2023

 


Vienna Economic Forum & AACC
Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

25 January 2023
Vienna- Austria

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With the aim of enhancing mutual relations and strengthening cooperation between Austria, Southeastern European countries and Arab countries, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), represented by its Secretary-General Eng. Mouddar Khouja, and the Vienna Economic Forum (VEF), represented by its Secretary-General H.E. Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 25 January 2023.

The MoU ceremony was honoured by the presence of Dr. Ernst Huber, Member of AACC Board of Directors and Member of the VEF Honorary Committee. Dr. Snezana Kearns, Senior Project Manager, Ms. Irena Pal (BBA), Project & Office Manager, and Mag. Niko Petković, Project Manager additionally attended the ceremony from VEF’s side, whereas Mag. Leila Kaplan, Office Director and Chief of Staff attended from AACC’s side.

The signing of this MoU was the result of deliberations that took place during a courtesy visit paid by Secretary-General Khouja to Secretary-General Kirtcheva earlier this month. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Kirtcheva has already met with a number of Arab ambassadors in Vienna, in an attempt to further consolidate coordination and cooperation with the Arab region, an area in which SG Khouja reiterated his readiness to support by all means.

 

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  L-t-r: Ms. Pal, Mag. Kaplan, Dr. Huber, SG Eng. Khouja, Amb. Dr. Kirtcheva, Dr. Kearns, Mag. Petković


This bilateral agreement between AACC and VEF demonstrates the will of both parties as strategic partners to establish cooperation and good relations between both institutions, by means of mutual support of each other’s initiatives and activities, organising joint events and sharing useful information on the economic situation and developments aimed at supporting the goals of both institutions.
                    
In this context, Ambassador Kirtcheva announced the upcoming “Vienna Economic Talks- Prishtina Meeting 2023”, scheduled to take place on 7-8 May 2023 in Prishtina, Kosovo and invited SG Khouja and AACC members to attend. SG Khouja extended an invitation to Ambassador Dr. Kirtcheva and VEF members to take part in the 12th edition of the “Annual Investment Meeting (AIM)” and the “Entrepreneurs Investment Summit: Investing in Arab and African Entrepreneurs”, which will be held under the support of the Union of Arab Chambers (UAC) from 8 -10 May 2023 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Pursuant to the agreement on widely publishing information and news pertaining to each other’s activities, each of the institutions will reciprocally share information about the above-mentioned meetings and vigorously promote the other’s events within its extensive network.

 

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Secretary General of Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Dipl.-Ing. Mouddar Khouja to a working meeting at Vienna Economic Forum (VEF)

On 9th January 2023, the Secretary General of the Vienna Economic Forum Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva had the pleasure to welcome Dipl.-Ing. Mouddar Khouja, Secretary General of the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC)  in the premises of Vienna Economic Forum (VEF).

The conversation took place in a very friendly atmosphere and focused on the options for future cooperation. New perspectives were identified, for the development of which the two parties discussed the possibility of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Cooperation Agreement for the organisation of „Vienna Economic Talks- Prishtina Meeting 2023”

On 12 January 2023, Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva, Secretary General of Vienna Economic Forum and H.E. Mr. Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo and Patron of Vienna Economic Forum signed a Cooperation Agreement regarding the organization of „Vienna Economic Talks- Prishtina Meeting 2023” on 7-8 May in Prishtina.

The signing of the Cooperation Agreement took place in the premises of the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and was followed by intense talks with the delegation of the Prime Minister and H.E. Mr. Lulzim Pllana, Ambassador of Kosovo and Member of the Ambassadors Committee of Vienna Economic Forum, and in the presence of Ambassador Dr. Emil Brix, Director of the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and a longstanding supporter of Vienna Economic Forum.

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VEF Cooperation partner - Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) collaborates with World Bank Group member IFC in the VEF - Member country Bulgaria

Vienna Economic Forum is pleased to inform about the further development of the VEF Cooperation partner Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), represented on the VEF Board by Mag. Peter Höfinger as a VEF Vice-President.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has acquired a stake of around 10% in the Bulgarian pension fund Doverie, which is majority owned by the VEF Cooperation partner - Vienna Insurance Group (VIG). The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen private pension provision in the VEF - Member country Bulgaria and to jointly expand the pension insurance market in the country.

Vienna Economic Forum congratulates the Vienna Insurance Group on this important step and is proud of the successes of its Cooperation partner.

Click here for the Press release.

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Vittorio Di Bello (IFC) and Peter Höfinger (VIG) 

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Working meeting with H.E. Mr. Hamad Ali Mohammed Subaih Alkaabi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates

On 11 January 2023, Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva, Member of the Board and Secretary General of Vienna Economic Forum was received by H.E. Mr. Hamad Ali Mohammed Subaih Alkaabi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations for a working meeting at the Embassy of the UAE. 

The main topic of the discussion were various possibilities for a cooperation and potential active participation of representatives of the United Arab Emirates economy in the VEF- Activities.

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Working meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq H.E. Mr. Baker Fattah Hussen at the premises of Vienna Economic Forum

On the 9th of January 2023, the Secretary General of the Vienna Economic Forum Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva had a working meeting with H.E. Mr. Baker Fattah Hussen Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations, accompanied by Dr. Zahim M. Muslim, Counsellor responsible for the Economic Relations, at the premises of Vienna Economic Forum.

In a very friendly and open atmosphere, interesting potential opportunities and concrete initiatives for a future cooperation between the Republic of Iraq and Vienna Economic Forum were discussed.

Amb. Iraq H.E. Baker Fattah Hussen

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