Tuesday, 18 October 2016


       PAF taken East. Wherever next?

A Press Release today from the Hungarian Foreign Ministry announces that representatives from the PAF (the András Pető College) have been part of a trade mission to Kazakhstan. Speaking in Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital, Mihály Várga, Hungarian Minister of National Economy told a tape-cutting ceremony –
Education makes a new connection between Kazakhstan and Hungary, that further reinforces the sympathy and trust that exists between our countries...
The ceremony was to inaugurate a new centre, the Aruana Rehabilitation Center initiative, created by the Hungarian Government and the PAF.

There has been a pilot project involving 73 children.

The Minister said that he hopes for wider such collaborations involving other Hungarian companies and further Central Asian countries.

The story has been reported by some of the Hungarian press, in the form of extracts from the Ministry's Press Release. Népszabadság is out of the way, and so far Népszava has not picked it up. Perhaps the weeklies might have something to say about it.

It's another world.


Kaskhstan is the world's ninth largest country and has 18 million inhabitants. Is rich in oil and has the most advanced economy in Central Asia. It used to be a part of the Soviet Union but since 1989, even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has been ruled by Nursultan Nazarbayev. It is a sort of market economy but not a free country. It is known as a corruption hotspot.

What happens there now seems uncertain. Perhaps it will become one of those much admired 'illiberal democracies'.


(2016) A Pető-módszerrel gyógyítanak a kazahsztáni Almatiban, Budapest, Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium, 18 October

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