Following the success of the World Science Forum held in Budapest, State Secretary Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich of the foreign ministry said science is the root of innovation, and innovation is the source of economic growth.
The state secretary added that one of the main goals of the Hungarian government is to boost the ability of the country to build an innovative economy that draws on accumulated knowledge in the areas of science, technology and innovation.
Pacsay-Tomassich said Hungary wants to strengthen the country’s ability to attract young talent which requires advancing the establishment of a modern, international, higher education sector. “The Hungarian government sees research, development and innovation as key to the country’s soft diplomacy,” she added.
The World Science Forum drew some 1,000 scientists, decision-makers and journalists as well as 150 speakers to Budapest this year. The next World Science Forum will be held in South Africa in 2021.
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