State Secretary for External Economic Relations and Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó met the President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki and Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, as well as ministers of international economic cooperation, agriculture and trade on Friday and hammered out a five point Hungarian-Tunisian economic cooperation agreement.
The state secretary pointed out that within the framework of agricultural cooperation the two sides are preparing a long-term trade agreement based on bartering. The state secretary said Hungary intends to import phosphates directly from Tunisia in exchange for food products, such as flour.
Szijjártó also touched upon the issue of water management saying that Tunisia had already invited the Hungarian Water Industry Cluster to bid on Tunisian projects including irrigation systems and water network projects.
Tunisia and Hungary intend to launch a joint higher education exchange program aiming to admit Tunisian students into Hungarian universities mainly in the faculty of mining engineering.
The two sides also agreed on Hungary's participation in the modernization of the Tunisian railway industry.
(Prime Minister’s Office – kormany.hu – hungarianambiance.com)