In 2015, the Ministry for National Economy and AmCham established a Strategic Working Group with regular quarterly meetings to ensure more progressive and structured consultation between the two organizations. Within this framework, István Lepsényi, Secretary of State for Economic Regulation, Zoltán Marczinkó, Deputy State Secretary and other high-level Ministry representatives met the AmCham delegation on October 24, 2016.

AmCham and Ministry representatives have discussed and exchanged views on recent important international and Hungarian business developments, including Brexit and Hungary’s competitiveness position according to the latest World Competitiveness Ranking. Also, reports on highlight events were presented, such as the AmCham-HIPA II. Business Meets Government Summit organized 27 September, and the Regional Digital Summit to be organized by the Ministry for National Economy on November 17-18, 2016.

AmCham President Ferenc Pongrácz and Dr. Farkas Bársony, Lead of AmCham’s Investment Policy Task Force confirmed AmCham’s commitment to maintain constructive dialogue about Hungary’s competitiveness, and shared our intention to reissue the “Cooperation for a more Competitive Hungary” recommendation package incorporating new messages. AmCham participants, David Blunck, CEO of Invitel representing member companies in telecommunication and Erika Némethi, CEO of Association of Innovative Pharmaceutical Manufacturers representing the pharmaceutical industry, emphasized their concerns about the disadvantageous impact on competitiveness of sector specific taxation.

At the second part of the meeting, dialogue continued on the contribution and the role that companies play in the public education system and vocational education system, with special focus on dual education and dual vocational education programs. Ádám Szigeti, Head of Department at the Ministry of Human Capacities, Tamás Horváth, HR director of Arconic-Köfém Kft. and Írisz Lippai-Nagy, CEO of AmCham shared their suggestions on how to ensure that dual education and dual vocational education programs become even more sustainable and successfully engage more corporate participants in the long run.

 The Chamber received professional and detailed feedback on its suggestions.  The next meeting is targeted to take place in December 2016.