Trade turnover between Tunisia and Hungary has been growing steadily for five years, reaching 154 billion dollars last year, and economic cooperation is expected to gather further momentum, a government official said in Budapest after the fourth meeting of the Hungarian-Tunisian economic committee.
Tunisia is an important partner to Hungary in north Africa, with balanced and constant political ties, Tamás Vargha, the foreign ministry’s state secretary, said. The parties signed three cooperation agreements at the meeting on culture, education and waste management, and further agreements are expected in health care, social services, he said.
Vargha said that the launch of a new direct flight between Budapest and Tunis had been discussed. Hungary will increase the number of scholarships offered to Tunisian students by 50 in 2019-2021, raising the number of Tunisian students and researchers in Hungary to 200, he said. The Hungarian Export Promotion Agency (HEPA) organised a business forum ahead of the meeting, which was attended by 65 Hungarian and 12 Tunisian companies, he said.
Hatem Ferjani, the Tunisian state secretary for economic diplomacy, called the talks fruitful and said they would enrich both countries. The agreements signed on Tuesday will impact sectors with large value added capacity, he said.