Ambassador to Kazakhstan: Romania’s presence to EXPO Astana 2017 a success, experts highly interested in high-power laser model

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Romania’s presence at the international exhibition EXPO Astana 2017 is a success, judging by the number of visitors to the country’s stand and the attendance to the economic missions organized on this occasion with the participation of a host of large Romanian companies; the model of the Magurele-based ELI-NP high-power laser facility is also a central point of interest for foreign experts, said Romania’s ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan Cezar Manole Armeanu.

“According to statistics for the stand here, we welcome daily 1,200 to 1,500 visitors, which, in my opinion, is a lot. This shows the interest of the Kazakh public, but also of the other states’ representatives in our product, the laser Romania showcases at this event. Secondly, discussions with colleagues from other embassies revealed that the laser facility model is of major interest to foreign experts who come to see it. In conclusion, I believe that the Romanian presence here is very successful,” the Romanian ambassador told Agerpres.

He added that 16 economic missions will be organized over the duration of the exhibition – at least one a week – with large Romania-based companies in the spotlight, such as OMV Petrom, Romgaz or Rompetrol.

Referring to the Romania – Kazakhstan economic exchanges, ambassador Cezar Manole Armeanu said that from Romania’s point of view, the relationship with Kazakhstan is particularly good. The volume of bilateral trade stood at about 975 million dollars in 2016, a figure however lower than the 3.4 billion dollar average registered over 2012 – 2014.

Whereas Romania’s exports to Kazakhstan total 64 million dollars, imports amount to 911 million dollars and consist to an extent of 99 percent of mineral products.

The Romanian ambassador revealed that one of the goals of his term in office is the opening of a direct air route between Bucharest and Astana, a move driven by the lengthy duration of the flight which currently takes 12-14 hours.

“It is very difficult for a businessman to take such a trip. Everybody asks me about the duration, not the cost of the flight,” Armeanu said, according to Agerpres.

According to the diplomat, Air Astana and TAROM, the flagship airlines of the two countries, could conclude an agreement so that Bucharest can become a hub for the countries in the area, and passengers could travel from Bucharest to Astana or Almaty and from there to China.

As far as the Kazakh side is concerned, Cezar Manole Armeanu said they are interested in concluding a partnership in tourism with focus on the training of human resources in the sector.

“I hope for this plan to materialize by September by the signing of an agreement between the two relevant ministries,” Armeanu said.

Another subject of interest for the Kazakh side is the sale of natural uranium and nuclear fuel components to the Cernavoda power plant.

“We want to be Kazakhstan’s main partner in its drive to access the European Union market and the Balkan region. We want to be their main partner, and I would say also their strategic partner,” concluded the Romanian ambassador to Kazakhstan.

The international exhibition EXPO Astana 2017 themed “Future Energy” opened on June 10 in the capital city of Kazakhstan, with the organisers expecting over five million visitors from all over world.

The specialized event runs between June 10 – September 10, 2017 and joins 115 exhibiting countries, China, the US and Russia included.