​​​​AUSTRIA CONNECT North America 2023 
Join us on October 20-21 in Mexico City!
AUSTRIA CONNECT is the prime event for executives of Austrian companies in North America to exchange ideas and discuss matters of mutual interest.
This year's AUSTRIA CONNECT will take place in Mexico City and focus on a trend that is currently reshaping supply chains and North America: Nearshoring.

Among the main topics will be:
  • How Nearshoring is Redirecting Trade Flows
  • Mexico’s New Role in North America and the World 
  • The Downside of Nearshoring

Top-level economists and political experts will share their knowledge, opinions and analysis on Nearshoring and more.As always, AUSTRIA CONNECT will also provide plenty of opportunity for networking. (A surprise tourism program is planned for Saturday, 21 October)
 
We look forward to welcoming you at AUSTRIA CONNECT NORTH AMERICA 2023!
​​​​Location
Club de Industriales
inside JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City (Polanco)

Andrés Bello 29, Polanco IV Secc,
Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Date & Time
Friday - Saturday
October 20-21, 2023
Preliminary Schedule
Friday, October 20th, 2023
09:30 AM​​​​
Arrival and Registration
Registration and photo opportunity. 

Address: Club de Industriales |  JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City | Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX

Registration and photo opportunity. Light breakfast buffet.
10:00 AM​​​​
AUSTRIA CONNECT - Opening and Presentation of the Participants
Welcoming remarks by Nella Hengstler, the Austrian Commercial Counsellor in Mexico

Opening remarks by Philipp Gady, the Vice President of the Austrian Economic Chamber

Opening remarks by Elisabeth Kehrer, the Austrian Ambassador to Mexico

All participants of AUSTRIA CONNECT present themselves briefly (alphabetically by company name)
11:20 AM​​​​
Sponsor Impulse Statements
Impulse Statements by 2 Gold Sponsors:
by Concepción Borjon
, Director Ejecutivo de Productos at AFIRME Grupo Financiero
by Tycho H.E. Stahl
, Partner and Practice Leader at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
11:30 AM​​​​
Coffee Break and Networking
11:50 AM​​​​
Sponsor Impulse Statements
Impulse Statements by 2 Gold Sponsors:
by Martin Schenzel, Managing Director Austria / Regional Managing Director Western Europe - Central Cluster at cargo-partner GmbH)
by Nicole Huiban, Business Development – European Desk at Citius AG
12:00 AM​​​​
AUSTRIA CONNECT - How Nearshoring is Changing North America
3x 20-minute keynote speeches followed by Q&A.
Keynote Speech I: HOW NEARSHORING IS REDIRECTING TRADE FLOWS
by Nikolaj Lippmann, Mexico Equity Strategist at Morgan Stanley Mexico
Keynote Speech II: MEXICO’s NEW ROLE IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE WORLD
by Luz Maria de La Mora, Economist and former Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade
Keynote Speech III: THE US PERSPECTIVE ON NEARSHORING IN MEXICO 
by Daniel Baima, President of AMCHAM Mexico
1:30 PM​​​​
Business Lunch and Networking
3:00 PM​​​​
Sponsor Impulse Statements
Impulse Statements by 2 Gold Sponsors:
by Michael Crandall, Vice President Americas at Gebrüder Weiss)
by Nick Junge, Business Development Manager at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg & German Center
3:10 PM​​​​
AUSTRIA CONNECT - The Flip Side of the Coin - Challenges of Nearshoring
2x 20-minute keynote speeches followed by Q&A.
Keynote Speech IV: DOWNSIDE OF NEARSHORING: ENERGY, SUSTAINABILITY AND SECURITY
by Sofia Ramirez Aguilar, Executive Director, México, ¿Cómo Vamos?
Keynote Speech V: THE WAR FOR TALENT - SKILLED LABOR FORCE
by Ramiro Bado, Managing Director at Hays México, Central America and Caribbean 
4:00 PM​​​​
Sponsor Impulse Statements
Impulse Statements by 1 Gold Sponsors: 
by Dr. Dirk Oetterich, Managing Partner at Rödl&Partner
4:05 PM​​​​
Panel Discussion: Austrian Investments in North America: Inventory and Outlook
30 minutes inventory and outlook of Austrian investments in North America, followed by Q&A.

moderated by:

Irene Lack-Hageneder, Trade Commissioner in Washington, D.C.
4:45 PM​​​​
AUSTRIA CONNECT North America 2023: Closing
Summary of the Event and Participants' Survey

Nella Hengstler, Commercial Counsellor in Mexico City
5:00 PM​​​​
Austrian Business Circle - Networking Cocktail
Opportunity for exchange and networking among participants (Salón Tamayo | Club de Industriales)
Saturday, October 21st, 2023
Touristic Side Program: 3-hours boat cruise Xochimilco
10:00 AM​​​​
Pick up from the Hotel JW Marriott Polanco
Organized bus transfer to Xochimilco 
​​​​11:00 AM​​​​
Touristic Side Program
Xochimilco is a district in the south of Mexico City built on Lake Xochimilco. The name Xochimilco is a combination of the prehispanic language Nahuatl and means “where the flowers grow.” Xochimilco is famous for its chinampas (floating gardens) and its trajineras (flat-bottomed boats). It is a popular weekend outing for Mexicans and tourists.
ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME: 4:00 PM
Return to the Hotel JW Marriott Polanco
Organized bus transport to Hotel JW Marriott Mexico City (Polanco).
Location
Club de Industriales - Mexico City
Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX
https://www.club.org.mx/

Please be aware that the event location has a dress code that mandates formal business attire. Blazers are obligatory for men and sneakers are not allowed.
Hotels and Accommodations
Mexico is a mega city. Make sure you stay close to the venue to avoid a long journey on the day of the event. The event itself is taking place at the "Club de Industriales" which is located within the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City.

For participants of the AUSTRIA CONNECT the JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City offers a 20% discount. To get the discount please contact the following e-mail: [email protected]



Further recommended accommodation options are:

W Mexico City
InterContinental Presidente Mexico City
Hyatt Regency Mexico City

or feel free to browse for further hotel options close by:
Arrival in Mexico City
Please make sure to arrive at the Mexico City International Airport (AICM - Aeropuerto Internacional Ciudad de México) as it is the airport closest to the event venue ("Club de Industriales").

Pre-paid taxis are available at the arrival hall. Uber also works well in Mexico City.
Sponsors
We would like to thank our GOLD sponsors for their generous contribution and continued support.
 Join us on October 20-21 
AUSTRIA CONNECT North America 2023
****Free cancellations accepted until 13.10.2023****
****Se aceptan cancelaciones gratuitas hasta el 13.10.2023****

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