Hungarian PM Viktor Orban begins official visit to Singapore on Tuesday

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be making his first official visit to Singapore from Sept 26, 2017.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be making his first official visit to Singapore from Sept 26, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban begins his first official visit to Singapore on Tuesday (Sept 26).

The two-day visit, at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reaffirms the growing bilateral relations between Singapore and Hungary, one of the emerging economies in central and eastern Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.

Mr Orban will receive a ceremonial welcome at the Istana on Tuesday afternoon.

He will then call on President Halimah Yacob, who had in 2015 made a trip to Hungary when she was Speaker of Parliament, before meeting PM Lee.

PM Lee will also host an official dinner in Mr Orban's honour on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Mr Orban will visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where an orchid will be named in his honour, as is custom for visting dignitaries.

He will then attend the Singapore-Hungary Business Forum.

Bilateral trade between Singapore and Hungry last year was S$1.14 billion, up from S$733 million in 2015. Hungary is Singapore's 12th largest trading partner in the European Union, and its 50th largest trading partner globally.

There are 82 Hungarian companies registered in Singapore as of end-2016.

Mr Orban will be accompanied on his visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, Minister for National Economy Mihaly Varga, Minister for National Development Miklos Sesztak, and Minister for Agriculture Sandor Fazekas, senior government officials and a business delegation.