Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called for establishing strong and close economic relations between Kazakhstan and Hungary, at a press conference held after talks with President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The geographical distance between Hungary and Kazakhstan make that goal “hard, but not impossible”, Orbán said. Hungary and Kazakhstan worked hard to set up joint business ventures, he said, noting that Hungary was one of the first countries to contribute to the establishment of a financial centre in Nursultan.
Orbán noted that the two countries had set up an investment fund, which has helped finance an agricultural project. The second project to be carried out via the fund’s help, the construction of a milk plant, has already been approved, he added. He also said Hungary was getting ready to send a delegation of some 100 businesspeople to Kazakhstan with a view to exploring further cooperation opportunities.
Tokayev called Hungary an important European Union and central European partner for Kazakhstan, saying that the two countries were bound by their political and economic interests as well as their historical roots. The president said Hungary was the first country to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Kazakhstan, which he said had proved that the two countries understood each other and strived for closer cooperation.
Tokayev underlined the importance of the work of the strategic council and the intergovernmental mixed committee. The Hungarian delegation due to arrive in Kazakhstan at the end of the month, he said, would “give new momentum to trade and economic relations and take bilateral investment cooperation to a new level”.