AACC News, update 2 December 2014
23rd General Assembly & 24th Meeting of the Board of Directors
of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, 28 November 2014
On 28 November 2014, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce invited Their Excellencies the Arab Ambassadors and Arab Diplomatic Corps, together with the AACC’s board of directors and members to attend the chamber’s 23rd General Assembly, together with the 24th Meeting of the Board of Directors at the “House of Trade” in Vienna.
AACC Board of Directors
The President of the AACC Dr. Richard SCHENZ opened the meeting by welcoming all participants and sharing an expert’s view over the current economic situation and developments in Europe, the Arab countries and in the global context. The Secretary General Eng. KHOUJA informed the board and members about the position, activities and membership issues of the AACC as of November 2013 until November 2014. In the statement of the auditors, Mr. Albert KRONBERGER and Member of the Viennese Parliament Dipl.-Ing. Omar AL-RAWI certified the bookkeeping performance, whereas Treasurer Mr. Wolfgang KABUREK presented the financial report for 2013.
Left to right: VP Hafez – SG Khouja – President Schenz – VP Kuzbari – VP Gausterer – MR. Kaburek
In his statement, Vice-President Nabil KUZBARI pointed on the present conflicts in the Arab region, and the negative role of the media by blaming religion and “Islam” for the political crises happening in the region. He identified the AACC’s duty to inform its members and partners about the “real” Islam, referring to its tolerance and true values. Serving the common interest to improve trade, Vice‑President Henry HAFEZ identified the power of personal human relations and economy as the key to overcome problems caused by media or other factors. He therefore recommended a strong cooperation with the AACC, to build up and strengthen the personal network and relations in the region. Vice-President Prof. Reinhart GAUSTERER also approved the statements.
During the Session, the General Assembly elected some high-profile new members of the Board of Directors: Prof. DI Dr. Heinz BRANDL, President of the Austrian Society of Engineers and Architects (ÖIAV); Mr. Andreas GNESDA, President of the Austrian Association for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises; Dr. Leopold HENINGER, CEO of Voith Hydro GmbH; Dr. Kari KAPSCH, CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom AG; Ing. Karl-Heinz STRAUSS, Director General of PORR AG and Mr. Nafez ALAYYAN, Member of the Board of Jordan Chamber of Commerce.
Left to right: Prof. Brandl – Mr. Gnesda – Dr. Heninger – Dr. Kapsch
In addition to a large number of AACC member companies and 11 representatives from the Arab Diplomatic Corps - including two Ambassadors that were present, this year’s General Assembly was particularly honoured by the participation of Arab board representatives who were especially coming from abroad to attend this meeting: H.E. Mr. Abdullah Sultan AL‑OWAIS, President of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Khaled AL-KUWARI, representing H.E. Shaykh Khalifa Bin Jassim AL THANI, President of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Mr. Ahmed AL-CHIHABI, Chairman & CEO from Aleppo Pharmaceutical Industries LLC.