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5-7 November 2012:

Governor of Khartoum pays another visit to Vienna

On the 5th November 2012 the Governor of the State of Khartoum, H. E. Dr. Abdulrahman AL-KHIDIR, and his esteemed delegation from Sudan again arrived in Vienna. Their first stop was Vienna's waste water system where the Sudanese guests did an inspection of the system.


Sudan 1

Business Dinner


In the evening the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) led by its President, Dr. Richard SCHENZ, and Secretary General, Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, and the City of Vienna had the great honour and pleasure to invite the delegation from Khartoum to a business dinner. Dr. SCHENZ warmly welcomed the distinguished Sudanese delegates. Among the invited guests were also several representatives from renowned Austrian companies from various sectors as for example renewable energy, waste-to-energy, solar power, water management, health care and more. In the course of the evening the delegation from the State of Khartoum gave an interesting presentation on the latest developments of Khartoum and also on investment possibilities. After that the other representatives from the invited companies also got the chance and time to present their business to the Sudanese guests.


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Governeur AL-KHIDIR (middle) with delegation


The next day, 6th November, the Sudanese delegation and Eng. KHOUJA met with the Department for Transportation and Urban Planning where they received information about parking space management and transport plans. Moreover the delegation from Khartoum was informed about the social insurance system in Vienna. This system provides the inhabitants with two different options of social insurance: either the national/public or the private one with both modalities showing no difference when it comes to the quality of care and services within the health care sector.


Later one of Austria's leading companies in the health care sector, Vamed Engineering GmbH & Co KG, and the State of Khartoum signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agreed on cooperating with each other.

The next stop of the Sudanese delegates was the City Hall of Vienna where its Mayor, H.E. Dr. Michael HÄUPL, met H.E. Dr. AL-KHIDIR and the Sudanese delegation at his private premises. Vienna's Mayor was accompanied by Dr. Oskar WAWRA, Executive Director of International Relations. After the welcome there was a business lunch where the Governor of Khartoum and his esteemed delegation were again warmly welcomed by the Mayor of Vienna. This meeting was characterised by a very friendly and pleasant atmosphere among the host and his Sudanese guests. H.E. Dr. AL-KHIDIR praised Vienna's high quality and the fact that Vienna ranks number one for quality for living in the whole world. He credits this benefit to H.E. Dr. HÄUPL and also points out to the city's excellent policy of integration which has been implemented for the last 18 years. Moreover H.E. Dr. AL-KHIDIR and his delegation paid a visit to Wien Energie GmbH, Vienna's leading energy company, where all attendants discussed the important issue of sustainable energy.


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Meeting with the Mayor of Vienna Dr. Michael HÄUPL (2nd right)


In the course of the day the State of Khartoum and the Austrian Society of Engineers and Architects (ÖIAV) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning cooperation in the fields of investment and engineering. Another stop took place at Vienna's hotelStadthalle”, which is the world’s first hotel with a zero energy-balance. In the evening the Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan in Vienna, H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Hassan ELAMIN, invited the esteemed Sudanese delegation to a dinner in his residence. Several representatives from Austrian companies and institutions were also present.

The third day, 7th November, was marked by a visit to the control room of the Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG, Vienna's public transport operator. The Head of the Planning Department and the Deputy Chairman of the Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG presented the network plan of Vienna to the Governor of the State of Khartoum and his delegates. Vienna's public transport operator also presented the network plan of the State of Khartoum and discussed about it with the present persons.


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Visit at Wiener Linien


The last stop of the day was at the Austrian State Printing House, the so called OeSD Group, where the Sudanese delegation received information about the history and the activities of the Austrian company, which is also a member of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC).





 28-30 November 2012:

SG Khouja participates in UNIDO Conference in Tunisia

Upon the invitation of H.E. Dr. Kandeh K. YUMKELLA, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, participated in the International Conference on Productive Work for Youth in Tunisia and the MENA region from the 27th to the 30th November 2012.



SG KHOUJA (left) as panelist at the Conference

Eng. KHOUJA was speaker in the sixth session "Value-chain development programmes as a solution to inclusive economic development and employment creation on a regional level - one region one value-chain" during which he stressed that it was important to combine development and education in order to be able to reach the intended economic goals and to avoid the so-called structural unemployment. The AACC's Secretary General also mentioned some examples from Austria regarding developmental possibilities of the value chain. He explained that Austrian companies and institutions provided assistance in this field by offering students the possibility to combine theoretical education with practical training.


During his presentation Eng. KHOUJA pointed to the natural resources in the region and laid emphasis on developing creative ideas in order to make use of these resources. He presented the idea of the "Arab Supermarket" which was suggested by the Vice-President of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), KommR. Nabil KUZBARI, some years ago. The idea is about making use of natural and human resources in the Arab countries in order to support the internal Arab market with high-quality competitive global products.

In this context the Secretary General of the AACC praised the efforts of "Silatech", a foundation led by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned who wants to improve the social and economic conditions through the creation of projects on a market-based approach. Silatech also uses investment possibilities for the creation of employment opportunities for young people in Arab countries.

Approximately 700 participants, including government delegates and representatives from international organisations as well as from the private sector, attended the international conference on productive work for youth in Tunisia and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). The two-day event, which was opened in Tunis, was organised by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Its main aim was to help develop and expand enterprises within Tunisia's labour-intensive sectors, whilst focusing on young university graduates with an entrepreneurial spirit from less-developed regions of the country.


Moreover the conference participants made recommendations to the leaders of Tunisia and other countries in the MENA region regarding the implementation of reforms which could boost productive development and sustainable employment.

"Since 2009, UNIDO has been actively involved in the area of enterprise creation and development in Tunisia and the MENA region, and lately has intensified its efforts to support the recent national democratic process by mobilising more funding for technical cooperation directed to stimulate private sector growth, competitiveness and job creation," said UNIDO's Director-General during the conference, Dr. Kandeh K. YUMKELLA.

The event was attended among others by H.E. Mr. Hamadi JEBALI, Prime Minister of Tunisia, Mr. Antonio TAJANI, Vice-President of the European Commission and Dr. Kandeh K. YUMKELLA, Director-General of UNIDO.

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference also included more than 20 parallel events for young entrepreneurs, including interactive workshops organised by partner institutions of the conference. Thus young entrepreneurs had the opportunity to receive training and interact with members of Parliament and potential investors.





 1-3 December 2012:


AACC welcomes FGCCC delegation in Vienna



Welcome of the Delegation


From 1st until 3rd of December 2012, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was honoured with the visit of H.E. Mr. Abdulrahim NAQI, Secretary General of the Federation of Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (FGCCC), along with his delegation comprised of Mr. Saleh SHARQI, Deputy Secretary General of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Mr. Basil AL-AWAMI, Director of External Relations at the FGCCC.


The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the cooperation and relation between the represented chambers, as well as the preparation for a joint upcoming activity between the FGCCC and its member countries, along with the AACC and Austria.


The delegation was welcomed by the President of the AACC, Dr. Richard SCHENZ, and its Secretary General Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, and H.E. Mohammed Al-MALKI, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Austria.


Their program in Vienna included a meeting with H.E. Mr. Herbert SCHEIBNER, Former Austrian Minister of Defense at the Austrian Parliament.



Meeting at the Austrian Parliament


By courtesy of H.E. Mr. Mohamad Omran ALSHAMSI, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Austria, the delegation was also welcomed at the UAE National Day Celebration convened at the Grand Hotel Vienna.



The delegation at the UAE National Day Celebration with Arab Diplomatic Corps





12-13 November 2012:


AACC participates in 1st Arab-Hungarian Economic Forum



From the 12th to the 13th November 2012, the Vice President of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), KommR. Nabil KUZBARI, and the AACC's Secretary General, Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, participated in the 1st Arab-Hungarian Economic Forum, which took place in Budapest, Hungary.

Under the high patronage of H.E. Dr. Victor ORBÁN, the Prime Minister of Hungary, this event was organized by the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC), and the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA).

The main objective of the Forum was to create an efficient platform for strengthening Arab Hungarian economic cooperation and promoting business links in both the public and the private sectors. In the course of the event it was agreed to try to implement investment projects, above all in the fields of finance, renewable energy, tourism, agriculture, food industry, etc.

The Forum's program was structured according to themes and sectors and was based on panel discussions, where the emphasis was put on dialogue and interactivity. In addition to the mentioned panel discussions, the potential investors also had the possibility to establish direct contacts with the leaders of the projects presented.




High representation of delegates at the Forum



The 1st Arab-Hungarian Economic Forum gathered numerous chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture, joint Arab-foreign chambers, representatives of the concerned Ministries in the Arab countries and Hungary, international economic and financial organisations, regional economic and financial organisations, unions, federations, funds and many more.

Approximately 200 Arab businesspeople, diplomats, politicians and chamber leaders arrived in Budapest to attend the two-days Economic Forum, among these the President of the General Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for Arab Countries (GUCCIAAC), H.E. Mr. Adnan KASSAR, and GUCCIAAC's Secretary General, Dr. Imad SHEHAB. They discussed future perspectives of the Joint Arab Chambers.



Left to right: H.E. Adnan KASSAR – Dr. Imad SHEHAB – H.E. Viktor ORBÁN



 13 November 2012:

AACC visits the 15th Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2012 (ADIPEC)


On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) paid a visit to the 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), the region’s largest oil & gas event.



 Mrs. Leila KAPLAN, AACC, with representatives of ILF Consulting Engineers / Tecon Engineering at ADIPEC 2012


Under the patronage of the President of the United Arab Emirates, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AL NAHYAN, the ADIPEC 2012 was held with the special focus on “Sustainable Energy Growth: People, Responsibility and Innovation”. Stretched across a gigantic floor area of some 38.000 m2 with 15 exhibitors’ halls, this outstanding and impressive event represented over 1600 exhibitors – companies and institutions - from over 90 countries.


In accordance with the introductory statement in the Exhibition Catalogue by H.E. Mohamed Thani Murshed AL RUMAITHI, Chairman of both, the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce & Industry and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry – one of the strategic partners and supporters of ADIPEC 2012 – this event offered indeed “a genuine opportunity for participants to exchange expertise showcasing state-of-the-art techniques from around the globe” in the oil & gas industry.


The AACC is pleased to report that not only its related partner chamber, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, but also a number of Austrian companies and AACC members were represented at this event; one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies and AACC member OMV Aktiengesellschaft (OMV Exploration & Production GmbH) was among the Gold Sponsors of the event, and were presented with an impressive exhibition display.


Among the other companies affiliated with the AACC at ADIPEC 2012 were Siemens (AACC board member: Siemens Austria) and ILF Consulting Engineers (AACC board member). Other Austrian companies participating in this event were Rosenbauer International AG, Heat Holding, Baur, Leobersdorfer Maschinenfabrik GmbH and Erne Fittings GmbH.



Displays from OMV & Siemens at ADIPEC 2012



Since its inauguration in 1984, the ADIPEC has been convening as a biennial event; due to the ongoing and even more increasing demand of companies for this extra-ordinary event, the ADIPEC will now convene once a year, the next time being 10-13 November 2013.


The AACC would like to congratulate the host country United Arab Emirates, the organizers, among them our related sister chamber Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as all participating companies from both Austria and around the world, for the remarkable success of ADIPEC 2012!






5 November 2012:

New Egyptian Commercial Councillor Mr. Mohamed DOWEIDAR pays welcome visit to AACC


On the 5th November 2012 the Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Eng. Mouddar KHOUJA, had the honour and pleasure to welcome the new Egyptian Commercial Councillor, Mr. Mohamed DOWEIDAR, at the AACC's premises in Vienna.
The aim of the meeting was the introduction of Mr. DOWEIDAR and Eng. KHOUJA and also to further strengthen the cooperation between the Egyptian Commercial Councillor Office and the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce.



SG Eng. KHOUJA and Commercial Councillor, Mr. DOWEIDAR

Mr. DOWEIDAR came into his office as the new Egyptian Commercial Councillor only a few weeks ago.

In the course of their meeting at the AACC the Secretary General reported on historic and current cooperation between both countries. Mr. DOWEIDAR, on his part, outlined the current situation in the economic sector of his home country.

Eng. KHOUJA invited the new Commercial Councillor to give a lecture on the current economic situation, running programmes and future projects in Egypt, which will take place under the presence of a few selected Austrian companies interested in trade with Egypt and will be held at the premises of the AACC. This event is designed to take place at the end of January 2013.

The AACC's Secretary General invited the Egyptian Commercial Councillor Office to cooperate in a renewable energy/waste-to-energy training which is planned to be organised in the Arab Republic of Egypt in midyear 2013. The aim of the designated event is to raise and increase the awareness for necessary measures related to renewable energy/waste-to-energy issues.



Country News  

 Following are recent articles and news about selected Arab countries:

Algerien ALGERIA


 Algeria plans to set up a banking rating agency

(Global Arab Network) – Long-awaited plans to set up a ratings agency that will gauge stability levels in Algeria's banks look to be back on track, with the process for selecting a monitoring system now gathering pace, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG. Algeria will be hoping that the launch of the new ratings system for its banks will boost confidence in the sector, while paving the way for increased lending, in line with the country's bid to diversify its economy.




Efforts to introduce a ratings system for the banking sector have been slow to get off the ground, with the Bank of Algeria (BoA) taking time to decide how the process will be implemented. The launch has already been put back from a scheduled date at the end of 2011, while Central Bank Governor Mohamed Laksaci said last year that bank ratings should be in place from 2013.

A representative from the Association des Banques et des Établissements Financiers (Association of Banks and Financial Institutions, ABEF) told the Algeria Press Service (APS) in August that work on the pilot project had now reached a “technical elaboration” stage. ABEF general delegate Abderezak Trabelsi also highlighted the importance of having a ratings system in place for the financial services industry. “There must be a bank rating tool, agency or company, regardless of the name, since there is a need for creating a scoring tool for companies and insurance companies because the information is crucial in a market economy,” he said.

The governor of the Central Bank, Mohamed Laksaci, added that the rating system would help in the early detection of banks’ vulnerabilities, while playing a part in maintaining stability in the sector and protecting depositors.

The BoA has yet to decide what mechanism it will adopt for the monitoring process, according to Trabelsi. However, it is understood that three options are being considered; a local ratings mechanism using locally qualified staff, a joint venture with a foreign ratings agency, and a system that would see several separate ratings agencies operating in Algeria. Reports have suggested that a foreign partner is likely to be brought in to implement the system and train staff employed by the new organisation.

The BoA has already set up a ratings system in partnership with the IMF and the US Treasury that is currently being piloted in two banks. However, the new ratings system is expected to monitor all banks and financial institutions in Algeria on a range of criteria, such as liquidity, risk management and solvency ratios, while assessing them on a scoring system and establishing rules for intervention. The system should increase detection of money laundering and other illegal activities in the banking sector, while creating a more practical and transparent means of monitoring banks’ resilience.

The Algerian banking system has remained stable through the global financial crisis. However, levels of lending to the private sector remain low. The country’s six state-owned banks, which account for around 85% of all assets, are known for adopting a highly cautious stance towards lending, after incurring losses on loans to inefficient public companies. As a result, the banking system retains a large quantity of liquidity that could be driving growth in the private sector, where capital is much in need. With most state banks also lacking the sophisticated risk-management technology used by the private sector, the government will be hoping that the introduction of an independent ratings agency encourages strong-performing banks to lend more freely.

Aymeric de Reynies, the senior country manager at Calyon Bank, part of France’s Crédit Agricole Group, told OBG that a strong private sector was a prerequisite for development. “The future of the banking sector will be small and medium-sized enterprises, and a proper strategy should be put in place to bring sufficient support to their activities and development,” he said.

In the longer term, the development of the Algerian banking system is likely to be characterised by greater participation from private-sector lenders, following a trend that emerged a few years ago.


Source: Global Arab Network


Jordanien JORDAN


Jordan: ICT accounts for 14% of GDP with 25% growth

(Global Arab Network) – The information and communication technology (ICT) sector is looking to further expand its reach across the region, with the giant Saudi market firmly in its sights - though there have been suggestions that the congested domestic industry needs to consolidate to better equip it for overseas conquest, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG.
The sector accounts for 14% of GDP and is growing at an annual rate of 25%, according to data from the industry's representative body, the Information and Communications Technology Association of Jordan (int@j).



ICT provides direct employment for more than 16,000 people working in over 400 companies and key representatives, including Jordan's minister of information and communications technology, Atef Tal, believe the sector would benefit from consolidation.
Jordan has an active domestic ICT market and a relatively high internet penetration rate, with 50% of the population, now having access to the web, according to int@j. The number, which sits well above the global figure of almost 33%, looks set to rise sharply as growing numbers of Jordanians upgrade their mobile phone subscription to include internet services. The Kingdom also contributes around 75% of all Arabic content on the web, according to a study published earlier this year by the International Telecommunication Union.
While many in the sector may not agree with the minister's views on having fewer but bigger operators in the industry, Atef Tal is confident that mergers and partnerships among smaller firms would give them better economies of scale and improve their performance in the overseas markets, strengthening their hand in bidding for large-scale projects and cushioning them against fall-out from reduced government spending.
But companies are also keen to tap regional markets, aware of the limitations of Jordan's domestic market, as int@j's CEO, Abed Shamlawi, acknowledged. "Development potential in the local market is possible through integrating ICT in other sectors such as education and health," he told OBG. "We definitely see Jordan's ICT sector also focusing more toward being based on exports."
At present, the UAE, the US and Saudi Arabia combine to make up 60% of the ICT sector export business. According to int@j's data, the Saudi market, which is the largest single ICT market in the Gulf region, is forecast to top $12bn by 2015. Jordan exported some $93.5m worth of information technology goods and services to Saudi Arabia in 2011, marking almost 40% of its total overseas sales. Though a notable addition to Jordan's foreign trade figures, the exports represent a fraction of Saudi Arabia's total spend on ICT.
int@j announced plans at the end of September to explore opening a representative office in Saudi Arabia, which Shamlawi said would increase the participation of Jordanian companies in IT project tenders. "We are exerting our utmost efforts to at least double our exports to Saudi Arabia over the next few years, building on the solid ties between the two countries and the capabilities of Jordanian IT companies," he said.
The ICT sector is well placed to capitalise on the region's information technology boom, thanks to its background as both a content provider and developer of software solutions for global markets. Demand is rising across a broad range of segments, including telecoms, financial products, government business, health and education solutions.
The Kingdom's ICT companies may well eventually come up against increased competition from other regional players who decide to put more focus on developing research and development programmes of their own. However, in the short term, the most pressing challenge will be stimulating growth in the sector without a reliance on government stimulus. (OBG)


Source: Global Arab Network






Kuwait: Oil production increase could exhaust reserves within few generations

(Global Arab Network) – As Kuwait moves to ramp up oil production, it is preparing to take advantage of rising demand in Asian markets and stable oil prices. However, there are concerns that the country could be draining off its hydrocarbons reserves quickly and spending too much on subsidies and social support schemes and not enough on investments, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG.



On October 11, Hani Abdulaziz Hussein, the minister of oil, announced that production from Kuwait's fields, which has recently been increased to 3m barrels per day (bpd), would be further bumped up to 3.2m bpd by 2015. The staged rise is part of a longer-term programme that envisions production being pushed up by one-third of current rates, to 4m bpd by 2020, plans that Farouq Al Zanki, the CEO of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, said in late September were on track.
There are some concerns that Kuwait's plans to boost production will exhaust reserves within a few generations, rather than the almost 110 years currently estimated for the oil fields at an output level of around 2.75m bpd.
As of late October, Kuwaiti crude was trading at just over $106 per barrel, which is expected to continue through the medium term. Government officials see $100 as a fair and equitable price. On October 15, Hussein said that he expected oil prices to remain stable, or at worst, ease only slightly, over the next five years. Any reduction in consumption by Europe would be offset by a rise in demand from Asian markets, he said at the Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit.
There are signs that this rise in demand from the East has begun, with South Korea sharply increasing its imports of Kuwaiti oil. Data issued by the Korea National Oil Corporation on October 22 showed imports of Kuwaiti crude jumped 6.8% year-on–year (y-o-y) in September, hitting just under 11.3m barrels, representing 14.4% of oil imports, up from the 13.1% for the same month in 2011. For the first nine months of 2012, the increase was even more marked, with shipments up 35% y-o-y to total 100.87m barrels, the equivalent of 368,000 bpd.
In part, this increased call on Kuwaiti oil is due to the tightening of the embargo on sales from Iran, with many countries boycotting Iranian oil in response to US-led sanctions. South Korea is a case in point, having halted its imports of Iranian oil, which had averaged 295,000 bpd as of the end of July.
While demand is still high, and in some markets rising, many analysts are predicting a falling off in oil requirements for the remainder of the year and into 2013 due to the slowing of the world economy. Another factor to be taken into account is the increasing output from Libya and Iraq, both of which have entered a period of recovery. Even with Iran's contribution to global oil sales restricted, international production is likely to increase in 2013. That said, even during and after the 2008 global recession, demand for Kuwaiti crude remained constant. This is one reason why oil still underpins the national budget, accounting for 91.6% of state revenues. In the 2012/13 financial year, oil earnings represented KD12.77m ($45.4bn) of an estimated total revenue of KD13.93m ($49.5bn), according to KUNA, the Kuwait News Agency.
The present budget, according to bills passed by the Cabinet of Ministers on October 21, foresees expenditure of KD21.24bn ($75.5bn), a rate of spending that will leave a shortfall of KD7.3bn ($26bn). However, Kuwait has projected a budget deficit every year for the past 10, and has always ended up posting a surplus. This is because the price of oil in the 2012/13 budget is calculated at $65 per barrel, according to former finance minister Mustafa Al Shamali.
Despite the impending surplus, the IMF has suggested the future economy would be better served if the government reduced overall spending, particularly on public sector wages, subsidies and social support schemes. In May the IMF warned that Kuwait would have to dedicate all of its oil revenue and savings to servicing its recurrent spending programme if it did not trim outlays. In early October, Mohammad Al Hashel, the governor of the central bank, warned that the state needed to cut spending on wages and other costs and direct more funding to capital expenditure and investments.
In the short term, however, Kuwait's efforts to increase oil production should bode well for the state's bottom line. With a global recovery expected to kick in next year and beyond, it is probable that the international market will soak up most – if not all – of the country's planned increased output. (OBG)


Source: Global Arab Network




Marrokko MOROCCO


London institution: Morocco strengthening a financial future

(Global Arab Network) – Financial institutions in Casablanca and London inked a partnership agreement as part of a broader initiative to deepen Morocco's alternative markets and strengthen its appeal as an investment platform for neighbouring economies, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG. The agreement, signed between Casablanca Finance City (CFC), a new project which aims to lay the legislative and regulatory groundwork for a regional financial centre, and TheCityUK, which promotes UK financial and professional services abroad, is intended to increase cooperation between the two bodies.



The main objectives of the new partnership include facilitating the rollout of a derivatives market in Morocco, improving the competitiveness of domestic insurers and expanding training and educational programmes.
"The links with London are advantageous in that they can help UK companies to consider investing in French-speaking Africa by way of Casablanca," Said Ibrahimi, the chief executive of Moroccan Financial Board that runs the CFC, told OBG.
Morocco's finance industry, already one of the continent's more sophisticated, has experienced steady growth thanks to liberalising sector reforms in the past decade. The country's sizable universe of financial actors have benefitted from economic growth that has averaged 5.5% over the past 10 years. The Casablanca Stock Exchange is now the fourth-largest bourse in Africa, behind South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt.
Perhaps more importantly, however, the country has also played an increasingly significant role as a staging point for expansion elsewhere in the region. Firms such as Banque Central Populaire, Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur (BMCE), Attijariwafa and Saham Group have all started new units or purchased financial institutions in countries throughout West and Central Africa since 2005, lured by low penetration rates and strong GDP growth.
It is this trend that the CFC is hoping to capitalise on. "The idea behind the CFC is sound, since it anticipates strong growth across Africa, and this growth needs to be financed," Hamid Ben Elafdil, the director of the Centre Regional d'Investissement Casablanca, told OBG. "Many funds will be channelled to Africa through Casablanca, often originating from London. What helps here is the country's stability and its good international connections."
However, to attract a critical mass of financial institutions and underwrite any significant volume of activity, the country will need to continue to overhaul its operating environment. Financial regulatory upgrades will be put in place to ensure the city's smooth functioning. "
Given the significant returns that African markets offer investors starved of growth prospects elsewhere, Morocco is well-placed to capitalise on its fortuitous location and its developed financial sectors. To do so will require a number of further steps to strengthen its appeal as a regional centre – including improving the offer of alternative financial instruments and overhauling the legal framework – but as evidenced by the expansion of Moroccan firms into West and Central Africa in recent years, the potential is clear. (OBG)


Source: Global Arab Network



Saudi Arabien SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation to expand its investments in China, Japan

(Global Arab Network) – Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) plans seriously to expand its investments in China through the implementation of new expansion at the joint venture project, (SABIC Sinopec), in Tianjin, owned equally between the two sides, Global Arab Network reports according to Arab News.



Mohamed Al-Mady, vice chairman of SABIC & CEO told Arab News that his company should expand its presence in China after the success of the first phase projects, which focused on the production of ethylene with an annual production capacity of one million metric tons.
"We have accomplished a part of future plans for (SABIC Sinopec) complex. Constructions works started at the $1.7 billion polycarbonate plant with capacity of 260 thousand tons a year. This project, expected to be completed by 2015, represents the second phase of our expansion. This is not the end of our future plans. We are seeking new projects that could enhance the competitive position of the company especially in China", Al-Mady said.
Al-Mady revealed that the products of this project will contribute to the development of the petrochemical sector in Tianjin area, and to push economic situation towards new horizons. "The products of (SABIC Sinopec) complex meet the requirements of petrochemical market in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as diversify the company's products, which considered the largest of its kind in Asia, and expand the target market" he said.
SABIC hopes that this project could support its competitive advantages and drive directions of China and Saudi Arabia to take the lead in the petrochemical sector, in addition to the strong and strategic ties between the two sides and strengthen friendly relations between China and Saudi Arabia.
SABIC plans also to expand its partnership in Japan, where it owns only a small plant there related to innovative plastics which has a portfolio of nearly 40,000 engineering thermoplastic resins, specialty compounds, films, sheets and additives, to provide innovative solutions for almost every area of modern life, including automotive, electronics, health care, lighting, and construction.
Al-Mady referred to the possibility of establishing new projects expected with Japanese, which is in its final stages of negotiation, which in turn will drive the company forward to further growth and push the company's strategy to forward, hinting that those plans have not yet been made.
SABIC operates 6 Strategic Business Units, has 60 world-class plants worldwide, 1 Corporate Research & Innovation Center, 12 Technology Centers, 4 Application Centers, 150 new products each year, and 8,000 global patents.
"We are the world's 2nd largest diversified chemicals company, and the 88th largest public company. We have $89 billion in total assets, and annual revenues of over $50 billion. We are 33,500 direct employees strong, and have operations in over 40 countries around the world", Al-Mady said. (Arab News)


Source: Global Arab Network




Sudan's Bank of Khartoum to restart sukuk sales

(Global Arab Network) – Bank of Khartoum, Sudan's oldest bank, plans to start selling Islamic corporate bonds, or sukuks, again as the economic outlook for African country improves in the wake of an oil deal with South Sudan, its general manager said.
Fadi Salim Faqih said the Islamic bank, which is around a fifth-owned by Dubai Islamic Bank, expects to post a record profit this year boosted by strong lending and a substantial windfall from the devaluation of the Sudanese pound, Global Arab Network reports according to Reuters.
"A couple of sukuks have been started," Faqih said, adding the bank could realistically issue $ 100 million in bonds for local companies by early 2013.



The bank arranged several sukuk issues in 2011, but stopped the sales as Sudan's deep economic crisis raised the risk of default.
Deprived of three-quarters of its oil production when South Sudan became independent in July 2011, Sudan has been struggling with a severe downturn and annual inflation of over 40 percent.
Last month, the two countries agreed to restart oil exports from the South through northern pipelines and a Sudanese port, giving both ailing economies a much-needed shot in the arm.
Much of the Sudanese market is dominated by government-linked banks. Western lenders shun the Arab African country because of US trade sanctions in place since 1997, leaving the market to Gulf lenders such as Qatar National Bank.
Local companies from the aviation, real estate and hotel industries are among those now showing an interest in issuing Islamic bonds, said Faqih. (Reuters)


Source: Global Arab Network


Tunesien TUNISIA

Recovery sign - 14 % increase in industrial investment in Tunisia

(Global Arab Network) – Tunisia saw a 14.8% uptick in industrial investment in the first nine months of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011, a sign this important sector is beginning to recover. The government has identified manufacturing as a major employer and source of foreign direct investment (FDI) and is focused on boosting activity in the segment, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG.



The export of manufactured goods, particularly automotive parts and other mechanical products, have traditionally driven Tunisia's industrial sector. However, investment slowed considerably in 2011 due to the uncertain economic and political climate following the revolution, as well as the effects of the economic crisis in Europe, Tunisia's primary source of FDI. The drop in activity by international partners led to a decrease in the number of industrial projects launched in 2011 as compared to 2010: last year saw 1998 projects get off the ground, while 2010 saw 2159 projects launched. The amount of investment in manufacturing operations was also down by 21.7%, at TND1.13bn (€552.7m) at end-2011.
The subdued performance continued into this year: manufacturing grew by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2012, below sector forecasts. In comments carried by the national press agency, Jamel Gharbi, Tunisia's minister for planning and regional development, said the government's immediate focus will be to stimulate growth in manufacturing, as well as other key areas like mining, to solidify economic recovery. As such, the uptick in industrial investment during the first nine months of 2012 bodes well for annual growth.
While manufacturing growth in the first quarter was slower than expected, international companies are beginning to move away from the "wait and see" stance that dominated much of 2011. Declared investment in Tunisia's industrial sector as a whole reached TND2.75bn (€1.35bn) in the first nine months of 2012, a 14.8% increase on investment levels in the same period last year. In a positive sign for growing sector confidence, the majority of new investment came from foreign partners.
The most significant year-on-year (y-o-y) increases were seen in agro-industry, leather goods manufacturing, and rubber processing, which were boosted by the launch of several large projects. As in 2011, the highest levels of new investment were registered in agro-industry. Declared investment in the first three quarters of 2012 climbed by 81% y-o-y to reach TND1.14bn (€557.6m).
The Algerian group Cevital announced in October it plans to open a sugar refinery in partnership with local firms, for a projected joint investment of TND504m (€246.5m). Plans were also announced for the construction of a tomato paste factory for an investment of TND18m (€8.8m), as well as the expansion of an existing livestock feed plant for TND16.3m (€8m).
Investment in leather and shoe manufacturing, traditionally a smaller sector, more than tripled to reach TND44.9m (€22m), supported primarily by the announcement of a project to create a shoe manufacturing plant at a cost of TND28.9m (€14.1m), entirely from foreign capital. Moreover, the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) reported Italian industrial film and bag manufacturer Plastik had launched operations in the Zriba Zaghouan industrial zone in September 2012.
Growth in manufacturing industries in 2012 is primarily supported by foreign funds and oriented toward exports, two factors that have traditionally driven Tunisian industrial activity. The volume of investment in projects with 100% foreign funding nearly doubled y-o-y to reach TND445m (€217.6m) in the first nine months of 2012.
Joint ventures continue to represent a large portion of new investment: their numbers increased by over one-third y-o-y to reach TND858.9m (€420m). Furthermore, nearly all of the new projects added in 2012 are export-oriented operations, as investment in non-export industries was 8.6% lower than 2011 levels.
While the political transition is still underway, the recent spate of export-oriented projects bodes well for overall economic growth. Increased investment in the first three quarters of the year has also provided a boost to industrial-related services; according to FIPA data, industrial service activities more than doubled to reach TND655m (€320.4m) in 2012.
The state continues to offer a variety of fiscal incentives, including 10-year tax breaks on new operations and special fiscal, workforce and capital transfer incentives in industrial zones. Industrial operations launched in key development regions in the interior are also eligible for investment premiums. While sector recovery is picking up, the government will need to maintain a sufficiently attractive legal and fiscal environment to create jobs, boost exports and support overall economic growth. (OBG)


Source: Global Arab Network



UAE: Mohammed bin Rashid City setting new benchmark in Dubai development


(Global Arab Network) – Setting new benchmark in urban development, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the establishment of a new city within Dubai, Global Arab Network reports according to WAM.
Comprising four key components, the new project — Mohammed bin Rashid City — will feature world-class leisure facilities and provide an integrated environment for the development of entrepreneurship and innovation. Shaikh Mohammed said the current accelerated growth rates require Dubai to start immediate preparations for the future because within just six years, the number of passengers passing through Dubai airport will reach more than 90 million people.



The first component of Mohammed bin Rashid City focuses on family tourism, and will include a park that is equipped to receive 35 million visitors, and the largest family centre for leisure and entertainment in the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the region. This centre will be set up in collaboration with Universal Studios and include over 100 hotel facilities to meet the needs of visitors from the region.
The second component, focusing on retail, will feature the largest shopping mall in the world. The third component will include the largest area for arts galleries in the Mena region. The fourth component will see the development of a unique area that will provide an integrated environment for entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.
The new city will be located between Emirates Road, Al Khail Road and Shaikh Zayed Road, and will include the Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens project. It will be connected to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay through a crossing that will be named the "Cultural Crossing" which will include art galleries and create the largest area for arts in the region.
Mohammed bin Rashid City will feature a massive park which will be 30 per cent bigger than Hyde Park in London. It will be surrounded by the largest mall in the world called "Mall of the World", which will be capable of receiving 80 million visitors a year, and include over 100 hotel facilities to meet the accommodation requirement of the tourist city.
Mall of the World will be connected to a family entertainment centre which will be developed in collaboration with Universal Studios International. This centre will be the largest in the region and is expected to attract six million visitors each year.
Mohammed bin Rashid City will be designed keeping in mind global environmental standards, and will include a specialised area in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. This area will provide an integrated environment to support entrepreneurship and attract talents looking for a platform to support their projects and innovations in various sectors, paving the way for a new economy based on knowledge, creativity and innovation.
The new city will include residential areas built on green building standards in terms of energy consumption, waste treatment and conservation of natural environment. It will also feature a number of golf courses under well-known international names. The new city project will be implemented by Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties and will be marked as the biggest joint venture in real estate industry regionally.
The tourism sector in Dubai is growing by 13 per cent annually; with growth in hotel revenue exceeding 22 per cent to reach more than Dh16 billion. The hotel occupancy rate was 82 per cent in the year 2011, which was the highest globally, and the number of visitors to Dubai Mall reached 62 million in 2012, with 25 per cent growth in retail sales in 2011.
In attendance at the announcement were Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; and Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. (WAM)


Source: Global Arab Network



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The branch in the UAE was opened this year in 2012. The company's primary business is to provide legal services to Austrian companies investing in the UAE in the GCC region.


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ZAKI-CONSULTING are supported by a team of highly qualified and experienced professionals involved in providing modern environmental management & engineering solutions, with key competences in the field of water and waste water treatment, alternative energy and recycling technologies. We have the right people and resources which can leverage on our experience and already existing contacts in the market to build your business to its right potential. ZAKI-CONSULTING have initiated and completed projects for our clients in many countries, including, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, as well as, Ireland, Latvia, United Kingdom, and U.S.A., where we offer a well established network of key contacts and local partners in the relevant area of expertise and business.


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 The AACC is pleased to circulate the following announcements (English/German)

by its esteemed cooperation partners and members
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»Announcement by the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman»


Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Oman first Gulf state to have German taught as second language


Al Arabiya

Omani students will be the first in the Gulf region to be taught German as a second language.

"German language plays an important role in economic development, and particularly in tourism for Oman," Gulf News daily reported on Tuesday Madiha Bint Ahmad Al-Shaibani, Minister of Education, as saying.

German will be taught in five schools and a two-year beginner's level course will be taught to the eleventh and the twelfth grade pupils, the education ministry said.

In these schools about 100 students chose to learn the German language, a spokesperson for the Goethe-Institute that helped in introducing the initiative, said.

Shaibani said that the Goethe-Institut was involved in supervising quality of teaching as well as training German language teachers. "We hope to continue doing the collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in future," she added.

Susanne Sporrer, Director of the Goethe Institute Gulf Region, said that "it is crucial for every society that young people learn different languages."

"Oman gives a very good example by qualifying its own teachers to teach German as a foreign language," Sporrer added.

Ten English language teachers have already been trained in the German language in the past two years.

"These teachers are role models for the next generation that learning a new language is not that difficult but opens new opportunities in life," the director said.


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آفاق تعاون مستقبلي بين فيينا والخرطوم

في زيارة استغرقت ثلاثة أيّام، حل معالي الدكتور عبد الرحمن خضر، حاكم ولاية الخرطوم يرافقه كل من وزير التخطيط والتنمية العمرانية بالولاية، وعمدة منطقة أعالي النيل بالخرطوم ورئيس هيئة الاستثمار بالعاصمة، ضيوف على محافظة فيينا، تلبية لدعوة من عمدة المدينة الدكتور ميشائيل هويبل، وبتنسيق من غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية.


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وقد التقى خضر لدى وصوله يوم 5 نوفمبر 2012 لفيفا من المعنيين بالشأن الاقتصادي في حفل عشاء أقامته كل من غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية ومحافظة فيينا ، تكريما للضيف والوفد المرافق له. وألقى الدكتور ريتشارد شينتس رئيس الغرفة كلمة رحب فيها بمعالي الدكتور خضر والسادة الضيوف، معربا عن اعتزازه بالالتقاء بهم ومتمنيا لهم إقامة طيبة في النمسا. وشارك في اللقاء شخصيات رفيعة متخصصة في مجالات الطاقة البديلة واستخراج الطاقة من النفايات، وتقنية الإنارة بالطاقة الشمسية، إضافة إلى خبراء في مجال اقتصاديات الصحة والمياه. وتم خلال مأدبة العشاء قام الدكتور بخضر باستعراض التطورات الحادثة في الخرطوم وإمكانيات الاستثمار فيها. ومن جهة أخرى قدم ممثلو الشركات النمساوية عروضا تعريفية بنشاطاتهم ومجالات عملهم.
كما قام حاكم الخرطوم بزيارة تفقدية لنظام قنوات مياه الصرف في فيينا؛ حيث تعرف على كيفية معالجة العاصمة النمساوية لمياه الصرف وسبل المحافظة على البيئة في هذا القطاع.


وفي اليوم الأول من الزيارة قام حاكم الخرطوم بزيارة لإدارة التخطيط العمراني في مدينة فيينا، تم خلالها الاطلاع على خريطة الطرق والمواصلات والتطوير في المدينة، واتبع ذلك عرض حول نظام التأمين الصحي في فيينا. وعقب اللقاء تم توقيع مذكرة تفاهم مع شركة فاميد النمساوية للتجهيزات الطبية وبناء المستشفيات حول التعاون مع ولاية الخرطوم.

وفي لقاء اتسم بالدفء والود استقبل عمدة فيينا، الدكتور ميشائيل هويبل، معالي الدكتور عبد الرحمن خضر والوفد المرافق على مأدبة غداء بمقر بلدية فيينا؛ حيث رحب هويبل بالوفد السوداني الرفيع، مؤكدا على الاستعداد للتعاون بين فيينا والخرطوم في مختلف المجالات.
ومن جانبه أثنى خضر على جودة الحياة في مدينة فيينا، والتي جعلتها تحتل المدينة المرتبة الأولى على مستوى العالم في هذا المجال، مرجعا ذلك إلى عمدة فيينا وقدراته الإدارية العالية لتطوير المدينة. كما أثنى حاكم الخرطوم على سياسة الاندماج الرائدة التي تتبناها فيينا.
وشهد اليوم الثاني من زيارة حاكم ولاية الخرطوم، زيارة قام بها الدكتور عبد الرحمن خضر لشركة فيينا للطاقة؛ حيث دارت نقاشات حول الطاقة المستدامة وتقنياتها واستخداماتها وسبل توسيع نطاق الانتفاع بها.
كما تم توقيع مذكرة تفاهم بين رابطة المهندسين والمعمارين النمساويين وممثلي ولاية الخرطوم حول التعاون في مجال الاستثمار بين البلدين والاستعانة بالخبرات النمساوية في المجالات الهندسية بولاية الخرطوم.



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وأعقب ذلك توجه الوفد إلى فندق "شتادت هاله"، وهو أول فندق من نوعه في العالم تتوفر له الطاقة من خلال قوة الرياح، فيما تستخدم مياه الأمطار والخلايا الشمسية لتزويد الفندق باحتياجاته من المياه والتدفئة؛ حيث لا يستهلك الفندق أي نوع من الطاقة الناتجة عن وسائل تلوث البيئة.
وأكدت ميشائيلا رايترر مالكة الفندق، والتي كانت في استقبال الوفد على أن استخدام الطبيعة في إنتاج الطاقة من شأنه أن يوفر لجميع مرافق الفندق طاقة كاملة رغم كبر حجمه بعد التطوير، مشيرة إلى أن .احتياجات الفندق من المياه يتم من خلال طلمبات مياه تستخرج المياه الجوفية من باطن الأرض، والتي تمثل أيضا مصدرا آخرا لتزويد الفندق بالطاقة اللازمة للتبريد.
وفي المساء أقام سعادة الأستاذ محمود الأمين، سفير السودان لدى النمسا مأدبة عشاء بمقر إقامته تكريما لحاكم ولاية الخرطوم والوفد المرافق له، وحضرها عدد كبير من ممثلي المؤسسات والشركات النمساوية.

وفي ثالث أيام الزيارة قام الوفد بزيارة مركز تحكم المواصلات في فيينا؛ حيث قدم نائب رئيس شركة فيينا للمواصلات لشؤون التخطيط، عرضا مفصلا حول شبكة المواصلات في المدينة.
كما عرض خرائط لتخطيط مدينة الخرطوم مقدما بعض المقترحات بشأنها وموضحا بعض الثغرات التي تشهدها شبكة الطرق والمواصلات هناك. ووعد ببحث إمكانية تقديم استشارات لتخطيط المواصلات العامة في الخرطوم بعد الرجوع إلى محافظة فيينا ورئيس شركة فيينا للمواصلات.

بعدها توجه أعضاء الوفد إلى المطبعة الوطنية النمساوية في زيارة تعرفوا خلالها على عمل المطبعة وتاريخها والخدمات التي تقدمها وإمكانية تبادل الخبرات في مجال الطباعة الآمنة وجوازات السفر والكارت الطبي الذكي.
وفي ختام الزيارة قام كل من المهندس مضر الخوجه، أمين عام الغرفة والمهندس عمر الراوي ممثلا عن محافظة فيينا بتوديع معالي الدكتور عبد الرحمن خضر والسادة أعضاء الوفد في مطار فيينا.



الخوجه: التعليم الفني أساس التنمية الاقتصادية

تحت رعاية منظمة التنمية الصناعية التابعة للأمم المتحدة، وبدعم من الحكومة التونسية نُظمت في العاصمة التونسية يومي 28 و29 نوفمبر 2012 فعاليات المؤتمر الدولي "العمل المنتج للشباب في تونس ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا" وذلك بمشاركة نحو 700 شخص ممثلين في وفود حكومية وممثلي المنظمات الدولية والقطاع الخاص. وقد حضر المؤتمر كل من رئيس الوزراء التونسي حمادي الجبالي، وأنطونيو تاجاني، نائب رئيس المفوضية الأوروبية، وعدد من الشخصيات الدولية البارزة.


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وناقش المؤتمر الذي شارك فيه الاتحاد الأوروبي سبل تطوير وتوسيع المؤسسات داخل القطاعات كثيفة العمالة في تونس، مع التركيز على الشباب الحائزين على شهادات جامعية الذين ينتمون للمناطق الأقل نموا في البلاد ويتمتعون بروح المبادرة. وقد وضع المشاركون في المؤتمر توصيات لدوائر صنع القرار في تونس ودول الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا فيما يتعلق بتنفيذ الإصلاحات التي يمكن أن ترفع مستويات العمالة المنتجة والمستدامة.
وفي كلمته أمام المؤتمر قال المدير العام لمنظمة يونيدو، كانديه يومكيلا: "إن يونيدو تقوم منذ عام 2009 بنشاط في مجال إنشاء المشاريع والتنمية في تونس ومنطقة الشرق الأوسط، وكثفت في الآونة الأخيرة من جهودها لدعم العملية الديمقراطية الناشئة من خلال حشد مزيد من التمويل للتعاون التقني بغرض تحفيز نمو القطاع الخاص والقدرة التنافسية وخلق فرص العمل ".
وكان الأمين العام لغرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، المهندس مضر الخوجه، قد شارك في فعاليات المؤتمر الدولي، تلبية لدعوة من منظمة يونيدو؛ حيث شارك في جلسة نقاشية حول تنمية سلسلة القيمة في المنطقة. وركز الخوجه على ضرورة تداخل التنمية مع التعليم للسير في طريق واحد لتحقيق الأهداف الاقتصادية المنشودة، والابتعاد عن "البطالة الهيكلية".
وشرح الخوجه مثالا من النمسا حول إمكانيات تنمية سلسلة القيمة، موضحا أن النمسا تعتمد التدريب والتأهيل المهنيين كقاعدة أساسية لإخراج كفاءات فنية وحرفية في مختلف المجالات، ويساعدها في ذلك الإقبال من الشركات والمؤسسات الصناعية الكبرى التي تتيح الفرصة للطلاب للتدرب العملي، بل والاستعانة بالنابغين منهم ودمجهم في منظومة العمل المؤسسي.
وولفت الأمين العام للغرفة إلى أن المتخرج من التدريب المهني بالنمسا موجود في المجال العملي ويمارس بيده أصول وقواعد مهنته منذ اليوم الأول له في المؤسسة التعليمية، وهو ما يجعله يفوق أقرانه بخطوات شاسعة إذا ما قرر الالتحاق بالجامعة ومواصلة الدراسة الأكاديمية.
ونوه المهندس مضر الخوجه بوفرة المصادر الطبيعية في المنطقة، مشيرا إلى ضرورة وجود أفكار إبداعية لاستغلالها. وعرض الخوجه فكرة "سوبر ماركت عربي" (بضائعنا) والتي طرحها منذ سنوات الرئيس العربي لغرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية المستشار نبيل الكزبري، والتي تتمحور حول استغلال الإمكانات الطبيعية والبشرية المتاحة في الدول العربية لدعم التجارة البينية العربية بمواصفات عالية الجودة تنافس المنتج العالمي.
وأشاد الخوجه بهذا الصدد بالجهود التي تقوم بها مؤسسة "صلتك"، برئاسة سمو الشيخة موزة بنت ناصر المسند، والهادفة إلى تحسين الأوضاع الاجتماعية والاقتصادية عبر إيجاد مشاريع تستند إلى روح المبادرة والعمل بموجب اقتصادات السوق واغتنام الفرص الاستثمارية المتاحة لتوفير فرص العمل للشباب في العالم العربي.

الغرفة ترحب بوفد اتحاد غرف دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي

استقبلت غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية خلال الفترة من 1 - 3 ديسمبر 2012، وفد اتحاد غرف دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، وذلك برئاسة الأمين العام سعادة الأستاذ عبد الرحيم النقي، وعضوية كل من الأستاذ صالح المري، نائب مدير غرفة تجارة وصناعة قطر، والأستاذ باسل العوامي، مدير العلاقات الخارجية في اتحاد الغرف لدول مجلس التعاون الخليجي.




وتأتي الزيارة رفيعة المستوى من اتحاد غرف دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، في إطار تعزيز علاقات الصداقة والتعاون مع غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، وبحث آفاق التعاون المستقبلي بينهما. وقد رحب بالوفد كل من الدكتور ريتشارد شينتس رئيس الغرفة، وسعادة الأستاذ محمد المالكي سفير دولة قطر لدى النمسا. والأمين العام للغرفة المهندس مضر الخوجه.

 وخلال اللقاء أثنى الخوجه على المهنية العالية التي يتمتع بها وفد الاتحاد برئاسة الأستاذ عبد الرحيم نقي، مشيرا إلى أهمية تضافر الجهود من الارتقاء بمستوى العلاقات التجارية والاقتصادية بين النمسا ودول مجلس التعاون الخليجي.
وبدوره أشاد عبد الرحيم نقي، بالدور الذي تقوم به غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية في التعريف بمجالات التعاون والاستثمار مع دولة النمسا، لافتا إلى التقدم التكنولوجي النمساوي في العديد من المجالات وخاصة استخدامات الطاقة البديلة ومعالجة المياه، والحكومة الإلكترونية.

وتضمن برنامج زيارة وفد اتحاد غرف دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي إلى النمسا التقاء السيد هربرت شايبنر عضو البرلمان النمساوي وزير الدفاع الأسبق، وذلك بمقر البرلمان النمساوي في العاصمة فيينا؛ تباحث الجانبان حول إمكانيات التعاون وتبادل الخبرات.

وبدعوة من سعادة الأستاذ محمد عمران الشامسي، سفير دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، حل السادة أعضاء الوفد ضيوفا على احتفال سفارة دولة الإمارات لدى فيينا، باليوم الوطني.


الغرفة تشارك في المنتدى الاقتصادي العربي المجري الأول

تحت رعاية رئيس الوزراء المجري، فيكتور أوربان، انطلقت في العاصمة المجرية بودابست يوم 12 نوفمبر 2012 فعاليات المنتدى الاقتصادي العربي المجري الأول، والذي يعدّ خطوة هامة على صعيد العلاقات الاقتصادية العربية المجرية، تتيح فرصا كبيرة في العديد من القطاعات الاقتصادية وتسهم في الشروع بعلاقات بين عالم الأعمال العربي والشركات المجرية.




وقد شارك في هذا اللقاء العديد من رجال الاقتصاد والأعمال العرب، والمؤسسات الاقتصادية والتجارية، يتقدمهم السيد عدنان القصار رئيس الاتحاد العام لغرف التجارة والصناعة والزراعة للبلاد العربية الشريك التنظيمي، والأمين العام للاتحاد الدكتور عماد شهاب. كما شارك في المنتدى من غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية السيد نبيل الكزبري، الرئيس العربي للغرفة، والأمين العام المهندس مضر الخوجه.

وقد حدد المنظمون برنامج المنتدى وفقا للموضوعات المطروحة ووفق القطاعات الاقتصادية. وخلافا للمؤتمرات التقليدية فإن المنتدى قام على جلسات نقاشية تركز على الحوار والتفاعل. وتمثلت محاور المنتدى في ستة موضوعات ذات أولوية وهي بحث إمكانيات التعاون في مجالات الأعمال المصرفية والتمويل والطاقات الخضراء ومصادر الطاقة المتجددة، وصناعة السياحة، والزراعة والغذاء والعلوم وتكنولوجيا المعلومات. وبالإضافة إلى الجلسات النقاشية فقد أتيحت الفرصة للمستثمرين المحتملين لتكوين علاقات مباشرة مع قادة المشاريع المقدمة.

وتعليقا على الفعالية الاقتصادية الأولى من نوعها، قال رئيس هيئة الاستثمار المجرية دوبوس إرتسيبت إن الهدف الذي يرمي إليه هذا الحدث والذي استمر لمدة يومين، ونظمه كل من هيئة الاستثمار والتجارة المجرية والاتحاد العام للغرف العربية، وهو عرض فرص الاستثمار في دولة المجر، والعمل على تحفيز الاستثمارات وتعزيز بيئة الأعمال التجارية والمشاريع في القطاعات ذات الأولوية في البلاد. وقد شارك في المنتدى الاقتصادي العربي المجري الأول نحو 200 شخصية من رجال الأعمال العرب والدبلوماسيين والسياسيين ورؤساء الغرف العربية.

وأشار رئيس هيئة الاستثمار إلى أن استكشاف أسواق جديدة مثل هذه المناطق من العالم لهو أمر ينطوي على قدر كبير من الأهمية بالنسبة للاقتصاد المجري، حيث يمكن من خلال توثيق التعاون أن يتم الإسهام في دعم النمو المستدام في صادرات للمجر. وأضاف أن: "الانفتاح على الشرق" يُعدّ جزءا لا يتجزأ من الاستراتيجية الجديدة للاقتصاد الخارجي التي تتبناها المجر، وتعتزم من خلالها تعزيز العلاقات التجارية مع الصين والهند وروسيا، وكذا بلدان اتحاد الدول المستقلة والعالم العربي.

والدول العربية المشاركة في المنتدى هي الجزائر، البحرين، والإمارات العربية المتحدة ومصر والعراق ولبنان وليبيا واليمن والأردن وقطر والكويت والسلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية والمملكة العربية السعودية وسوريا والسودان وتونس، بالإضافة إلى السفراء العرب في المجر، والمديرين التنفيذيين من الشركات العربية التي قدمت بالفعل استثمارات في المجر، فضلا عن ممثلي الشركات المجرية التي لها علاقات في المنطقة العربية .

وعلى هامش المنتدى، التقى الأمناء العامون للغرف العربية الأجنبية المشتركة في اجتماع برئاسة الأمين العام لاتحاد الغرف العربية، وذلك للاطلاع على رؤية الأمناء العامين لعمل الغرف ودورها في المرحلة المقبلة عملا على تحسين أدائها ومواصلة القيام بواجباتها في تعزيز وتطوير العلاقات الاقتصادية والتجارية العربية مع الدول المضيفة لهذه الغرف.





الغرفة تزور مؤتمر ومعرض أبوظبي الدولي الـ15 للنفط

شهدت العاصمة الإماراتية أبوظبي في الفترة من 11- 14 نوفمبر 2012 فعاليات مؤتمر ومعرض أبوظبي الدولي الـ15 ADIPEC، والتي أقيمت تحت رعاية رئيس دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، صاحب السمو الشيخ خليفة بن زايد آل نهيان. وقد حمل المؤتمر هذا العام عنوان "النمو المستدام للطاقة: الأفراد والمسؤولية والابتكار "، وأقيم بمركز أبو ظبي الدولي للمؤتمرات. ويُعدّ أديبك أكبر معرض في مجال النفط والغاز في الشرق الأوسط، ويحظى بدعم من شركة بترول أبو ظبي الوطنية (أدنوك) ووزارة الطاقة الإماراتية.



واستضاف المعرض أكثر من 1500 عارضٍ، وزاره نحو 45 ألف زائر من المعنيين والمتخصصين في مجال النفط والغاز؛ حيث تمت مناقشة العديد من القضايا المتعلقة بهذا القطاع الحيوي، بالإضافة إلى الشبكة الواسعة من العلاقات والتعارف التي توفرها أجواء المعرض.

وقد قامت السيدة ليلى كبلان، مساعدة الأمين العام لغرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية بزيارة معرض أديبك ممثلة للغرفة؛ حيث أشارت إلى المشاركة المتميزة لغرفة تجارة وصناعة أبوظبي في المعرض، بالإضافة إلى مشاركة عدد من الشركات النمساوية الأعضاء في غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، وفي مقدمتها شركة النفط الوطنية النمساوية OMV، والتي تعد من أكبر الشركات الصناعية بالنمسا وكانت من بين الرعاة الذهبيين لأديبك. كما كانت هناك مشاركة متميزة لشركة سيمنز. ويشار إلى أن شركة سيمنز النمسا عضو في مجلس إدارة الغرفة. وشاركت أيضا في المعرض الدولي بـ"أبوظبي" شركة ILF للاستشارات الهندسية، وهي أيضا عضو بمجلس إدارة غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية. وذلك إلى جانب مشاركة شركات نمساوية أخرى مثل، روزنباور الدولية، وباور.

ومنذ تدشينه في عام 1984، يُعدّ معرض ADIPEC حدثا هاما؛ بسبب الطلب المستمر والمتزايد من قبل العديد من الشركات للمشاركة فيه. وقد تقرر أن يقام معرض أديبك سنويا بعد أن كان يقام كل سنتين. وسيقام المعرض القادم في الفترة من 10 – 13 نوفمبر 2013.


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الخوجه يستقبل المستشار التجاري المصري لدى النمسا


استقبل أمين عام الغرفة، المهندس مضر الخوجه يوم الاثنين 5 نوفمبر 2012 سعادة الأستاذ محمد دويدار المستشار التجاري المصري، الذي تولى مهام منصبه منذ أسابيع خلفا للمستشار التجاري السابق الأستاذ أيمن غنيمه.
وهدف اللقاء الذي جرى بمقر الغرفة ، إلى توطيد وتعزيز علاقات التعاون بين المكتب التجاري المصري في النمسا وغرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية، والتي انضمت إليها غرفة التجارة المصرية النمساوية منذ عام 2010.



واستعرض المهندس مضر الخوجه العلاقات التاريخية بين مصر والنمسا وكذلك التطور الذي شهدته هذه العلاقات على مدار العقود الماضية. ومن جانبه ألقى السيد دويدار الضوء على الوضع الاقتصادي الحالي في مصر.
ووجه الخوجه الدعوة إلى المستشار التجاري المصري لإلقاء محاضرة بمقر الغرفة، حول الوضع الاقتصادي الحالي بمصر وما يجري تنفيذه حاليا من برامج وكذلك التعريف بالمشاريع المستقبلية في البلاد. وأشار الخوجه إلى أن الغرفة ستدعو لهذه المحاضرة ممثلين عن شركات نمساوية منتقاة والمعنية بالتبادل التجاري. ومن المرتقب أن تعقد هذه المحاضرة في نهاية شهر يناير 2013.
كما تطرق أمين عام غرفة التجارة العربية النمساوية إلى الدورة تدريبية حول الطاقة المتجددة وتحويل النفايات إلى طاقة، والتي من المقرر أن تعقد منتصف العام المقبل في مصر. وتهدف هذه الفعالية إلى خلق وتنمية الوعي بضرورة الإجراءات في مجال الطاقة المتجددة وتحويل النفايات إلى طاقة.



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