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February 28, 2021
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Aspen Institute Romania hosts Bucharest Forum 2014 to ‘unlock Eurasia potential’

Political leaders and important personalities of the global business environment meet in Bucharest for three days to participate in the Bucharest Forum 2014, an event organised by the Aspen Institute of Romania between October 2-4, at the Parliament Palace.
The topic of the reunion this year is “Unlocking the potential of Eurasia. Strategic decisions on the New Silk Road” and attempts to find answer to the question: how can we make Romania into Europe’s gateway to Asia, in what concerns trade and investments.
This year, the Bucharest Forum enjoys the participation of important personalities of the political and economic worlds. The guest of honor is Richard Quest, a journalist at CNN International.
‘The Bucharest Forum 2014 is the largest political, strategic and economic conference Romania hosts. It is the 3rd edition that the Aspen Institute Romania together with the Government, Central Bank of Romania and Foreign Ministry propose to all our partners in the Eastern and Western Black Sea region’, Aspen Romania Chairman Mircea Geoana noted.
Among the speakers at the conference will be Victor Ponta (Prime Minister of Romania), Mircea Geoana (chairman of Aspen Romania), George Friedman (CEO of Stratfor), Evelyn Farkas (Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Pentagon), Karen Donfried (President of the German Marshall Fund of the US), Thierry de Montbrial (President of the French Institute for International Relations), as well as representatives of international institutes like the European Commission, the Asian Development Bank or the World Bank, but also officials from USA, China, Turkmenistan, Georgia, India, Spain or France.
They will be joined by important representatives of the business environment, like Cristian Colteanu (CEO General Electric), Tomas Spurny (Executive Chairman of the Romanian Commercial Bank – BCR), Petru Ioan Vaduva (General Director of Transgaz), Vasile Iuga (Country Managing Partner PwC), Carmen Neagu (President of the Oversight Council of Transelectrica), etc.
‘Romania must take advantage, apart from our unprecedented strategic relevance in modern history, of this geographic location and transform its benefits into prosperity, economic dividends, jobs, investment, capital and technology. The exceptional local and international participation in this conference confirms the existing interest in Romania with a pivot and central role in the Greater Black Sea Basin’, Geoana noted.
‘Security threats cannot be addressed individually. The security and safety of the Euro-Asian region depend on the acceptance of economic interdependence. The crisis in Ukraine pertains to international law; it affects the Euro-Asian region and has a negative impact on the energy security. Nevertheless, it is an opportunity for the EU reaffirming its capacity of political and economic power,’ the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean said in his address to the Forum.
Romanian Defence Minister Mircea Dusa declared that the extended Black Sea region has been throughout the history the field of diverging geopolitical interests.
”This is not the first time the interests of the actors in the region generate instability from both economic policies and military points of view. Romania will keep acting as a catalyst of stability and regional security. (…) Romania, as a NATO and EU member state on the eastern flank of both organizations, has always attached a special importance to the security evolutions in the extended Black Sea region,’ the defence minister said.

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