Argentina could be the gateway to Mercosur for Romania and Romania could be the gateway to Eastern Europe and Central Asia for Argentina, said the Ambassador of Argentina to Bucharest, Claudio Perez Paladino, in an interview to Agerpres. The high ranking diplomat pleaded for the intensification of the projects of economic cooperation and technology, as well as joint-ventures, noting closeness and similarities between Romania and Argentina, despite the distance that separates them. These projects are related on various levels of this activity: from large farmers to small ones. Taking into account the high quality of Romania’s capacity in the constructions of machines and metallurgy sectors, there are companies in Argentina assessing the possibilities of producing agricultural equipment for the local market here and the countries of Central Asia. With the objective of providing the institutional support mentioned above, the governments of the two countries are drafting a formal framework to facilitate the economic cooperation and technology transfer for the development and improvement of capacities in agriculture, livestock, wine growing, etc., added Claudio Perez Paladino. “Both countries have high performances in agriculture, we belong to the civilization of wine. My country appreciates long time contributions of the families who migrated to Argentina during the twentieth century. We estimated that, currently, about 30,000 Argentines are of Romanian origins. Many of them were farmers who contributed to the development of agriculture in our province Entre Rios,” Argentina’s Ambassador said.