8.5.2018-11.5.2018 Leopold Berthold (Liebherr) and ataz President Gerald Gerstbauer attend World Ports Conference in Baku
The main theme of the IAPH Baku 2018 World Ports Conference was “Ports of Future: Building Hubs, Accelerating Connectivity.” The four-day conference focussed on important topics including the emerging transport corridors in the region and around the world, the contribution of the free trade zones to the domestic economy of Azerbaijan and the economy of the neighboring countries, the concept of “SmartPorts”, “Green Ports” as well as marine tourism. The conference agenda also included a technical visit to the new Port of Baku in Alat. Participants got a chance to see „Alat Free Trade Zone“ which is a main part of Azerbaijan’s grand hub vision.
Leopold Berthold, Managing Director of MCCtec Liebherr, and ataz President Gerald Gerstbauer attended this important conference in Baku. They held bilateral meetings with Dr. Taleh Ziyadov, Director-General of the "Baku International Sea Trade Port", Deputy Director General of Guangzhou Port Authority Yuan Yue and Tino Klemm, CFO of Hamburg Port Authority in Baku concerning the New Silk Road and important trade topics between Azerbaijan and Central Europe.
8.3.2018 - ataz Business Breakfast - The Future of Energy in Azerbaijan
In cooperation with Siemens Austria AG, ataz was pleased to invite its members and friends to an interesting Business Breakfast on the topic of "The Future of Azerbaijan". After a warm welcoming speech of Gerald Gerstbauer, President of ataz and SVP at Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH, Gerd Pollhammer, Head of Division Energy Management in CEE at Siemens AG Österreich held a keynote speech on „The Path to Decarbonization and Digitalization – Trends and Innovations“. Georg Weiher, Martin Schreyer and Davide Trebo gave an overview of the status quo, challenges and perspectives of Azerbaijan's energy sector, including an outlook on Azerbaijan's traditional and sustainable energy production.
Siemens invited the guests to an extensive Breakfast which gave opportunity to further discussions and networking.
1.3.2018 - Austrian-Azerbaijani Joint Commission
On March 1st, 2018, the 9th Austrian-Azerbaijani Joint Commission for Economic, Agricultural, Industrial, Technical and Technological Cooperation was held in Vienna at the Austrian Minsitry for Digitalization and Economy under participation of ataz - the Austrian Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce. More than 20 delegates from Azerbaijan came to Vienna for this important event.
The meeting was co-chaired by Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade and Deputy Federal Minister for Enterprise Policy of the Republic of Austria Matthias Tschirf.
The meeting discussed the current economic situation, bilateral economic relations, mutual attraction of investments, as well as cooperation in the spheres of digital technologies, including environmental technologies, energy efficiency, agriculture, finance, standardization, youth and other areas.
Austrian companies participating in the meeting showed interest in expanding their activities in Azerbaijan, and it was decided to organize a business forum in May this year in Baku with the participation of private sector representatives from both countries.
Towards the end of the meeting, a protocol on the expansion of cooperation in various areas of the economy was signed.
15.12.2017 - ataz Honorary Board Lunch
Following the ataz Board meeting, ataz was pleased to invite its Honorary Board members to a festive lunch. Minister Sophie Karmasin, Karlheinz Kopf, President of the National Council, Alfred Gusenbauer, former Austrian Chancellor, ataz President Gerald Gerstbauer and many more came together for a beautiful lunch at the Hyatt Hotel in Vienna.
They discussed the great opportunities and challanges with respect to the New Silk Road. Ataz wants to further the development and exchange of potentials regarding the realisation of the New Silk Road.
15.12.2017 ataz Board Meeting - Dorothea Kipperman new Secretary General of ataz and Reinhold Eckhardt Secretary General for the New Silk Road project
On December 12th, 2017, the ataz Board Members met in order to discuss the closing of the year 2017 and the projects for 2018. ataz president Gerald Gerstbauer informed about recent activities and presented the plans for the next year: Dorothea Kipperman will take over the tasks as Secretary General of ataz from January 2018. Furthermore, ataz will have a wider regional focus from 2018 onwards and will support the development of the New Silk Road. To this end, Reinhold Eckhardt was nominated as Secretary Generald for developing the New Silk Road project.
16.7.-18.7.2017 ataz-Delegation visits Baku
During the first Day the delegation visited the Martyrers Lane and showed their respect.
Later that day, the focus layed on official meetings: The delegation was received by Prof. Hidschran Huseynova, President of the National Committee for Families, Women and Children, and Prof. Salim Muslumov, Minister for Social Affairs
ataz took the opportunity to invite a group of ataz members to meet Rafiga Huseyn-Zade, Vice-president of SOCAR, and organized a formal dinner with Intigam Babayev, Vize-Minister for Youth and Sport, and Fuad Muradov.
The last day consisted of official meetings with President S.E. Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Arthur Rasi-zada. ataz member Liebherr was invited to visit the Port of Baku with Director Taleh Ziyadov. The short trip was a great opportunity for political, economic, cultural and personal exchanges and was a further step in bringing the two countries even closer together.
26.6.2017 - ataz celebrates Karlheinz Kopf's 60th birthday
On June27th, Karlheinz Kopf, 2nd President of the National Council and Chairman of the ataz Honorary Council, celebrates his 60th birthday with friends and colleagues. Among the well-wishers were ataz President Gerald Gerstbauer, Azerbaijan's Ambassador Galib Israfilov, and many more. President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl honored Karlheinz Kopf with the Julius Raab Medal, which is the highest award to be received by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.
ataz President KommR Gerald Gerstbauer visits the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the Biennale Art 2017
During his stay in Venice Mr Gerstbauer was invited to visit The Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
The Artists Hypnotica and Elvin Nabizade show Azerbajans deep multicultural roots with their installations: Unity, Under One Sun, Traffic, Sphere and Profile.
President Gerstbauer was impressed by the hospitality. It was one of the most beautiful Pavilions at the 57th Biennale di Venezia.
Taleh Ziyadov visits Vienna
14.3.2017 - Business Breakfast with Taleh Ziyadov and Leopold Berthold
The ataz Business Breakfast was held on March 14th with Taleh Ziyadov, Director-General of Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan, on the topic of "Port of Baku: a Link between East and West, alongside the ancient Silk Road".
After giving an overview with facts and figures on the Port of Baku, Leopold Berthold provided a brief introduction into Liebherrs Port Equipment.
Leopold Berthold is Managing Director of Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock GmbH. Taleh Ziyadov is Director-General of Baku International Sea Trade Port.
08.02.2016 - Embassador's Dinner
08.02.2016 - Embassador's Dinner
26.-27.11.2016 - ataz Delegation in Turkmenistan
Javid Gurbanov, Chairman Ministry of Transport, President Karlheinz Kopf, KommR Gerald Gerstbauer, Embassador Josef Sailler, Trade Delegate Philipp Winkler and representatives of the companies Liebherr und Kapsch visited Turkmenistan.
ataz is delighted to welcome a new member
6.11.2015 - ataz General Assembly
This year’s General Assembly was held on 6th of November at the office of Lansky, Ganzger + partner. ataz president Gerald Gerstbauer informed about recent activities and presented the plans for the next year. An informal get-together with snacks provided the opportunity for networking and concluded the successful event.
16.10.2015 - Business Breakfast with Ronald Frankl
Austria's fiscal and legal framework for international holding companies was the topic of ataz' Business Breakfast with Ronald Frankl.
Mr. Frankl pointed out the specific advantages of different types of companies and presented the bilateral tax agreements between Austria and Azerbaijan.
Ronald Frankl is attorney-at-law, Partner and Head of Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets with LANSKY, GANZGER + partner.
29.6.2015 - Business Breakfast at LANSKY GANZGER + partner
ataz is delighted to welcome a new member
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bob Djavan, MD, PhD new member of ataz' advisory board
Medical support for ataz: We are happy to welcome Dr. Bob Djavan as a new member of the ataz advisory board!
Bob Djavan is Professor of Urology, Director of the Vienna Urology Foundation, Executive Board Member of the European Society of Urooncology (ESOU) and Chairman of the Regional Office of the European Association of Urology (EAU).
22.4.2015 - Business Breakfast with Walter Ruck
It was a special pleasure to welcome so many attendees at ataz’ second Business Breakfast this year, on April 22nd.
After a short welcome speech held by the Azerbaijani Ambassador HE Galib Israfilov our special guest Walter Ruck, President of the Vienna Economic Chamber, pointed out the importance of Vienna as international business location and traditional gateway to the eastern markets, opportunities and risks included alike.
After his presentation and a vivid discussion, the participants took the opportunity for socializing, networking – and having breakfast. Special thanks to ataz’ member Köhler Draskovits Unger for hosting this event!
13.3.2015 - Advisory Board's Kick Off Event
During the last year ataz succeeded in gaining some new high ranking members for its advisory board, which means an important further improvement of ataz' network. On March 13th they were invited to Zillertal in Tyrol for a first meeting and kick off dinner.
The elegant but still cosy atmosphere of Sportresidenz provided the participants with perfect conditions to discuss general issues as well as ataz’ program for 2015/16 and the next delegation to Baku.
Special thanks to Siemens, Generalplan and Morandell for supporting this event!
Picture: (LTR) Günter Dörflinger, Karlheinz Kopf, Martha Schultz, Alfred Gusenbauer, Herbert Scheibner, Gerald Gerstbauer - click to enlarge
13.2.2015 - Business Breakfast with Martha Schultz
This year’s first ataz Business Breakfast was held on February 13th with Martha Schultz, Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, on the topic of “Trends, future opportunities and international cooperation in winter tourism”.
After giving an overview with facts and figures on the development of winter tourism in general Martha Schultz presented WKO’s activities to support projects with international partners and the transfer of know-how. In addition, she provided a brief insight into Schultz Group, one of the biggest players in Austria’s winter tourism.
Martha Schultz is Vice President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES, Managing Director of the Schultz Group and member of ataz’ advisory board.
Javid Gurbanov new member of ataz' advisory board
website relaunch completed!
MP Javid Gurbanov visits Styria
Mr. Gurbanov was warmly welcomed by Karlheinz Kopf, Second President of Austria’s National Council and president of the ataz advisory board, ataz president Gerald Gerstbauer and ataz vice president Günter Dörflinger. The guest from Azerbaijan was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Leyla Gasimova who is also the director of the Austrian Azerbaijani Cultural Center Azculture.
After a tour through the Styrian Landtag guided by Landtagspräsident Franz Majcen, and a tour through the historic city centre of Graz, the day’s proceedings concluded at the cosy winehouse “Winzerhaus Koglberg” in southern Styria.
31.3.-3.4.2014 ataz-delegation visits Baku
On the first evening, ataz-member Generalplan organized a reception with an exhibition of pictures painted by local artists including a breathtaking view over the bay of Baku.
During the next two days the focus was upon official meetings: The delegation was received by President Ilham Aliyev, Javid Gurbanov, MP and head of the Azerbaijan-Austria inter-parliamentary friendship group, several Ministers and Azerbaijani companies. The Austrian Embassy took the opportunity to invite a group of Austrian expats to a get-together and ataz organized a formal dinner at the well-known Art Gallery restaurant.
The last day was dedicated to cultural interests, Baku’s sights and art treasures – beginning with the medieval Maiden Tower and ending with the futuristic Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by star architect Zaha Hadid. The short trip was dominated by political, economic, cultural and personal exchanges and was a further step in bringing the two countries ever-closer together.