Prahova continues to be one of the important Romanian counties in terms of economy; the confirmation comes also from the desire of the foreign diplomats to meet both the representatives of the business sector and the local and county authorities. The most recent example is the visit to Ploiesti of the Irish Ambassador in Romania, Derek Feely, and of the commercial attaché of the Irish Embassy, Liviu Buzila. For two days, namely April 10 and 11, the Ambassador first met the representatives of the county administration, then the businessmen, at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At the first meeting held at the Prahova County Council, the Irish Ambassador in Romania Derek Feely and the commercial attaché of the Irish Embassy, Liviu Buzila, discussed with the Prefect of the Prahova County, Ioana Madalina Lupea, and the President of the Prahova County Council, Bogdan Andrei Toader. The direct talks with the representatives of the Prahova administration showed that the guests were interested in knowing new opportunities of commercial, cultural and educational cooperation in the Prahova County. In this context, the Prahova authorities presented to the officials the investment opportunities in several economic fields, starting from the potential provided by the 11 industrial parks of the county, the opportunities in agriculture, viticulture and viniculture and zootechnics. Last but not least, it was reminded that in Prahova there is a traditional Romanian university – the Ploiesti Oil and Gas University.
The second meeting, held on April 11, which closed the official visit of the Irish Ambassador in Romania, took place at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where there was organized a working meeting with the representatives of the companies interested in new commercial collaboration opportunities with this country. “A few years ago, also here, at the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we organized a Romanian-Irish Business Forum. Now, the representatives of the companies in the county and not only them, have the opportunity to discuss with the Irish Ambassador and the commercial attaché of this country in Bucharest, at the highest level. We wish this collaboration between Romania, respectively Prahova, and Ireland, to expand, especially considering that Ireland is one of the top 10 most competitive economies of the world, being a leader in providing IT solutions, as well as an example to be followed in terms of accessing EU funds” stated the President of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aurelian Gogulescu. In his turn, the Irish Ambassador Derek Feely wished to mention, among others: “In the globalization context, the role of an embassy is no longer only to act at diplomatic or political level, but it has to focus on the trade development. This is why we came to Ploiesti, to build bridges between the Irish and Romanian companies. These two economies had the most important increases throughout the European Union, and this is an additional possibility for the bilateral collaboration”.
It was mentioned at the meeting that the foundations of the economic relations development at the county level already exist, given that, according to the data registered at the Trade Register, there are 21 companies with Irish capital in Prahova, operating in various fields of activity, such as constructions, restaurants or hotels.