V. AmCham-HIPA Business Meets Government Summit


In 2015 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 four Summits sparked a meaningful dialogue with the government that AmCham and HIPA kept in motion throughout the years. We had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Orbán, Minister Szijjártó, Minister Varga and Minister Palkovics and had a number of meetings with our partners at the Ministry for National Economy, Ministry of Innovation and Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Ministry of Human Capacities.

In 2019 we organize the fifth Summit to carry the momentum outlined by our “Cooperation for a more competitive Hungary” strategic working plan, incorporating our commitments and recommendations based on the discussions of the previous Summits 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 will focus on exploring the current workforce challenges.

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

Provide opportunity for our members to shape our advocacy focus for 2020
Continue dialogue with the government at a ministerial level
Discuss topics to include in AmCham’s next Cooperation for a more competitive Hungary recommendation package in 2020

The official language of the Summit is English with translation to Hungarian.


Host of the event: Dr. Farkas Bársony, CEO, Partner, Kondor Holding; President, AmCham Hungary

08:30-09:00: Arrival and Welcome Coffee

09:00-09:05: Opening Remarks by Dr. Farkas Bársony, CEO, Partner, Kondor Holding; President, AmCham Hungary

09:05-09:25 Welcome Remarks by Kevin A. Murray, Vice President, AmCham; CEO for Central Europe and Country Head for Hungary, Citi and Róbert Ésik, CEO, HIPA

09:25-09:45: Keynote Speech by Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

09:45-10:50: Matchmaking in the Labor Market - Roundtable Discussion with Governmental Partners & Other Stakeholders

Our expert panel will discuss the constituents of a competitive workforce and examine whether Hungary meets these criterias. How do we measure up to the other OECD countries? What are the necessary steps to take to improve our labor pool?

Moderated by Ferenc Pongrácz, Chair, AmCham Investment Policy Task Force; General Manager – Innovation, Tungsram Group.


Sándor Baja, Managing Director, Randstad
Magdolna Csath, National University of Public Service; Member of the National Competitiveness Council
Zoltán Marczinkó, Deputy State Secretary for Labour Market and Corporate Relations of the Ministry of Finance
Zoltán Maruzsa, State Secretary for Public Education, Ministry for Human Capacities
Zoltán Szabó, Managing Director, BT Regional Operations Centre
Please note that the panel will be held in Hungarian, with translation to English.

10:50-11:20: Coffee break

11:20-12:50: Workshops hosted by different stakeholders:

Business Dynamism and Capabilities with
Róbert Ésik, CEO, HIPA
Botond Besesek, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Finance
Zoltán Marczinkó, Deputy State Secretary for Labour Market and Corporate Relations of the Ministry of Finance
Moderated by Botond Rencz, CMP, EY.

The discussion will be held in English without translation.

Future-proofing Education with
Dr. Zoltán Gloviczki, President, Educational Authority (confirmed)
Gabriella Hajnal, President, Klebelsberg Institute (confirmed)
Tünde Kis, Deputy CEO, HIPA (confirmed)
László Kucsák, President, National Institute of Vocational and Adult Education (confirmed)

Moderated by Róbert Bencze, Peopl

Budapest Marriott Hotel
1052 Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 4.
Registration Deadline
The event is open for Members only
Member Participation Fee
20.000 HUF + VAT