Austrian Business Chamber: 2019 AGM – Chairman’s Report
We live no doubt in very difficult and uncertain times, be it here in South Africa or be it in the beautiful home country of many of us, Austria, or be it in the entire world.
Here, we are eagerly awaiting the inauguration of our new president and the announcement of the new cabinet, which has a tremendous task ahead to get this country and our economy back on track again.
Back home in Austria, the government coalition has collapsed and new elections have been called. In Europe, we still don’t know whether there will or will not be a Brexit. And in the world, America and China continue their trade wars, fuelled by the rather erratic leadership of President Trump.
Against this difficult economic framework, business people who form the backbone of our organization, seek support, stability and networking opportunities to assist in growing their businesses. And the Austrian Business Chamber offers a wide range of compelling services to our members in this regard.
I am pleased that there is a consistent flow of new members who find a home and support in the Austrian Business Chamber and make up for the natural attrition of members who retire from the business world. Also in the last financial year, our membership base remained again constant around the 80 members mark. But I am particularly delighted that more and more companies are seeking the benefits of a premium membership that comes with significant exposure and advertising opportunities.
So first of all, I would like to thank our longstanding as well as our new premium members for their support and contributions.
Our long established premium members comprise of:
A particular thank you goes to Gerhart Mischinger from Technimac and Richard Leiter from FAW Motor Vehicle Manufacturers for sponsoring today’s AGM and Networking event, and in particular to Richard who facilitated the attendance of the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa as our guest speaker later on tonight.
A big welcome goes to our new premium members who are:
Thank you very much for support.
Once again, we were able to offer our members a very interesting line up of events in the last financial year, with our primary focus on our monthly Sundowner in combination with an informative talk. Talks during our last financial year included:
All in all, an expressive line up of events and I would like to thank Monika Kopp, our Managing Director and all of our directors for the hard work they have been doing during the year, in putting together such interesting events and in keeping our organization going. Not an easy task, considering we all have other professional commitments which in difficult economic times put a lot of strain o us.
I am furthermore very pleased to report, that under Deon’s stewardship, our finances remain very healthy. We had a great year with revenues of just under 300.000R, showing over 15% growth, and we ended the year with a profit of over 40.000R. Our cash balances have grown to just over 350.000R putting the Austrian Business Chamber on a solid foundation.
Looking into the future, myself and my fellow directors are committed to continue to bringing you interesting events, talks and networking opportunities!
We will enhance our presence on our social media platforms, facebook, linked-in and the web, combined with a regular newsletter.
And we are further developing our relationships with other Chambers and the EU Chamber and hope to bring even more exciting networking opportunities with joint events. Cornelius Grzimek from Boehler, has kindly agreed to represent us on the Board of the EU Chamber.
Shortly, on 7 June, we will once again be hosting our highly successful Annual Golf Day, which is our main charity event for the year. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Monika in this regard.
All our Board members will be available for re-election and are seeking your mandate to continue our work for you, the members of the Austrian Business Chamber.
I would like to conclude by thanking my fellow directors Monika, Gerhart, Richard, Deon, Sheri-Leigh Marco and Maria, for all their contributions and commitment to Austrian Business Chamber, I am proud to have you as members of my team!
I would also like to thank Johannes Brunner and his team from the Austria Trade Commission for not only providing us with a home, but also for all your support and contributions during the year! Without your assistance, the ABC would not be able to operate as successfully as we do. Thank you very much!
And most importantly, I would like to thank all of you, our valued members, for your loyal support and trust in the ABC as the networking organization of your choice
Pictures from our AGM can be found on our Facebook Page
In 2019, the Austrian economy grew by 1.6% year-on-year, significantly weaker than in the previous… Read More
After two months of official negotiations, the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Green Party… Read More
The European Film Festival 2019 is a partnership project of the European Union’s Delegation to… Read More
FAW Jiefang, one of the biggest Chinese utility vehicle producers, will form a strong economic… Read More
KTM’s ‘MOTOHALL’ is the result of four years planning. The company’s impressive new showpiece set… Read More
We are delighted to share the Presentation from our Skills Workshop with you which was… Read More