Please let me introduce myself and the HITA (Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency). My name is János Berényi. I was appointed President of the HITA by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán from 1 December 2013. As the former manager of various state-owned companies operating on the competitive market, including GySEV, MÁV and MALÉV, and former president of Hungaroring Sport Rt., the company behind the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, I consider this new appointment an exciting challenge. On the strength of my experience, I hope to contribute to the successful achievement of the targets set in the Eastern Opening policy of the government, including in particular increasing exports by SMEs and promoting foreign investment in Hungary.
The HITA was established by the Government to promote the international business activities of Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises and to encourage foreign businesses to invest in Hungary. The Agency is a central organisation subordinated directly to the Prime Minister. The activities of the Agency are controlled by the Prime Minister, as prescribed by law, via the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations at the Prime Minister's Office.
Launched on 1 January 2011, the 150 employees of the Agency are providing assistance to the preparations of investments in Hungary of foreign investors and to the exports of Hungarian SMEs.
The most important relations of the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency are focused, in line with the Széchenyi Plan and the foreign trading strategy, on retaining Hungary’s traditional export markets as well as on gaining a foothold on new dynamically growing markets.
In addition to its central office the HITA has opened six local offices in large towns across the country and in the framework of our domestic regional network we have one colleague in each of the counties of Hungary awaiting those intending to make investments as well as enterprises intending to enter foreign markets, local governments wishing to attract investments, industrial parks and clusters, with advice and help.
The HITA operates in close cooperation with diplomats promoting foreign trading activities, assisting the strengthening of Hungary’s foreign trading relations at 63 local representations in 49 countries all over the world.
HITA is also the head of the Hungarian consortium of the Enterprise Europe Network. The world's largest enterprise development network was set up by the European Commission’ Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry with the aim of encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises’ business development efforts in the European Union.
As this brief demonstration shows, the HITA has very wide-ranging activities, whose success requires strong and stable partnerships. On behalf of my extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff, I assure you that the HITA will be a partner to all programmes and initiatives potentially contributing to the strengthening of the Hungarian economy through the reinforcement of foreign trade relations. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.