to Bahrain came after an in-depth feasibility study of a number of countries. They settled on Bahrain for several reasons, among them the lower cost of living compared to other global financial capitals and the favorable tax regime.

 

The meeting was moderated by Eng. Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce who also made a presentation on the Kingdom of Bahrain, past and present until the British occupation, then the end of the British protectorate of Bahrain in 1969. He mentioned that Bahrain held a referendum in 1970 under the auspices of the United Nations which ended in favor of Bahrain being an Arab country independent of Iran; the Declaration of Bahrain's independence came on August 15, 1971. He pointed out that Bahrain was the first country among the Gulf states, which embarked on girls' education and established their first girl school in the region in 1929. He also mentioned that Bahrain was the first Gulf state in which oil was discovered in 1932. During his presentation, Eng. Khouja also thanked Dr. Gabriele Führer, Director of the Foreign Trade Department at the Vienna Economic Chamber, for the coordination and cooperation in this event.

 

At the end the participants had the opportunity for get-together and networking among business owners, economists and diplomat, over an original Oriental buffet and “Fellinger Royal” halal-conform, non-alcoholic sparkling drinks.

 

 Bahrain4 Bahrain5

 

 

Read report in Arabic

 


 

 

The AACC organizes an Egyptian-Austrian B2B Meeting

 

 Report 1

 

In cooperation with the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Austria, the Egyptian Commercial Office in Vienna, the Vienna Business Agency and the Austrian Association for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce organized a special B2B meeting on Thursday, February 26, 2015 between the members of a high-level economic delegation from Egypt and representatives of major Austrian companies.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
 

 

The meeting was held in the Expat Center of the Vienna Business Agency and was attended by representatives of more than 60 Austrian and Egyptian companies. Counsellor Nabil Kuzbari, Vice-President of the Austro-Arab Chamber opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and stressing on the importance of Egypt from the strategic, historical and geographical aspects. He pointed out that Egypt is a big country with diverse possibilities of investment in various areas. He also mentioned that the Austrian side is showing at the same time interest in investments and partnerships with Egypt.

 Report 2

 

H.E. Dr. Khaled Shamaa, Egypt's ambassador to Austria explained that his country welcomed the Austrian investors, pointing to the existence of an institutional-based effort to support the economic exchange between Egypt and Austria. He thanked the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce for its initiative to organize the meeting.

 

Eng. Mohamed El Sewedy, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries emphasized on the facilities offered to investors in Egypt, through fundamental changes to investment laws to provide the right climate to attract foreign investment into the country. He called for the support of the Egyptian industry, as the Egyptian market is the entrance key to the African market as well.

 

Mr. Emad Taymour, President of the Business Council of the Egyptian-Austrian Friendship Association expressed his wish to have the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce as a partner of the Council in Austria. This idea was welcomed by Counsellor Nabil Kuzbari, the Vice-President of the Austro-Arab Chamber.

 

On the Austrian side, Mr. Andreas Gnesda, President of the Austrian Association for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Gewerbeverein) and member of the AACC Board of Directors introduced the association and stressed that Austria has advanced technologies which could form a good base for cooperation between Austria and Egypt.

 

Mr. Daniel Chladek, Regional Manager for International Service in the Vienna Business Agency expressed that Austria welcomes Egyptian investors who are looking for investment opportunities, pointing out that the agency is the entity providing the necessary services to foreign investors.

 

The attending Austrian and Egyptian businessmen made short presentations to introduce their companies, followed by B2B meetings. Both the Egyptian and Austrian side expressed a desire to expand the framework of economic relations between them.

 

Report 3a 

 

In this context, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Egyptian-Austrian Friendship Association in order to strengthen relations between Austria and Egypt.

 

 

 

Read report in Arabic

 


 

SG Khouja gives a lecture on
“Economy and Islam” at the Austrian Museum for Economy

 

On 24th February 2015, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce Eng. Mouddar Khouja was invited as an expert speaker to hold a lecture on the topic “Economy and Islam” at the Austrian Museum of Economy.

 

Islameco1

 

In his presentation, the Secretary General identified the main sources of  Islamic jurisprudence and of Islamic economy, and introduced basic Islamic economic values. He explained the principles of Islamic economics and definition of relevant technical terms in Islamic economic system and concluded his lecture with an overview and the potential of Islamic banking and its products.

The lecture was followed by a lively question-and-answer session and discussion with the audience that consisted of approx. 40 guests.

 

Islameco2

 

Read the report in Arabic

top

 

29 October 2015: Lights of Vienna “Salon-Evening”

 

gruppenbild

 

In cooperation with the AACC Lights of Vienna invited to a “Salon-Evening” on October 29, 2015. During this evening the factory and the showroom of the company were presented. Particularly, the factory and the producing halls of the famous luminaria of the grand mosques in Mecca and Medina were shown.

IMG_5774

Lights of Vienna produces various kinds of light fittings and chandeliers in a high grade of state-of-the-art technology. Their products can be found in many famous mosques, places, and hotels around the world.

 

We were honoured by the participation of H.E. Al-Gheilani, Head of the Permanent Mission of the GCC to the United Nations, Vienna; H.E. Mahmoud Al-Hasni, Minister - Counselor Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman and Nadim Khalili from the Europe Arab Bank and other representatives of the Arab diplomatic corps.

 


 

2.October 2015: AACC Reception

On Friday October 2, 2015 the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Vienna invited to a Reception at its premises in order to celebrate the newly renovated and refurbished office.

 


Accordingly, a number of Arab Ambassadors and important diplomats, politicians, representatives of institutions, such as the WKO and the WKW, and businessmen with a strong focus on the Austro-Arab Economic exchange honored us Most importantly also the Executive Committee of the AACC was invited.

The guests were welcomed by Dr. Schenz, President of the AACC, Mr. Kuzbari, the Vice-president and Eng. Khouja, the Secretary General.

 


President Schenz opened the reception with a speech in which he expressed his gratitude to the company STRABAG, and Böhm for the quick and excellent execution of the refurbishment! The companies were represented by Mr. Burger and Mr. Los.

Then he thanked all the donors and sponsors for the new office:

The AACC office was donated by Mr. Kuzbari and renovated in 1982 – therefore it was necessary to renovate and refurbish it again. The thanks also went to the companies of Merandi, represented by Mr. Ölhafen for the crystals, the Lights of Vienna, represented by the family Liebsch, for the chandelier and the Europe-Arab Bank represented by Mr. Khalili, for some furniture. The architects A2K and Mr. Rapf and Mr. Janes and their team were also mentioned. A special thank was given to the neighbors of the Keine Zeitung too.

Mrs. Führer from the WKW and Mr. Pierre BRNUIS from the WKO attended the reception. Furthermore, the AACC were honored by the attendance of their Excellenies, the Ambassador H.E. ABDALSHAFI from the Palestine Mission, H.E. Al Hussein from Jordan, H.E. Al Enazi, from Qatar, H.E. ALGHEILANI from the GCC Council, H.E. JOMAA from Tunisia. Moreover, representatives of the Embassies of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Qatar were received.

IMG_9139

IMG_9146

Furthermore, Omar ar-Rawi from the SPÖ Vienna participated, such as Mr. Anas Abuzaakouk from the BAWAG. Mr. Rafat Alshimali played famous traditional songs on the Oud. The atmosphere was great and our guests were able to network and exchange.

 

A delicious buffet of Oriental food was served and Mr. Hösl presented his alcohol-free wine and champagne.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Login
Webdesign and Programming: Anendo