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August 13, 2022

Argentine national day: Never mind the distance, it works

By     H.E. Claudio Pérez Paladino, Ambassador of Argentina to Bucharest

12875.55 km is a huge distance.
In geographical terms Argentina is in the group of countries most distant from Romania. However, as was said by the great Romanian diplomat NicolaeTitulescu, regardless of mountains, rivers, valleys and the vast ocean that separates us, our people are very close, and share cultural characteristics that make Romania and Argentina deeply related.
Throughout the twentieth century, a large group of Romanians emigrated to Argentina. By their work and culture, they served to forge Argentina, together with the many other immigrants who arrived from other parts of the world.
Just to mention some of them, we remember the families who left Bessarabia to settle as farmers in Basabilvaso, a small village in the province of Entre Ríos, in 1905 and who made an invaluable contribution to the development of agriculture in Argentina.
Overtime, Argentineans and Romanians have worked together with great understanding and success in many fields, public or private. In the province of San Juan, Argentina, the Romanian specialists who came to help in the reconstruction after the tragic earthquake in the 50’s are still gratefully remembered today and so we may continue until today when we look at the different Argentine expatriates in Romania or businessmen from both countries working in agricultural projects.
This subject is another of the meeting points of our countries which nature has endowed with suitable land for large-scale production of grains and oilseeds, capable of generating exportable surpluses of magnitude and high value. Argentina has doubled the planted area and production of these products in the past 15 years through the implementation of new technologies such as “no-till”. Being a non-erosive method, soils and yields are improved by reducing the use of water, fuel, fertilizers and pesticides.
Argentina’s experience has been replicated successfully in other countries of this region such as the Republic of Moldova and, as already noted, Argentina and Romania have a long and rich way to travel. Nowadays we have experimental projects in Teleorman, Iasi and other regions and the recent arrival of the first no-till seeding machine to Romania shows the best prospects for progress in this domain.
In Argentina, other key issues were to increase storage capacity and to reduce costs to optimize sales of the results of the patient effort of the farmers. The solution was the use of silo bags. Today, 60% of national production is stored in this way by farmers and traders.
Other meeting points are sports and culture. This year, the national football teams of Romania and Argentina played in the National Arena Stadium of Bucharest, offering a spectacle of the highest caliber. We await the next visit of the youth rugby team the “Jaguares”, who traditionally participate in the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest.
Argentine cinema and literature are always present in the Romanian cultural agenda, through the exhibition of films of interest (many already subtitled in Romanian) and the potential of the “Programa Sur” translation project for Argentine authors. Soon “Abbadon, exterminatorul” will be presented in Bookfest, completing in this way the trilogy of Ernesto Sabato’s masterpieces. Also, Romania is among the group of countries to commemorate the birthday of Julio Cortázar with various manifestations such as the exhibition of film productions inspired by the work of that author.
It is noteworthy that relations are maintained at educational and cultural level with the universities “Babes-Bolyai” of Cluj, “Petre Andrei” of Iasi, Ion Ionescu de la Brad of Iasi, University of Oradea, “Danubius” of Galati and “Tibiscus” of Timisoara, etc.

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