Chamber of Commerce Corner, June 16, 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

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

The CCCH recently hosted its highly anticipated 10th Canadian Bison & Salmon BBQ Dinner at the picturesque Öbölház restaurant. The event was an exquisite showcase of Canadian culinary delights, accompanied by live jazz music, a thrilling raffle with incredible prizes from generous sponsors, and, most importantly, a gathering of like-minded individuals dedicated to fostering bilateral relations between Canada and Hungary.

The Öbölház restaurant provided the perfect backdrop for this special occasion. Nestled in a charming location, the venue exuded warmth and sophistication, creating an inviting atmosphere for all attendees. The sprawling terrace offered a breathtaking view.

The CCCH would like to thank everyone who attended the Canadian Bison & Salmon BBQ Dinner. Their enthusiasm and commitment to strengthening Canadian-Hungarian relations made the event a resounding success.

“It was heartwarming to witness the spirit of camaraderie and the shared appreciation for Canada’s vibrant culture. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our sponsors for their generosity and support, without which this event would not have been possible,” a Canadian chamber spokesperson told the Budapest Business Journal.

“Whether you’re a Canadian expatriate, a Hungarian business professional with an interest in Canada, or simply someone who appreciates international connections, our events offer a unique platform to network, learn, and forge meaningful relationships. We promise an array of exciting experiences that will showcase the best of Canada’s cultural diversity while also creating opportunities for collaboration and business growth,” the spokesperson added.

The German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (DUIHK)

The German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala evening on Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel. The 400 guests could not only look back on three decades of German-Hungarian economic relations but also enjoy a party with dancing, bars and entertainment. High-level guests included Hungary’s President Katalin Novák, the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás, the Ambassadors of Hungary, Germany and Austria (Péter Györkös, Julia Gross and Alexander Grubmayr, respectively), the Vice President of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), Kirsten Schoder-Steinmüller, and the Head of Foreign Trade, Volker Treier. For a full report, see “DUIHK 30th Anniversary Gala with President of Hungary and 400 Guests,” page 11.

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

The next online event of Swisscham will be CEE Swiss Impulse Session called How businesses should use AI / ChatGPT run by its partners, the Chamber of Commerce Switzerland Central Europe (SEC) and the regional Swiss Chambers. AI evangelist Malcolm Werchota will outline what AI is good for and how businesses should use it now. Participants will hear about the latest advancements in generative AI, practical applications in commerce and networking and learn about valuable resources and tools. Werchota has been recently working for Novartis globally, helping them decide how they should use AI in their daily work. He is also the co-owner of an AI start-up in Barcelona and has recently been very active in coaching various businesses on this subject. The online session will run from 11-11:45 on Tuesday, June 20, but online prior registration is required via the Swisscham website.

Swisscham launched a new HR event on June 7 with coach Balázs Vaszkun. This two-hour special business training aimed to discover the less conscious dimensions of communication, develop adaptability, and accept mistakes for the sake of development. The training method is based on physical experience, with easy-to-learn self-defense situations reworked into a business, meta-communication context. The participants had an intensive lesson and also gained some helpful take aways for the future, Swisscham says.

The Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham)

The recent Dutcham event on the business benefits of Cultural Diversity hosted by ING Bank and supported by the Netherlands Embassy covered various corporate challenges and best practices. This topic is especially relevant for Dutcham, a vibrant business community that “melts” cultures. We were interested to learn how a company can benefit from encouraging an open, inclusive culture where differences are appreciated. For a full report, see “Dutcham Embracing the Business Benefits of Cultural Diversity,” page 10.

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH)

The BCCH will be holding its Ascot at Hilton event on June 24. Thanks to generous sponsors Perisia Consulting, Antempus, AACM Central Europe and the British Council Hungary, BCCH says everything is almost ready. It promises a program that “is going to be nothing short of amazing and quite packed, including a gorgeous hat fashion show, courtesy of Hajnalka Tórizs Head Couture, and a charity betting competition for unique prizes including multiple hotel stays, with all proceeds going to charity. The chamber also promises “ample amounts of the quintessential British Summer favorite Pimm’s.” The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Hungary, Paul Fox, will be the guest of honor. To recreate the Ascot atmosphere, guests are asked to come dressed as if they were attending the race in person.

Belgian Business Club in Hungary (Belgabiz)

Belgabiz held a Family Day at Budapest Garden on June 10, where members were invited together with their families. Various sporty activities and entertainment for all ages awaitedthe numerous guests. This was also the occasion to say farewell to departing Belgian Ambassador to Hungary Siegfried Peinen, who has been a dedicated club member as its honorary chairman since 2019. “Belgabiz is grateful to the ambassador for contributing to its success over the years and wishes him good luck for all his future endeavors,” a spokesperson told the BBJ.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of June 16, 2023.

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