Romania and Estonia can cooperate in IT, tourism and infrastructure fields, says Estonian President
The President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves , urged on Wednesday Romanian and Estonian business people to work together, to develop the economies of their countries, noting that Estonia has invested heavily in the IT sector, and exports in this area represent the economic engine of the country.
'Let's make money ! ', was the public urge addressed by Estonia's President to the participants in Romania - Estonia business meeting, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania - the National Chamber.
' We have worked together closely for joining the European Union and NATO. There is much to do and I think we can use this opportunity, through the Chambers of Commerce, to develop our economies. We have invested heavily in IT and IT exports represent the engine of our economy. Romania and Estonia could cooperate in this area. We focused on IT because we did a lot in this sector. We are very transparent and we have a highly developed IT program. 98 percent of the population pay the taxes online. 98 percent of the population use the computer. We can also cooperate in the fields of tourism and infrastructure', the Estonian President stressed.
According to the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Estonia, Toomas Luman , the meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Romania will allow the creation of new bilateral trade links in the fields of interest for the Estonian investors, such as IT , constructions, real estate electrical and electronic devices and the defense sector.
Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy Manuel Donescu underlined that Estonia represents for Romania an opportunity of cooperation in third markets, given the Estonian expertise on the Russian market and in the Nordic countries.
'Commercial exchanges between Romania and Estonia amounted last year at 52 million euros. This year, we have an increase of 50 percent in the first six months. Romanian exports are somewhere around 30 million euros, while imports from Estonia - 6 million euros', Donescu explained.
According to the representative of ME, 50 percent of Romania's exports to Estonia consist of electrical appliances and equipment, furniture, as a traditional product on the ex-Soviet market and wine.
'Our imports have somewhere up to 20 percent imports of live animals, animal based products, plastics, chemicals, vehicles, electrical equipment and appliances', Donescu also said.
Estonia is firmly committed to Romania's accession to Schengen, stated on Wednesday President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who is paying a visit to Bucharest.'In the areas of cooperation, Estonia is firmly and clearly committed to Romania's accession to Schengen. It's something I've said everywhere we went and we will continue to say it wherever we go', Toomas Hendrik Ilves underlined at the end of the meeting with President Traian Basescu, at Cotroceni Palace.
The Estonian President indicated that he talked about bilateral relations with President Traian Basescu , describing them as very good, noting this was reaffirmed.
'Certainly, we could have more tourism, but, in general, we do very well', said the Estonian official.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves pointed out that Estonia and Romania have common views on the European Union enlargement, the role of the two countries in the EU, as well as on the need to remove barriers within the EU, not only in what concerns Schengen, but also in terms of the differential treatment.
He noted that Estonia and Romania have common interests in the Eastern Partnership, a subject the two officials focused a large part of their talks on.
'We are in favor of the Liberal democracy in Ukraine and clearly Romania is the expert in respects of the Republic of Moldova and its position', said the President of Estonia .
Traian Basescu thanked his Estonian counterpart for his visit to Romania and stressed that the discussion with him was particularly thorough and targeted on developments in the EU and the Eastern Partnership. He also thanked the guest for Estonia's consistent support for Romania in the period of getting ready to join the EU and NATO and, currently, its Schengen accession.
'We did not avoid in our talks the issues related to Syria, the same as the priority for the EU to succeed a full energy interconnection not only within, but also with its neighbors, with the countries of the Eastern Partnership and with the countries of the Western Balkans ', the head of the Romanian state pointed out.
Also, the talks were aimed, according to President Basescu, at developments in NATO, cyber-security and the possibility of cooperation in this area and in others.