PM Ponta: Chinese investments amount to over EUR 5 bln

Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Thursday announced that the value of the Chinese investments resulted following the official visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Bucharest exceeded EUR 5 bln, Agerpres reports. “If we sum up, there are about 8 billion, but I am trying to be cautious,” the Romanian Prime Minister said.
Victor Ponta announced he would personally supervise the implementing of all the initialled projects and pointed out that a first document concerning the construction of a fast railway would be signed by Transports Minister Ramona Manescu in December. ‘It has been an extraordinary regional opportunity, because Romania represented these days the focus centre of all the countries in the region. The Premiers who came (…) saw in Romania a regional leader, a country that can contribute to the development of the entire region form the economic and political point of view. There is a huge potential for our country and for the region, a chance that does not come every year, not even every decade. It is up to us to use this opportunity,’ Victor Ponta pointed out.
Also, Prime Minister announced that he talked with the Chinese Prime Minister about a new visit to China next year. ‘We have also talked this morning that we want to see each other again next year in Beijing, because we celebrate 65 years of diplomatic relations – Romania was among the first countries having recognised the People’s Republic of China – on which occasion we should actually do a follow-up of this visit, see what stage we are encountered in, after six-seven months, with the projects we initiated. Therefore next year we shall know more, once we have the meeting in Beijing,’ Victor Ponta said yesterday in a statement at ‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport, after Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s departure from Romania.

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