Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov in his office on Tuesday and discussed protection against the coronavirus epidemic and developing economic links.
Orbán expressed thanks for Uzbekistan’s cooperation in the efforts againts the epidemic which involved sending 650,000 protective masks to Hungary in the spring, Bertalan Havasi said. At the same time, Hungary helped Uzbek citizens return home after the outbreak of the pandemic, he added
The sides were in agreement that it is worth investing in the development of Hungarian-Uzbek economic ties. Hungary can participate in water managment and renewable energy projects, the modernisation of the electricity network, and agricultural investments, such as building food processing capacities, he said. Uzbekistan has 50 years of experience in the peaceful utilisation of nuclear energy and it is the world’s seventh largest uranium supplier, he added.
The talks also covered exchange schemes in education and Orbán said that
Hungary had offered scholarships at Hungarian universities to 100 Uzbek students annually until the end of 2023.
Umurzakov is in Budapest to attend the 6th co-chairmen’s meeting of the Hungarian-Uzbek economic cooperation intergovernmental committee.
Hungarian Agriculture Minister István Nagy met with his Uzbek counterpart Jamshid Khodjaev in Budapest on Tuesday.
The sides were joined by Balázs Győrffy, the chairman of the National Agriculture Chamber (NAK), the agriculture ministry said.
Nagy said at the meeting that Hungary is ready to step up cooperation with Uzbekistan in agriculture, especially in the areas of cattle and poultry farming. He added that partnerships could be established involving seeds and aquaculture.
Hungary can play a key role in supporting Uzbekistan’s efforts to become self-sufficient in livestock farming, he said. Hungarian companies could benefit from involvement in the processing of Uzbek raw materials, he added.
Nagy and Khodjaev signed a memorandum of understanding that will create more opportunities for Hungarian food companies and farmers.