PM Orbán: Hungary Can Learn From Colombia

  • 14 May 2018 8:24 AM
  • Hungary Matters
PM Orbán: Hungary Can Learn From Colombia
Hungary can learn a lot from Colombia’s efforts to develop one of the most competitive economies in the world, the prime minister said after talks with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

“Colombia has ambitious plans for the future, the same way that Hungarians have also set some great plans,” Orbán 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 making certain adjustments,” he added. Orbán 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 Orbán after his re-election. He congratulated Orbán on Hungary standing out in Europe with its good economic indicators, high growth rate and accelerated development.

Orbán represents policies that are very similar to those that Colombia has pursued in order to boost its competitiveness, he added.

MTI Photo: Kovács Tamás

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