Chamber of Commerce Corner, September 8, 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

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

Swisscham’s first event this fall season will be a reception on the Duna korzó (Danube Promenade), where you can chat with business friends and make new connections in a relaxed atmosphere. Cozy surroundings and delicious food will be provided by Swisscham sponsoring member InterContinental Budapest and ARZ-Lebanese Restaurant. • When: September 21, 6-10 p.m. • Where: InterContinental Budapest – ARZ Lebanese Restaurant, Apáczai Csere János utca 12-14, 1052 Budapest. • Cost: Swisscham members, HUF 15,000 (0% VAT); non-members: HUF 25,000 (0% VAT)

Also, save the date for Switzerland in Pécs, Swiss-Hungarian Business Talks on the circular economy for a sustainable future. • When: October 4. • Where: Pécs.

French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

The CCIFH, in cooperation with the Bán, S. Szabó, Rausch & Partners Law Firm and the Belgian Business Club (Belgabiz), will hold a Hungarian-language conference and round table discussion on “Business Partner Due Diligence and Risk Reduction Prior to Signing a Contract.” • When: Tuesday, September 26, 9-11:30 a.m. • Where: Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 2-4, 1052 Budapest. • Cost: Members HUF 14,900 (+ VAT); non-members HUF 21,900 (+ VAT).

The topic for the next CCIFH Businesswomen Lunch is the vision for and challenges facing public transport in Budapest, with Dr. Katalin Walter, CEO of the Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK). • When: Wednesday September 27, noon-2 p.m. • Where: Kempinski Hotel Budapest, Erzsébet tér 7-8, 1051 Budapest – on • Cost: Members, HUF 26,900 (+ VAT); non-members, HUF 39,900 (+ VAT).

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

How can innovative “intelligent energy services” solutions help control and predict energy costs? What IT solutions can assist in implementing energy cost-saving measures quickly and effectively while maintaining an optimal investment level? In this turbulent economic environment, many companies face challenges with sudden spikes and high volatility in energy costs due to hasty transitions towards green energy and geopolitical impacts. While a few years ago, optimizing energy usage was only a part of a company’s medium to long-term strategy due to low and predictable energy prices, today, extremely high energy costs can significantly impact profits, eroding ROI for energy-related investments. CCCH will hold a Business Breakfast session this fall to look into this. The presenters will be Zsolt Hoffmann (CEO/BMD, Smart Digital) and Gábor Bényász (CEO/CTO, EKT Solutions Kft.). • When: October 10. • Where: BuildEXT, Zen Garden Offices, Horvát u. 12-14, 1027 Budapest • Cost: Members HUF 11,900 (incl. VAT); non-members: HUF 20,900 (incl. VAT)

The Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham)

Culture, creativity and innovation still need in-person interaction; therefore, the office must support collaboration and connection for long-lasting, memorable experiences. At the same time, it also raises practical questions. How fast can your office adapt to the rapidly changing way of working? What are the primary triggers behind future office space trends? Join Dutcham’s upcoming Workplace Renaissance event on October 4 to get insights into this “mission critical” area.

American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

After a short summer break, AmCham resumed activities on September 1 with a Business Forum hosting Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Szabolcs Takács. The event provided a unique platform to address pressing issues affecting a wide range of U.S.-bound businesses around the current dynamics, challenges, and opportunities of the bilateral relationship, the termination of the double tax treaty, the war in Ukraine, and the limitations of the Visa Waiver Program.

As for AmCham’s upcoming fall events that are open to the public, you can expect a rich program, including two business forums with Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér at the end of September and Minister for Regional Development and Utilization of EU Funds Tibor Navracsics in October respectively. AmCham’s flagship event, the Business Meets Government Summit, will follow on October 19, jointly organized with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency.

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH)

The BCCH’s longest-running marquee series, CEO Dinners, returns on September 19 at the W Hotel Budapest (a new chamber member), where Melanie Seymour, head of global client service at BlackRock and a former managing director of BlackRock Hungary, will be the guest speaker. BlackRock is a giant of the financial world, one of the best-known names in the field. More information on the talk topic will follow soon, but guests will have the chance to enjoy a luxurious three-course dinner with wine and welcome drinks while hearing the views of a foremost professional on recent developments and current affairs. The U.K. Ambassador to Hungary Paul Fox, and BCCH chairman Duncan Graham will also make opening remarks. • When: September 19, 6-8 p.m. • Where: W Hotel Budapest, Andrássy út 25, 1061 Budapest • Cost: Members HUF 25,000 (incl. VAT); non-members HUF 35,000 (incl. VAT)

German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK)

For SMEs today, threats from cybercrime and the rapid developments in artificial intelligence pose existential challenges. The DUIHK seminar “Netzwerk Digital: Data Security and Artificial Intelligence - Impact on my Company” informs company leaders about the latest trends, gives practical instructions for action and helps better recognize potential dangers in your own company to be able to set the right priorities. In English, German and Hungarian, with translation. • When: September 27, 9 a.m. • Where: DUIHK office, Lövőház u. 30, 1024 Budapest. • Cost: HUF 19,500 + VAT / person

Meanwhile, the German chamber’s first Jour Fixe event after the summer break again offers excellent opportunities for networking and the introduction ofnew members, as well as dinner. The venue is W Budapest Hotel, located in the historic Drechsler Palace, formerly home to the Hungarian State Ballet Institute. • When: September 28, 6 p.m. • Where: W Budapest Hotel, Andrassy út 25, 1061 Budapest • Cost: Members HUF 25,000 (+ VAT)/person; non-members HUF 48,000 (+ VAT)/person.

Joint Venture Association (JVSz)

For the 12th time, JVSz is organizing its annual Autumn Macro Conference 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. • When: October 3, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • Where: ELTE University Congress Center, North Block, Gömb Aula, Pázmány Péter Sétány 1/A, 1117 Budapest. • Cost: In-person for members, HUF 14,900/person, or online only HUF 7,900/person; non-members in-person HUF 19,900/person, online only HUF 12,900/person

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCIU)

In the context of the current European geopolitical scenario, the CCIU, together with Lajos Law Firm and Peter & Kim, are working to create a seminar to analyze the emerging trends, challenges to be faced, and what the future holds in the resolution of disputes within Europe. Speakers will be Flavio Peter and Konstantin Christie, partners at Peter & Kim (a leading international arbitration firm) in Geneva and Zurich, and Levente Lajos, managing partner at Lajos Law Firm, which represents local and international investors in Hungary. He will also take care of the translation of any subject discussed in Italian. • When: September 21, 10:30 a.m. • Where: CCIU Offices, Lónyay utca 18/a, 1093 Budapest • Cost: Free to members; not open to non-members

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of September 8, 2023.

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