Hungary’s creative industry should follow other sectors in appearing on the international market, a foreign ministry official said at the opening of the fourth China-Central and Eastern Europe Cultural and Creative Industrial Forum in Budapest. Tamás Menczer, the state secretary for communications and international relations, noted that the creative industry sector has been growing at double the pace of the Hungarian economy, which “is itself the best in Europe” at 5.3%. The sector contains around a dozen branches and has high value added, he said. Ma Feng, an official of the Chinese cultural ministry who is leading the Chinese delegation to the forum, hailed the strengthening of ties in creative industries and culture next to trade. Culture is the basis of all social development, he said. China’s cultural industry and the creative sector are important and dynamically expanding components of Chinese GDP, he said.