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Ambassador Paul Kan welcomed the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas

Dr. Fazekas, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture, and Ambassador Paul Kan
(Hong Kong, 17 November 2014)
Professor Paul Kan, who was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary in Budapest last year, received a professional delegation led by the Hungarian Minister of Agriculture His Excellency Dr. Sándor Fazekas. The two-day official visit to Hong Kong last week was part of a China-wide tour to seek greater opportunities for future cooperation between the two countries, and a possible increase in the trading of agricultural products, especially of premium category products such as wine, beef and Mangalica pork products.

During his Hong Kong visit, Dr. Fazekas was received by Dr. Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, and held discussion on the import of Hungarian lamb and beef products to Hong Kong with Ms. Vivian Lau, head of the Environmental Hygiene Department. He also attended a working lunch hosted by Dr. Lee Siu-yuen, acting Controller, Centre for Food Safety. The visit of the Minister was the highest level government delegation from Hungary since the reopening of the Consulate General of Hungary in Hong Kong in November 2013.

Hungary's leading agricultural products are a combination of staple crops, famous specialty items such as wine and livestock products, and basic livestock. Hungary's most important crops include corn, wheat, sugar beets, barley, potatoes, and sunflower seeds. It also produces grapes and wine, including several famous wines such as those from the Tokaj region. Other well-known specialty items include salami, goose liver, and paprika. Livestock production is also important in Hungary, including cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, and poultry.

Among the Hungarian culinary delights currently available in Hong Kong are the salami and cured ham from the Mangalica pig, which is Hungary's national treasure. This gourmet dish made with the Hungarian Mangalica pig is steadily gaining popularity. According to Dr. Fazekas, “We would like to export more premium quality products to this city, which has 7 million inhabitants and is visited by an additional 50 million tourists each year.” Hungarian wines are already well known in Hong Kong, with exports to the city of 100 thousand bottles-a-year.

Earlier last week, Dr. Fazekas and his delegation visited Shanghai and had discussion on the development of the agrarian industry in Shanghai. China is a significant outlet for Hungarian products and there is scope for further expanding trade. On Wednesday, Minister Fazekas traveled to Beijing, where representatives of the two countries signed a protocol on the trade and export of raw, frozen beef, as a result of which Hungary will be the first country in Europe to be allowed to export products of this kind to China since the 2011 ban.

Ambassador Paul Kan is keen to see trade ties between Hong Kong and Hungary continue to flourish, and that both Hungarian food and Hungarian wines will gain increasing popularity among the local community.

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