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PM Grindeanu had a meeting at the Victoria Palace with the fifth annual business mission to Romania of AMRO

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Premier Sorin Grindeanu and government members met on Wednesday at the Victoria Palace of Government with the fifth annual business mission to Romania of the American - Romanian Business Council (AMRO), with the head of the government highlighting in this context the interest of the authorities in developing the economic component of the US-Romania Strategic Partnership.

According to a government release, the talks focused on strengthening the strategic partnership with the US and the two states' excellent security cooperation. "Both sides expressed their desire to confer similar impetus to the economic dimension," the release says.

At the same time, Premier Sorin Grindeanu assured the American business people that Romania is a factor of political and economic stability in the region.

"We are highly interested in developing the economic component of the our countries' Strategic Partnership and appreciate the role played by your organization in promoting Romania as a sound environment for the development of new investment by US companies," Grindeanu said as quoted in the release.

He pointed out that the same context also sets the conditions in place to render Romania attractive to investors and to support job creation.

"Exactly for this reason I encourage the ministers to discuss at the upcoming bilateral meetings with US investors concrete projects that are beneficial to Romanian economy," said Grindeanu.

The Premier told the members of the AMRO mission that Romanian authorities will continue to take concrete steps to simplify the legal framework for strategic projects in key areas such as energy, defense and transport.

In his turn, AMRO president Eric Stewart voiced appreciation for the openness of the Romanian authorities to deepening cooperation with the US, including in economy: Romania has many competitive advantages, most notably the education and the people, but one of my favorite competitive advantages are the positive feelings and approach and welcome towards the US. We received a very warm welcome from your government and investors in your country. Romania is one of our extraordinary friends we can always rely on, Stewart said.

During the meeting, company representatives presented the government a document titled "Roadmap to Prosperity" containing five recommendations for strengthening economic relations between Romania and the US: continuing the improvement of the Romanian business environment, a high-level dialogue between the two governments on economic subjects, deepening cooperation to develop the security strategic capacity, energy included, supporting the education and health systems to strengthen economic competitiveness, as well as supporting Romanian companies that they want to invest in the US .

"The document was also referred to President Donald Trump and the US Administration," said the release.

Not in the last place, US investors also expressed their intention to develop business in Romania and to launch new investments in areas such as health, research and development, insurance, construction, defense, energy and finance.

Discussions on tangible aspects will continue during the meetings these days of ministers and representatives of US companies by areas of interest, the government informed.

Present at the meeting were 12 of the most powerful US companies with current investments in Romania or which are interested in investing in our country: Amgen, Archer Daniels Midland, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil, General Dynamics, Medtronic, Mega Company, MetLife, Oshkosh Defense, Pfizer, Smithfield, Timken.  

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