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5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition/
Focus: HEALTH > Care, > Innovation & > Tourism
October 19, 2011 - Vienna
The Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) in cooperation with Gesundheitswirtschaft Österreich, an initiative of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce have the pleasure to draw your attention to the upcoming “5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition with Focus on: HEALTH Care, Innovation & Tourism” on October 19, 2011.
The annual Arab-Austrian Economic Forum, organized by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, offers a unique platform in Austria for the exchange of knowledge and the deepening of the Austro-Arab relations in economy, trade, culture and diplomacy.
In the "5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition", which the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce is jointly organizing with its partner "WKO / Health Care Industry", the focus is specifically on the topic of HEALTH. Politicians, senior representatives, experts and companies from Austria and the Arab countries will be present and are going to discuss recent developments and opportunities in healthcare, health tourism and medical innovations
This forum, with its discussion panel and integrated exhibition, offers an ideal location for encounters, networking and information exchange.
Looking forward to your interest and attendance,
The Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce                                 WKO/Gesundheitswirtschaft

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June 27, 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.

Mag. Philippe BATKA, the Cultural Affairs Specialist at the Egyptian Cultural Office represented Prof. Dr. Morsy ABOU-YOUSSEF, the Cultural Counselor at the Embassy, by opening the presentation with introductory words.

Dipl.-Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, tuned in the visitors with quotations from Arabic poetry, making references to the art of Arabic calligraphy, to the subsequent in-depth explanations and presentation of the project of Prof. Dr. Annelies GLANDER.
Mr. Ibrahim ELSAYED provided the technical support as Dr. Glander guided the visitors through the virtual museum enthralling them with fascinating information, both on the exhibits as well on how the idea of the project came into existence. She completed the elaboration by presenting her personal experiences and insights, something that made the Arab-Islamic civilization and the Orient comprehensive, in a very special way.
Messrs. Bashir MIRZO and Patrick FELDNER provided, with their beautiful and masterful performance of Arabic music, a very positive atmosphere all through this special evening.
The evening provided the visitors not only with unique virtually visual and musical encounters, but also with culinary regale; a rich oriental buffet with selected delicacies from the Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian regions.
IFTAHU- the Virtual Islamic Museum can be viewed around the clock at www.iftahu.org.

Secretary General KHOUJA (1st left), Prof. Dr. GLANDER (4th left),
Mr. Ibrahim ELSAYED (3rd right), Mr. Bashir MIRZO (2nd right),
Mr. Patrick FELDNER (1st right) and students of the University Vienna

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 following representatives of Chambers of Commerce:

- Dr. Imad SHEHAB / Secretary General of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries
- Dr. Abdelaziz AL-MIKHLAFI / Secretary General of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce “Ghorfa”
- Dr. Afnan AL-SHUAIBY / Secretary General of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce
- Dr. Saleh AL-TAYYAR / Secretary General of the Chambre de Commerce Franco-Arabe
- Mr. Qaisar HIJAZIN / Secretary General of the Arab-Belgium-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce
- Mr. Ahmed YOUNIS / Secretary General of The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce
- Mr. Mohamed EL-KHAZMI / Secretary General of the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Development
- Dr. Bahaa EL-ATTAR / Secretary General of the Arab-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Mr. Allaoua BOUABDELLAH / Secretary General of the Arab-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Mr. Mohamed BEK DERNA / Secretary General of the Maltese-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
- Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA / Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce

The following representatives joined at the Meeting as extra-ordinary participants:
- Mrs. Manal MOWAFI / Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Private Sector Division, League of Arab States
- Mr. Ressal DEBABECHE / Second Secretary, Mission of the League of Arab States in Vienna

The Meeting’s Agenda comprised of a number of highly important issues, including discussions on the role of the Joint-Arab Chambers in Europe to support economic relations and developments with reference to the current ongoing developments and challenges in Arab countries, as well as the strengthening of small and medium-seized enterprises in both Europe and the Arab countries. Other fields of discussion were issues on legalisations for trade documents as well as the organisation of and participation at various upcoming conferences and forums both in Europe and the Arab countries.



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, at the noble and well-known Hotel SACHER (an esteemed member of the AACC) on the evening of the 11 June 2011. The Dinner was honoured by the distinguished presence of the President of the AACC, Senator Dr. Richard SCHENZ, and Their Excellencies the Arab Ambassadors and Representatives in Austria: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mikhail WEHBE, Head of the Mission of the Arab League in Vienna, H.H. Prince Mansour AL SAUD, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Ishaya EL-KHOURY, Ambassador of the Lebanese Republic, H.E. Dr. Omar ZNIBER, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Dr. Zuheir EL WAZER, Ambassador of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Ali AL-MANSOURI, Representative of the State of Qatar, H.E. Mr. Bassam SABBAGH, Ambassador of the Syrian Republic and Mr. Fawzi AL FARAH, Counsellor at the Embassy of the State of Kuwait.


Acknowledgement: Meeting and accommodation for the high-level organised were organised in cooperation with the Hotel Radisson BLU Palais Hotel, a new esteemed member of the AACC.

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 the Minister of State for International Cooperation and the Minister 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.
(From  left): H.E. Dr. Khalid Al-Attiyah - SG Eng. Mouddar Khouja
During his meeting with H.E. Dr. Khaled Al-Attiyah, Minister of State for International Cooperation, the Secretary General introduced the AACC and its  work, activities and achievements. He also presented the AACC’s Business Magazine “SHARAKA” and handed over the interview questions for His Excellency to be published in the upcoming “SHARAKA”-issue focusing on Qatar.
During their talks, H.E. Minister Dr. Al-Attiyyah also addressed the issue of furthering the bilateral relations between Austria and Qatar by (re-)opening official embassies in Austria and Qatar (instead of official representations) and accentuated the importance and demand for these embassies in view of present and future developments and perspectives. The Secretary General consented affirmatively to the necessity of the mentioned issue and confirmed the support by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, by its President and Vice-President, as well by himself to realise the desired objective.
The Secretary General’s meeting with H.E. Abdallah Bin Khaled Al-Qahtani, Minister of Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health offered the opportunity to present the AACC and to call the Minister’s attention to the planned upcoming “5th Arab-Austrian Forum and Exhibition, Focus HEALTH Care, Innovation & Tourism”. The Secretary General handed over a short presentation and concept of the Forum and invited His Excellency to honour the Forum with his esteemed participation. The Minister accepted the invitation and asked his Cabinet to follow-up on the coordination. The Secretary General also introduced the magazine “SHARAKA” to His Excellency and handed over interview questions to be featured in the upcoming issue of the magazine.
(From left): H.E. Abdallah Al-Qahtani - SG Khouja
The Secretary General seized the opportunity to have a meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce (a related chamber of the AACC under the Umbrella of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce in Arab Countries) and President of the International Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, to exchange views and experiences on the activities of their related chambers. During their talks, they also touched issues of potential cooperations and agreed to introduce Austrian companies to interested Qatari partners. The Secretary General also invited His Excellency Al-Thani to participate at the upcoming 5th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum and the AACC’s General Assembly and handed over interview questions for the next issue of the AACC’s magazine SHARAKA. During his visit to the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, the Secretary General also met with Mr. Remy Rowhani, the Director General, and Mr. Ali Al-Misnad, the Honorary Treasurer of the Chamber.
(From left): H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Al-Thani – SG Eng. Mouddar Khouja
The trip to Qatar offered also a special opportunity to establish contact with the highly recognized Qatar Foundation. There, the Secretary General met with Mr. Rashid Al-Naimi, the Vice-President of Administration at Qatar Foundation and introduced the AACC and its activities. Again, the Secretary General seized the opportunity to hand over some interview questions to feature Qatar Foundation in an article at the upcoming issue of SHARAKA.
(From left): SG Eng. Mouddar Khouja – Mr. Rashid Al-Naimi
During his meeting with Dr. Khaled Al-Hajri, CEO of Qatar Solar Technologies, a new established and promising enterprises specialized in solar technologies, the Secretary General agreed on a cooperation to introduce Qatar Solar Technologies to related companies in Austria with similar specialization.
Other meetings and talks were held with representatives of the Commercial Bank of Qatar, The Pearl Qatar, and the Qatari Businessmen Council.

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. 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. 

Following is a report about the economic situation in selected Arab countries:

The Economic Impact of the Arab Spring on the Region 

(Author: Nehad Ismail / Source: Global Arab Network)

Global Arab Network - Six months have passed since the Tunisian vegetable street hawker Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze starting a region wide revolution that has toppled the Presidents of Egypt and Tunisia with the leaders of Yemen and Libya are following fast. The wave of protests swept through Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.

Revolutions and uprisings are unpredictable and can have unforeseen consequences. Trade and industry grind to a halt. Tourism dries up. The economy in general stagnates and normal economic life ceases to function.

Add to this the high cost of disruptions, strikes, civil war in Libya and the exodus of the foreign workers and the flight of inward investments.

People demonstrated against high food prices, high unemployment and corruption which in turn impede economic development. The young people are particularly badly hit by lack of job prospects and economic progress. Unemployment in the region among the young is very high. According to economic experts unemployment in Syria is 25% but the government own figures show that unemployment is only 11-13% but most observers believe the experts and don’t believe the government. In Egypt 90% of the unemployed are young people (age 15-24).

The combined current account deficit of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia is in excess of $15 billion. To plug the gap external financing is needed. The combined oil import bill for the non-oil Arab countries will have to be covered by the international community through the mechanisms of the IMF and the World Bank.

Egypt for example needs economic aid to cover the shortfall in its budget over the next 2-3 years. The losses from the Tahrir Square protests were estimated to be around 1.7 Billion US Dollars. The tourism sector which is an important component of the economy suffered a 45% decline in Egypt and Tunisia since the wave of protest began. In Syria tourism has dried up completely. Even neighbouring Lebanon is feeling the impact of a weaker tourist activity. It is expected that during 2011 Egypt’s economy will shrink by 2.5 to 3% and Yemen’s by more than 4%. It is worth mentioning that Egypt stock market has declined by 25%.

The World Bank promised to grant Egypt two billion USD over the next two years and to provide a loan of 2.5billion USD.

The other aspect of this economic downturn is that wealthy Arabs are transferring their funds to Europe and North America. It is an undisputed fact that investors are nervous and afraid of uncertainty. One Arab newspaper estimated that some $30 billion has left Egypt since the onset of the Arab Spring.

In the short term we shall witness a reduction in production, a decline in trade services and other economic activities. Non oil producing countries will be particularly hit. In the most general terms it can be said that the economies of the non-oil countries are on the verge of collapse and are semi-bankrupt.

On the plus side the high oil prices have helped to cushion the economies of the members of the Gulf Co-operation Council. Saudi Arabia is investing $130 billion to finance low cost housing projects, salary increases for Public Sector employees and increased investment in education and social services.

The World Bank believes that if the transfer to democracy is peaceful and sound, we should have economic growth in the years 2012/2013 of 3.5 to 4.5%. Economic growth in 2011 was 1.9%. Experts predict an upturn in economic activity in the years 2012-2014 with the expansion of the financial sector.

Reforms in education and the introduction of literacy programs are urgently needed. In Egypt only 15% of women and 70% of men are literate. Fighting of corruption must accompany political and social reforms. There is a great need for urgent economic reforms to reap the benefits of the political reforms.

Global Arab Network
Nehad Ismail, London based commentator on Middle Eastern Affairs


 The AACC is honored to welcome its NEW MEMBERS of May and June 2011:  


Milestones in Communication PRA

“Milestones in Public Relations” is an owner-led PR agency located in Vienna and Linz. Although it has just been founded in August 2008, “Milestones” could reach the 11th order (based on fee turn-over) in the branch ranking of the largest Austrian PR agencies (about 500) in 2010. “Milestones” employs 14 collaborators and offers an entire portfolio of PR services including reputation management, classical media relations, communications controlling, crisis communication and corporate publishing. “Milestones” is represented in nearly every European country and at the most important markets out of Europe via a network of partner agencies.

Milestones Public Relations Agentur GmbH
A: Alserstraße 32/3, 1090 Vienna; T: +43(0) 1 890 04 29 - 0; F: +43(0)  1 890 04 29 - 10;
E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ,  W: www.minc.at  

Radisson BLU Palais Hotel
The Radisson BLU Palais Hotel, which was originally built in 1872 as two separate palaces, is situated at the historic Parkring, right in the heart of Vienna. The Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna impresses guests with premier services including the Vendome Spa, which offers floating therapy, massage and beauty treatments, along with the fully equipped John Harris Fitness Centre. Additional services offered in this five-star accommodation include three-hour express laundry, on-site parking, express check out and Super Buffet Breakfast.

Radisson BLU Palais Hotel, Vienna
A: Parkring 16, 1010 Vienna T: +43 (0)1 51517-0; F: +43 (0)1 515222 16;
E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;  W: www.radissonblu.com/palaishotel-vienna

Vienna Marriott Hotel
The Vienna Marriott Hotel and the metropolis Vienna: an inimitable bond. The city's architecture elegantly bridges classicism and modernity. Generous arches and a lot of glass create a unique ambience in the Vienna Hotel Marriott. International service with Viennese charm, efficient performance and professionalism make this 5* hotel both your vocational and private residence. Daily, our staffs excel in exceeding your expectations. Being situated in the heart of Vienna, all of the city's major attractions lie within walking distance and can easily be reached by foot.

Vienna Marriott Hotel
A: Parkring 12a, 1010 Vienna T: +43 (0)1 515180; F: +43 (0)1 515186736; E:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  ;  W: www.viennamarriott.at


The AACC is pleased to circulate the following announcements
by its esteemed cooperation institutions and members:



Tender Announcements as circulated on 29 June 2011 by the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt / Commercial Office, Vienna - Austria 

(1) Tender  of  26/07/2011, Ref.No.: 302G8/322  

Spare Parts for Differential Assembly for two Motor

Published by: Ministry of Transport, Egyptian National Railways, Purchases and Stores Dept., Fax: +202 5761337

Technical envelope opening: 26/07/2011, at 12:00 p.m.

Bids will be accepted at: Purchases and Stores Dept. at the Railways Building, 5th Floor, above Shubra tunnel, Cairo

>>Click here to read announcement

(2) Tender  of  03/08/2011, Ref.No.: 302G8/324


Subject: TZ 20000 Ton (Twenty Thousand Ton) of Rails UIC 54 Grade 900A with Standard Length of 18m
Published by: Ministry of Transport, Egyptian National Railways,  Purchases and Stores Dept., Fax: +202 5761337
Technical envelope opening: 03/08/2011, at 12:00 p.m.
Bids will be accepted at:  Purchases and Stores Dept. at the Railways Building, 5th Floor, above Shubra tunnel, Cairo


>>Click here to read announcement

Webster University Offers Scholarship to IU students:

In order to help those students who are affected by the recent financial bankruptcy of International University, Webster University will offer qualified IU students a 10% special scholarship (both UG & GR) if they are admitted and enroll at Webster University Vienna for the Fall semester 2011.

This special scholarship is available only to those IU students who meet the Webster University admissions requirements. Unfortunately, because IU is not an accredited institution, Webster cannot accept IU transfer credit.

IU students who are interested in this special scholarship can contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information about Webster see: www.webster.ac.at 



المنتدى الاقتصادي العربي النمساوي/ معرض

المحاور: الرعاية الصحية والابتكار في المجال الطبي وسياحة الاستشفاء

فيينا 19 أكتوبر 2011

تتشرف غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، بالتعاون مع منتدى اقتصاديات الصحة في النمسا، بإحاطتكم علما بالفعالية التي ستتم إقامتها يوم 19 أكتوبر 2011، وهي المنتدى العربي النمساوي الخامس، والمعرض المصاحب له. وسيتمحور المنتدى هذا العام حول الرعاية الصحية والابتكار وسياحة الاستشفاء.

ويتيح المنتدى العربي النمساوي، الذي تنظمه غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية سنويا، فرصة فريدة كمنبر لتبادل الخبرات وتلاقح الأفكار، والتعارف، والعمل على تعزيز العلاقات العربية النمساوية في مجالات الاقتصاد والتجارة والثقافة والعمل الدبلوماسي.

وسيركز المنتدى الاقتصادي العربي النمساوي الخامس، والذي تنظمه الغرفة بالتعاون مع الشريك التنظيمي؛ منتدى اقتصاديات الصحة / التابع للغرفة الاقتصادية الاتحادية النمساوية، على القضايا المتعلقة بالصحة.
وستشارك في المنتدى شخصيات رفيعة المستوى ومؤسسات وشركات كبرى متخصصة من النمسا والدول العربية؛ حيث يتم في ضوء التطورات العالمية الأخيرة، عرض ومناقشة الفرص والإمكانيات في مجال الرعاية الصحية، والابتكارات الطبية وسياحة الاستشفاء.
وعلى هامش الجلسات النقاشية، والمعرض المصاحب للمنتدى، ستكون الأجواء مثالية للالتقاء والتواصل وتبادل المعلومات.
واسمحوا لنا أن نطلعكم في وقت لاحق على المزيد من التفاصيل والمعلومات بشأن المنتدى العربي النمساوي في دورته الخامسة، والمعرض المصاحب له، من خلال مطوية التعريف الخاصة بفعاليات يوم 19 أكتوبر 2011، والتي سنرسلها لكم قريبا.
يسعدنا اهتمامكم ونتطلع إلى حضوركم

غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية                              الغرفة الاقتصادية النمساوية / منتدى اقتصاديات الصحة



العطية: ندعم رفع مستوى التمثيل الدبلوماسي بين قطر والنمسا

أكد وزير الدولة للتعاون الدولي القطري، الدكتور خالد العطية، على دعمه لأي توجهات من شأنها أن تعزز العلاقات بين كل من قطر والنمسا. وأعلن العطية استعداده لبذل الجهود من أجل رفع مستوى التمثيل الدبلوماسي بين البلدين.

وأشار العطية، لدى استقباله أمين عام غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، المهندس الخوجه، في العاصمة القطرية الدوحة، إلى أن الارتقاء بالعلاقات الدبلوماسية إلى مستوى السفراء، من شأنه أن يسهم في دفع عجلة العلاقات الثنائية قدما في جميع المجالات.
ومن جهته أكد الخوجه على دعم رئاسة الغرفة لهذا التوجه الهام نحو آفاق أرحب من العلاقات المستقبلية بين الدولتين الصديقتين، مشيرا إلى أن كل من الرئيس العربي للغرفة، المستشار نبيل الكزبري، والرئيس الدكتور ريتشارد تشينس سيعملان من أجل تحقيق هذا الهدف بما يخدم الجانبين القطري والنمساوي.

وكان مضر الخوجه قد توجه إلى العاصمة القطرية الدوحة يوم الجمعة 20 مايو 2011 في زيارة عمل دامت أربعة أيام، وهدفت إلى تعزيز العلاقات بين الغرفة والمؤسسات القطرية، وفي مقدمتها غرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر.
كما التقى الخوجه، السيد عبد الله بن خالد القحطاني وزير الصحة العامة، الأمين العام للمجلس الأعلى للصحة؛ حيث تناول اللقاء استعراضا لتاريخ العلاقات النمساوية العربية، والشخصيات النمساوية ذات الأثر في دعم هذه العلاقات، ومنها المستشار الراحل برونو كرايسكي، والرئيس الراحل كورت فالدهايم، والمفكر المسلم محمد أسد (ليوبولد فايس).
ووجه الخوجه دعوة للوزير القحطاني لحضور فعاليات المنتدى العربي النمساوي الخامس، والذي تعقده الغرفة في شهر أكتوبر المقبل، وتتمحور جلساته النقاشية حول موضوعات الصحة والابتكارات الطبية وسياحة الاستشفاء. وأبدى القحطاني استعداده للحضور والمشاركة.
وشملت زيارة الأمين العام، التقاء رئيس غرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر، الشيخ خليفة بن جاسم آل ثاني؛ حيث اقترح الخوجه إدخال تعديل على دستور غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، بما يتيح انضمام الشيخ خليفة إلى عضوية مجلس إدارة الغرفة، وهو الاقتراح الذي لاقى ترحيبا من رئيس غرفة قطر. كما أعرب الشيخ خليفه عن استعداد غرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر تقديم الدعم لنشاطات تقوم بها غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، وخاصة مجلة شراكة، التي تصدرها الغرفة. وقد ناقش الخوجه سبل تقديم هذا الدعم مع مدير غرفة تجارة قطر، السيد ريني روحاني؛ خاصة وأن دولة قطر ستحل ضيف شرف على العدد المقبل من مجلة شراكة. كما حضر الأمين العام الخوجه عرضا حول استراتيجية غرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر.
وبدوره أكد أمين الصندوق الفخري لغرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر، السيد علي المسند، على أهمية العلاقات التجارية والاقتصادية بين النمسا وقطر؛ حيث أشار خلال استقباله للمهندس مضر الخوجه، إلى أن تطوير البنية التحتية استعدادا لبطولة كأس العالم التي تستضيفها قطر عام 2022، يتطلب الاستعانة بالخبرات الأوروبية في جميع المجالات، ومن بينها الشركات النمساوية صاحبة الخبرات في تنفيذ مشروعات في دول الخليج.

كما ناقش الخوجه مع نائب رئيس مؤسسة قطر، السيد راشد بن فهد النعيمي سبل دعم العلاقات بين النمسا وقطر في المجال التقني وتكنولوجيا المعلومات. واطلع الخوجه على نشاطات مؤسسة قطر وإسهاماتها في تطوير البحث العلمي في قطر.

وتضمنت الزيارة، لقاء مع كبير الإداريين التنفيذيين في شركة قطر سولار تكنولوجي، الدكتور خالد الهاجري؛ حيث تم الاتفاق على إمداد الشركة ببيانات الشركات النمساوية المناظرة لنشاطاتها بغرض اجتذابها للاستثمار في قطر وتنفيذ مشروعات للطاقة هناك.

وفي ختام زيارته، وجه مضر الخوجه، الدعوة لرابطة رجال الأعمال القطريين لتعزيز علاقات التعاون بين الغرفة والرابطة في المجالين الاقتصادي والتجاري، واقترح توقيع مذكرة تفاهم بهذا الشأن بين الجانبين.

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