The Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) and the Embassy of Hungary in Bern organized the Hungarian Investment Forum presenting the investment opportunities in Hungary for the first time on 10 December 2018, for professional investors and consultants. At the occasion of the event, in addition to the presentations of HIPA managers and of companies falling within the scope of the investment projects portfolio of HIPA, Peter Spuhler, Group Chairman of Stadler AG, also shared their positive experience gained in Hungary.

Switzerland is the 11th largest investor in Hungary in terms of foreign direct investments: the volume of direct capital investment originating from this country amounted to EUR 1,662.7 million, according to the most recent data, i.e. those of 2016. More than 820 companies under Swiss management are currently operating in Hungary – of which four are strategic partners of the Hungarian Government – that employ nearly 30,000 people altogether. Among these companies the most dominant are the interests in the food industry (Givaudan, Glencore and Nestlé) and the participations in the pharmaceutical industry (Novartis, Roche).

From the presentations the professional audience consisting of Swiss investors and consultants could learn about the unique advantages and opportunities offered by the Hungarian investment environment, HIPA's investment promotion services and the available subsidies for job creation, technology development and R&D purposes. The HIP (Hungarian Investment Projects) portfolio and the associated services have been presented, as well as five Hungarian enterprises that are part of the portfolio from the professional fields of health care, energetics and smart city solutions.

In his lecture held as part of the forum, Peter Spuhler, ex-CEO and current Group Chairman of Stadler AG, summarised his positive professional and personal experiences gained in relation to the operation of his company in Hungary. The combination of the stable economy, the cooperative government and local municipalities and the skilled workforce make out an ideal environment to invest in.

In the past two years a positive investor decision was taken in favour of our country in the case of 5 projects with Swiss participation and with the cooperation of HIPA, as a result of which 1,252 new jobs will be created and some EUR 190 million will be invested in Hungary.

The HIP projects presented in Zurich:

Csaba Piszter economic attache, Peter Spuhler President of the Board of Directors (Stadler Raig AG), Róbert Ésik president (Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency)