AACC News, update 5 November 2014
AACC hosting Closing Reception and Get-Together
with UNIDO Delegates and Diplomatic Corps
On Friday, 31 October 2014, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and its cooperation partners, the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WKW), the Vienna Business Agency and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were hosting a Reception and Get-Together in the honourable historical hall of the “House of Trade” in Vienna.
The Reception marked the final closing event for the UNIDO Global Executive Programme with focus on “The Future of Manufacturing: Trends and Policy Options”, which was held from 27-31 October 2014 in Austria. The program brought decision makers, experts and representatives of numerous international industry ministries - including ministers, state secretaries and directors - together to discuss trends and concepts for sustainable industrial development and production in the global context, and to develop strategies for future implementation. The high-level delegates were coming Argentina, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, St. Lucia, Swaziland, Timor-Leste, Turkey and Uruguay.
The President of the AACC Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ welcomed the delegation and the honourable guests that were also present, including their Excellencies the Ambassadors and representatives from the Arab and international diplomatic corps, together with cooperation partners and representatives from other institutions and the Austrian industry sector. He also gave a short welcome address in the name of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WKW) in his function as the Vice-President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO), the umbrella organisation of the federal chambers in Austria.
In a short presentation, the Secretary General of the AACC Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA gave an overview on historical and economic facts about Austria and introduced the AACC and its recent activities. He also presented to the audience the current trade volume statistics between Austria and the delegates’ respective countries by comparing the data from 2013 and 2014 and indicating economic trends and developments in this context.
2On behalf of UNIDO, Mr. Ludovico ALCORTA, Director of Research, Statistics and Industrial Policy Branch addressed the audience and cooperation partners with words of appreciation. On behalf of Mag. Sabine OHLER, Director of International Services from the Vienna Business Agency, Mag. Daniel CHLADEK, concluded the welcome notes with a final statement.
Left: Mr. Alcorta, UNIDO / Middle: Guests / Right: Mr. Chladek, Vienna Business Agency
The Get-Together afterwards offered the ideal the opportunity for personal discussion and networking with the delegates and exclusively invited guests.
Left to right: Eng. Mouddar Khouja, AACC – H.E. Mohammed ZAROUG, Ambassador of Sudan – Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ, AACC – Dr. Oskar ANDESNER, WKO - H.E. Dr. Khaled SHAMAA, Ambassador of Egypt – H.E. Ghazi JOMAA, Ambassador of Tunisia