Washington, DC, April 1 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó had talks with the deputy leaders of General Electric and Google on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, on Friday.
Szijjártó told MTI by phone that he had agreed with Google’s Ross LaJeunesse on joint efforts to promote Hungarian startup companies, as well as on launching a Google training programme in Hungary.
During talks with John Rice of General Electric, Hungary’s largest US investor, an agreement was reached under which GE would provide “industrial background” to the Hungarian government’s plans to set up an industrial university campus in the provinces.
GE considers Hungary as a reliable partner, Szijjártó added, and wants to increase the ratio of its Hungarian suppliers in the country even further from the current 78 percent.
Google and General Electric are among 14 US companies in the American-Hungarian Business Council which have greatly contributed to Hungary’s recent economic achievements, such as record high exports and foreign trade turnover, Szijjarto said.
“Business cooperation between the US and Hungary is clearly a success story,” Szijjarto said, noting that “despite occasional political disputes” business ties are dynamic, and 1,600 US firms currently employ 100,000 Hungarians.