The government has mandated the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade to negotiate the location of the Global Business Service Center of the World Food Programme in Budapest, reported Világgazdaság.
In February, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó signed an agreement in Rome to move the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Global Business Service Center to Budapest. This has since been promulgated into law, and a government decree was published in Friday’s Hungarian Gazette, entrusting Szijjártó with the task of negotiating the location of the center.
After months of negotiations, the first news of the agreement is that the center will employ 80 people, with 70 percent of the financial traffic related to the aid agency’s global activities being handled from Budapest.
The Hungarian state will also cover the operating costs of the center for fifteen years, so that the World Food Programme can use the money to help those in need, thereby significantly increasing Hungary’s contribution to the success of the fight against global hunger, Szijjártó underlined at the time.
According to the Hungarian Gazette,
the government has entrusted Finance Minister Mihály Varga with the task of securing funds for the necessary renovations and furnishing of the selected property, and then ensuring the lease and continued operation of the building.
Founded in 1961, the Rome-based WFP is a United Nations agency that provides food aid worldwide. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization. As it is said on the WFP website, hunger can be ended by working together, as evidenced by the fact that the number of hungry people has fallen by 300 million since the 1990s, while the world’s population has grown.
The WFP works every second of every day, feeding 95 million people in urgent need and launching programs to tackle the causes of hunger,
Via Világgazdaság, Featured photo via Facebook/Péter Szijjártó