... This year, around 20 scholarships are expected to be offered, with the duration of the scholarship being extended up to 2026 since the present MOU expires at the end of the year.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Hungary to award 100 scholarships to deserving Liberian students.
During a press conference at the end of the four-day official visit, Kemayah and the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, informed the public about the MOU.
According to the MOU, Liberian students will be offered a total of 100 scholarships over a four-year period, all of which can be chosen from any field of interest ranging from undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and doctoral degrees. This year, around 20 scholarships are expected to be offered, with the duration of the scholarship being extended up to 2026 since the present MOU expires at the end of the year.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister expressed willingness to increase the number of beneficiaries based on the strong bilateral tie between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Kemayah and Szijjártó have agreed to establish a joint economic commission that seeks to improve education, health, diplomacy, agriculture, trade, commerce, infrastructure, security, the blue economy, energy, information technology, water resource management, waste management, and the empowerment of women and youth, ultimately leading to expanded economic cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
Kemayah and Szijjártó said they were delighted with the fruitful discussions and action points reached, aimed at the realization of a bilateral framework agreement for the establishment of the Liberia-Hungary Joint Commission in different areas.
Kemayah then invited Szijjártó to come to pay a similar official visit on July 26, and both men agreed that during which time a bilateral agreement establishing the joint Economic Commission will be signed.
Kemayah reiterated Liberia's bid for a non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for the Period - 2026/2027 and requested the support and vote of Hungary for the elections scheduled to be held in June 2025 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Liberian top diplomat further informed the Hungarian Foreign Minister of Liberia's decision to contest for category A membership on the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and requested the support and vote of the Government of Hungary.