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Minister Szijjártó met with AmCham to discuss "Cooperation for a more competitive Hungary"

  • April 19, 2016
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó met a high-level AmCham delegation on April 19, to discuss issues and commitments crucial to the competitiveness and business-friendly environment of Hungary. The Minister has been appointed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to discuss in detail AmCham’s ‘Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary’ strategic working plan, sent to the government in early February.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó met a high-level AmCham delegation on April 19, to discuss issues and commitments crucial to the competitiveness and business-friendly environment of Hungary. The Minister has been appointed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to discuss in detail AmCham’s ‘Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary’ strategic working plan, sent to the government in early February.

Minister Szijjártó and the AmCham delegation – led by President Ferenc Pongrácz and CEO Írisz Lippai-Nagy – had a focused and in-depth discussion on the most important issues raised by the business community in Hungary. These topics include labour market, education, innovation, regulatory environment and the overall investment strategy. Minister Szijjártó reflected on the strategic working plan of AmCham and shared the government’s approach on enhancing competitiveness – incorporating many of the business’s recommendations.

Since AmCham’s 25th Anniversary in 2014, the Chamber has engaged in regular dialogue with the government, aiming to achieve its vision to see a ten spot World Competitiveness Ranking improvement in ten years for Hungary with CEE.

AmCham launched its first ‘Policy Agenda’ document in June 2015, highlighting the most important priorities for its advocacy work up to 2017. In fall 2015, AmCham in cooperation with strategic partner the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA), and with the support of the Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) and the National Council for Telecommunications and Information Technology (NHIT), organized two strategic conferences – the ‘Business Meets Government Summit’ and the ‘Competitive Education Conference 2015’ – to discuss and develop a strategic working plan focusing on the most significant issues crucial for raising Hungary’s competitiveness.

‘Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary’, a 19-point summary of recommendations and commitments, incorporates inputs from a wide range of stakeholders, from representatives of AmCham member companies to academic and government experts. This strategic working plan represents the chamber’s commitment to move forward both the economy and the country. If you are interested in reading the strategic working plan, please send email to: judit.szilagyi@amcham.hu

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Irisz LIPPAI-NAGY

Irisz LIPPAI-NAGY

Chief Executive Officer