IHungarian Technology Enterprise Center (HTEC)
in April, Laszlo Horvath of Active Media met with Ministerial Commissioner Attila Suhajda and his work group at the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication to discuss the HTEC project.
The Ministry has executed an agreement to proceed with the project, and has further expressed interest in using it as a model for similar projects based in Japan and Belgium.
Further Hungarian Government Privatization Initiatives
The Hungarian government has announced or has formally released requests for proposals in a number of significant tenders, spanning from infrastructure to finance and military matters.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Development of the Budapest Metro. This is a multi phase project involving creation of a new 7.3 kilometer metro line. The associated tenders have not yet been released, though they have been the subject of press reports. Tenders are valued in the US$800 million range and constitute the nation’s largest infrastructure project.
Further, the government is debating a new law specifying the conditions under which private businesses may acquire water and wastewater processing facilities currently owned by the state or by municipalities. Currently, about 20 percent of the water and wastewater markets are controlled by private investors, while the rest are in public hands. To meet EU environmental standards, it is likely that large scale privatization in this area will be necessary; by 2015, for example, the entire country needs to be supplied with a sewer system.
Also, the government recently outlined plans to sell licenses for a universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS). Tender details should be complete by the end of the year. There is speculation that 3G services could launched by the winner as early as 2005.
Finally, five public tenders were announced in early May concerning flood prevention and rural development. The combined tenders are worth roughly US$2 million, and bids are being accepted until June 17; the winners will be announced June 26.
MILITARY: The Defense Ministry is expected to release a request for proposal for the provision of military transports, ranging from 4x4s to larger troop transports. This tender is estimated to be valued in excess of US$200 million and calls for the provision of goods over a ten year period.
FINANCE: The government is privatizing three large Hungarian banks this year: PostaBank, Land Credit and Mortgage Bank, and Konzumbank. The tender for PostaBank was released May 20 and will end over the summer.
If you would like any additional information about the matters summarized above, or similar projects being considered by the Hungarian government, please contact AHEC.
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Welcome Nancy Colleton and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the newest AHEC member. IGES was founded in response to the needs of educators and students, policy makers, and researchers, to provide policy analysis, research, strategic planning, training, and educational material development in support of the Earth sciences and related issues. IGES is an international, non-profit organization supported by public and private entities.
For further information, contact Nancy Colleton,
AHEC welcomed newcomers H. Hollister Cantus of the The ILEX Group, Sandor Vegh of the Kossuth House Social Club, Edit V. Velenyi of the World Bank, and Dr. Attila Kovesdy of Deloitte & Touche to its last meeting, thanks them for their participation, and looks forward to seeing them at future meetings.
Laszlo Horvath was a speaker at the IT 2003 Conference in Budapest, held by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His speech is available upon request. Laszlo has also recently conducted an online strategy session with the participation of top management of the Hungarian Tourist Board (Magyar Turizmus Rt).
Nancy Colleton and IGES organized a successful international symposium on Satellite Remote Sensing at the Ronald Reagan Center in May 13-15. The event attracted numerous high profile U.S. Government officials, including representatives from the State and Commerce Departments, NOAA, NASA, NIMA, officials from the intelligence community, military personnel from the United States and other foreign nations, and executives from the satellite, imaging and remote sensing industries.
Arpad Toth spoke as the luncheon keynote speaker at the Satellite Remote Sensing Symposium on May 13. His well received PowerPoint presentation entitled: “The Next Technology Wave, Impacts, Benefits to Businesses, Consumers and Government” is available upon request. Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.