Péter Szijjártó, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has opened Hungary’s twelfth Trade House in Skopje, Macedonia on Monday, reports news agency MTI. The new trade house in Macedonia’s capital will serve as a center of commerce, facilitating trade between Budapest and Skopje.
Péter Szijjártó told MTI, Hungary sees a strategic partner in Macedonia when it comes to the agricultural development of the Western Balkans. Macedonia’s 3% economic growth, the small geographical distance between the two countries and the great diplomatic ties provide a great opportunity to develop the importance of small medium enterprises (SME) in trade.
The goal of the government is to grow the number of export oriented SMEs from their current 2.500-3.000 to 12.000. The main mission of the trade house will be to help these companies gain access to the Macedonian market, said the state secretary.
Szijjártó also spoke with Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski, expressing the continuing support of Hungary with Macedonia’s NATO and EU integration. The state secretary also met with Bekim Nazirin, Minister of Economy and Bil Pavleski, Minister of Investment, where the main topic was Hungary’s role in the modernization of Macedonia’s energy sector. (MTI)