Close economic and strategic cooperation is a key to Hungary’s policy of opening up towards the east, said Peter Szijjarto, state secretary in charge of foreign affairs at the PM’s office, flagging a Hungary-Kazakhstan fund as a part of the strategy.
Of the CIS member countries, Hungary seeks to intensify links with Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia in different ways, Szijjarto told public television M1’s morning programme Ma reggel on Thursday.
The joint fund with Kazakhstan will support the operation of joint ventures, Szijjarto said.
He noted that the Kazakh president had first raised the idea to Ferenc Gyurcsany’s government, which had rejected it.
In Georgia Hungary has a good chance of taking part in infrastructure projects, he said, noting that the airport of Georgia’s second biggest city was a project in which five Hungarian firms were implementing 60-70 percent. To be inaugurated next week, this will create a good reference for further orders, he said.
He also said Hungarian companies were poised to break into the Azerbaijani market with products and services.