Budapest (MTI) – The Hungarian government is committed to further strengthening what are already excellent economic relations with Germany, Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s minister of foreign affairs and trade, said on Friday.

The governments wants to maintain regular cooperation with the German side in making decisions that may affect the operation of German businesses here, Szijjarto told the German Business Forum hosted by the foreign ministry.

The minister called for joint efforts to boost Hungarian sales to Germany. He underlined that the Germany companies involving Hungarian suppliers in their operations create a chance for Hungarian SME to develop.

Szijjarto expressed thanks to German companies operating in the country for their role played in enabling Hungary’s economy to embark on a growth course and become a top performer in Europe.

All these achievements have never been reached without the contribution of 6,000 German companies that employ 300,000 people here, the minister said.

Addressing the forum, Economy Minister Mihaly Varga noted the reform of Hungary’s vocational training system which has been modeled on the German one. The restructuring has been aimed at giving professional qualification to an increasing number of people for the industrial sector, he said. The government’s aim is to increase the number of organisations involved in vocational training from the current 8,000 to 20,000 and the number of students participating in dual education from 50,000 to 70,000 in the medium term, he said.

The forum was held ahead of the visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Budapest on Monday.


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