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World Champion title for ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber of Austria (WKÖ)

October 23, 2012

WKÖ-President Leitl: “Award for export promotion initiatives is a confirmation for the road we took, as export is Austria’s employment- and prosperity guarantor”

The International Trade Centre (ITC) awarded ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) on 10.18.2012 in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) the title of best foreign trade organization in the world. The first place in the category "Developed Country" of the "2012 TPO Network Award - Excellence in Export Development Initiatives" was awarded to Austria, followed by the foreign trade organizations of France and Lithuania." Austria's young professionals were named European champions in early October at the Euroskill European Championship, and now we got the world title for our export promotion initiatives. Not only is the Chamber's network of over 115 foreign trade centers the world's second largest after that of the United States, the activities of our foreign trade organization now also got a world title," said Chamber President Christoph Leitl. "This allows us to once again to prove to our member companies that we support their steps to and from foreign countries and so make an important contribution to the export success story of our country", said Leitl. That Austria managed to almost offset the global economic export slump of 2009 only a year later and achieved a new export record in 2011, which will be surpassed this year again, is proof enough that export promotion is working well. Leitl. "After all, export is one of the most important employment and prosperity guarantors of our country. "

, Go Silicon Valley' program for Austrian IT companies

The program and the projects of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA as well as the submitted success story, Go Silicon Valley ', impressed the jury of Kuala Lumpur reports Karl Hartleb, Deputy Head of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, , who accepted the award from the Secretary General of the International Trade Center (ITC) '. The ITC is a joint organization of the WTO and the UN.

This , Go Silicon Valley' project (which is part of ‘go-international’, the internationalization initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the WKÖ) brings together selected Austrian IT companies with Silicon Valley based technology companies and venture capital firms with the objective of an effective financing and a rapid commercialization of their technologies.

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, as part of the WKÖ, is a reliable solution provider in all aspects of internationalization. It is the face and voice of the Austrian export industry as well as the location of Austria abroad and in its function of internationalization agency of the Austrian economy - with its network of more than 115 offices in over 70 countries - helps all Austrian companies - whether export novice or export specialist - to build a bridge to the rest of world.