The Hungarian delegation, members of which include Minister for Economic Development Márton Nagy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Finance Minister Mihály Varga, will have talks with head of state Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov and Chairman of the Kazakh Parliament Erlan Qosanov.
Hungary and Kazakhstan closely cooperate in the field of energy. In January 2023, representatives of the two countries signed a declaration of understanding regarding training in the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, the press chief recalled, adding that our energy cooperation is outstanding also at corporate level; a number of Hungarian businesses are present on the Kazakh market.
Education, too, is a prominent area in interstate relations; during the talks in Astana, the parties will sign an agreement on Kazakhstan’s participation in the Stipendium Hungaricum programme for the period between 2024 and 2026, while preparations are ongoing with a view to the appearance of several Hungarian universities in Kazakhstan.
According to the website of the Organization of Turkic States, the organisation’s Friday summit held under the motto ‘Turk Time!’ “will serve as a crucial platform for high-level discussions on the extensive agenda of the Organization. Leaders will make decisions on pivotal matters, finalize agreements, and endorse official documents related to OTS projects in fields such as economy, trade, transport, and customs.” The leaders of Turkic states – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – will also exchange views on political and economic developments in the region and beyond, the organization’s press release reads.