Committed people from more than 20 countries, who want and can do something for Hungary, are meeting this weekend in Budapest at the VIIIth Conference of the Friends of Hungary Foundation. The event was inaugurated Friday afternoon in Pesti Vigadó by the President of the Foundation, E. Sylvester Vizi.
The members of the Foundation are united by a spiritual impulse, they are Hungarians or they love Hungarians, underlined the President of the Foundation before welcoming the Minister of Culture and Innovation, János Csák, whose speech served opening of the three-day program.
The Friends of Hungary Foundation was established in 2011 with the aim of informing the public in an objective but value-oriented manner about the events and results of Hungary and Hungarians around the world. The Foundation tracks and documents the successful social, cultural, scientific and economic activities of Hungarians and strengthens relations between Hungarians inside and outside their homeland. The Foundation contributes to the international recognition of Hungary and Hungarians based on their achievements. He is engaged in strengthening the unity of Hungarians and forms a bridge in the world of science, politics and various public figures.
Members of the community are people of Hungarian origin living abroad or sympathizing with Hungary. Members include Nobel laureates as well as CEOs of successful banks, former ambassadors, foreign journalists, academics and opera singers. The foundation publishes two foreign language news portals, “Hungary Today” and “Ungarn Heute”, and has organized an annual international conference for journalists since 2017.
President of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, E. Sylvester Vizi. Photo: Hungary today
Echoing the words of E. Sylvester Vizi, Minister János Csák stressed that culture in the broad sense is what brings us together. The future of Hungary depends on our ability to use Hungarian intellectual capital in such a way as to generate additional profits in Hungary, he said.
According to Csák, the Ministry of Culture and Innovation is the ministry of the future, because the results of the ministry will not be visible in the short term, but in 3, 5 or even 10 years.
When you build roads, you must first answer the question of why, then the question of how,
explained the politician.
In his presentation, he explained how Fidesz’s policy answers the question of “why” with regard to four eternal human goods: the bond of belonging, the ability to care, the balance necessary to enjoy the first two , and peace and security.
The answer to the first question is that society must be rebuilt and this is done through families, who need appropriate family policies, the politician stressed. Europe is currently experiencing a “demographic autumn”, with women having their first child at the age of 29 on average. The Hungarian government wants women to feel that they can engage in family life earlier. The freedom to decide on the return of mothers to the labor market should also be guaranteed. The financial situation of families should be improved through relief and tax reductions.
This type of family policy presupposes as a condition a strong economy, which means the development of enterprises, Csák stressed. The goal is to have many small businesses for a strong economy, for which innovation is essential. Workshops should be established within the small business system and information exchange should be made more efficient to create more innovation, he said.
The minister stressed that culture is not a narrow concept but a way of thinking. To progress, it is also necessary to raise the general cultural level.
Higher education is a very important part of this value chain, which is why the government has created university foundations. The government spends 2% of Hungary’s GDP to support academic research and the war in Ukraine will not change that, he stressed.
János Csák spoke about the Western trend that knowledge has become more and more valuable in the public sector and skilled labor less and less valuable. If this devaluation is not stopped, he thinks society will be divided. A new vocational education system is also needed, as there is a huge shortage of skilled labor in Hungary, with 60,000 guest workers currently working in the country.
In conclusion, the minister pointed out that if the birth rate increases, the number of students in vocational education and universities will increase, the percentage of people with doctorates will also increase, there will be innovations and small companies using intellectual capital, helping the government to achieve its objectives.
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