By Jerom Bolt
The Prime Minister of Romania, Viorica Dăncilă, started a week-long visit to the US. The duration of this visit and the extremely complex program show that Romania is on the agenda of the US authorities and that the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US has chances of development and deepening.
Despite all the difficulties encountered in the country because of President Klaus Iohannis, who boycott the activity of the Government, Viorica Dancila is determined to promote Romanian-American relations.
The military component will not be missing from the agenda of PM Viorica Dancila. It will be accompanied by the Minister of Finance, Eugen Teodorovici, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramona Manescu, by the Minister of National Defense, Gabriel Les.
“For us, the strategic partnership with the US is a priority … I think it is time to be more pragmatic and to put into practice the joint projects we have with the USA. Therefore, we will sign a memorandum on Energy, we will have meetings with business people, with powerful US companies, where we will talk about the situation in Romania, we will have meetings with members of the State Department, but also with meetings with the Romanian community in the USA and, of course, with the US vice president, Mike Pence, “PM PM Dancila said.
The Prime Minister met with the US Vice President in March, in the margins of the Conference of the American-Israeli Committee on Public Policy, which was held in Washington.
Viorica Dancila added that she will also have meetings with the UN Deputy Secretary-General and will attend a meeting on combating terrorism, together with the King of Jordan and the President of France.
During the visit, Viorica Dăncilă will meet with the Secretary of Energy – Rick Perry (who will also attend the head of Nuclearelectrica, Cosmin Ghiță), but also with Steven Fulop, the mayor of Jersey. The recent measures proposed by the Government to improve the activity of foreign companies in the Romanian energy sector are a signal for US business groups to invest in this sector, especially in the offshore gas perimeters of the Black Sea.
The series of meetings with representatives of the Jewish community begins with Ezra Friedlander, chairman of the Camp David Peace Commemoration Agreement between Egypt and Israel. David Harris – President of the Board of Directors of the AJC (American Jewish Committee), then attending the Gala Dinner hosted by Arthur Schneier, Chief Rabbi of the United States, and leaders of the American Jewish Congress (Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice President) and of the World Jewish Congress (Ronald Lauder, President).
Dăncilă will also meet with Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, and representatives of the World Bank.
In New York, Dăncilă will attend a meeting of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce (RACC), led by Mark Meyer, at the conference “Opportunities for American investments in Romania”. The entire RACC team is mobilized so that the meeting that will be held on September 27 will be a success for both parties.
The program also features interviews with the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and the program will conclude with a meeting with the Romanian community in New York at the Metropolitan Club.
By Jerom Bolt