State secretary for economic diplomacy Levente Magyar has re-opened Hungary’s consulate-general in Sao Paulo, closed during the term of the Socialist government in the 2000s. Magyar told Hungarian news agency MTI over the phone that he had held talks in Brasilia and Sao Paulo with senior government officials on boosting or, in several areas, restarting economic cooperation. The decision to reopen the diplomatic mission located in the economic centre of Latin America was motivated by both political and business considerations, he said. The move forms part of the government’s policy of opening towards southern states, he added.
Before his visit to Brasil, Levente Magyar also paid a visit to Mexico as part of the government’s ‘southern opening’ strategy aiming to strengthen economic ties with countries which have got less emphasis from Hungary over the past decades. Mexico is among Hungary’s major economic partners in the region, he said, adding that bilateral trade between the two countries had grown tenfold in the last decade to about 1 billion dollars a year. Fostering cooperation can bring more Mexican manufacturers to Hungary and pave the way for Hungarian companies in the farm, water management and electronics sectors to do business in Mexico, he told MTI.
Meanwhile the Hungarian government continues to promote the so-called ‘eastern opening’ foreign policy as well. The Foreign Ministry said last week that Hungary would open an embassy in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan in the fourth quarter of 2015. The ministry confirmed the information by its Uzbek counterpart’s press service about the embassy opening. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992 and Hungary will be the 45th country to open an embassy in Tashkent where Hungary already established a cultural and trade mission as far back as January 1996.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI photo: Márton Kovács – kormany.hu / MTI