Chamber of Commerce Corner, June 30, 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

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

The CCH Canada Day Celebration hosted its annual Canada Day celebration on June 26 from 6-10 p.m. This traditional event attracted a diverse and enthusiastic audience eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant Canadian spirit.

Attendees were treated to an array of offerings throughout the evening. Mouthwatering burgers were matched with a carefully curated selection of beers and wines. The highlight of the culinary experience was the delightful donuts provided by The Box Donut.

More than just a celebration, this informal gathering provided an ideal platform to expand professional connections. Attendees could engage in lively conversations, fostering new relationships and strengthening existing ones.

The relaxed atmosphere cultivated an environment conducive to meaningful interactions, creating a perfect blend of business and pleasure. As the evening unfolded, conversations flowed effortlessly, reflecting the strong sense of community that embodies the Canadian Chamber in Hungary. The CCCH Canada Day event proved once again to be a highlight on the social and professional calendars, showcasing the organization’s commitment to fostering networking opportunities.

French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

With the sponsorship of Pure Air Ltd. and Decathlon, the CCIFH organized its first French Chamber Open Tennis Tournament on the court of the MLTC Tennis Club in Mátyásföld on Saturday, June 17. Players came from more than 12 different member companies to play together in singles and doubles (with individuals paired via a random draw) matches. The day provided the perfect occasion to play as much tennis as possible, network and establish new business relations. The chamber intends to organize the event again and asks interested parties to contact it directly.

Belgian Business Club (Belgabiz)

At the invitation of Walter Holzhammer, representative of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and Wim Dillen, international development manager, Belgabiz participated in the company’s Midsummer Night networking event in Budapest on June 21. This port in the heart of Europe is crucial in connecting with the Central European hinterland. By joining forces in 2022, the platforms of Antwerp and Zeebrugge strengthened their position within the global supply chain. The event offered a perfect opportunity to network with international businesspeople from the logistics sector. The Ambassador of Belgium, Siegfried Peinen, also attended the evening. The plans presented promise to build relations even “stronger and smarter” in the coming years.

German-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (DUIHK)

The summer break is only just beginning, but at some point, we know we will have to get back to work. To sweeten this moment, the DUIHK cordially invites members and friends to a Back-to-Work Cocktail event in the beautiful historic garden of Haris Park, with delicious cocktails and live music.

• When: Thursday, August 31, 6:30-10 p.m. • Where: Haris Park, Marczibányi tér 6, 1022 Budapest • Further information and registration: www.duihk.hu

American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

On June 12, AmCham Hungary’s HR Committee hosted an open meeting on embracing experience and overcoming ageism in the workplace. The event featured highly accomplished professionals who are actively researching and trying to draw attention to ageist practices and their negative impact on society and businesses. During a roundtable discussion, panelists Kitti Dobi (MBH Bank Nyrt), Katalin Tardos (International Business School), Erzsébet Antal (Profirent Rental) and Andrea Juhos (Lee Hecht Harrison) talked about the most relevant skills and personality traits of the 50+ age group that have proved to be competitive or even irreplaceable in the job market. Panelists also highlighted the significance of life-long learning, thus developing resilience and becoming more flexible towards the new demands of not only the labor market but the challenges of life, as well as corporate programs targeting several generations to mitigate the effects of ageism.

Dutcham, Swisscham, Swedish Chamber team up

How do you motivate the members of different generations at the workplace? How do you attract, retain and engage them? Do their attitudes and preferences resonate with our (un)conscious biases? These were the main topics of the recent Dutcham CEO/HR meet-up co-organized with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and the Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce. Electrolux Group provided the venue, with the speakers and panelists being: Erika Némethi, Gergely Pomázi, Balázs Feitel Annamaria Foldes, Zoltán Könczöl, Zoltan Csorogi, Kinga Máté, and Botond Mihályi.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of June 30, 2023.

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