Chamber of Commerce Corner, May 6, 2024

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 organizing chamber’s website. If you have information for inclusion on this page, send an email in English to Annamária Bálint at annamaria.balint@bbj.hu

Belgian Business Club In Hungary (Belgabiz)

Belgabiz will hold its yearly Belgian Dinner this year at the W Budapest Hotel. This prominent event celebrates Belgian-Hungarian relations and the EU leadership transition in a glamorous ambiance as we bid farewell to Belgium’s tenure and welcome Hungary to the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Besides the fine social and gastronomic experience with a Belgian touch, the evening promises excellent fun in an international surrounding with a tombola. Company tables are available.

• When: Friday, June 14, 6-11 p.m. • Where: W Budapest Hotel, Andrássy út 25, Budapest 1061 • Fee: Members HUF 55,000; non-members HUF 65,000.

Hungarian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce (HNCC)

Adam Laska, a founder and still an active member of the HNCC, organized a “Taste of Hungary” event with the Embassy of Hungary in Oslo on Thursday, April 18. The program aimed at promoting and introducing Hungary to the residents and employees of the “Midtåsenhjemmet” elderly care facility. There was a substantial interest: more than 70 persons attended the show, which successfully presented various aspects of Hungarian culture (music, movies, folk dance, folklore, etc.), gastronomy, and viticulture. The participants had the opportunity to learn more about Hungarian traditions and history and taste authentic Hungarian cuisine, which they found interesting and delicious. The facility director expressed her gratitude for what she described as the most successful program of recent years.

Hungarian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

The CCIFH invites guests to celebrate “La vie en Rose” in a very French way at its garden party on Buda Hill, surrounded by nature, lanterns and chansons.

• When: Friday, June 14, 5-10 p.m. • Where: Normafa Síház, Eötvös út 59, Budapest 1121. • Fee: Members HUF 36,000 (+ VAT); non-members HUF 54,000 (+ VAT).

The CCIFH’s next hybrid Business Breakfast will take “ESG Requirements in the Hungarian Market” as its subject. The speakers will be: Dániel Erdélyi, head of department at the Supervisory Authority for Regulated Activities; András Bagyura, head of sustainability services at Mazars; Andrea Belényi, partner at VJT & Partners law firm; and András Balásfalvi-Kiss, head of Kingfisher Digital Zrt.

• When: Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m.-1. p.m. • Where: Well Point Event Venue, Europa Design Plc., Törökvész út 71-75, Budapest 1025 • Fee: Members HUF 19,900 (+ VAT); non-members HUF 29.900 (+ VAT).

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH)

This year, the BCCH will be hosted for its annual meeting by one of its trusted long-term members, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The AGM will take place in the hotel’s Petőfi Room and, after the formal part, will feature the customary networking, including cocktail canapés and drinks on the main terrace. The dress code will be Smart evening wear/Cocktail dress.

• 3:30 p.m.: Registration opens

• 4 p.m.: Welcome speech by Dóra Kulauzov, Honorary vice chairman of the BCCH

• 4:10 p.m.: Chairman’s report presented by chairman Duncan Graham

• 4:20 p.m.: Financial and Auditor’s Report detailing BCCH accounts for 2023 and the budget for 2024, presented by treasurer Douglas Arnott

• 4:30 p.m.: Vote on accepting the Chairman’s, Financial and Auditor’s Reports; vote on approving the annual BCCH budget 2024.

• 4:35-4:55 p.m.: Fireside Chat with Gergely Kiss from Attrecto on “Generative AI Today.”

• 4:55-5 p.m.: The results are announced, and the moderator closes the official part of the AGM.

• 5 p.m.: Reception begins

BCCH members will receive all the documents uploaded to a Google Drive folder via email in early May you will receive, including the proxy form and all financial reports.

• When: Wednesday, May 16. • Where: Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, Budapest 1073 • Fee: Members, free: non-members cannot attend the formal part of the evening, but the charge for the reception is HUF 20,000 (incl. VAT).

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

Don’t miss an authentic Canadian BBQ experience. Our upcoming traditional BBQ evening will be held on the 29th of May. Featuring bison and salmon at ÖbölHáz, Kopaszi-gát, this event is a memorable fusion of Canadian flavors and Hungarian hospitality, offering guests a taste of Canada’s culinary heritage in a picturesque outdoor setting. Experience a great evening with live jazz music in the background and the opportunity to win exciting raffle prizes. Many prominent business leaders in Hungary attend the event from various sectors. Bring your friends and your colleagues.

• When: Wednesday, May 29, 6-11 p.m. • Where: ÖbölHáz, Kopaszi-gát 2, Budapest 1117

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

Swisscham Hungary will have two noteworthy events in May.

Joint After-work Networking

The next joint event with the Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham) and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary will promote informal networking among the members and partners of the three chambers. Join the chambers for a drink and an accompanying meal while making valuable business and friendship connections in a pleasant atmosphere.

• When: Thursday, May 16, 6-9 p.m. • Where: Zsiráf Buda, Millenáris, Kis Rókus utca 2-4, Budapest 1024. • Fee: Members HUF 15,000; non-members HUF 20,000.

Health 2024: Nordic Waking with a Professional Trainer

Join Swisscham for a 2.5-hour Nordic walking tour with a trainer. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and determination. A qualified Nordic walking instructor will accompany guests on the walk, and poles will be provided. The route is easily walkable, and we will include several rest stops.

• When: Friday, May 24. 9:30-11:00 a.m. • Where: Meeting point at 1025 Budapest, Törökvészi út 147 • Fee: Members free of charge; non-members HUF 10,000.

Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary (CCIU)

From June 21 to 25, the CCIU will participate in the World Convention of the Italian Chambers of Commerce (CCIE) at the Brixia Forum, Italy. The event will see the participation of 200-plus delegates representing 86 Italian chambers from 63 countries, organized by the Brescia Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with its Special Agency Pro Brixia and Assocamerestero. Among the key topics of the Assocamerestero Convention are the bilateral meetings between the CCIE and local enterprises aimed at presenting services and business opportunities offered by the chambers of commerce in the international market, keeping in mind the growth objective of the Italian economy abroad through the network of international relations stably supported by the chamber organizations. The CCIE’s strategic objective is to identify the actions that will allow Italian companies to reach the most profitable markets through an effective internationalization strategy.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of May 6, 2024.

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