FM Corlatean asks US companies for support to change visa programme qualification criteria

Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean on Thursday received the delegation of the Romanian –American Business Council (AMRO) visiting Bucharest on an economic promotion mission, context in which he asked for the support of American companies for the adoption by the USA of the Visa Waiver bill, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informs. According to MAE, Titus Corlatean stressed the ongoing effort Romanian authorities make for improving the local business environment, consolidate and expand the Romania-USA Strategic Partnership. Minister Corlatean also emphasised Romania’s major interest in being included to the US Visa Waiver programme, including with a view to easier direct contacts between business representatives from Romania and US, with direct consequence on raising the volume of American investment in our country and bilateral trade. In the context, FM Corlatean asked for the support of American companies with the lobby of American Administration and Congress for the adoption of the legislation changing Visa Waiver access criteria. AMRO representatives assured of the interest and willingness of their companies to support Romania’s efforts towards a liberalisation of the visa regime as soon as possible, sharing the confidence that a decision in the matter would bring a notable contribution to deepening the economic interaction of the two states.At the same time, AMRO President Eric Stewart expressed hope that Romania and the US would improve economic cooperation, bringing it to the same level as the political and military relationship of the two countries.Prime Minister Ponta who also met up with the AMRO delegation told American investors that the general investment atmosphere was a favourable one despite political change and assured them he was always willing to sit down and discuss their concerns.

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