In an effort to further strengthen its bilateral relations for socio-economic development, the Republic of Zambia, on Wednesday June 1, 2016 opened a new Consulate in Budapest, the Republic of Hungary.
Mr. Gyula Simko, a Hungarian businessman with three well-established companies in Zambia has been appointed as the First Honorary Consul of the Republic of Zambia in Hungary by the Zambian government. Mr. Simko has been travelling to Zambia for the last 10 years with his business interests in Hungary spanning 30 years ranging from real estate, agriculture, import and export.
Officially opening the office, Zambia’s Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany His Excellency Bwalya Chiti said the decision to open the consulate reflects the country’s desire to further deepen its relationship with Hungary, particularly on trade and economic relations.
He advised the new Honorary Consul, Mr. Simko that his task ahead is daunting but achievable. He further urged him to work assiduously to improve on the bilateral ties that exist between the two countries.
Ambassador Chiti implored Mr. Simko to be committed in what he described as his singular priority in partnering with key development partners to promote Zambia’s economic growth.
He further assured Mr. Simko of the Embassy’s fullest cooperation in promoting not only trade and investment in Zambia but also the mutual interest of the people living in both countries.
Zambia being part of two regional economic communities of SADC and COMESA, the Ambassador expressed hope that Hungary would use its influence to further strengthen Zambia’s relations within the EU and at the same time, ensuring their negotiations within the regional communities yield fruitful results.
Ambassador Chiti concluded by extending an invitation to the Hungarian business community to take advantage of the existing potentials in Zambia.
And the Ministerial Commissioner in charge of liaising with Honorary consuls accredited to Hungary, Dr. Suha Gyorgy welcomed the decision by the Zambian government to open a Consulate in Budapest thus in recognising the mutual interest for social-economic and political relations.
Dr. Gyorgy stressed that Hungary is committed to nurture its cultural, political and economic relations with Zambia, and further expressed his confidence that Consul Simko will be successful in developing a mutual and rewarding partnership between Zambia and Hungary.
Among those who attended the event were the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary Dr. Zsolt Semjen, the Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary of State, Dr. Csaba Balogh, and First Secretary Trade to the Zambian Embassy in Berlin, Mr. Nambanda M. Mubukwana.