Orbán meets Huawei CEO

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Ren Zhengfei, the founder and chief executive of Huawei, at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen on Thursday, the PM's press chief and Huawei said in a joint statement.

The long-term effect of digitalisation on society, the economy and security were subjects of discussion, and they agreed that countries that lag behind in the development of data-based infocommunication and data transmission networks would be at a global disadvantage for decades.

Peter Szijjarto, the foreign minister, Marton Nagy, the economic development minister, and Csaba Lantos, the energy minister also attended the meeting.

Orbán noted that Huawei plays a key part in Hungary’s digitalisation and was one of the first large Chinese companies to make a major investment in the country. He also acknowledged Huawei’s role in Hungarian engineering education, adding that Hungary continued to provide a balanced and open economic and investment environment for Chinese companies.

During the visit, Orbán was introduced to Huawei’s latest technologies and its innovation efforts.

Huawei employs around 2,000 people in Hungary in manufacturing for European markets, logistics and research and development.

Huawei said it is rolling out the latest Industry 4.0 technology at its energy optimisation inverter plant in Kapuvar, in north-western Hungary, still in the testing stage, and would undertake expansion there early in 2024.

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