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Events

Summer break . .

July 06, 2019

Over the summer break we have no events planned, but we already have a couple of interesting things penciled in for September . . watch this space.

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Special Briefing by Australia’s lead negotiator Alison Burrows, Special Negotiator EU-FTA

July 03, 2019

The international network of Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) organisations (which includes Australasian Business in Europe - Czech Republic) hosted a briefing on the status of the negotiations for the EU-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Brussels by Australia’s lead negotiator Alison Burrows, Special Negotiator EU-FTA, Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. It outlined the opportunities and challenges facing export-oriented businesses from multinationals to SMEs and members had the opportunity to contribute their perspectives to the process through questions and feedback.
 
Briefing

Around the World with 10 Chambers

May 29, 2019

Australasian Business in Europe, in collaboration with other chambers of commerce, was delighted to host a multicultural & networking event Around the World with 10 Chambers.

This event offered almost 400 guests a selection of the finest food, drinks, and culture from around the world and was attended by business leaders, academics & public officials.

NZ FTA Roundtable

June 24, 2019

We were delighted to host a special briefing from H.E. Rupert Holborow, New Zealand Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Ms Lucie Vondrackova, Director of Trade Policy from the Ministry of Industry, of the Czech Republic, followed by an open forum Q&A session.

Photos of the event are available here.

Meet the Australian Ambassador

April 28, 2019

This event featured a presentation from the Australian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Paul Wojciechowski.  Paul presented on:

  • His role as Ambassador and his personal priorities,

  • Some background on AU's current relationship and trade with the Czech Republic

  • Australia's priorities in the Czech Republic and

  • FTA negotiations with the EU, and

  • Brexit


This was followed by an open forum Q&A and discussion session.

The evening was accompanied by quality Australian and NZ wines, finger food, and ample networking opportunities - including the chance for face to face contact with the Ambassador and other members of the Australian and New Zealand business and expat communities.

The event was presented in association with Anglo-American University.
 

AU FTA Lunch

March 26, 2019

This month we continued our successful series of business lunches.

This month's lunch was with Anthony Weymouth, Senior Trade Commissioner - Central Europe.

Anthony covered some of the latest developments with Australia's negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Europe.  He also answered questions about Australia's trading relationship with CZ, Brexit and other related topics.  Anthony is a very pleasant person and this was a very enjoyable and informative lunch.

Meet the NZ Ambassador - 14 June 2018

June 13, 2018

Our June event featured a presentation from the recently appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Rupert Holborow.  Rupert presented on:

  • his role as Ambassador and his personal priorities,

  • Some background on NZ's current relationship and trade with the Czech Republic

  • New Zealand's priorities in the Czech Republic and

  • FTA negotaitons with both the EU and UK


This was followed by an open forum Q&A and discussion session.

The evening was accompanied by quality NZ and Australian wines, finger food and ample networking opportunities - including the chance for face to face contact with the Ambassador and other members of the New Zealand and Australian business and expat communities.

The event was presented in association with Anglo-American University.
 

Around the World Business Mixer

May 23, 2018

In cooperation with most other major foreign chambers of commerce in the Czech Republic, Australasian Business in Europe, organised an evening event at Zofin Garden called Around the World with 10 Chambers.

 

This was a multicultural social and networking evening during which 450 senior business participants were be offered the opportunity to taste culinary specialties from all over the world.

 

The AU/NZ booth featured Wine tasting of premium Australian and NZ wines from Smart Buying Wine

Green Business Evening

February 14, 2018

Both Australia and New Zealand build their international success on their green image.

Our February event, which was one of the highlights of our 2018 year, was an open forum highlighting Australasian green success stories and looking at topical issues in this area.

Speakers included 

  • Michael White - GreenElephant - Social Impact Investing - A Dutch / NZ case study

  • James Turnbull - Svěřenské fondy a trusty  - Green Marketing, what it is, and how it has worked for our NZ-owned business

  • Gabriele Meissner – AAU – Circular Economy


This was followed by an open forum Q&A and discussion session.

The evening was be accompanied by quality NZ and Australian wines as always, finger food and ample networking opportunities. This event was attended by a wider group than many of our other events including guests from AAU and other chambers.

Blind Wine Event - January 2018

January 17, 2018

​January's event was a fun networking event to kick off the new year in true ABIE style.

 

We learned more about wine from Foltyn Wine sommelier, Kristyna Krupkova.  She taught us how to taste and describe wine and how to identify the characteristics of different wines.

 

During the evening we blind tasted a selection of both white and red wines.  In teams. we tried to identify the country and region of origin, the grape variety, the vintage and the approximate retail price - with mixed success!

2017 Charity Ball

December 08, 2017

Thanks to all those who attended this year's ball.  Not only did we have a great time, but we also raised 62,600 CZK for the Pink Crocodile School.

Photos from the ball will be on the ABIE website in the next few days.

Aussie Kiwi Film Festival Opening

November 15, 2017

ABIE was a major sponsor of the opening of the Aussie Kiwi Film Festival on Thursday 16th November. The festival started with a performance by Ondřej Smeykal – player and promoter of the didgeridoo in Czechia. There was also a wine and meat pie tasting.

The festival begin with the comedy Ali's Wedding, the film is inspired by the true story of one of the screenwriters and lead actor Osamah Sami. Ali is the musically gifted and slightly neurotic son of a very popular Muslim cleric, who has moved to Australia from Iraq. Torn between two worlds, Australia and Iraq, Ali is trying to live his own life while satisfying his family and community. Watch the trailer here. This film impressed audiences at two of the biggest international film festivals in Sydney and in Melbourne.

Francising Lunch with ZCH Legal

November 14, 2017

November's business lunch was with JUDr. Jiří Ctibor, LL.M., Ph.D.  As well as being a partner in ABIE member law firm, Z/C/H Legal, he is one of the Czech Republic's leading experts on Franchising.

He heads the legislative task force at the Czech Franchising Institute in charge of the preparation of franchising regulations.  Together with his colleague Iva Horáčková he also recently published the only book on this topic in the Czech Republic, aptly named 'Franchising'  In addition, Jiri knows Australia well - having lived in Sydney for a year.

ABIE Tour of Czernin Palace

October 17, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of Martin Klepetko, Director of the Asia Pacific Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his team, we were delighted to be able to offer ABIE Members an exclusive chance to see the interior of the Czernin Palace, the home of the Ministry in Prague.

This is the largest of Prague's baroque palaces and has served as the offices of the Czechoslovak and later Czech foreign ministry since the 1930s. It was commissioned by the diplomat Humprecht Jan Černín z Chudenic, the Habsburg imperial ambassador to Venice and Rome, in the 1660s. The tour included the opportunity to see Jan Masaryk's apartment as well as historic state rooms.

The building is not normally accessible to the public, and so this was a unique chance to see some recent and not so recent history and was highly valued by all who attended.

Commonwealth Business Mixer

September 20, 2017

The British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic, Australasian Business in Europe, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic,and the Indian Czech Joint Chamber of Commerce again joined together for the third annual Commonwealth Joint Business Mixer.

Lunch with H.E. Paul Wojciechowski

September 19, 2017

The Australian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, H.E. Paul Wojciechowski was in Prague on 20 September and very kindly agreed to attend a lunch with selected members of ABIE.  

This was a very intimate event with only 10 attendees.  It offered a great opportunity for some personal contact with the Ambassador in an informal setting. 


Anthony Weymouth, Senior Trade Commissioner for Central Europe also attended the lunch.

Around the World with 14 Chambers - Joint Business Mixer

May 17, 2017

In cooperation with most other major foreign chambers of commerce in the Czech Republic, Australasian Business in Europe, organised an evening event at Zofin Garden called Around the World with 14 Chambers.


The AU/NZ booth featured Wine tasting of premium Australian and NZ wines from Foltýn Wine and there was a charity raffle featuring a prize from ABIE Member, Autopalace; A weekend rental of a TESLA!
 

Transparency Forum

May 09, 2017

​This informational briefing and networking evening was a joint event with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic

Presenters

Tomáš Kafka, Partner - EY
Presentation of the results of EY EMEIA Fraud Survey 2017 with a focus on the Czech Republic

David Ondráčka, Director - Transparency International Czech Republic
Corruption Perceptions Index 2016

The event, which took place at the offices of event sponsor, EY, was accompanied by quality NZ and Australian wines as always, finger food and ample networking opportunities.

Click here for the full invitation.

Australian Innovation Forum

March 15, 2017

Our March event was an open forum highlighting Australian and New Zealand innovation and success stories in exporting know how, technology and the ‘Antipodean approach’ to business to Europe.

The event, which took place at the offices of event sponsor, Bird & Bird, featured presentations from Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy  and Robin Bond, General Manager Europe for Wyma Engineering

The evening was accompanied by quality NZ and Australian wines as always, finger food and ample networking opportunities.

GDPR Briefing

February 14, 2017

For our first networking evening of the year, we were delighted to be able to offer a briefing on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

The GDPR is an EU regulation which strengthens and unifies data protection for individuals within the European Union.  It will have a very significant impact on you and on your business if you deal in any way with personal data - whether you run a complex client database, or even something as simple as a customer email list.

We were delighted to be able to offer members a briefing on this very important topic from Eva Škorničková, a member of the Working Group for the personal data protection legislation at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic and a leading expert in this field.  You can find more background on Eva on her personal website at skornickova.eu

A copy of Eva's presentation is available here.

The evening will also featured a short update from Marketa Vozkova on the business aspects of the recent, and very successful Australian and New Zealand Film Festival in Prague.

2016 Charity Ball

December 09, 2016

We had a great time and raised close to 100,000 CZK for Charity. Thank you to everyone who attended

 

We apologize that the sound was atrocious at this year's ball and we were disappointed with that aspect - so next year's ball will be held somewhere else.

Aussie NZ Film Festival

November 17, 2016

ABIE was proud to be media partners for this festival which ran from 18 - 23 November.

The festival had a great selection of films, and to celebrate the festival we organised an ABIE opening party which took place following the opening night screening on 18 November at Lucerna.

Around 400 people attended this event which was a great forum for darawing attention to the festival.

Realising Potential: Towards a Comprehensive EU-Australia FTA

October 20, 2016

The lunch was addressed by Jason Collins, Chief Executive Officer of the European Australian Business Council and Chairman of European Business Organisations Worldwide. For more information on Jason, please refer to his bio, which can be found here.

In addition to Jason’s presentation, and an opportunity for Q&A, we also has the opportunity to network with senior Australian, New Zealand and Czech business and governmental representatives, and enjoy a top quality lunch

2nd Commonwealth Joint Business Mixer

October 12, 2016

The 2nd Commonwealth Joint Business Mixer was another successful evening.   Click here for the full invitation.  Special thanks to our event partners Smartbuying Wine.

Summer Drinks at the Zoo

August 16, 2016

We held an evening wine and networking event at Prague Zoo at 18.00 on 17 August.

 

There were presentations from:

 

Trevor Chanter

New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

Trevor spoke about about New Zealand’s migration policy.  This was especially topical given the attention this issue has been receiving around Brexit.

 

A copy of Trevor's presentation is here

 

Jaroslav Šimek, Ph.D.

Deputy Director for Zoology – Zoo Praha

 

Jaroslav outlined plans for a new, dedicated Australian area in the Zoo, and explained the plight of the Tasmanian Devil – one of the animals to be included in the new area.  Jaroslav also took us on a tour of the area where the new exhibits 

Icecream Party

July 25, 2016

Meet the Ambassador - Business Mixer

June 22, 2016

Click here to see the event invitation.

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