NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan plans to examine Hungary’s experience in water treatment and loss prevention and incorporate those technologies into its own water management systems, Director of the Department of International Cooperation for the Ministry of National Economy Kairat Torebayev told an April 29 Kazakh-Hungarian business forum in the Kazakh capital.
He also noted that Kazakhstan and Hungary have signed three memorandums on water management and are considering expanding cooperation in agriculture.
“Kazakh Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov met with Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mihai Varga and discussed plans for cooperation in tourism, health and water resources. Water resources are one of the main elements of this business forum,” said Torebayev.
Torebayev added that new water management technologies are gradually being introduced in the country.
“Starting from resource management, let’s say software, the second is reducing water losses, and the third is generally cleaning and improving water quality. It is implemented at every stage, by small steps, but there is definitely progress,” he added.
“Hungary has experience in the production of agricultural products and machinery, and agricultural companies are interested in establishing cooperation. This is the production of seeds, cattle and so on. Minister Varga has directly called on Hungarian business people to open joint ventures, and the main market will be not only Kazakhstan, but the Central Asian region, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU),” he said.
In conclusion, Torebayev explained why Kazakhstan is interesting for Hungary.
“We are interesting for Hungary as a country that has significant resources. Today, Hungarians face significant competition in agriculture in the EU. For example, Spain and Italy produce their tomatoes and it’s difficult for Hungarians to compete with them. Hungary wants to implement projects for the production of agricultural products using European standards for our market and the EAEU’s market. This will improve the quality of products and the entire market as well,” he said.