Chamber of Commerce Corner, September 22, 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

German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK):

The DUIHK had a packed house at its Sourcing Day on Sep. 7: Eight buyers from German companies held more than 50 conversations in person and online with 36 potential Hungarian suppliers. The German buyers were concentrating mainly on the procurement of metals. One of the main reasons for this is that the procurement market has changed significantly since 2018; buyers have to stand on several legs to ensure a continuous supply and are, therefore, always looking for new sources. The project covered both the procurement needs for small and large quantities, so there was a wide range of suppliers from the Hungarian side. The main objective was to match supply and demand. This event provided a good platform, as the negotiations resulted from a long process of preliminary discussions and needs assessments. The DUIHK organized the event in cooperation with the German BME, in which the German buyers are represented. The next joint event, the 9th CEE Procurement and Supply Summit, will take place in November in Krakow, Poland.

The Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham)

How fast can your office adapt to the rapidly changing way of working? What are the major triggers behind future office space trends? Dutcham invites you to an interactive morning session to discuss ways to empower people and places from various angles.

• When: Oct. 4 • Where: DVM Design Office, Promenade Gardens, Váci út 80, 1133 Budapest • Cost: members HUF 5,900 (incl. VAT); non-members HUF 9,900 (incl. VAT)

Joint Venture Association (JVSz):

For the 12th time, JVSZ is organizing its annual Macro Conference Exclusive to provide business leaders with up-to-date economic forecasts, renowned experts and valuable knowledge sharing. The half-day conference aims to help business leaders plan for the year ahead and prepare for the challenges they may face in the period ahead. The event’s keynote speaker will be Minister of Finance Mihály Varga and the co-chair of the JVSZ (invited, participation to be confirmed).

• When: October 3, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Where: ELTE University Congress Center (Gömb Aula) • Cost: members HUF 19,900/person, partnerorganisation’ members: HUF 29,900/person, non-members: HUF 39,900/person • More information: www.jvsz.hu

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

Don’t miss out; it’s lobster time! The CCCH invites members and non-members to its upcoming iconic Canadian Lobster Dinner. Known as one of Budapest’s signature business community events, attended by some of the most prominent business leaders in Hungary, this will be the 29th time it has been held. This year, CCCH is expecting more than 250 guests. Unlimited drinks, raffle prizes, a silent auction, delicious cocktails, live music and entertainment are guaranteed.

• When: Nov. 10 • Where: Hotel InterContinental Budapest

French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH):

Professional Forum on Pharma in the Next Decade

The French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry invites guests to join its professional forum, “Perspectives in Hungary for the Pharmaceutical Industry in the Next Decade: According to Which Priorities Will Patient Care Change?” The speaker will be Deputy State Secretary for Professional Healthcare Management Judit Bidló.

• When: Monday, Oct. 2, 9-11:30 a.m. • Where: Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 2-4, 1052 Budapest. • Cost: HUF 18,900 + VAT

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCIU)

This month’s Tecnologie Agroalimentari Italiane (Italian Agrifood Technologies) event aims to illustrate the most significant changes in innovations and technologies, subsidized financing and market prospects for Hungarian companies in the food and agricultural sector in 2024. Notable guests include Undersecretary of State for Foreign Economy Katalin Bihari; Secretary of State for the Food Industry and Trade Policy Márton Nobilis; State Secretary for Implementation of Rural Development Zsolt György Papp; CIB Bank Intesa Sanpaolo Group CEO Pál Simák; CIB Bank Intesa Sanpaolo Group deputy CEOs Alberto De Stavola and Balázs Szabo; and Attila Tóth, head of trade finance and EU services at CIB BANK Intesa Sanpaolo Group. The event intends to provide business opportunities involving Italian know-how holders and Hungarian buyers, as well as concrete and practical information to help sector players deal with the Hungarian market. Selected Italian-based companies will have the opportunity to participate in personalized matchmaking sessions, offering individual meetings with Hungarian investors and producers, the chance to learn about the prospects of the Hungarian market, present their activities and solutions, and interact with Hungarian experts in their field.

• When: Sep. 25-26 • Where: Danubius Hotel Helia, Budapest • Cost: Sep. 25: members EUR 900; non-members EUR 1,100 (includes two nights in hotel). Sep. 25-26: members EUR 1,200; non-members EUR 1,500 (includes three nights in hotel)

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham):

Switzerland in Pécs: Swiss-Hungarian Business Talks on the circular economy for a sustainable future. Programs include a panel discussion with industry experts and government officials, lunch, networking and a factory visit to Holcim Hungary.

• When: Oct. 4 • Where: Pécs • Cost: Participation is free for members and non-members as well.

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American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

IX. AmCham-HIPA Business Meets Government Summit

AmCham Hungary, in collaboration with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency, will organize the 9th Business Meets Government Summit on Oct. 19. The summit has become a leading advocacy forum in Hungary, connecting investors and business leaders with key policymakers. It aggregates the expertise of 150-plus leaders from top investors, the government, think tanks and academia. With the leadership of local and international experts, participants will navigate the ever-evolving business landscape through four main breakout sessions: Business Environment, Energy, Healthcare and Workforce.

• When: Thursday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. • Where: Budapest Marriott Hotel, Apáczai Csere János u. 4, 1052 Budapest • Cost: members HUF 59,990 + VAT/person; non-members HUF 79,990 + VAT/person.

Communication Club on Crisis Management

Should we prepare for war in peacetime? What are the organizational conditions for successful crisis management? The speaker will be Dániel Gergő Pintér, corporate communication manager, PR & RSE for the BioTechUSA Group.

• When: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 9-10:30 a.m. • Where: MGallery, Hotel Nemzeti Budapest, József körút 4, 1088 Budapest. • Cost: members HUF 8,500 + VAT; non-members HUF 12,750 + VAT.

Belgian Business Club (Belgabiz)

Belgabiz hosted its first networking event of the fall season in collaboration with Euroatlantic Consulting on Sep. 7 at The four-star Three Corners Lifestyle Hotel. The presence of the newly appointed Ambassador of Belgium to Hungary, Jeroen Vergeylen, added a touch of diplomatic glamor to the occasion. From Euroatlantic Consulting, Áron Fellegi (chairman of the board), Ármin Ladányi and Dorina Molnár represented the company, which runs offices in Budapest, Brussels, and Washingon, D.C., among other cities. In addition to the enriching discussions, the event was complemented by excellent company and exquisite cuisine. The next Belgabiz event will be on Oct. 5, an exclusive members-only reception at the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of September 22, 2023.

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