Chamber of Commerce Corner, December 1, 2023

Analysis

This regular section of the Budapest Business Journal features news and events from various international business chambers. For further information and to register for specific events, visit the website of the organizing chamber. If you have information for inclusion on this page, send an email in English to Annamária Bálint at annamaria.balint@bbj.hu

Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary (CCIU)

The CCIU will host an exclusive delegation visit to chamber member Lucart Kft. on Dec. 5. The event at the company’s headquarters aims to shed light on the firm’s journey in sustainable development, emphasizing its commitment to fostering a more inclusive, fair, and environmentally friendly world. The featured speaker for the occasion is Omar Balducci, sales director of Central and Eastern Europe and EMEA and corporate group advisor of Lucart. Balducci will provide insights into the company’s growth trajectory. This event promises to be a unique opportunity for attendees to witness firsthand the company’s commitment to creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. The Italian Ambassador to Hungary and representatives from the CCIU will also attend.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

In November, the CCCH was delighted to organize two highlight events of its year. The Canadian Lobster Dinner in Budapest is an outstanding annual business event, gathering significant people from the business world to converse and participate in a Canadian tradition. The chamber thanks its sponsors and exhibitors for helping provide an unforgettable night. Come along next year for the grand 30th-anniversary Lobster Dinner. CCCH also held its first Canadian Lobster Dinner in Szeged. The evening demonstrated that there is a vibrant commercial and academic community in Szeged that is already active on the global scene. We are hopeful that our interaction with Szeged will open further opportunities for business as well as research between Canada and Hungary moving forward.

Joint Venture Association (JVSz)

On Nov. 23, the third JVSz “Country Ride” event took place in Kecskemét, with 100 people drawn from Bács-Kiskun, Csongrád-Csanád, and Békés counties participating. Following an opening speech by Minister of Energy Csaba Lantos, the event focused on current energy challenges, the latest trends in energy efficiency and savings opportunities. In 2024, JVSz will continue this series with another six events with a ministerial-level presence highlighting relevant topics.

Belgium Business Club (Belgabiz) and the Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham)

Mindset change. Holistic approach. Right data. These were the key messages of the “CSRD: Transforming Businesses, Impacting Futures” event organized by Belgabiz and Dutcham on Nov. 21 at the K&H HQ in Budapest. The two business organizations appreciate the active contribution of the representatives of K&H Group, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary, Randstad, Puratos, Atenor, and CBRE.

German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK)

The last Jour Fixe event of the year took place on Nov. 23 at the IntercityHotel Budapest, where nine new and one loyal member of the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce could introduce themselves. Over a delicious dinner, we enjoyed interesting and valuable discussions and also had the opportunity to take a guided tour of the hotel, built and run with sustainability in mind. A Jour Fixe is always an opportunity to network and spend a pleasant evening in good company in an exclusive location. The DUIHK will continue this tradition next year.

Hungarian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (HNCC)

HNCC held its general assembly on Nov. 22, coinciding with the festive Julebord event, a Norwegian Christmas party. This annual meeting marked a significant occasion in Hungarian-Norwegian economic relations, highlighting events during 2023 and reporting on the current and next year’s budget, new members joining the organization, and the programs planned for 2024. The Julebord offered a conducive environment for participants to engage in more extensive networking and professional exchanges.

Following the general assembly, the focus shifted to the “Medical Service and Technology Day,” a specialized showcase event. This platform allowed two prominent Hungarian companies to present their innovative healthcare products and services to potential Norwegian partners. Wáberer Medical Center, a renowned healthcare service provider, and Attract Kft., the manufacturer of the Nosiboo nasal aspirator, presented their cutting-edge offerings.

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

Swisscham members, along with the partner organizations of Netzwerkdigital, had the opportunity on Nov. 23 to visit Boxy’s fulfillment warehouse, which is equipped with state-of-the-art machines and robotized technology. The site visit was preceded by a presentation on the company’s history and business strategy, followed by a Q&A session on current industry trends.

Mid-December will see the Swisscham Christmas reception, a traditional networking event to reflect on the year and get into a festive holiday mood. • When: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:30-10 p.m. • Where: The Anantara New York Palace Budapest Márvány Szalon, Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073 Budapest. • Fee: Members HUF 25.000 / person (0% VAT); non-members: HUF 35,000 / person (0% VAT).

American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

The annual Thanksgiving Charity Dinner, one of the most cherished events in AmCham’s calendar, took place on Nov. 20. Organized in collaboration with the Budapest Marriott Hotel, this remarkable event not only celebrated an American tradition but also aimed to give back to children in need by supporting the work of the AmCham Foundation (ACF) and the Regine Sixt Children’s Aid Foundation. The nearly 300 guests were treated to a fantastic live performance by the Imre Baross Circus Arts School, followed by a special Thanksgiving buffet dinner featuring roasted turkey, mashed potato, pecan, pumpkin pie, and more. A delightful selection of delicious cocktails, soft drinks, and coffee specialties accompanied the dinner. The event also featured engaging activities tailored for the young: a children’s corner with balloons and face painting in collaboration with ACF and musical entertainment by the Eszter-lánc Fairytale Band. Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, Santa Claus also stopped by for dinner to surprise the children with a little present. Moreover, AmCham also organized a silent auction and charity raffle and collected HUF 3.5 million to aid the foundations that help children in need.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of December 1, 2023.

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