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Jan 14, 2014

Hungary to deepen relations with Ghana


Zsolt Németh, Hanna Tetteh, Dr Lawrence Tetteh and other officials from Hungary

Mr Zsolt Németh, Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has called for the deepening of relations between Ghana and Hungary since the two states have similarity and connectivity in policies.


He said like Ghana which plays a role in deepening regional co-operation such as ECOWAS, Hungary is also playing a similar role in Europe.

Mr Németh made the call during a cocktail launch of Ghana Water Polo Association at Hungarian Trade and Cultural Centre, in Accra at the weekend.

Water polo is a popular sport in Hungary where it hosts Mr Tibor Benedek, the World Master Trainer and three times Olympic champion.

Mr Benedek had trained Ghana’s Ibrahim Issah in Hungary, who was provided with kits for the sport to start the association.

Mr Németh who traced what he deemed the predestined co-operation between Ghana and Hungary, which he linked to the similarity of the two countries national flags, said the common respect for knowledge is another grounds for bilateral relations.

Ghana’s flag is Red, Gold Green with a Black Star whilst that of Hungary is Red, White and Green with a Red Crown.

Mr Németh expressed the need for the two nations to exchange students as well as knowledge transfer to cement the bilateral relations which dated back to Hungary’s socialist years.

Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration expressed the hope for cooperation agreement between Ghana and Hungary.

Ms Tetteh, whose mother hails from Hungary asked the European state to use its vast human resource potentials, institutions of higher learning and sporting facilities to fast track the development of Ghana.

Touching on water polo she said Ghana could use the numerous water resources available to facilitate the pioneering efforts in order to be internationally competitive.

Mr Elvis Afriyie, Minister of Youth and Sports said the event was an opportunity to start the sport in Ghana and the strengthening of bilateral relations.

He called for Ghana –Hungary collaboration for the local promotion of boxing, soccer as well as track and field events.

Mr Afriyie said he would travel to Hungary in September to discuss the technical details.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, who would lead a business delegation to Hungary next week, said Ghana is endowed with natural resources, which could be exploited through cooperation with other countries.

He said the nation is prepared to share common global values such as the common good of mankind and democratic governance through co-operation with other countries.

Dr Lawrence Tetteh, an Economist and International Evangelist, who trained at Budapest University of Economic Sciences lauded the opportunity Hungary gave to Ghana to pursue knowledge, which made it possible for five of his siblings to study in that country.

Speaking in an interview with Ghana News Agency he said: “ Hungary has made me who I am today, and I recommend to government to open the frontiers for more Ghanaian students to study in the country to broaden their horizon to facilitate the national development drive.”

Dr Tetteh said Ghana’s drive to deepen relations with Hungary is a wise move since the Eastern Europe has what it takes to facilitate the national development initiative.

GNA