Hungary is implementing its largest international economic development program in Uganda

The project is meant to help stop migration, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said.

As MTI reported, the minister welcomed Minister of Foreign Affairs Odongo Jeje Abubakar in Budapest and warned at a joint press conference that “migration and terrorism, which is closely linked to it, are currently the greatest threat to Europe’s security”; he added that one of the primary sources of these threats is Africa.

Szijjártó stressed that the government believes a situation must be created that allows local people to stay at home. “It is in the interest of Europe, European countries and people that the EU and Brussels support these countries in their efforts to succeed,” he said.

The minister said that a HUF 5.2 billion economic development program is being implemented with Hungarian funding in Uganda, one of the largest sources of refugees and migrants in the world.

He pointed out that Hungarian water purification solutions are currently providing daily drinking water for 160,000 in a refugee camp, mobile health containers have been delivered, and Hungarian cardiology equipment is being supplied to a hospital in Kampala. Hungarian companies have also set up a cybersecurity center, as well as a biometric registration system for refugees and migrants, and Hungary is supporting the development of the tourism sector, he said. 

The minister said Hungary’s Eximbank had opened a USD 46 million credit line to support the involvement of Hungarian companies.

He added that Hungary is also cooperating with Germany on Sanitation for Millions, to which it has contributed HUF 300 million to improve sanitation in schools and hospitals.

Finally, Szijjártó stressed the need for long-term economic development in Uganda, with a main area of bilateral cooperation being the modernization of agriculture. To this end, Hungary has started agricultural training in the country, already providing dozens of professionals with competitive skills. In addition, 20 Ugandan students a year are offered state scholarships to study at Hungarian universities, with 122 applications received this year.

Odongo Jeje Abubakar thanked Hungary for its support and praised its Southern and Eastern Opening strategies for helping address common challenges around the world. 

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