Agreement on Cooperation between the IBSSA Hungary and the International Tisza Cluster Association

On the 10th December 2011 in the City Hall of Kecskemét took place the international year-evaluation conference of the International Tisza Cluster Association (ITCA). The organization was founded exactly 1 year ago in Kecskemét, upon proposal of the following founding countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine, which countries have more than a thousand companies connected in some way to the Tisza Cluster Association and numerous world inventions, and patents are in their possession, especially in regard of waste processing, cleaning up contaminated sites, and converting landfills into a growing area.

The sphere of the participating countries has expanded: during the conference was announced the accession of Croatia, in addition there are ongoing negotiations with Poland, and the successful conclusion of these talks is expected by the first quarter of 2012. More than 10 countries were represented at the conference, moreover Mongolia's ambassador to Budapest held a speech as well.

The delegation of the International Bodyguard and Security Services Association (IBSSA) also attended the conference with the leadership of Prof. George POPPER – President, and Mr. Csaba KERTÉSZ – Country Representative of IBSSA for Hungary, and President of the Hungarian Section of IBSSA.

At the beginning of the opening ceremony the greetings of Pál Schmitt – President of the Republic of Hungary, and of Viktor Orbán – Prime Minister of Hungary were read out. Then Prof. George Popper was called upon to hold the opening speech. In doing so, Prof. Popper said that many members of IBSSA as well as of the KMFAP (Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, Federation of the Autonomous Priories) are involved in the activities of ITCA, who drew our attention to the organization with regard to the common objectives: environmental protection, water resources, renewable green energy, waste recycling, tourism and leisure development.

Mr. Csaba KERTÉSZ – Country Representative of IBSSA for Hungary signed an Agreement on Cooperation with Mr. Béla BERKES – President of ITCA. Under the agreement both parties (IBSSA – ITCA) determined close cooperation in the sectors of Renewable Energy, Environmental Technology, Biotechnology, Tourism, and Economic development, as well as in the protection of our drinking water supplies in order to conduct the projects done as safely as possible, and also considered important the organisation of joint events and training courses. We are sure that IBSSA can assist the work of the International Tisza Cluster Association through its members living in the affected countries, and through its significant international connections IBSSA can also contribute much to the spread of these patents worldwide.

At the press conference Mr. Csaba KERTÉSZ introduced briefly the IBSSA and talked about the importance of security and the future joint planning.

Prof. George POPPER – the President of IBSSA specially mentioned the significant work of our active member – Dr. Attila ERDŐFI-SZABÓ and his company, BioLabor Ltd., whose activities are well-known, and is also member of ITCA since its foundation.

Mr. Béla BERKES, president of the International Tisza Cluster Association declared that “forming the organizational frameworks” and determination of the “game rules” have just been completed, so next year ITCA can start broadening the cooperation and executing the sample projects in all the member countries.

28th December 2011