Hungary can learn a lot from the efforts that Colombia makes to develop one of the most competitive economies in the world, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday after talks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
“Colombia has ambitious plans for the future, the same way as Hungarians have also set some great plans,”
Orban said at a joint press conference with Santos, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Colombia “is doing a number of things that we Hungarians could learn from, copy and utilise after certain adjustments,”
Orban also said that a scholarship scheme by Hungary to be expanded in the near future included Colombia and both countries have re-opened their embassies in each other’s capitals.
He described Santos as “a real hero” and said “we have gained a new friend” who understands that cooperation with neighbouring countries and regionalism will have great significance in the future.
Santos said it was a great honour to be the first president meeting Orban after his re-election. He congratulated Orban on Hungary standing out in Europe with its good economic indicators, high growth rate and accelerated development.
Orban represents policies that are very similar to those that Colombia has developed in order to boost competitiveness, he added.
He urged Hungarian investors to get acquainted with Colombia and called for stronger ties between the Visegrad Group and the Pacific Community.
Santos invited Orban to pay a visit to Colombia, which the prime minister accepted.
Ader discusses economic cooperation with Colombian counterpart
Water and farm management as well as forestry are possible areas of cooperation between Hungary and Colombia, President Janos Ader said after talks with his Colombian counterpart, Juan Manuel Santos.
There is room for expansion in cooperation in education and culture too, he said, adding that the number of Colombian students at Hungarian universities will double next year.
Ader congratulated Santos on the successful peace process with Colombia’s FARC rebels, his Nobel peace prize received in acknowledgement of that process, and the fight against drug trafficking, as well as to Colombia’ qualification for the football world cup.
Santos thanked Hungary for its role in the peace process, partly as a member of the European Union, and for its support of the country’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Source and photo: MTI