AACC Events 2011

10-13 December 2011:
Exploratory Business Trip to Doha, Qatar on the Occasion of the Soft Opening of the
Austrian Embassy and Trade Department, 10-13 December 2011
In joint cooperation with the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and the Society for Austro-Arab Relations (GÖAB), the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) had the honour to lead an Austrian trade delegation to Qatar from December 10th to December 13th 2011. On the occasion of the festive soft opening of the Austrian Embassy and the Trade Department in Qatar’s capital Doha and in the presence of a great number of both, official and business representatives from Austria and Qatar, the Austrian Foreign Ministry appointed an Austrian Ambassador and a Chargé d’Affaires to the State of Qatar.
The exclusive delegation of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), headed by its President Dr. Richard SCHENZ, Vice-President Councillor Nabil KUZBARI and coordinated by Secretary General Dipl.-Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, was compiled of Former Minister of Defence Mr. Herbert SCHEIBNER; Prof. Reinhart GAUSTERER, Director General, and Mag. Andreas ZECHMANN, International Sales Manager of the Oesterreichische Staatsdruckerei; Dr. Max HUBER, CEO Dr. Max Huber GesmbH; Dipl.-Ing. Talik CHALABI, Managing Director, Chalabi Architekten&Partner ZT GmbH; Mag. Christoph ARTNER, CEO, and Mr. Andreas PAULY, Management Advisor, IASON GmbH; Dr. Harald RAFFAY, Consultant, Vimpex GmbH; and Mr. Fazlollah ROSTAMIAN, CEO Tecs GmbH.

  


5 December 2011:
SG Khouja as key note speaker during the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean / Meeting of the Committee on Energy, Environment and Water at the Austrian Parliament
On 5 December 2011, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce Dipl.¬Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA was invited to give a key note speech at the Austrian Parliament during the Meeting of the Committee on Energy, Environment and Water of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (EUROMED), headed by Prof. Stefan SCHENNACH.

 

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24/29 November 2011:

SG Khouja as participant and speaker at the UNIDO Expert's Group Meeting and Round Table of the Arab Programme during the UNIDO's General Conference
On 24 and 29 November 2011, the Secretary General of the AACC Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA participated at an expert speaker at an Expert's Group Meeting and the Round Table Forum focusing “Youth Participation in the Overall Economic Development in the Arab Region”, organised by the Arab Program of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization "UNIDO" under its Director Dr. Azza MORSSY. The participants surveyed the challenges facing Arab youth, the opportunities, and the role that can be played by the UN agency in opening up a promising future to Arab manpower. The Meeting and Round Table were part of the programme during the UNIDO's Annual General Conference.

 

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21 November 2011:
Meeting of the FGCCC in Doha, Qatar
On 21 November 2011, Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) participated in a workshop organised by the Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (FGCCC) in the Qatari capital Doha. In His presentation, he briefed the members and participants on the details of the “International Economic Informational Platform”, a database project initiated and proposed by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce



 

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15-16 November 2011:
Business trip of the SG to Baghdad and Erbil
From 15 til 16 November 2011, AACC President Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ and AACC Secretary General Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA were part of a high-level Austrian delegation of political and economic representatives to the Republic of Iraq. During the visit, the signing of a number of economic agreements, which promise to open new windows of relations between the two countries in both economy and trade, was agreed.

 

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18/19 October 2011:
5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition and Opening Dinner
On 18 October 2011 the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce invited to a festive Opening Dinner on the occasion of the 5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Alois STÖGER, Austrian Federal Minister of Health, and H.E. Dr. Reinhold MITTERLEHNER, Austrian Federal Minister of Economy, Family & Youth. Over 200 top-class representatives from diplomacy, economy, business, politics and international institutions as well as members of the AACC, followed the invitation in the name of AACC President Senator Dr. h. c. Richard SCHENZ.
The 5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition with its special focus on "HEALTH Care, Innovation & Tourism" was held on 19 October 2011and presented high-profile researchers, speakers and experts in the field of medicine, innovation and management. The Forum was accompanied by an exhibition under the participation of some 40 exhibitors and partners -  both Arab Embassies in Austria and numerous well-known companies, like - among others - VAMED, Pfizer, Europe Arab Bank, Oesterreichische Staatsdruckerei and DMH Franchise.

 
 

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3 October 2011:
Meeting of Secretaries General and CEO’s of Arab Chambers and Joint Arab Chambers of Commerce in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
On 3 October 2011, the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce Dipl.-Eng. Mouddar Khouja participated in the Meeting of Secretaries General and CEO’s of Arab and Joint-Arab Chambers of Commerce. The periodical meeting organised by the General Union of Arab Chambers of Commerce and Industry was held this time in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, and coordinated in cooperation with the Council of Saudi Chambers. The AACC’s Secretary General Mr Mouddar Khouja was honoured by the exclusive invitation to present his latest project-in-progress of an “International Economic Informational Platform (IEIP)” during one of the main sessions. His innovative idea of the IEIP as a web-based platform to inter-connect its participating chambers and hence to provide its members with exclusive valuable and most actual information from the countries in question, was met with highly positive feedback by the delegates.



 

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29 August 2011:
AACC invites H.E. Amr Moussa to participate in the European Forum Alpbach
The AACC, with the most generous effort and support by its Vice-President Kommerzialrat Nabil KUZBARI, successfully invited H.E. Amr MOUSSA, Former Secretary General of the League of Arab States, to participate in the "European Forum Alpbach", an internationally high-esteemed, annual event under the current presidency of Dr. Erhard BUSEK, Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria.H.E. Mr. Amr MOUSSA opened the "Political Symposium" of the European Forum Alpbach, together with H.E. Mr. Danilo TÜRK, President of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Mr. Luis MORENO OCAMPO, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and H.E. Dr. Michael SPINDELEGGER, Austrian Foreign Minister.

   
 


12 July 2011:
One-day Work Trip to the City of Graz with Commercial Counsellors, Delegates and Representatives for Trade & Economy at the Arab Embassies in Austria
The Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) organized a business trip to the industrial city of Graz, the capital of Styria (Steiermark) some 150 km south west of Vienna. The trip included the visit to a number of companies that deal with alternative energy and waste recycling. The AACC had invited the heads of the consular and trade sections at the Arab Embassies in Austria to participate in this trip. In Graz, the Chairman of the Parliamentary block of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) in Graz, Dr. Peter PIFFL-PERČEVIĆ, held a reception for the delegation introducing the city and its high-tech potential especially in the field of alternative energy. This was followed by a visit to Servus, a company specialized in waste treatment; the visitors were shown the ways the company deals with domestic waste from the minute it is taken over from the citizens to the point of recycling it. A number of members of the delegation got the opportunity to test environment friendly cars that function with electricity. A visit at the recycling company Saubermacher, located at the new location complex Ecoport, marked the last activity of the program. This trip was organized by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Member of the Chamber, Mr. Albert KRONBERGER, CEO of a-consult company.
 
      
 

 
27June 2011:
IFTAHU – Presentation of a Virtual Museum on Islamic Art
The Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt invited their respective members and friends to the presentation of “IFTAHU”, a virtual Museum of Islamic Art on June 27, 2011. The venue of the presentation was the beautiful and spacious premises of the Egyptian Cultural Office. “IFTAHU” is a project of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Annelies GLANDER, who guided the visitors through the virtual museum enthralling them with fascinating information and in-depth explanations. The evening provided the visitors not only with unique virtually visual and musical encounters, but also with a rich oriental buffet with selected delicacies from the Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian regions. [Approx. 35 pax]
 
 
  
 
 
IFTAHU- the Virtual Islamic Museum can be viewed around the clock at www.iftahu.org.

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11 June 2011:
Coordinative Meeting of the Secretaries General of the Joint-Arab Chambers of Commerce in Europe, Vienna
On 11 June 2011, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce had the honour to host the Coordinative Meeting of the Secretaries General of Joint-Arab Chambers of Commerce in Europe in the Austrian capital Vienna. The Meeting was headed by H.E. Dr. Imad SHEHAB, Secretary General of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries, and coordinated by H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz AL-MIKHLAFI, Secretary General of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce “Ghorfa”, in his function as the coordinator of Joint-Arab Chambers in Europe. The Meeting was honoured by the presence of the Secretaries Generals and Directors of Joint-Arab Chambers of Commerce in Europe, as well as with representatives of the League of Arab States.
The Meeting of the Secretaries General was crowned with the generous invitation by Commercial Counsellor Nabil KUZBARI, Vice-President of the AACC, to an exclusive Dinner in the presence of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors and Representantives of Arab countries in Austria.
     


21-26 May 2011:
Business Trip of the Secretary General to meet Ministers, Representatives and Businessmen in Doha, Qatar
From 21 until 26 of May 2011, Mr. Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce went on a business trip to Doha, Qatar, to meet with Their Excellencies Dr. Khalid AL-ATTIYAH, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Abdallah Bin Khaled AL-QAHTANI, Minister of Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health, as well as with representatives of highly awarded institutions and important enterprises like the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, the Qatar Foundation, the Commercial Bank of Qatar and Qatar Solar Technology.
Throughout his trip and during his meetings, Mr. Khouja was busy in promoting the AACC’s activities and representing interests of AACC members. He also introduced the AACC’s business magazine SHARAKA and received an exclusive interview with His Excellency Minister AL-ATTIYAH. He was also honoured by receiving a positive response of His Excellency Minister AL-QAHTANI to attend the upcoming “5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition / Focus HEALTH Care, Innovation & Technology” in October 2011. 
 
 
   

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26 May 2011:
AACC & Qatar Airways participating in Exporttag
On Thursday, 26 May 2011, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce participated in the "9. Österreichischer Exporttag" of the Aussenwirtschaft Österreich (AWO) , at the WKO, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 63, 1040 Vienna. The "Exporttag" featured interesting lectures, discussion panels and an exhibition of entreprises specialised in export and trade between Austria and foreign countries. With more than 2500 visitors throughout the whole day, this year's Exporttag marked again an important platform for informational exchange, presentation and consultation with companies, enterprises and the public.As every year, the AACC's participation at the Exporttag attracted a high number of interested companies, entreprises and visitors, who approached the AACC's representation for consultations, cooperation inquiries, information, network service and many other matters. This year, the AACC was especially honoured to present itself at the "Exporttag" in cooperation with its new member Qatar Airways.
 
  
 


11-12 May 2011:
Participation at the 14th German-Arab Business Forum and General Assembly in Berlin, Germany
From 10-12 May 2011, Vice-President Mr. Nabil Kuzbari and Secretary General Mr. Mouddar Khouja participated at the 14th German-Arab Business Forum and the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and General Assembly of the German GHORFA in Berlin. Throughout his stay in Berlin and their participation at different meetings and session of the Forum, Secretary General Mr. Khouja seized the opportunity to affirm, further and extend the international business relations and network of the AACC with high-level representatives of institutions, chambers, enterprises and companies from both Europe and the Arab countries. The Secretary General also used his stay in Berlin to promote the upcoming “5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition” by the AACC, which will be convened on 18/19 October 2011, and invited all representatives and discussions partners to attend the Forum.

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7 April 2011:
AACC participating at Modul Career Fair
Upon invitation by its cooperation partner Modul University, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) participated at the 2nd Modul Career Fair that took place at the premises of Modul University at Vienna’s famous “Kahlenberg” on Thursday 7 April 2011. The fair which featured some 30 exhibitors from the hotel and tourism branch, aimed to provide an exclusive selection of enterprises and companies active in that area to interested student from Modul Tourism School, Modul University as well as external visitors related to the branches. The AACC was active in promoting its service and activities as well as its publications – its periodical magazine SHARAKA as well as the current Austro-Arab Trade Directory 2011 – to the interested visitors.

 

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4 April 2011:
ROUND TABLE TUNISIA: Future Perspectives.
During a round-table discussion regarding the future perspectives of Tunisia organized by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia in Vienna on April 4, 2011 at the premises of the AACC, Mr. Sabri CHAABANI said that “the initiative of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce in organizing this event adds to the positive outlook on Tunisia, and the process of democratization that led to the revolution of ‘freedom and dignity’.” Among the speakers at the round table were also the Director of the Export Financing and Promotion Division at the Austrian Ministry of Finance Ms. Silvia MACA, the Director of the Tunisian Tourist Board in Austria, Mr. Riadh DKHILI, and Mr. Youssef CHEBBI, Financial Director of Tunisair Austria (by proxy of the General Director Mr. Mohamed MZAH); among the attendees were Austrian businessmen and people involved in trade and investment in and with Tunisia. [Approx. 25 Pax]
 
 

 
3-7 April 2011:
Visit of a Delegation of the Arab Union for Leather Industries to Austria
Upon the request of the Arab Union for Leather Industries, a division of the League of Arab States, the Austro Arab Chamber of Commerce organized a visiting program to Austria from 3-7 April 2011. The delegation was comprised of- Mr. Yousef SAAD, Secretary General of the Union, Mr. Ali Taleb KAREEM, Financial Manager of the Union, Mr. Tareq AL-TAMEEMI, Marketing and Commercial Manager of the Union, and Mr. Jasem ALSAQER, Member of the Board of Directors of the Union. The delegation met with the President of the Association of the Austrian Textile, Clothing, Shoe and Leather Industry and visited a number of Austrian companies such as VA TECH WABAG, HARTJES and WOLLSDORF LEDER SCHMIDT, where it was briefed on the latest technologies in tanning and leather industry as well as in water recycling technology of wastes resulting from this industry and the chemical and biological treatment of water.
 
 


3 March 2011:
Participation at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo
After the Secretary General, Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, had taken up contact with the Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs at the Arab League, Dr. Mohammed AL TOWEIJRI, the AACC represented by Dr. Ahmed ELMATBOULY, Chief Editor of the AACC's Magazine SHARAKA,was invited to attend a meeting initiated by the Arab Tourism Organization aimed at finding methods to revive tourism in Egypt and Tunisia. This meeting convened at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo on March 3, 2011 was chaired by Dr. AL TOWEIJRI and attended by 25 participants. Dr. Bandar FUHAID, the President of the Arab Tourism Organization, Dr. Abdurrahman TAHA, the Executive Director of the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investment and Export Credit and representatives of the Egyptian and Tunisian Ministries of Tourism all attended this meeting. Dr. ELMATBOULY also seized to opportunity to present the project for an International Economic Forum that was put forward by the Secretary-General KHOUJA, to Ms. Manal MOWAFI, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Arab League, and to Mr. Abdul Latif BAKIR, Director of the Department of Information Technology at the Arab League.



15-17 March 2011:
Visit of the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Sudan H.E. Ahmed Ibrahim AL-TAHIR to Austria
On March 15, 2011 a Sudanese delegation headed by Mr. Ahmed Ibrahim AL-TAHIR, President of the Parliament of the Republic of Sudan, Mr. Zubair Ahmed HASSAN MP, previous Minister of Finance, previous Minister of Energy and Mining, the Governor of Central Bank of Sudan, Mr. Mahdi IBRAHIM, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in Parliament and former Ambassador of Sudan to both, Switzerland and the United States arrived in Vienna. The delegation also included Dr. Amani AL-SAMANI, one of the 112 female members of the Sudanese parliament. AACC’s President Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ met the delegation during a special discussion round on Sudan organised by the POLAK and focused during the meeting on the need for economic and trade cooperation between both Sudan and Austria. Upon the request of the Sudanese Embassy in Austria, the Secretary General of the AACC, Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA accompanied the Sudanese parliamentary delegation during its visit in Vienna.
 



1-2 March 2011:
Participation at the 14th Arab Business Owners and Investors 2011 Conference Amman, Jordan
From 1-2 March 2011, the AACC, represented by its President Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ, Vice-President KommR Nabil KUZBARI and Secretary General Dipl.-Ing. Mouddar KHOUJA participated at the 14th Arab Business Owners and Investors 2011 Conference in Amman, Jordan. The Conference, which was organised by the Jordan Chamber of Commerce and attended by some 400 participants – high-ranking officials and representatives from Ministries, Investment Authorities, Chambers as well as from the private business sector – was convened to discuss and encourage investment in all economic sector and in all Arab countries. AACC President Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ and AACC Vice-President KommR Nabil KUZBARI presented their experts’ analyses and reports at the panel on “Investment Opportunities in Industry, Energy and Renewable Energy”.

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9 February 2011:
“Information and Discussion Round on the Current Economic Situation in Egypt”
On Wednesday, 9 February 2011, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce invited its members and interested partners to an “Information and Discussion Round on the Current Economic Situation in Egypt”, with expert speakers from official institutions and some 30 people – businessmen and representatives of Austrian companies – participating with much interest. The discussion round was featured by Dr. Kurt ALTMANN, Austrian Federal Chamber of Economy (WKO), Mag.a Silvia MACA, Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), and  Mag.a Sandra SPATZIERER, Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The event was convened in response to the recent developments in Egypt to provide AACC members with a special information service in a time of uncertain developments in economic and commercial relations. [Approx. 30 pax]
 
 
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18 – 19 January 2011:
Participation at the 2nd Arab Economic, Social and Development Summit in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
In January 2011, AACC Secretary General Mouddar KHOUJA attended the Second Arab Economic, Social and Development Forum in Sharm El Sheikh representing the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce and its Vice-President Commercial Counsellor Mr. Nabil KUZBARI.
With the participation of several kings, presidents, princes, heads and officials from the Arab countries, the Summit discussed means of intensifying the joint Arab work to face the economic challenges, and to push economic and social development. During the meeting and ongoing talks, SG Khouja took the opportunity to introduce to the high-level participants the AACC’s new Presidency and to further the AACC’s network relations. He also gave interviews to the Arabic and international media.
 
 
 
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