Ciolos's Visit to the United States
And comments by Mark Gitenstein, former US Ambassador to Romania
May 26, 2016

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos began Sunday evening a four-day visit to the United States, during which he met with Vice President Joe Biden.

"I see the prime minister's visit here as very consistent and successful. There were a number of very concrete achievements, particularly in the area of new investments in Romania. This visit was encouraged by the US government, starting with the Vice President, and was very constructive for our bilateral relations," said former US ambassador to Bucharest Mark Gitenstein for

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos had several meetings with representatives of the US administration involved in supporting and developing economic cooperation bilateral. The Romanian delegation also met with representatives of several companies and business associations present or interested in investments in Romania. "The purpose of our meetings with representatives US administration is to build, in addition to partnering security and economic partnerships based on closer cooperation. the Romanian economy provides a range of opportunities to American investors in areas such as automotive, iT, agriculture and energy sector and the US may be a partner more involved and active in the local market, as Romanian companies may be present on the American market," said Prime Minister Ciolos. In the first meeting with the Secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack, the PM together with the Minister of Agriculture, Achim Irimescu "presented opportunities in Romania and of collaboration with the American side. Romania has reinstated all conditionalities food safety so they can resume exports of pork and other food products in the US market. Other discussions focused on the effects that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would generate bilaterally."

Then, in the meeting with Secretary for Commerce, Penny Pritzker, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and other members of the delegation "stressed and argued about the right moment through which the Romanian economy, with one of the highest rates of economic growth in the region. Discussions focused on institutional cooperation between the two countries for the development and consolidation of models of good practice in the field of SMEs. The US has shown throughout willingness to encourage American businesses to step up trade and investment considering that our country offers conditions of stability and predictability for the business environment. It also will identify ways of encouraging export capabilities by Romanian companies." A third meeting was with the Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. "Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, along with Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu presented structure of the Romanian energy sector, based on a mix of resources and strategy to attract new technologies for exploitation. In this respect,collaboration between Romanian specialist with American partners was encouraged around energy efficiency, and environmental protection. During a visit to the Romanian delegation met at a working lunch with representatives of several companies and business associations present or interested in investments in Romania: Amerocap, Amgen, Coca Cola Company, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, Parsons, Pifzer, Textron, Oracle, Cargill, Dow Chemical.