Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean stated on Tuesday after meeting his Uruguayan counterpart Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes that Romania wants to develop and diversify relations with Uruguay. “During today’s talks we reviewed our cooperation in various domains and we convened, on one hand, to continue the already functional mechanisms and, on the other, on the need to develop and diversify them,” Corlatean told a press conference. Likewise, he announced the intention of organizing a business forum in Bucharest in October-November. “We evoked the domains of interest for both sides, domains in which we want to promote mutual investments, in which we want to promote economic exchanges. We are talking about infrastructure, navigability, domains related to high technology, IT, agriculture,” Corlatean said. In his turn, his Uruguayan counterpart pointed out that because of their Latin culture the two countries are very similar and there are domains in which there can be economic cooperation, giving as examples the relations between Montevideo and Constanta, as well as wind farms. “The two countries have interesting products that can lead to a hike in trade relations. (…) All exchanges at energy level can open new paths of cooperation,” Luis Leonardo Almagro Lemes stated.
On this occasion, the two sides also signed a cooperation agreement in the education and culture domains for the 2013-2018 period, and Corlatean pointed out that the Romanian Parliament is about to ratify the convention on the elimination of double taxation.
The Romanian minister was also invited to visit Uruguay. According to a MAE communiqué, Premier Victor Ponta has been invited by Uruguayan President Jose Mujica to visit Montevideo. The Uruguayan minister visited Romania as part of a European tour that also includes Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Spain. Yesterday he was scheduled to meet Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Daniel Constantin and to take part in a meeting with Romanian businessmen, a meeting organized by the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bilateral trade totaled RON 6.8 M in 2011, Romanian exports representing RON 2.48 M.