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Hamburg Strenghtens Its Hungarian Ties

Nils Blunck is Hamburg's new honorary representative in Budapest.

Nils Blunck has been appointed by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz as honorary representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in Hungary’s capital Budapest. For more than 20 years, the new HamburgAmbassador Nils Blunck has been holding various positions at institutions and within the economy linked with Hungary. He will now use his contacts and its international network to enhance relations between Hamburg and Hungary. HWF managing director Dr. Rolf Strittmatter says:“Hamburg maintains economic ties with Hungary on many levels. After the financial crisis in 2009, they temporarily declined. With the appointment of Nils Blunck as HamburgAmbassador in Hungary, we make clear that we would like to reinforce our connection to Hungary once again.” Nils Blunck added: “I would like to help to bridge the gap between our Hanseatic city of Hungary and develop and expand bilateral relations for the benefit of the people and the economy.”

Well-known Hamburg Companies Are Active In Hungary

According to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, approximately 550 Hamburg companies are maintaining business relations with Hungary. Among them are 450 companies that export and import goods. Hamburg firms with strong presence and activity in Hungary include Hauni, STILL, Jungheinrich, HELM AG, Tchibo, Beiersdorf, Lufthansa Technik, Germanischer Lloyd, OTTO AG, Bijou Brigitte, ECE, NRC, Wolff (food imports), Blucron, and numerous logistics and transport companies.

Port of Hamburg With Representative Office in Budapest

The Port of Hamburg plays a significant role as a transshipment, warehousing and distribution centre in seaborne foreign trade with Hungary. In 2013, about 63,600 TEUs were handled in transit to and from Hungary via the Port of Hamburg. The excellent transport links by rail or truck also play a very important role in the trade between Hamburg and Hungary.

The most important means of transport to and from Hungary are trains. About 85 per cent of the volumes handled in the Port of Hamburg goods are transported by rail, both containers and conventional cargo. Since 1992, the Port of Hamburg Marketing has been operating a representative office in Budapest to maintain and expand contacts between the Port of Hamburg and its customers, shipping lines, institutions, associations, and local authorities.

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Hamburg Business Development Corporation

Ten Years: Hamburg Ambassadors

HamburgAmbassadors are active in an innovative global network to boost the awareness and appreciation of Hamburg internationally. The honorary representatives promote Hamburg in their respective circles and advertise the city’s assets in their social sphere. Parallel to the Day of Overseas Trade, the HamburgAmbassadors meet in Hamburg once a year to gain insights into the city’s latest developments and to gather information on Hamburg’s future-oriented projects.

Eligible as HamburgAmbassadors are persons who are closely associated with the Hanseatic city, but are currently living permanently abroad. Occupying a prominent position in the economy, culture or society, they promote the city at business events and so-called “Hamburg evenings” “ to which friends, business partners, and top decision-makers are being invited.

In addition, the HamburgAmbassadors be actively involved in the planning of exhibitions, meetings, conferences and receptions. By using their network and contacts, they thus assist in the preparation of international activities by Hamburg. Currently, 36 HamburgAmbassadors are active in 22 countries. The Ambassador Programme is managed by the Hamburg Business Development Corporation.

In 2015, the HamburgAmbassadors will be celebrating their ten-year anniversary in May. This year’s meeting will focus on “Hamburg – The Media City”.

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