“I believe the story of Ford is an excellent example of what can happen when the United States and Romania work together. In what was an outdated and underperforming automotive plant, Ford has invested over EUR 1.5 billion. Today this plant provides over 6,300 hardworking Romanians with great jobs. These exceptional workers, who should be very proud of their craftsmanship”, U.S. Ambassador Adrian Zuckerman said at the Ford Plant in Craiova on Friday where he paid a visit together with the interim Prime Minister Victor Orban.
He showed that the example of Ford is just one of many success stories occurring throughout Romania. “Investors are hiring and training workers, collaborating with the government to develop a more economically secure Romania, not just for the educated elite, but for all workers. Romania has made great strides and has the potential to become a regional leader. Yet to realize that potential, there is still work to be done,” the U.S. diplomat went on.
He stressed that Romania has a rich and proud history, of culture, science, innovation and much more. “From the music of George Enescu to Mircea Topoleanu and Radu Ciorniciuc who just a few weeks ago won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, from early plane innovator Henri Coanda to the Extreme Light Infrastructure facility, Romania has accomplished so much in so many fields and is today on the cusp of greatness. I want you to know that I share in that vision and will do all I can to work with Romania and its people to help Romania become the country it can and should be,” Adrian Zuckerman added.
He took the opportunity also to remind that “the Romanian people have no greater friend than the United States” and reiterated commitment to continuing to work together so all Romanians will have a prosperous and secure future.