October 23, 2017, 5:44 pm
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Embassy of Hungary opens doors

The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines opened its doors recently, bridging a gap of more than 21 years since the closing of the Embassy back in 1995. 

The occasion of the official opening by H.E. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary will give an opportunity to take note of the dynamic developments of the bilateral relations of the two countries and to follow-up the event with a Hungary-Philippines Business Forum at the same venue. 

Hungary is a Central European country founded in the year 1000, defined by its long history, distinct language and unique culture of art, music and innovation. 

After a long history os sporadic contacts, a Hungarian Embassy was established between 1991-1995 in Manila, to be reopened this year after a 21 year hiatus. 

During this time, the Embassy of Hungary in Jakarta, Indonesia was accredited to the Philippines, where the Honorary Consul-General of Hungary, Mr. Alfonso S. Yuchengco III looked after the interests of Hungary and its citizens.

The visit of Szijjártó highlights the growing importance of the Philippines and its potential for Hungary as a reliable partner in trade and investment, research and education, cultural and people to people exchanges. 

Szijjártó will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo and Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon Lopez, while also signing several cooperation agreements, including an Agreement on Economic Cooperation establishing the Philippines-Hungary Joint Economic Commission as well as an agreement between to cooperation of the Diplomatic Institutes of the two countries. 

President Rodrigo Duterte is to receive Minister Szijjártó on 27 March on a courtesy call to discuss current issues of mutual concern and future avenues of cooperation.

The Hungary-Philippines Business Forum, organized in cooperation with the Hungarian National Trading House and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry will bring together a Hungarian business delegation of 15 companies and their local partners as well as potential partners in order to kickstart the improvement of trade and investment relations expected from the reopening of the Embassy.

The Embassy of Hungary in the Philippines is headed by H.E. Ambassador József Bencze, who previously served as Ambassador of Hungary to Skopje, Macedonia between 2011-2016 and Hungary’s National Chief of Police between 2007-2010. Ambassador Bencze presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Duterte on 6 December 2016.

While the Diplomatic section of the Embassy will become fully operational at the time of the official opening, the Consular section – responsible among others for the issuance of visas and the authentication of documents – will become operational during the month of April 2017. 
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