Chamber of Commerce Corner, July 28, 2023


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 [email protected]

American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

On July 13, AmCham’s BSS Hungary Working Group, in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific, organized an insightful roundtable discussion centered around fostering an inclusive workplace culture. Led by Zsolt Virág (Szimpozion Society), Andriana Szarvas (Lexmark Budapest), Ágnes Fülöp (Erste Bank Hungary) and Lajos Vass (Thermo Fisher Scientific), the discussion shed light on the significance of diversity and inclusion groups at the workplace with a particular focus on supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Participants were engaged in a vibrant conversation aimed at sharing knowledge and best practices for cultivating an open working environment that promotes employee well-being. The event provided a valuable platform for exchanging new ideas and insights on programs already in operation. In addition, on July 15, BSS Hungary, representing the business services sector, participated in the Budapest Pride March, showing unwavering support for the LGBTQIA+ community and advocating for timeless human values such as equality and inclusivity.

The Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham)

Dutcham wishes to thank its members and friends for joining its recent Summer Drinks event at the Crowne Plaza Budapest. “It is always a pleasure to reconnect with members and spend some quality networking time together,” the chamber said.

Joint Venture Association (JVSz)

Meet the JVSz at its “Autumn Kick-Off Business Sparkling” event at the end of August, where after a well-deserved summer break, we can start the fall season in a relaxed and informal evening in good company. The event will include a report on the achievements of the JVSz executive and board thus far this year and their ambitious plans for the remaining months.

• When: Wednesday, August 30, 6:30-10 p.m. • Where: Hard Rock Hotel Budapest (Nagymező út 38, 1065 Budapest) • Cost: (includes food and drinks): Members HUF 14,900/person; members of partner organizations HUF 19,900/person; non-members HUF 24,900/person. (The participation fee includes the price of food and drinks.)

Belgium Business Club (Belgabiz)

Belgabiz participated at a reception celebrating the National Day of Belgium, which is celebrated on July 21, commemorating the day on which Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of the Belgians in 1831. The date marks the start of the modern Kingdom of Belgium. The reception at the Residence of Belgium was also the occasion to bid farewell to Ambassador Siegfried Peinen and his family. Michael Wallace Banach, Apostolic Nuncio and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, gave a speech. In addition to representatives of the Hungarian government and diplomatic bodies, many Belgian-Hungarian companies were represented, including many members of Belgabiz.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCIU)

In the rapid development of the agri-food sector, Italy is at the top internationally due to its leading role in innovation and technological development. Both countries should take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the Hungarian market, the CCIU says.

Innovative technologies and the evolution of the agri-food chain have become inseparable elements in improving the efficiency and sustainability of food production, especially considering the severe threat of climate change. Given the enormous investments planned by the Hungarian government for the development of the agri-food chain, the CCIU, in collaboration with the Hungarian National Chamber of Agriculture (NAK), is organizing the “Italian Agri-food Technologies” event to introduce leading Italian companies in the agri-food sector to the Hungarian market, and establish medium and long-term partnerships.

The event will focus on topics such as technological innovations in the agri-food sector, subsidies, and market prospects, providing concrete and practical information that will be crucial for Hungarian food and agriculture companies in 2024. It aims to provide a platform for exchange and dialogue between institutions, companies, and experts, outline future scenarios, and offer concrete solutions to promote innovation and sustainability in the Italian-Hungarian agri-food sector. It will provide the opportunity to create new collaborations between Italian companies experienced in the field and potential Hungarian buyers. Prior registration via the chamber website is required.

French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

The CCIFH season opening cocktail reception and welcome to new members will be held at the newly opened W Budapest Hotel (Andrássy út 25, 1061 Budapest) on Wednesday, September 13, from 6-8 p.m. For more information and to register, contact the French chamber directly.

The Hungarian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (HNCC)

The HNCC is pleased to announce a business trip to Budapest and Veszprém, Hungary, between September 21-23, 2023. The program offers tailor-made matchmaking with potential Hungarian companies; on-site visits to prospective partners and properties needed for investments; discussions with the decision-makers of regional chambers of commerce to promote bilateral trade and investments; customized cultural activities at events organized by the Veszprém-Balaton Capital of Culture; and an introduction to Hungarian culinary traditions during the Balaton Wine and Gourmet Festival. Further details can be found on the chamber website, or via email: [email protected].

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of July 28, 2023.

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