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September 30, 2020

PM Ponta started his visit to China

Victor Ponta leaves Hong Kong for Beijing to meet China’s president and the head of the Chinese Government.

Romania’s Prime Minister Victor Ponta continues his tour in Asia by visiting China, on Sunday arriving in this country at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.
Ponta landed in Shenzhen, from where he left for Hong Kong. He was scheduled to meet Sunday the regional governor and representatives of the Chinese corporations Huawei, China Nuclear Electric and ZTE.
Today, Ponta leaves for Beijing to meet China’s president and the head of the Chinese Government. The visit to China is part of an Asia tour that also included Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
Thus, on Thursday the PM had meetings with his Kazakh counterpart Serik Akhmetov and with the president of KazMunaiGaz, an occasion on which they discussed the opportunity of some new investments. The Kazakh side made the proposal to deliver gas from Kazakhstan to Romania, an option in this respect being an extension of the South Stream from Bulgaria to Romania. According to a release issued by Romania’s Government, the partners from Kazakhstan equally voiced openness and willingness to sign a commercial contract with a view to delivering uranium for the domestic consumption of the nuclear units at Cernavoda (southern Romania). “Romania’s delegation, headed by Premier Victor Ponta, during the bilateral meetings tried to open opportunities for extending the presence of Romanian companies on the market in Kazakhstan and the development of commercial relations. In this respect the Romanian side suggested that the partners from Kazakhstan should use more intensely the Oil Terminal in Constanta (south-eastern Romania), but also the Kazakh airlines should open some flights from Astana to Bucharest. With a view to supporting the business environment in its efforts to identify cooperation niches, the Romanian side proposed and the Kazakh side agreed that the meeting of the joint economic commission should be convened this autumn. Last but not least, the governmental officials of Kazakhstan invited Romania to participate with its own stand in the World Exhibition Astana 2017,” also reads the Government’s release quoted by Agerpres.
On Friday, in Tashkent – Uzbekistan, PM Ponta pleaded for the intensification of economic relations with Uzbekistan, pointing to the “very low” cooperation level in many activity areas. The Premier expressed confidence during a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev, that the economic relations between the two countries can be reinforced, highlighting Uzbekistan’s great potential and strategic position in the region. “I am much honored to be the first Romanian Premier who visits your country and I am doing it with the conviction that as of today, relations between our countries can follow a direction with a far broader development horizon. Romania and Uzbekistan cannot possibly have any issues of disagreement. There is however, a host of areas where we can build and develop, because they are now at a very low level. Let’s just take the political realm, the last meeting between the Presidents of the two countries was ten years ago. I believe that we should more often have such summit meetings, at President and Prime Minister level,” said Victor Ponta. He also referred to the need for “strategic cooperation” between Bucharest and Tashkent, reminding that in 2014 NATO is supposed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, a state bordering with Uzbekistan.
“I am absolutely convinced that there are many things we can also do in the area of economic relations. I am very happy with the results of the recent economic visits to Tashkent by Romanian businessmen. I believe this visit should have taken place longer ago. Probably my political tour has been the initiator for this economic trip,” Ponta said.
He mentioned Romania and Uzbekistan drug producers having recently signed a memorandum, with the Uzbek party being interested in the products of Romania’s Antibiotice Iasi. “There are however other areas too – such as the IT industry, energy, other areas of economic development – where Romanian companies can come to Uzbekistan,” said the Romanian prime minister. Nevertheless, the president of the National Authority for Tourism Razvan Filipescu said that the infrastructure of Constanta port can be used for transportation of goods, an area of strategic importance for Romania and Uzbekistan. The statement was made at a meeting organized on Thursday by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Razvan Filipescu, together with a delegation of businessmen from Romania, paid a working visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan on June 26-28.

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