DIPLOMACY

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos starts Asian tour

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos is starting on Monday an Asian tour which will debut with an official visit to the Republic of Vietnam, in the 11-14 July period, later participating in the 11th Europe-Asia Meeting Summit (ASEM) that will take place in Ulanbaatar in Mongolia on 15 and 16 July.

According to a release of the Executive, the visit to Vietnam has the purpose of relaunching the “traditional friendship relation” between the two countries, with a special accent on enhancing economic cooperation and commercial trade.

“Beside bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister, the President and other Vietnamese dignitaries, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will participate in the Romania-Vietnam Economic Forum in Hanoi, together with a delegation of over 20 representatives of the Romanian business environment, in order to identify new business opportunities together with the Vietnamese partners and to fully take advantage of the future EU – Vietnam free trade agreement,” the quoted source mentions.

In regards to the ASEM summit, the Government says that its main topic is “20 years of ASEM: partnership for the future through connectivity,” framework that will attempt to “value dialogue between Europe and Asia for the development of Asian states in the benefit of both parties.”

The quoted source mentions that Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will present “the arguments in favor or transforming Romania in a hub for interconnection projects between Europe and Asia, whether we are speaking of freight infrastructure, energy or communications.”

On the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos will have a series of bilateral meetings with counterparts from states participating in the summit.

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