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Hungary has managed to develop political cooperation with Singapore based on mutual respect and friendship in recent years, and this is expected to benefit Hungarian cutting-edge industries, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said, after talks in Singapore with government representatives and business leaders.
Szijjártó met his counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, Office for Space Technology and Industry head David Tan, chairman at Singapore Space and Technology Limited Jonathan Hung, and heads of the company groups STE and Patec.
“Hungary and Singapore support each other in international organisations, and what’s even more important, as open economies, both support free trade agreements and fair global trading,” he said. He added that this also served the interests of the Hungarian economy, noting that Singapore is considered to be the third most open economy in the world, while Hungary is seen as the 12th most open.
The foreign minister said the two countries shared a common position on the issue of migration and both refused to approve the United Nations Global Compact for Migration, arguing that the matter was a national competence.
Szijjártó said Hungarian companies involved in space satellites are expected to receive significant roles in developing satellite programmes in Singapore. Also, Hungarian companies specialised in artificial intelligence, data management and IT solutions are present in the Singapore market and may participate in future developments, he added. Singapore, as a world-leading finance hub, only accepts the highest level of IT and AI solutions and Hungarian companies have been able to meet this demand, he said.
Hungarian companies have also met Singapore’s food industry expectations and demands, he said, citing the fact that all goose liver imports in Singapore originated from Hungary. An earlier ban on poultry caused by the bird flu has been lifted and Hungarian pork imports have also been approved, he added.