Being one of the important Romanian counties, both in economic and touristic terms, Prahova continues to hold an important seat also on the working agenda of the foreign diplomats accredited to Bucharest. Every month, since the beginning of this year, high officials have met authorities and businessmen. Thus, while the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Romania visited Ploiesti on May 2, last week Prahova was visited by the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Romania.
On May 17, 2017, Andrei Grinkevich, the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus in Romania, paid an official visit to Prahova County. He visited Ploiesti and met local and county authorities, as well as businessmen, at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and industry. At the meeting with the local and county authorities, held at the Prahova Prefect Institution Grinkevich had discussions with the public manager of the Prahova County – Fabioara Ionescu, with the prefect of the county – Madalina Lupea, and with the representatives of the Ploiesti City Hall. In this context, the public manager of the Prahova County highlighted the county’s history in the oil field, and the guest from Belarus showed himself interested in the Romanian specialists’ experience in this field. Since the touristic and cultural potential of Prahova was presented to him, the Ambassador was interested to visit two of the important museums in Ploiesti – the Art Museum and the Clock Museum, considering the uniqueness of the latter. Pleasantly surprised by the business opportunities which Belarusian investors can develop in the Prahova County, it was launched the idea that future cooperation partnerships should be concluded between Prahova County and Belarusian regions. However, considering that the main purpose of the official visit was to animate the economic relationships between Romania and Belarus, as well as to develop possible business cooperation between the Prahovan investors and the Belarusian ones, the most important part of the high official’s visit was given by the meeting with the businessmen held at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Thus, the event was attended by the representatives of 11 Prahovan companies who were interested in developing their businesses with Belarusian partners. On the other hand, Aurelian Gogulescu, the President of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, made a brief presentation of the county, so that the Ambassador was able to realize what the potential of the Prahova County is, both in economic and touristic terms. At the end of the visit, since Prahova hosts a university center with a unique profile in Romania, His Excellency Andrei Grinkevic also met the management of the Oil and Gas University of Ploiesti.
We mention that, regarding the bilateral relationships between Romania and the Republic of Belarus, on December 20, 1991, Romania recognized the independence of the Republic of Belarus, and on February 14, 1992, it established diplomatic relations with this country. On October 21, 2008, the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on Economic Cooperation was signed, establishing the legal framework for the start of the work of the Romanian-Belarusian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation.
The agreement provides the legal basis for the long-term development of cooperation in areas of the economy such as: agriculture, industry, constructions, energy, tourism, small and medium-sized enterprises, transport, science and technology. In terms of bilateral dialogue, Romania encourages the continuation of contacts at the level of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the promotion of concrete economic projects.
In this context, on September 8, 2015, in Bucharest, and between February 11 and 12, 2016, in Minsk, bilateral Romanian-Belarusian consultations took place at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister.
Thus, in-depth exchanges of views were made on the themes of the political dialogue and the Romanian-Belarusian sectoral cooperation, namely economics, culture, education, being also analyzed the stage of negotiation of a number of bilateral legal documents related to extending the relevant legal framework for developing cooperation focused on the fields of education and culture. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the volume of trade for the first two months of 2016 was USD 11.98 million, of which exports – USD 4.29 million and imports – USD 7.69 million, with a balance which continues to be negative to Romania’s loss, of USD 3.4 million (but decreasing by 16.0 percent). As for Romania’s imports from Belarus, the four main groups are: common metals and metal products, wood, charcoal and cork; vehicles, aircraft and transport equipment and products of the chemical and related industries.