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August 15, 2022

Economic projects and welfare can calm conflicts in the Black Sea Area

The most important idea that revealed itself during the discussions of Bucharest Forum 2014, held last weekend at the Palace of Parliament under the patronage of Aspen Institute Romania and based on the topic “Unlocking the potential of Eurasia. Strategic decisions on the New Silk Road” was that money and security are interdependent, meaning that economical projects and commerce bring a reasonable level of welfare, that can solve or at least calm conflicts.
The attendants to the Forum, political leaders and personalities of international business, appreciated that the New Silk Road appears at a time when the route of the old commercial road is filled with old conflicts but also some recenr ones, especially in the Black Sea Area, where Romania is a stability point on the west coast but, seen geographically and economically, Romania is Europe’s gate towards Asia.
Former American Ambassador to Bucharest Nicholas Taubman even stated that Romania can be a centre of power if a few issues are solved.
“I am optimistic regarding Romania’s economical future. If Romania wants to be a centre of power, not merely in Eastern Europe, but to achieve a greater influence in the European Union, it must prove three qualities. The first of them is represented by people. Romania is placed on the seventh place in the European Union, in a population chart, and Romanians are hard-working, well-educated people. The second feature, one that Romania unfortunately misses at this time, and one that is essential, is to have a strong economy. If properly developed, electricity may be the basis  of a strong economy. The third requirement is that Romania should have a strong army”, Nicholas Taubman added.
About Romania, generally, attendants to the forum declared that it should make investments in education, infrastructure and continue the anticorruption fight.
On the other hand, Richard Quest, the well-known CNN analyst, thinks that Romania should start at an elementary level and be patient. Quest says he was impressed after his first visit to Romania and advices Romanians to work, and Governors not to establish targets they cannot achieve.
Richard Quest’s main advice both to Governors and common Romanians is to focus their efforts on elementary things and stop struggling to achieve the level of highly developed countries extremely fast.
The famous journalist also points out that the process cannot be achievable without a firm fight against corruption and without preserving the integrity of the Constitutional state.
Presedintele Aspen Institute Romania, Senator Mircea Geoana argues that in order to be economically competitive, Romania will have to invest in infrastructure and move its attention to neighbour countries.
‘I want a bigger purse than I have now and in order to get it I have to diversify my markets and use to this end my geographical positioning. As Romania’s decision makers, I believe we should invest in infrastructure and then start being competitive to win over more than one per cent of the trade between China and Europe. Then I have to get my attention to my close neighbours – Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Turkey, but I need a motorway from Odessa to Galati that will connect Romania to Ukraine. Romania is not connected to Ukraine. The silk road is built organically, in stages,’ Geoana told the second day on Friday of the Bucharest Forum 2014 conference in Bucharest.
“We must understand that those “peace dividends” we benefited of after the post-Cold War period are no longer available in the same way, in the new security environment”, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru,  NATO Secretary General Assistant for Emerging Security Challenges, during the last day of  Bucharest Forum 2014.
“We must pay more to assure our security and safety but, in the end, these are priceless”, Ducaru outlined. “I think it is difficult to talk about a new world order. We are more likely to talk about a world disorder we should understand and define”, Ducaru declared during the discussion season entitled “New World Order after Ukrainian Crisis, 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall”. “It often happens that we find ourselves in a situation where we try to find new answers for the same old questions”, the Romanian official admitted.  “Yet, we have to relate to reality as much as possible, to take into account the worst scenario possible and to accept that we live in a world defined by emerging security challenges”, Sorin Ducaru outlined.
In his opinion, “the world cannot afford to live in a state of denial, of ignoring the importance of these new threats, especially those that appear online”
On the other hand, during the same session, the Georgian Defence Undersecretary Mikheil Darchiashvili warned that “Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea threaten Euro-Atlantic security”. “Georgia supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and firmly condemns Russian aggressions”, he outlined, also pointing out that “I am convinced that, if Russia was more severely sanctioned for its actions in Georgia, in 2008, we would not witness the Ukrainian crisis today!” Moreover, the Undersecretary advised Occidental leaders to support Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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