Second Business Meets Government Summit

About the Summit:

Last year AmCham - together with HIPA and the most prominent business leaders - launched the Business Meets Government Summit to make Hungary an even better place to invest and to reinvest.

The first Summit sparked a meaningful dialogue with the government that AmCham and HIPA kept in motion throughout the year. We had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Orbán and Minister Szijjártó in 2016, and had a number of technical meetings with our partners at the Ministry for National Economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Human Capacities and the Ministry for National Development. 

AmCham's vision is “to achieve a 10 spot World Competitiveness Ranking improvement in 10 years for Hungary with CEE”, and it takes time to reach that goal.

In 2016 we organize the second Summit to follow up on the 19-point strategic working plan incorporating our commitments and recommendations entitled “Cooperation for a more competitive Hungary” that was based on the discussions of last year’s Summit and to further explore key challenges and priorities for improvement and to help develop a coherent national strategy to make Hungary more competitive. The enhancement of competitiveness, we believe, will not only result in an increased level of attracted FDI into the region and to Hungary, but will also make smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Hungary possible.

The event is co-organized with our strategic partner, the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA).

Objectives of the Summit:

  • Provide opportunity for our members to shape our advocacy focus for 2017
  • Gain commitment from the participating investors to contribute to the implementation of the recommendations
  • Continue dialogue with the government at a ministerial level
  • Discuss AmCham’s Cooperation for a more competitive Hungary recommendations at the state secretary level

The official language of the Summit will be English.

Draft agenda:

08:30-09:00 Arrival and welcome coffee

09:00-09:15 Welcome remarks by AmCham President Ferenc Pongrácz & HIPA President Róbert Ésik

09:15-09:45 Speech by Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

09:45-10:00 Assessment of achievements and next steps based on the 19-point recommendation package titled “Cooperation for a more Competitive Hungary” by Farkas Bársony, Lead of AmCham Investment Policy Task Force 

10:00-10:20 Coffee break

10:20-12:00: Closed-door discussions between government decision-makers and corporate CEOs 

Free flow, parallel conversations on Cooperation for a more Competitive Hungary”  on the following topics:

I. Business Environment and Sophistication - FULLY BOOKED

  • István Lepsényi, Minister of State for Economic Regulation and Development, Ministry for National Economy and Róbert Ésik, President, HIPA

moderated by: Botond Rencz, CMP, EY

II. Labor Force/Education - FULLY BOOKED, please note that this session will be held in Hungarian

  • Péter Cseresnyés, Minister of State for Labour Market and Vocational Education, Ministry for National Economy 
  • László Palkovics, State Secretary for Education, Ministry of Human Capacities (invited)

moderated by: Róbert Bencze, Director, PwC

III. Digital Economy

  • Vilmos Both, senior expert, Digital Success Programme

moderated by: Zsolt Winkler, Director, Telecommunication/Media/Technology, KPMG Advisory Ltd.

IV. Innovation

  • Ferenc Friedler, Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs, National Research, Development and Innovation Office 
  • Norbert Izer, Deputy State Secretary for Accounting and Tax Regulation, Ministry for National Economy (invited)

moderated by: Csaba Márkus, Partner, Deloitte

12:00-12:15: Summary of break-out session discussions 

12:15-13:45: Lunch and Networking

How to register:


We would like to call your attention that the primary target audience of the summit is C-level executives and we can accept two registrations per company.  The event is only open for members. AmCham members in good standing: HUF 19050 /person.

To guarantee your seat, please register by e-mail to peter.kovacs@amcham.hu by Thursday, September 22. On-line registration for this event is not possible. Capacity is limited, registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Written cancellations made by September 22 receive a full refund. Late cancellations or “no-shows” will be charged.

Event information

Tuesday, 27 September, 2016
Registration: 08:30 - 09:00
Time: 09:00 - 14:00

Hilton Budapest City, 1062 Budapest, Váci út 1-3.

The event is only open for members. AmCham members in good standing: HUF 19050 /person

The event is open for AmCham members and invitees of HIPA. We would like to call your attention that the primary target audience of the summit is C-level executives. Capacity is limited and we can accept max. two registrations per company. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Written cancellations made by September 20 receive a full refund. Late cancellations or “no-shows” will be charged.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT. For more information on registration please see event page below.

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