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ABC AGM meeting held on June 2011

4. October 2011

This year’s AGM meeting of the Austrian Business Council was replete with activities ranging from welcoming new members to electing a new executive board as well as discussing a range of key issues brought up by the members.

This year, the annual general meeting of Austrian Business Council was held on June 22, 2011 at Al Badia Golf Club Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. The evening started with a welcome and short report by Mr. Theodor Strohal. He said, “We need new ideas and suggestions for events to get new members! The Austrian Business Council survives through the commitment of its members.” Mr. Strohal’s report was followed by Dr Wolfgang Penzias’s welcome note to all the new Austrian Business Council members.
As the evening progressed, all the ABC members were taken through a presentation which displayed the activities of the ABC in 2011. Dr. Wolfgang Penzias said, “The ABC family has grown rapidly since its inception in 2008. From a mere 25 members, right now we have 72 members. We have managed to organise a lot of networking events for the entire Austrian community. I am happy to say that the ABC is really growing as a perfect platform for the Austrian community in UAE at large.”
The next agenda on the AGM meeting was the election/confirmation of the executive committee. The current board members represented themselves for confirmation of the board for the following year and were confirmed.
The voting process took place with 18 members present and 17 proxy votes. There were no votes objecting the confirmation of the board (please find below the box of the confirmed members).
The meeting brought forth a lot of ideas and opinions from several ABC members. The discussions ranged from organizing the next meeting, discussion of key issues faced by the ABC members to financial matters among others.

The confirmed board members:
Dr Theodor Strohal (Intl. Legal Consultants)
Mr Werner Baumgartner (Swarovski Middle East FZE)
Dr Wolfgang Penzias (Austrian Trade Commission)
Mr Thomas Edelmann (Fastlane)
Mr Naser Kandah (Unger Steel Middle East FZE)
Mr Juergen Loeschenkohl (Bene AG, Middle East)
Mrs Nadja Ortner (Ortner Consulting LLC)
Mr Klaus Eidelpes (Waagner Biro Gulf LLC)
Mr Siegfried Spiegl (Etaone Orient FZCO)

Important points from the AGM meeting:
•Mr Carsten Weisner was appointed to audit the accounts for the years 2010 and 2011. The accounts were audited on the 30th May, 2011 and formally approved.
•The new auditor is Mr. Christian Busch (Mataarna Inc., Dubai)
•The next AGM for 2012 has to take place in the months of February/March or April at the latest) in order to have more time to renew the license of the Austrian Business Council.
•Silke Wind, the editor of Kompass GCC promised that ABC ads will be published in the magazine free of cost.
•ABC members Theodor Strohal and Dr Wolfgang Penzias all geared to have a discussion with the Dubai Chamber in order to secure an own bank account for the Austrian Business Council.

Next ABC meetings:
•The first Board meeting took place on the 19th July, 2011 at 18.00 hrs.
•The second Board meeting (big meeting with presentation) will take place on the 13th September at 18.00 hrs.