"To increase Hungary's global competitiveness by enhancing the country's attractiveness for investments."
Members of the Investment Policy Task Force („Investment PTF”) represent a wide range of sectors and work closely to foster the mission. The Investment PTF supports the paradigm shift of “Invented in Hungary” that would help Hungary achieve sustainable growth and enhanced competitiveness in an innovation driven global environment. The PTF suggests more focus on high value-added industries, building on the competitive advantages of existing, well–developed sectors such as, but not limited to, the pharmaceutical, electronics manufacturing and mechanical engineering industries, the shared service, ICT, financial and professional services sectors.
The Investment Policy Task Force has defined three main objectives for the period of 2017-2020:
- 1.) Create an investor-friendly business environment to increase total investments with special regard to attracting high value-added new investments.
- 2.) Invented in Hungary: Encourage a shift to a knowledge-based economy.
- 3.) Align Hungary's education strategy to its new investment strategy
Members of the Investment Policy Task Force („Investment PTF”), who are representing a wide range of sectors, work closely to foster the above goals and objectives.
According to the Global Competitiveness Index prepared by the World Economic Forum every year, Hungary ranks 48th out of 140 examined countries in 2018. For sustainable growth and enhanced competitiveness, Hungary’s investment promotion strategy needs to be adjusted to the innovation driven global environment. Therefore, the Investment PTF suggests more focus on high value-added industries, building on the competitive advantages of existing, well–developed sectors such as, but not limited to, the pharmaceutical, electronics manufacturing and mechanical engineering industries, the shared service, ICT, financial and professional services sectors.
Main Achievements and Activities in 2019
Hungary’s competitiveness according to the World Economic Forum
On January 22, AmCham’s Investment Policy Task Force held an extraordinary PTF meeting, where our guest speaker was Mr. Péter Vakhal, research associate of Kopint-Tárki, who shared his insight on Hungary’s recent ranking in the Global Competitiveness Report conducted by the World Economic Forum (in cooperation with Kopint-Tárki on domestic survey).
Second strategic meeting held between AmCham and State Secretary László György, Ministry for Innovation and Technology
Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary 2019” recommendation packageThe essence of a series of professional discussions within AmCham in 2019 was summarized and published in a document titled ‘Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary 2019’, which was published and sent to the Prime Minister and the Government in February 2019. This document served as a key instrument and guide for the Chamber’s advocacy activities and consultations of the Investment PTF throughout 2019, including high-level meetings with Minister László Palkovics, Minister of Finance Mihály Varga, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, and regular meetings with László György, State Secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology. During the year many discussions were organized to work on and update the recommendations included this document.
Fifth Business Meets Government Summit
Main Achievements and Activities in 2018
“Cooperation For a More Competitive Hungary 2018” recommendation package
The essence of a series of professional discussions within AmCham in 2017 was summarized and published in the above document, which was published and sent to the Prime Minister and government in January 2018. This document served as a key instrument and guide for the chamber’s advocacy activities and consultations of the Investment PTF throughout 2018, including high-level meetings with Minister for Innovation and Technology László Palkovics, Minister of Finance Mihály Varga, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó. In March, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga and Deputy State Secretary Antal Nikoletti sent a letter and a comprehensive, detailed position of the Ministry for National Economy as a feedback to the AmCham recommendation package for 2017.
NGM-AmCham Strategic Working Group
In February, the 8th Ministry for National Economy (NGM)-AmCham Strategic Working Group meeting was organized with István Lepsényi, Secretary of State for Economic Regulation, and expert colleagues of the ministry, where participants discussed a great number of competitiveness related issues, including taxation issues.
An Extraordinary PTF meeting held at K&H
On March 26, an extraordinary offsite PTF meeting was organized, where Ákos Ékes, director of business development of the host K&H Group gave a presentation on generation challenges in supplier development. After the presentation, participants discussed and exchanged experiences in their SME and supplier development programs. Investment PTF members then visited the Surf Studio at K&H Bank.
See photo gallery here.
Cooperation with HIPA
Based on the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed with the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) in 2015, a regular, meaningful dialogue has been maintained between the two organizations. At the May 31 Investment PTF meeting, Tünde Kis, vice president of HIPA, gave a presentation to members about recent trends, tendencies and results of investment promotion in Hungary.
Global Competitiveness Report
AmCham Hungary and the Investment PTF closely follow the updates of the Global Competitiveness Report and Index prepared by the World Economic Forum. In 2018, Hungary ranked 48th out of 140 examined countries. The Index examines 110 indicators across 12 pillars (institutions, infrastructure, ICT adoption, macroeconomic stability, health, skills, product market, labor market, financial system, market size, business dynamism, and innovation capability) to measure competitiveness. The current ranking cannot be compared to previous years’ results since the methodology was entirely changed to put more emphasis on Industry 4.0 readiness, ICT adaptation, digital competency and innovation.
IV. Business Meets Government Summit
The key topic of the plenary panel of the IV. Business Meets Government Summit, organized by HIPA and AmCham on October 1, was the challenges and positive trends that influence Hungary’s potential for moving up the international value chain. The panel was moderated by the Investment PTF lead Ferenc Pongrácz, who discussed ways to enhance Hungary’s technological progress, and ways to help the Hungarian labor force acquire future proof skill sets with government representatives: László György, State Secretary for Economic Planning and Regulation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology; Gáborné Pölöskei, Deputy State Secretary for Vocational Training and Adult Education, Ministry for Innovation and Technology; Balázs Rákossy, State Secretary for the utilization of European Union Funding, Ministry of Finance; and Ádám Szigeti, Deputy State Secretary for Innovation, Ministry for Innovation and Technology.
Main Achievements and Activities in 2017
Cooperation with the ministry for national economy:
At the 5th AmCham-NGM working group meeting, the Ministry representatives and AmCham president Dr. Farkas Bársony, Investment PTF leads Ferenc Pongrácz and Péter Gerendási and Electronic Manifacturing committee chair László Ábrahám discussed achievements and results of recent professional meetings. At the meeting, State Secretary Lepsényi gave a detailed evaluation about recent macroeconomic trends in Hungary. Participants have covered several topics, including electronic manufacturing industry, Industry 4.0, R&D, health industry, vocational training and adult education.
Ministry experts also shared their feedback on AmCham’s general business climate related recommendations of the “Cooperation for a more Competitive Hungary 2017” package. Representatives of AmCham member companies, i.e. British Telecom, Citi, Enterprise Services Hungary and Morgan Stanley gave an overview on the economic weigth and importance of the SSC sector in Hungary as well as about the business development opportunities and challenges specific to this sector.
The next meeting is targeted to take place in June.
Main Achievements and Activities in 2016
Partnership with HIPA:
Based on the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed with HIPA in 2015, a regular, meaningful dialogue has been successfully established between the two organizations. The Investment PTF in partnership with HIPA is pledged to support decision makers in appreciating corporate business processes and company procedures (including global decision making process). In 2016, the following two flagship events were organized jointly by AmCham and HIPA: the “Second Business Meets Government Summit” and the “Second Competitive Education Conference”.
Business Meets Government Summit:
In line with AmCham Hungary’s goal and vision, that is “to achieve a 10 spot World Competitiveness Ranking improvement in 10 years for Hungary with CEE”, AmCham together with the National Investment Promotion Agency organized this flagship event for the second time to continue the dialogue on key challenges and priorities for improving Hungary’s competitiveness. Similarly to the first summit, one of the main goals of the event was to develop a tangible list of recommendations in four selected areas: Business Sophistication and Environment, Digital Economy, Labour Market and Innovation. The event was hosted by Farkas Bársony, Lead of the Investment Policy Task Force.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó delivered the opening speech at the event, after which participants went on to exchange views in four closed-door roundtable discussions covering the four priority areas. High-level government representatives included István Lepsényi, Secretary of State for Economic Regulation, Róbert Ésik, president of HIPA, Ferenc Friedler, Vice President for Innovation and General Affairs, National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Ádám Szigeti, Head of Department, Department of Research and Development in Higher Education, Ministry of Human Capacities, Attila István Simon, Deputy Minister of State for Labour Market, Ministry for National Economy.
Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary (2015/2016)
The essence of a series of professional discussions within AmCham in 2015, especially at the first Business Meets Government Summit and the first Competitive Education Conference, was summarized and published in a document titled „Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary”. The document, which incorporates 19 points of recommendation and commitment, was published and sent to the Prime Minister and the Government in February 2016. This document served as a key instrument and guide for the Chamber’s advocacy activities throughout the year. Follow-up meetings with key decision-makers and stakeholders were organized to focus discussion on how to best implement the recommendations to enhance competitiveness. Recommendations have been thoroughly discussed with decision-makers of the Ministry for National Economy, HIPA, and Ministry of Human Capacities. There have been numerous legislative changes and impactful results based on this dialogue, about which Investment PTF Lead Farkas Bársony presented a report to the membership at the Second Business Meets Government Summit. A new issue of the “Cooperation for a More Competitive Hungary” recommendation package would be compiled by the end of 2016.
Cooperation with the Ministry for National Economy
The Ministry for National Economy and AmCham established a Strategic Working Group to ensure more progressive and structured relation between the two organizations and held a kick-off meeting on December 9, 2015, with the participation of István Lepsényi Secretary of State for Economic Regulation. Driven by the Investment PTF, two high-level working group meetings were organized in 2016, where participants discussed a great number of competitiveness related issues, in line with AmCham’s 19-point recommendation package, including taxation issues, the impact of Brexit on the Hungarian economy, the vocational training system, industry – university co-operation and many more. Three sector specific discussions also took place, providing insight on the opportunities and challenges specific to the electronic manufacturing industry, the healthcare industry and the telecommunications industry.
Sustainability (non-financial) reporting obligation
The EU imposed a new reporting requirement regarding the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information, that is the sustainability reporting (also known as CSR reporting), which will become a new standard in the EU from Q1 2017. Certain companies, specified under new legislation, will have to disclose information in Hungary including description of policies, results of policies, risk assessment, management bases and performance ration in many areas.
The Investment PTF has initiated discussions with Ministry for National Economy to understand the Ministry’s approach in this area. The Investment PTF has been dedicated to support our members in preparing for the sustainability (non-financial) reporting obligation that will come into force in January 2017. Representatives of the Investment PTF met the director and expert colleagues of the Accounting Department of the Ministry for National Economy responsible for new legislation in February 2016. AmCham provided information on the sustainability (non-financial) reporting obligation to the membership.
The Investment PTF
Cooperation with Committees: The Investment PTF cooperated and regularly exchanged views on key taxation related issues with the Tax Committee. The Investment PTF also cooperated on a regular basis with the Electronic Manufacturers’ Committee in the preparations for the regular AmCham-Ministry for National Economy Strategic Working Group meetings.