Being an important county on Romania’s map and very close to Bucharest, Prahova continues to be the host of numerous officials from abroad, on which occasion a new dimension of the cooperation and collaboration relationships is established. A proof of this is the recent visit to Ploiesti and Sinaia of a delegation of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Besides the meetings with the county and local authorities, the presence of the representatives of this delegation in Prahova was also the opportunity to conclude two intergovernmental agreements, important documents for relaunching the relationships between Romania and Cambodia. But the visit to Prahova preceded the event scheduled for July 10, 2017 – a Multi-sectorial Business Forum Romania – Cambodia held in Bucharest. On the occasion of the working visit to Romania of a delegation from the Kingdom of Cambodia, for political and diplomatic consultations and for establishing economic contacts, both in Bucharest and in Prahova –one of the most important counties in the country, a number of events aiming to develop the cooperation relationships between the two countries have been scheduled.
Thus, on Monday, July 10, 2017, Bucharest will host the Multi-sectorial Business Forum Romania – Cambodia, organized by the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce. The business forum will be focused on Business-to-Business talks; representatives of companies from various fields such as agriculture, food industry, construction materials, textiles, rubber and tourism, will be part of the Cambodian delegation.
However, before organizing this forum, the Cambodian delegation, accompanied also by Romanian officials, visited the Prahova County on July 8 and 9. The first stop was at Ploiesti – the municipality of the Prahova County, on July 8, the guess being welcomed by the Prefect of the Prahova County, Madalina Lupea, and by Mihaela Hristache – Internal and International Relations Manager at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The foreign delegation was led by Ouch Borith – State Secretary at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and included also the Deputy General Director for Europe, a State Secretary at the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce, as well as other Cambodian officials; the Romanian party was represented by the head of Romania’s mission in Vietnam, also accredited in Cambodia – Ambassador Valeriu Arteni.
Given that the Cambodian delegation came in Prahova to identify concrete cooperation opportunities at administrative, economic, commercial and investment levels, it was agreed during the talks that it’s necessary to establish both institutional relationships between the representatives of the local and county administration and business men, and economic, commercial and investment exchanges, to support and develop the relationships between the two countries. In this context, the Prefect of the Prahova County presented the development perspectives of the bilateral Romanian – Cambodian administrative, economic, commercial and investment relationships, and the fields in which consultancy, support and assistance can be provided, have been identified for a presence of the main sectors of the Cambodian economy in Prahova, considering that they are in the fields of the textile industry, tourism, oil and natural gas deposits.
After Ploiesti, the visit of the Cambodian delegation in Prahova continued in the most important touristic resort of the county – Sinaia. Thus, on July 9, the visit also included a meeting with the mayor of Sinaia, Vlad Oprea, who received the guests at the Casino Sinaia International Conference Center. The mayor made a brief presentation of the city and spoke to them about the cultural tradition and the touristic importance of the city, as well as about the recent investments made in the most known resort on Prahova Valley. At the end of the meeting, in the presence of the Sinaia Mayor, of Monica Gheorghita, State Secretary for Global Businesses at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and of Ouch Borith, State Secretary at the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relationships, two intergovernmental agreements have been signed. They are a bilateral cooperation agreement in the educational field and a cooperation memorandum related to the activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, important document for relaunching the relationships between Romania and Cambodia.