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Intensive discussions about the future in the premises of Vienna Economic Forum

The Honorary Member of Vienna Economic Forum Dr. Sonja Sagmeister-Brandner, Author and Journalist, ZIB 2, ORF visited on 12 May 2021 the Secretary General of Vienna Economic Forum, Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva in the premises of Vienna Economic Forum.
In a "tour d‘horizon" many topics about future collaboration were discussed, among which also about geographic growth of Vienna Economic Forum on other continents as well.

 

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VIENNA ECONOMIC FORUM REPRESENTED AT UNITED NATIONS HIGH-LEVEL DEBATE ON DIGITAL COOPERATION AND CONNECTIVITY

We are proud to inform that Ambassador Victor Jackovich, President of the Jackovich International USA and Member of the Board of Vienna Economic Forum represented Vienna Economic Forum and participated at the United Nations High-Level Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity, held at UN headquarters in New York on 27. April 2021.

On behalf of Vienna Economic Forum, and upon an invitation by the organizer, Ambassador Jackovich stressed that Vienna Economic Forum is a platform where experts from the governments and peoples of Central Europe and Southeast Europe meet to discuss economic and related issues, as well as a platform for implementation of programs developed by the Vienna Economic Forum and by the states with whom VEF directly cooperates. „Some of these activities have been in the field of digital technology and among Vienna Economic Forum members are some of the most prestigious institutions dealing with digital technology in Austria and Europe“, Ambassador Jackovich said.
Ambassador Jackovich posed the following question to be considered by the speakers: “What can be done to protect more vulnerable societies (such as those in Southeast Europe aspiring to European Union membership) from the misuse of digital technology. i.e. the dissemination of false information or purposely misleading data that can have a deleterious impact and greater resonance on the populations of less developed information environments than on those in more developed environments?”

The Debate to follow included the highly valuable and interesting interventions and remarks provided by the high-level participants and experts on the matter including: Volkan Bozkir, President of General Assembly, UN, Munir Akram, President of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of UN, Patrick Gelsinger, CEO Intel, Javier Villamizar, Operating Partner, SoftBank Vision Fund, Solinn Lim, Oxfam Cambodia, Country Director, Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Policy Coordination, Isabelle Durant, Acting UN Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Jose Ranon Lopez-Portillo, 10 Member Group, Technology Facilitation Mechanism, as well as some thought-provoking UN video presentations.

The importance of the issue – digital cooperation and connectivity – was conveyed by the fact that this was a very high-level conference addressed by several senior level officials of the UN, individual governments, company CEOs and NGOs. The debate was useful in identifying problems, however more attention ought to be paid to providing specific programs and implementable solutions.

Vienna Economic Forum is very proud to have been represented by the VEF Board Member Ambassador Jackovich who used this opportunity to highlight the VEF role from its headquarters in Vienna in supporting the aspirations of the governments and peoples of Central and Southeast Europe for the good development of the regional cooperation.
Among others, Vienna Economic Forum has also been granted the significant Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is constantly being invited to participate in important UN debates, as well as to support further development of the civil society worldwide. VORZIMMER-ZUSTELLUNG:
POST BRINGT PAKETE BEI ABWESENHEIT NUN AUCH IN DIE EIGENEN VIER WÄNDE
SENDUNGEN WERDEN ZUHAUSE ABGESTELLT - ANMELDUNGEN FÜR TESTBETRIEB AB SOFORT MÖGLICH

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Wien, 12. April 2021 – Schon heute bietet die Österreichische Post innovative Lösungen zum Empfang von Sendungen: Ob Post Empfangsbox, Abstellgenehmigung, Abholstationen oder Paketumleitungen – Kund*innen können sich individuell entscheiden. Eine Erstzustellquote von fast 95 Prozent bestätigt den Erfolg des breiten Angebots. Die Unternehmen A1, Nuki Home Solutions und die Post kooperieren und testen eine besondere Zustelllösung für Interessierte: die Vorzimmer-Zustellung.

„Die Österreichische Post ist eine tonangebende Innovationsführerin am europäischen Paketmarkt, wir sind immer am Puls der Zeit und entwickeln neue Lösungen für unsere Kund*innen. Mit der Vorzimmer-Zustellung revolutionieren wir den Zustellprozess, indem wir die Pakete auch bei Abwesenheit der Empfänger*innen in die Wohnung oder das Haus zustellen können. Mit A1 und Nuki Home Solutions haben wir zwei starke Partner*innen gefunden, die uns beim Test dieser neuen Zustelllösung tatkräftig unterstützen werden“, erklärt DI Peter Umundum, Vorstand für Paket & Logistik der Österreichischen Post AG.

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Und so funktioniert es: Die Tür wird mit einem Nuki Smart Lock ausgestattet. Die*der Empfänger*in vergibt der*dem Zusteller*in aktiv eine Berechtigung, mit der die Tür mittels Handheld geöffnet werden kann. Eine Bodenmatte im Vorzimmer markiert den Platz, an dem das Paket abgestellt werden soll. Die Smart Home Geräte von A1 sind optional, Empfänger*innen haben dadurch die Möglichkeit, die Zustellung live oder bis zu 72 Stunden im Nachhinein anzusehen.

„A1 Smart Home vernetzt seit einigen Jahren das zu Hause unserer Kundinnen und Kunden. Mit der Vorzimmer-Zustellung der Post haben wir unser Angebot um ein weiteres Produkt für das tägliche Leben erweitert. Gemeinsam mit diesen starken Partnern haben wir Österreich dadurch noch digitaler gemacht“, so Marcus Grausam, A1 CEO.

„Eine Zukunft ohne physischen Schlüssel war von Beginn an unsere Vision. Nicht nur, weil das praktisch ist, sondern weil wir mit dem virtuellen Schlüssel den Alltag der Nuki User wesentlich erleichtern”, erklärt Martin Pansy, Gründer und CEO von Nuki Home Solutions. “Mit der Vorzimmer-Zustellung macht die Realität einen großen Schritt in Richtung unserer Vision. Gemeinsam mit starken Partnern arbeiten wir daran weitere Mehrwerte für Nuki Besitzer zu generieren.”

POST SUCHT 100 TEILNEHMER*INNEN ZUR OFFENEN TESTPHASE
Bereits Ende vergangenen Jahres wurden interne Tests durchgeführt, bei der die technische Machbarkeit überprüft und erste Erfahrungen mit der neuen Zustellart gesammelt wurden. Die Rückmeldungen der Tester*innen sowie der Zusteller*innen waren dabei sehr positiv.

Ab sofort haben auch 100 interessierte Kund*innen die Möglichkeit, sich zum Test der neuen Vorzimmer-Zustellung anzumelden. Voraussetzung ist eine Zustelladresse in Wien, Niederösterreich oder Graz sowie die Möglichkeit zur Installation eines Nuki Smart Locks. Eine Bewerbung ist bis zum 23. Mai möglich, Anfang Juni werden die ausgewählten Teilnehmer*innen informiert. Die erforderliche Hardware wird für den Testzeitraum kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt, vor Beginn der Zustellung gibt es ein persönliches Kennenlernen mit dem*der Zusteller*in, bei dem auch die Berechtigung für das Smart Lock vergeben wird. Der Test selbst findet im Zeitraum Juli bis Dezember statt. Eine Anmeldung ist direkt unter post.at/vorzimmer-zustellung möglich. Die Vorzimmer-Zustellung kann auch mit AllesPost kombiniert werden – damit wird es möglich, dass die Post alle Pakete und Online-Bestellungen direkt ins eigene Vorzimmer liefert. Alle Tester*innen erhalten daher als kleines Dankeschön auch einen Gutschein für ein kostenloses Jahr AllesPost.

Die Vorzimmer-Zustellung findet ausschließlich durch die Stammzusteller*innen statt, Empfänger*innen kennen „ihre“ Zusteller*innen damit persönlich. Die Zusteller*innen läuten vor jedem Betreten an, falls die Empfänger*innen zuhause sein sollten. Sollte eine Vorzimmer-Zustellung nicht möglich sein, kommt der normale Zustellprozess zur Anwendung – also entweder eine Abgabe in einer Post Empfangsbox oder eine Hinterlegung in einer Filiale oder bei einem Post Partner.

Weitere Informationen und technische Voraussetzungen zur Vorzimmer-Zustellung der Post gibt es unter post.at/vorzimmer-zustellung.

 

Dear Members of Vienna Economic Forum,

Digitization is entering into all areas of life - including in company training & further education and across all borders. For being well prepared to start off in a hopefully soon again positive economic situation, we offer you, in cooperation with the VEF member bit media e-solutions GmbH from Graz, the opportunity to use numerous e-learning offers free of charge for 6 months.

The e-learning courses can be accessed via the learning portal set up free of charge especially for the Vienna Economic Forum: https://vef.e-learning.cc

The portal is available in German and English. In addition to English and German, e-learning courses are partly also available in other languages such as Romanian, Albanian, and some more.

Within the online course catalog, e-learning courses are available in the following categories:

Attached you will also find an e-learning course overview in PDF format.

For further information, please register directly on our VEF learning portal https://vef.e-learning.cc using the promotion code VEF2021. 

Bit Media e learning Courses

Or contact our colleagues from bit media e-solutions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone +43 (0) 316 286 186 (Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.).

Enjoy digital learning!

Annual General Assembly of
Vienna Economic Forum held on 8. March 2021

The Annual General Assembly of Vienna Economic Forum in 2021 took place on 8. March 2021 at the Headquarters of Novomatic AG in Gumpoldskirchen, hosted by the newly elected VEF Vice-President DI Ryszard Presch, Member of the Executive Board, COO of Novomatic AG.  

VEF President DI Peter Umundum, Board member of the Österreichische Post AG opened the Assembly by greeting the present Members and in accordance with the Statute guided through the Agenda. 

In her report on the VEF activities in 2020, the Secretary General, Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva underlined the successful development of Vienna Economic Forum, which was noticeable despite the unusual and very challenging conditions. In reference to the year 2021, as an important topic of the VEF annual planning, she announced the endeavor to continue to organize, in connection with the economic and investment plan for the Western Balkans, Vienna Economic Talks with high-ranking representatives of regional politics and economy in a hybrid form. 

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The VEF Secretary General addressed all those in attendance and extended her gratitude that, even under the conditions of the digital present, they are relying on the networking potential of Vienna and driving Vienna Economic Forum forward with their visions.  

The VEF President DI Peter Umundum informed about the admission of new VEF Members at the Board meeting held on 15. February 2021, as follows: 

As members – legal entities: 

- Canon Austria GmbH 

- Chamber of Economy of Montenegro 

As a member - natural person: 

- Mr. Emanuel Forest, Member of the EU Mission Board for Climate-neutral and Smart City 

The new VEF members were unanimously welcomed by the General assembly. 

Furthermore, the general assembly unanimously reached the following decisions: 

- DI Ryszard Presch, Board member of Novomatic AG was co-opted as Board member and Vice-President of Vienna Economic Forum; 

- Mr. Vlastimir Golubović, President of the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, was elected Board member of Vienna Economic Forum; 

The following were appointed as members of the Patrons Committee of Vienna Economic Forum: 

      - H.E. Mr. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of North Macedonia 

      - H.E. Dr. Zoran Tegeltija, Prime Minister of Bosna and Herzegovina 

      - H.E. Mr. Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine 

      - H.E. Mr. Zdravko Krivokapić, Prime Minister of Montenegro 

Honorary membership in the Honorary Committee of Vienna Economic Forum was awarded to the following persons: 

      - Ambassador Vasilka Poposka Trenevska, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics and former Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia in the Republic of Austria 

      - Mr. Ahmet Mesut Ersoy, former Managing director, Denizbank AG and former VEF Board member 

     - Dr. Ernst Huber, former Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) 

After a few brief addresses, the VEF President DI Peter Umundum expressed his gratitude and closed the General Assembly. 

Following, Novomatic AG, together with the new Vice-President of Vienna Economic Forum, invited to a small reception. 

The team of Vienna Economic Forum thanks all Members for the constant support of the numerous VEF activities in 2020. The trust placed in us motivates us to conquer new horizons!  

 

Vienna Economic Forum congratulates its Cooperation partner Novomatic AG

Vienna Economic Forum (VEF) is pleased to announce that Novomatic AG has received the highest distinction in two categories as part of the most important awards of the Latin America gaming industry - the SAGSE Awards 2020 in Buenos Aires.

VEF congratulates the cooperation partner Novomatic AG on this important recognition and wishes them many more business successes as one of the market-leading global corporations. 

 

 

  

Annual Board meeting of Vienna Economic Forum on 15. February 2021  

The annual Board meeting of Vienna Economic Forum in 2021 took place on 15. February at the Headquarters of the Österreichische Post in Vienna, hosted by VEF President DI Peter Umundum, Board Member responsible for Parcel & Logistics at the Österreichische Post AG.  

In accordance to the Statute, the VEF President guided through the Agenda, while the Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Elena Kirtcheva reported on the VEF activities in a globally challenging, yet successful year 2020 for Vienna Economic Forum.  

Both the VEF office relocation in March 2020 in the Ambassadors district, in Prinz-Eugen Strasse 58, in the 4th district of Vienna, as well as the Summer Cocktail in a Small Setting organized instead of the 19th Traditional Garden Party with the participation of Ambassadors from the Member countries and VEF Board members, were accentuated. 

The VEF Secretary General particularly emphasized the great online success of the 17th Vienna Economic Forum - Vienna Future Dialoque 2020 that managed to reach over 1200 viewers from 32 countries.  

Deepest gratitude for his and the significant support provided by the Österreichische Post AG was expressed to VEF President DI Peter Umundum.  

The subsequent discussion led to the conclusion that it is now more important than ever to build bridges out of barriers, especially in times of restrictions. In this respect the Board members attached great importance to the advantages of digitalization. Therefore, it is to be expected that Vienna Economic Forum, as THE European Economic Platform based in Vienna, is to once again have a stronger hybrid/online presence in 2021.

The Board unanimously accepted the admission of new VEF members – as Cooperation partners, as Members-Legal entities, Members-Natural persons and Honorary members.

Furthermore, it was accepted that the agreed changes in the Board, the election, deselection and co-opting of Board members, as well as updates in the Patrons and Honour committees be proposed for a decision to the General assembly.

The Annual General Assembly of Vienna Economic Forum will take place on 8. March 2021 at the Headquarters of Novomatic AG, Wiener Straße 158, 2352 Gumpoldskirchen.  

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Strong financial year in a challenging environment for the VEF Cooperation Partner A1 Telekom Austria Group  

Vienna Economic Forum is proud with the result of A1 Telekom Austria Group in the challenging environment of 2020. 

Mag. Thomas Arnoldner, CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group, and Member of the VEF Board emphasized that:  

"The operational and financial performance of A1 Telekom Austria Group in the financial year 2020 was significantly impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. The results reflect the resilience of our business model and the positive impact of the measures taken in this challenging environment. 

The Group continued to deliver a strong operational performance for the full year 2020 despite the operating environment. Revenues decreased slightly by 0.3%, while service revenues remained stable despite roaming losses and negative foreign exchange effects. Excluding foreign exchange and one-off effects, total revenues grew by 1.5%. Group EBITDA increased by 1.0%. The net result for 2020 was EUR 388.8 million, above the 2019 result. 

We continue to benefit from our operational strength, efficiency and solid capital structure. We have succeeded in consistently reducing debt in recent years. In Austria alone, we again invested EUR 456.4 million, making us the largest investor in digital infrastructure. The strongly growing demand for high-performance networks requires more investments and continuous expansion. This is only possible with investment-friendly framework conditions. At the same time, these investments would also be a multiplier to grow out of the current crisis, increase innovative strength and secure long-term competitive advantages for Austria in global competition. 

CEE markets showed solid overall operational performance in 2020 due to fixed line growth and strong demand for mobile WiFi routers.  

We wish our VEF founding member A1 Telekom Austria Group further significant successes both in Austria as well as in the VEF Member countries and are looking forward to an excellent collaboration in the many years to come.  

 

 

NOVOMATIC Interactive division Greentube acquires esports platform provider HERO

Vienna Economic Forum is pleased to inform about another success of the Cooperation partner Novomatic AG and its subsidiary Greentube.

In a move that will see Greentube enter the esports sphere, the NOVOMATIC Interactive division has acquired esports betting provider and blockchain pioneer HERO.

Austria-based HERO was founded with an aim to disrupt the online betting industry through its blockchain-powered esports platform herosphere.gg, which allows players to create their own contests and compete against each other on the outcome of games.

The platform now has a user base of over 300.000 players. As well as esports, the HEROnetwork is designed to be used for any kind of pooling, betting, fantasy, or poker systems.

The acquisition will see Greentube venture into the esports and blockchain sphere for the first time and will significantly diversify the supplier’s wide product offering.

Michael Bauer, CFO/CGO at Greentube, said: “At Greentube, we aim to hold a leading position when it comes to adopting new trends and technology, and with HERO’s unique products, we have acquired an innovative and exciting business that will see us move into uncharted territory. The esports and blockchain space offers a lot of possibility for the gaming sector and will open up new doors for us as a company. We are excited to explore the possibilities that lie ahead together with HERO.”

 

 

Members of the board of Vienna Economic Forum – among the best crisis managers in the service industry  

Vienna Economic Forum (VEF) is proud to be able to congratulate the VEF President DI Peter Umundum,  Member of the Board, responsible for Parcel & Logistics at the Österreichische Post AG, and VEF Board Member, Mag. Thomas Arnoldner, CEO of A1 Telekom Austria Group AG, on their TOP classification in the current “LEADERSNET” ranking of the best crisis managers in Austria in the most challenging year in recent world history. 

By maintaining the quality assurance when shipping around 165 million parcels last year, DI Peter Umundum took the second place in the ranking, while Mag. Thomas Arnoldner took fifth place in the "Service" category.  

At the end of 2020, 23,000 opinion leaders from Austria's business network platform and an eleven-member expert jury ranked the 300 best managers in the time of crisis.  

Vienna Economic Forum is pleased to have some of the TOP managers on board as President and Board Member and wishes them continued success! 

Mr. Peter Umundum

Mr. Arnoldner