On 18 November 2016 the official visit, marking the opening of Autumn 2016-Romania Tourism Fair at the ROMEXPO Hall, in Bucharest, has taken place.
Bread and Salt: Traditional welcome for H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and Academician Mircea Constantinescu opening the 2016 TOURISM FAIR.
The 18 November official tour of the exhibition had taken place under The High Patronage of President of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania.
On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation has made the official tour of honour for all the pavilions that promoted outbound and inbound tourism, accompanied by a delegation of members of Romanian Parliament and the usual retinue of governmental officials.
The Romanian Tourism Fair has garnered the most important tourism companies that outlined special offers for the lovers of cultural tourism, medical tourism and wellness, rural and business related tourism but also presented offers for aficionados of cruises, exotic destinations and adventure tourism.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had toured the areas dedicated to the promotion of wine tourism and stressed his office support for wine discovery based tourism programs, that are allowing visitors to familiarized themselves with Romania`s natural beauties but also to taste the incredible Romanians wines.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and IRICE delegates are admiring traditional dances from Bucovina.
On the pavilions acknowledged by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President and Global Ambassador for Tourism we can count the COTNARI stand that promoted not only the perfection of Cotnari Wines but also Cotnari region as the heartland of Moldova`s tourism.
President Dr. Anton Caragea also visited the pavilions of Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Hungary, Bulgaria and delivered a speech on Movenpick stand on the opportunities offered by Middle Eastern tourism.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea visited the Photographic Exhibition ans encouraged the artists present and was received as distinguished guest by the representatives of the transport companies like Air Berlin, Blue Air and made a special stop over to the National Air Transport Company TAROM, where IRICE President took his time and attended a photo session with the employees of the national air company.
The open conference held by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea on Middle Eastern tourism opportunities was attended by tourism specialists, mass media and governmental officials.
Romanian Tourism Fair 2016 was a pleasant opportunity to meet the representatives of the tourism and air transport companies and to discuss new methods to improve tourism at world level and more than everything provided us with a rostrum of discussions for the future elections on WORLD BEST TOURISM DESTINATION FOR 2017 and WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM IN 2017 stated IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the concluding remarks of his visit.
Romania had celebrated, on 5 October 2016, the WORLD TOURISM DAY, under the banner: Tourism as a driving force for culture and development!
World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually around the date of 27 September.
Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
The event has being organized by the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation at Romanian Parliament and brought together governmental officials, parliamentarians from economy, industry, environment and tourism committees and diplomats accredited to Bucharest.
The event hosted at Romanian Parliament has marked the WORLD TOURISM DAY and has taken place under the high patronage of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
This year ceremonies where concentrated on Asia growing role in global tourism rapid development and Kingdom of Cambodia- WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2016.
On this occasion, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation unveiled his official message for WORLD TOURISM DAY-2016:
2016 World Tourism Day must be an occasion for us to ponder about the transformations of the sector that registered a growth from 25 million international tourists in 1956 to today staggering 1.2 billion people travelling the world.
Why is traveling so significant in today’s world? (…)
This is happening because traveling is a occasion for new experiences, new sentiments and most of all new ideas. Tourism has become a key economic factor and part of world development, a significant job creator and a forging opportunities for local communities.
Tourism is today a major source of income for local communities.
As we celebrate World Tourism Day, let us recall the success stories of tourism as a tool for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals, as a medium for global growth for all of the world’s citizens.
Let us evaluate and emulate the success stories of Africa: where Zimbabwe and Ethiopia had succeeded in making tourism a major earner for their economy, offering jobs, hopes and future to more than 25 millions people s involved in these countries travel sector.
More recent: The Kingdom of Cambodia became an example for Asian tourism development investing tourism revenues in infrastructure, hospitality facilities and offering growth and employment opportunities for millions of people’s of Cambodia.
This is the transformative power of tourism and this is the reasons that the world community decided to make Cambodia and Ethiopia as model countries for tourism development in 2016. (….)
I wish you all of you in love with traveling, a very happy World Tourism Day and I hope you will take the time to analyse and think about the model country of 2016 World Tourism Day: The Kingdom of Cambodia and how Cambodia has become a universal model in offering enriching and compelling travel experiences to be enjoyed by all.
The full text of the allocution for 2016 WORLD TOURISM DAY by H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA can be read out here:
H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2015 with H.E. Prime Minister Academician Hailemariam Desalegn and the Government of F.D.R. Ethiopia
H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2014 with H.E. President of Zimbabwe Cdre Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the Government of Zimbabwe
H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2013 with H.E. President of Laos PDR
H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2012 with H.E. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago-Mrs. Kamla Prashad Bishesar-President of the Commonwealth for 2012
In the end of 2015 United Nations announced the new world objectives for development and growth for all nations by 2030 under the name of Sustainable Development Goals.
17 Objectives aims to make a better world and parliamentarians across the world are invited to place their voice in the balance.
The new 17-odd goals are aiming to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, as part of a new world development agenda.
In order to fulfil this objectives, Parliaments across the world are called upon to bring their support and to enact legislation encouraging nations in the fulfilment of the 17 SDG`s.
The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania is deeply involved in constructing the Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (Parliaments Assembly).
The Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goalswill garner support from national parliaments across the world, interested in bringing world agenda for development in their national legislations and contribute to the international and global development and fulfilling the United Nations Agenda.
The first reunion of Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals will be held in Bucharest in December 2017, and will bring together, under the message of bringing to life the vaunted SDG Platform and will be restricted to leaders of Parliaments and National Assemblies across the world.
IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had stated for UN Sustainable Development publication that: he accepted the task to coordinate in the first five years the initiative, benefiting from his long-established role and expertise in uniting and engaging national legislators and make them involved in the implementation of development issues.
After the five years preparatory phase, will be created a Governing Body of advisors that includes MPs from National Parliaments and other experts to guide and effectively implement the programmes, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
More information’s about the Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals can be read out on UN-SDG site accessible here:
Supplementary information regarding the World Lectures on SDG can be obtained from official website
On August 5, 2016, the new DPR Korea Ambassador Ri Pyong Du hosted a presentation of DPR KOREA CULINAR POTENTIAL.
Ambassador Ri Pyong Du and DPR Korea Embassy staff entoured by the officials: H.E. IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Hon. Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Chairman of Romania-DPR Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group, Hon. Senator Constantin Popa, Vice-Chairman of Romania-DPR Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group and Chairman of UNESCO Parliamentary Committee and other members of Romanian Chamber of Deputies.
The culinary presentation was acknowledged by the presence of highest officials of the land, as a sign of the good bilateral relations.
The highest personalities retinue was opened by H.E. IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Hon. Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Chairman of Romania-DPR Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group, Hon. Senator Constantin Popa, Vice-Chairman of Romania-DPR Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group and Chairman of UNESCO Parliamentary Committee and other members of Romanian Chamber of Deputies.
The culinary potential and imagination of Korean people was full demonstrated by the presentation of traditional products like: Insam soju, traditional korean beverage ginseng based, a tonic world-wide recognised for his beneficial influence on the consumers health, Japchae- a pea based noodles with veal meat and algae flavoured, the universally acclaimed kimchi could not be missing and also noodles with cow meat Guksu.
Kimchi-an instant recognizable symbol of korean cusine.
The presentation was crowned by SINSEOLLO, the recognised jewel of Korean cooking.
Sinseollo is a full dinner experience encompassing fish, veal, omelet, sea fruits and over 12 ingredients giving a perfect flavour to the dish.
Sinseollo: an univers in a dish!
The cultural and gastronomic presentation of the korean people traditions was a perfect fruition of the vision outlined by Marshal Kim Jong UN, the korean nation leader, who ask all to present to the world the high potential of korean nation.
The Ambassador of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, H.E. Ri Pyong Du was warmly congratulated by the Romanian Parliament representatives on his inspirational idea to outline DPR Korea culinary potential and encouraged to strengthen the ties between Korean and Romanian people’s, by presenting the culinary potential, full of variety, of the people of the country of the morning calm, the sobriquet of Korea.
The complete photo session of the event can be accesed here: PRESIDENT OFFICE
This announcement is a great success for the Romanias’ tourism.
The general meeting is set to take place from May 25-26, 2016 and is set to include visit to Constanta and Lake district of Romania, centered around Enisala-UNESCO heritage site.
Romania will host the next General Assembly of the European Tourism Organization, scheduled for May 2016, following a proposal from Romanian Parliamentary Committee.
Romanian landscape is littered with castles and historical monuments: in the photo-Enisala, byzantine fortification from XIII century, a monument that will be visited by European tourism delegates.
In a Parliament announcement, the Organization revealed that during this year’s meeting, Romanian parliamentarians proposed Bucharest as the event’s next location, a suggestion which was warmly welcomed.
"This development is a success and honour for the country and confirms, once again, the appreciation and trust that Romania enjoys in the European bodies and decision-making centers," the parliamentarians stated.
During the works of the General Assembly in Bucharest, the European Tourism Organization will discuss issues concerning the tourist industry at a European level, such as joint promotion of European tourism in third countries, visa issues and the promotion of best practices.
The member states also will table the current critical developments in Europe and agreed on a communiqué in to highlight tourism industry concerns regarding the refugee crisis, the world conflict and the world-wide destruction of cultural heritage.
The election of the country as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016 and of the city declared WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM FOR 2016 will also take place.
It was stressed that these issues should be addressed with a common voice at Bucharest meeting.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF BEST ROMANIAN HOTEL? ROYAL HOTEL IS THE CORRECT ANSWER!
Romanian tourism starts to rapidly grow in recognition and appreciation on European and world stage.
Romania is already recognized for natural beauties, but the increased recognition of hospitality industry and service areas of Romanian hotels are starting to gain more appreciation from European tourists.
The ROYAL hotels, a chain garnering hotels in Bucharest and Constanta had become the first Romanian hotels that received the authoritative EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD for hotels in recognition of the exceptional quality of services rendered by the two hospitality centers.
The function for awarding the EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD for tourism and hotels was hosted by ROYAL Hotel in Bucharest in the presence of accredited diplomatic corps, Romanian parliament representatives, European Tourism Academy, European Council on Tourism and Trade and Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President, had highlighted the special efforts dedicated by ROYAL Hotels in offering tourists the best lodging and relaxation opportunities, the constant desire to improve the experience of being a guest at ROYAL Hotels and clearly marked the importance for Romanian tourism of registering the first European quality hotels.
The EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARDS is a guarantee mark of the exceptional services and hospitality that are meeting and catering for the needs of the guests of ROYAL Hotels in Bucharest and Constanta.
The Press and PR Director of ROYAL Hotels Mr. Alexandru Ion has outlined for the press the main characteristics of the Groups hotels.
The ROYAL Hotel in Bucharest is conveniently located in Bucharest center offering 97 rooms, luxourios furnished and perfectly adapted for business or leisure and especially connected to all modern technologies allowing for rapid communications, essentials for XXI century traveler.
A 120 places restaurant, with high class chefs, that are making every meal and course a special celebration.
ROYAL Bucharest Hotels offers and prime quality business locations with latest transmission equipments that are making every event hosted a sure success.
ROYAL Hotel Constanta is offering perfect furnished accommodations comprised of 10 single apartment style rooms and 40 singles all elegantly and modern equipped and offering all the required facilities for a luxury hotel.
Constanta ROYAL Hotel is located 400 meters from the beach and in central part of the town garnering in equal measure the pleasures of the sea and the city proximity.
Two conference areas, modernly build and equipped with large welcoming areas are offering to the hotel the charm of a truly European hotel.
Professsor Dr. Anton Caragea entrusts the EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD for ROYAL Hotel Group
After the official entrusting of the EUROPEAN QUALITY AWARD certificate for ROYAL hotels from Bucharest and Constanta, diplomats and high ranking officials presents on the venue had enjoyed a special festive table entertaining both European and special Romanian cuisine and tasted theROMANIAN DIPLOMATIC WINE for 2016 from House of Panciu.
In one voice the diplomatic corps present at the venue had offered high marks for the hospitality offered by ROYAL Hotel and for the Romanian tourism potential that can be cherished and discovered only at the best Romanian hotels of ROYAL GROUP.
ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT IS HOSTING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO HONOR 20 YEARS OF ACTIVITY OF PEOPLE`S ASSEMBLY OF KAZAKHSTAN
On March 3rd 2015, The Parliament of Romania hosted the international conference: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN-A UNIVERSAL DEMOCRATIC MODEL.
The Conference on PEOPLE`S ASSEMBLY OF KAZAKHSTAN: A DEMOCRATIC MODEL OF UNIVERSAL VALUE-3 March 2015
The academic conference was subscribed to the traditional strategic friendship that is uniting Romania and Kazakhstan and was destined to highlight to Romanian and international audience the fundamental role of an institution unique in the world and reflecting Kazakhstan specificity: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN.
This institution of paramount importance was established in 1995, according to a decision of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and has the role of allowing all national, cultural and religious minorities on the territory of Kazakhstan to partake together with the Kazakh majority in building a society model, in selecting cultural politics and in building an open and inclusive society integrating all citizens.
Today after 20 years of activity, the ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN had become a model for all the states of the world, a model of resolving minority’s problems and democratic people’s involvement.
The delegation from Kazakhstan ( from left to right):President Serik Akylbai, H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev, senator Serik Bekturganov and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin-caption during the conference works
In the framework of the conference, hosted by Romanian Parliament, the leadership of the parliament had outlined messages of support for the Romanian-Kazakhstan relations, for the profusely democratic character of ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN and messages of admiration for the national and democratic construction achieved by the exertions of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Amongst the key speakers of the International Conference (from left to right):Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, President of Committee for Romanians Abroad-senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor and senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate
Together with the leaders of the Parliament, on the venue of the conference where present also 23 diplomatic representatives headed by the leader of diplomatic activity of diplomatic corps-Iraq Ambassador Omer Berzinji and presented reports for the conference personalities such as: Senate Leader-Florin Constantinescu-Chairman of the Energy, Industry and Transport Committee of the Parliament, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania, Senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor-President of the Committee for Romanians Abroad and International Relations, Deputy Costel Alexe-Chairman of the Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, UNESCO Committee-Senator Constantin Popa, senators Ionel Agrigoroaei and Senator Ciprian Rogojan from Defence Committee and European Affairs Committee.
Other key note speakers of the International Conference: leader of the Defense Committee-senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, leader of European Affairs Committee-Ciprian Rogojan and UNESCO Committee leader-senator Dumitru Constantin Popa
The Conference dedicated to the role of parliament and the presentation of ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN had also benefited from the presence of a consistent delegation from Kazakhstan Parliament lead by Senators Serik Akylbai, Bekturganov Serik and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin who outlined for the attendees the mechanism and the signification of a unique institution in the world: ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE’S OF KAZAKHSTAN.
Concluding the conference, the Kazakhstan parliamentary group received the special MEDAL OF HONOUR OF THE ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT in sigh of lofty appreciation of the importance of the inter-parliamentary relations between Romania and Kazakhstan.
The Conference of Romanian parliament has attracted representatives from 23 countries. We address all our gratitude for their attendence that was a sign of respect towards the institution of Parliament, a perfect way to show commitment to Romanian foreign policy and a diplomatic way to present appreciation to Kazakhstan delegation.
Your presence was noted as a perfect fulfillment of your mission as a friend of Romania.
From left to right: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General-IRICE, H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski, Senator Ciprian Rogojan, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR TO ROMANIA 2013, Senator Serik Bekturganov, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Senator Serik Akylbai, H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev, deputy Tulesh Kenzhin , Academician Mircea Constantinescu, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Korea- Park Hyo-Sung, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, President of Committee for Romanians Abroad-senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor, representative of Russian Federation Embassy
From left to right: Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-Dr.Mohammad Al Homoud, H.E. Ambassador of Armenia- Hamlet Gasparian, H.E. Ambassador of Georgia-Ilia Giorgadze, Embassy of Palestine representative, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General-IRICE, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Malaysia-Dato Nik Mustafa Kamal Nik AHMAD, Taiba Foundation representative-Dr. Abu Al Oula Al Ghithy
From left to right: Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-Dr.Mohammad Al Homoud, H.E. Ambassador of Russian Federation-Oleg Malghinov, H.E. Ambassador of Armenia- Hamlet Gasparian, H.E. Ambassador of Georgia-Ilia Giorgadze, Embassy of Palestine representative, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General-IRICE , H.E. Ambassador of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan-Saker Malkawi, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Malaysia-Dato Nik Mustafa Kamal Nik AHMAD, Taiba Foundation representative-Dr. Abu Al Oula Al Ghithy
From left to right: Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy, General Saman Assi Wahhab Al-Talabani, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General-IRICE, senator Florin Constantinescu-President of Energy Committee and Leader of the Senate, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR TO ROMANIA 2013, Academician Mircea Constantinescu, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, Senator Ciprian Rogojan, Senator Constantin Popa, senator Marcel Dumitru Bujor
H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR TO ROMANIA 2013 is offering a precious object of Iraqi art to the leader of Kazakhstan delegation – Senator Serik Akylbai
H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Korea- Park Hyo-Sung in dialogue with President Serik Akylbai-Kazakhstan and Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President Director General-IRICE and deputy Tulesh Kenzhin-Kazakhstan
H.E. Ambassador of Kazakhstan-Daulet Batrashev together with H.E. Ambassador of Turkmenistan-Sokrat Jumayev together with Senator Serik Akylbai din Kazakhstan and H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski
From left to right:H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, representative of Russian Federation Embassy, H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia-Pande Lazarevski, Embassy of Hungary representative, H.E. Ambassador of Turkmenistan-Sokrat Jumayev, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy
From left to right: Chamber of Deputies member Costel Alexe-President of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group, H.E. Ambassador of Republic of Vietnam-TRAN Xuan Thuy, General Saman Assi Wahhab Al-Talabani, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Carazo, Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director -IRICE, Senate Leader- Senator Florin Constantinescu, H.E. Ambassador of Iraq-Omer Berzinji-BEST AMBASSADOR TO ROMANIA 2013/2014, Academician Mircea Constantinescu
PRESIDENT NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV IS LEADING KAZAKHSTAN ON THE PATH TO THE FUTURE
President Nazarbayev outlined his generous vision for the people of Kazakhstan, he outlined what can be a template for world leaders and nations in extracting their nations from the suffering of economic hardship and direct them towards sustainable growth.
(Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA,FINS,EDA)
It is our honor to present to the world, the full text of the message of H.E.President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan presented on 10 November 2014 from Ak Orda-Presidential Palace.
The Address of President Nursultan Nazarbayev
to the people of Kazakhstan
Astana, November 11, 2014
Nyrly Zhol – The Path to the Future
H.E.President Nursultan Nazarbayev-leader and builder of modern nation of Kazakhstan
Dear people of Kazakhstan,
The world is facing new challenges and threats today. The world economy has still not recovered from consequences of the global financial and economic crisis. The recovery continues at a very slow and uncertain pace, and some countries remain in decline. The geopolitical crisis and the sanctions policy of the leading powers create an additional obstacle for the recovery of the world economy.
From my experience, I feel that the years to come will become the time of global trials. The entire architecture of the world will be changing. Not all countries will be able to get through these complications in a decent manner. Only strong states, with their people united, will manage to do that. Kazakhstan, as a part of the world economy and a country located very close to the epicentre of geopolitical tensions, is experiencing negative pressure from all these challenges. We see the results: prices in global markets are dropping, and general economic growth is slowing down.
As is known, the forecasts of the development of the global economy for 2014 and the next two years were revised downward by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. That means we need to revise our own plans, and make adjustments for the coming period. There is no time for hesitation. The measures I will talk about today will be implemented from January 1, 2015. We must promptly take all the possible measures to prevent negative trends.
Today the Government is already working quickly at my order. We have revised the parameters of the republic’s budget for 2015. And this is right, as the drop in prices of our export raw materials has led to the reduction of the flow of money to our income. At the same time, the Government have a tough yet specific task: it must fulfil all social liabilities in full.
In a crisis, as we’re seeing the world over, economic policies must be re-evaluated. The sectors that need support are those which create the highest multiplier effect on economic growth and employment. We have already had such an experience. Suffice it to recall our successful anti-crisis measures in 2007-2009. As you see, life makes adjustments to the best laid plans. And we should add new content to the platform of our party based on today’s reality.
On my orders, the Government has completed the development of a new large-scale development programme. Today, as we respond to the challenges we face, I proclaim Kazakhstan’s New Economic Policy “Nyrly Zhol” (The Bright Road). This is what I devote my state-of-the-nation address for 2015. The policy will have a counter-cyclical character and will be aimed at continuing structural reforms in our economy. What does this mean?
Over the years, when the situation in external markets was favourable, and the price of oil and our export products were at sufficiently high level, we diverted revenues from those exports to the National Fund. One of the main tasks of the National Fund is to increase resistance of our economy to external shocks, including when prices of natural resources drop.
We were putting income from extraction and sales of raw materials into this Fund during all these years. We used 10 billion US dollars out of the National Fund to fight the crisis of 2007-2009. As for the rest of the money, we have not spent it. We saved and multiplied it. Now we are in the period when we must use these reserves. They will help overcome uneasy times and stimulate the growth of our economy. These resources are not intended for short-term measures. We will spend them on the transformation of our economy, namely – the development of transport, energy, industrial and social infrastructure, and small and medium businesses.
In February, a decision was made to allocate one trillion tenge from the National Fund to support economic growth and employment in 2014-2015 in two tranches of 500 billion tenge. To finalise the initiated projects and resolve pressing issues, I have instructed the Government to divert the second tranche of 500 billion tenge from the National Fund to the following goals:
First, 100 billion tenge should be additionally allocated to issue easy-term loans to small and medium businesses, as well as large enterprises. This will secure the implementation of projects in the food and chemical industries, engineering, as well as the service sector.
Second, to revive the banking sector and buy out “bad” loans, I have ordered additional capitalisation of the Fund of Problem Loans in the amount of 250 billion tenge in 2015.
Third, to raise new investments, we need to improve respective conditions. For these purposes, I have ordered the government to allocate 81 billion tenge in 2015 to complete the construction of the “dry port” complex, the infrastructure of the special economic zones at Khorgos – East Gate and the National Industrial Petrochemical Technological Park in Atyrau and Taraz.
Fourth, to continue the construction of the EXPO-2017, I have ordered the allocation of 40 billion tenge in 2015 adding to the already allocated 25 billion tenge.
Fifth, on the eve of EXPO-2017, we need to take care of the development of Astana’s transport infrastructure. This year the capital airport will reach its maximum capacity – 3.5 million people. Therefore, to increase its potential, I have ordered the allocation in 2015 of 29 billion tenge on the construction of a new terminal and a reconstruction of the landing strip. This will allow us to increase airport capacity to 7.1 million of passengers per year by 2017.
ASTANA-capital and host city of WORLD EXPO 2017
Dear people of Kazakhstan,
In view of new external risks for the development of our economy, we need new initiatives to stimulate business activity and employment. The Infrastructure Development Plan, which I want to make public today, will become the core of the New Economic Policy. It is intended to last for five years and is to run in parallel with the Second Five Year term of the Programme of Accelerated Industrial and Innovative Development. More than 100 foreign companies intend to participate in its implementation. The total investment portfolio will make 6 trillion tenge, with the state contributing 15 per cent of the total.
Kazakhstan owns a territory so vast it would tire the wings of a bird to fly over it. Thus, this plan requires huge funds and hard work. There is a saying: “If you want to know a nation’s prosperity look at its paths.” Road connections are of high importance, not only for travel, but also for the transportation of goods. In ancient times our big cities were located along the Great Silk Road.
Nowadays, all essential life depends on access to the main highways. Roads are the essence of life, the source of a modern existence. All the regions of Kazakhstan need to be closely connected by railroads, highways, and air services. The nine roads, connecting with each other in Astana are like the roots of life, spread our capital’s creative spirit. Improving interconnectivity between the regions will eventually lead to a greater domestic well-being. It will strengthen trade and economic ties between the regions. There will be new markets emerging from inside the country. Therefore bringing together distant parts is the main focus of today’s address.
ASTANA: a perfect and lofty city in the heart of Kazakhstan
First, the development of transport and logistics infrastructure will be formed around regional hubs, connected through Astana as the central hub and backbone by highways, railways and airlines. But first, we need to implement the main road projects. They are Western China to Western Europe; Astana to Almaty; Astana to Ust-Kamenogorsk; Astana to Aktobe to Atyrau; Almay to Ust-Kamenogorsk; Karaganda to Zhezkazgan to Kyzylorda; Atyrau to Astrakhan.
It is also necessary to continue the creation of a logistical hub in the east and marine infrastructure in the west of the country. The large-scale ferry site from Kuryk and the railway line from Borzhakty to Yersai will contribute to the growth of exports to the west through ports in the Caspian Sea. I have ordered the Government to work on the construction or rental of terminals at dry and sea ports in China, Iran, Russia and the EU.
Second, development of industrial infrastructure. The implementation of infrastructure projects will produce big demand for construction materials, products and services for transport, communication, energy, housing and utility areas.
So, firstly, we need to complete our work on the formation of infrastructure in existing special economic zones. The Government and the akims (governors) need to work in a timely manner to fill those zones with concrete projects. Secondly, they need to explore the possibility of constructing new industrial zones in regions aimed at the development of production facilities of SMEs and raising extra investments. Tourism infrastructure is a separate line. Its main advantage is the opportunity to create jobs. The creation of one job here costs 10 times less than in industry.
Third, the development of energy infrastructure. Extensive work has been carried out within the framework of the industrialisation programme in energy in the past five years. Nevertheless, limited transmission systems create a deficit of electric energy in the southern regions of the country and of natural gas in central and eastern regions. We need to focus on two projects. To construct high voltage lines Ekibastuz – Semey – Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semey – Aktogai – Taldykorgan – Almaty. This will create a balanced energy supply from Kazakh power plants to all regions of the country.
Fourth, the modernisation of housing and utilities infrastructure and water and heat supply networks. The total demand for investments makes no less than 2 trillion tenge with annual allocation till 2020 from all sources of founding of no less than 200 billion tenge.
Today we see significant interest in investing in the modernisation of housing and utilities from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and private investors. We need to ensure their maximum involvement through the provision of long-term investment rates. Such projects should be co-funded by the state to prevent significant increases in rates. We should allocate up to 100 billion tenge each year to accelerate the level of modernisation in our heat and water supply systems, in addition to the funds already envisaged in the budget.
Fifth, the strengthening of housing infrastructure. The formation of urban centres is accompanied by a significant cross-flow of the population. This creates pressure on the labour market and city infrastructure, including on the housing fund. Therefore, our approach to construction of rental housing should be revised. The state will construct social housing to rent out and provide to the population for long term rent with the right to buy it. The provision of housing directly, without mediators, with low-interest loans will allow us to reduce the cost of acquisition. No first instalment and low mortgage interest will make housing more affordable for various strata of the people of Kazakhstan. Therefore, we will additionally increase funding of construction of rental housing for the amount of 180 billion tenge during 2015-2016.
Sixth, development of social infrastructure. We must resolve the issues of unfit schools and three-shift education, as we set out in our election platform. The funds envisaged in the 3 year budget do not let us to resolve this problem by 2017. Therefore, I have ordered the Government to allocate another 70 billion tenge. Another matter is the lack of kindergartens. I instruct to allocate an additional 20 billion tenge to reduce the deficit of places in preschools within 3 years. Akims must deal will this as much as possible and attract the private sector.
Ten higher education institutions were defined within the framework of the industrialisation programme based on which the link between science, economic sectors and personnel training will be ensured. I have ordered the Government to create the material and technical framework of these education institutions, allocating up to 10 billion tenge by 2017.
Seventh, we need to continue the work to support small and medium businesses and business activities. As of today, the 100 billion tenge from the National Fund aimed at supporting and crediting small and medium enterprises has been fully used. This allowed us to create more than 4,500 jobs. The demand for these funds exceeded the supply by 23 billion tenge. The unprecedented conditions providing credit for businesses at 6 per cent for 10 years were created. There were no such conditions in our country before. We should continue our work to develop small and medium businesses as a driver of economic growth and increase their share to 50 per cent of GDP by 2050. Therefore, we need to use credit facilities for small and medium businesses more effectively at the account of the ADB, EBRD, and the World Bank for the total amount of 155 billion tenge in 2015-2017.
Kazakhstan of today: a wonderful mixture of tradition, culture and modernity.
Dear people of Kazakhstan,
The situation in the world economy makes it sufficiently hard to achieve our goals without extra financial resources.
There was a reason why we established the National Fund. It was mainly aimed at providing stable social and economic development, and protecting our country’s economy from unpredictable circumstances. Right now, it is high time to use this fund for our needs. Kazakhstan should avoid repeating the mistakes of other countries. We have to use our internal resources for economic growth efficiently.
I have made the decision regarding additional allocation of 3 billion US dollars from the National Fund for the period from 2015 to 2017. I have ordered the Government to prepare respective decisions for the allocation of funds from the National Fund and to take into account the required funds in the draft national budget for 2015 within a week. The Government should also undertake measures and ensure effective and rational use of these funds.
The commission created by me will strictly monitor the effective use of the funds and report to me personally. I will request a report about every tenge spent. Special responsibility is imposed on all the akims. Nur Otan must actively get involved into this work and to establish strict party control at all levels.
I am entrusting the Government with ensuring that National Fund resources are allocated efficiently and appropriately to the relevant areas. Every tenge will be under strict control. Nur Otan should take an active part in it, and monitor it closely for the party.
The investments from the National Fund must be accompanied by structural reforms in the economic sectors. We need to ensure joint implementation of projects with international financial organisations. For instance, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the EBRD and the IDB are ready to allocate about 9 billion dollars for 90 priority projects. The allocated funds should support investment activities, prevent a drop in population’s income and stimulate the creation of new jobs. This will result in sustainable economic growth in the short and medium term.
Our education, health care and agriculture development programmes will continue. We will have a substantial discussion about this at the first extended meeting of the Government next year. The New Economic Policy “Nurly Zhol” is our global step on the path to become one of 30 most developed countries of the world.
All the necessary conditions for successful work have been created. Administrative reforms were carried out, and the new structure of the Government and executive power is working. Every minister knows what to do. We removed redundancy and unnecessary links in management. Akims have the necessary scope of authority. The regions have everything – programmes, resources, finances. Everybody is responsible for their area of work. They now need to knuckle down and set to work.
The New Economic Policy “Nurly Zhol” will become a driver of the growth in our economy during the coming years. 200,000 new jobs will be created by the construction of roads alone. And this means greater employment and growth of income for the population. “Nurly Zhol” will create a multiplier effect in other economic sectors: production of cement, metal, machinery, bitumen, equipment and related services.
Roads are lifelines for Kazakhstan. Life has always emerged and developed in our vast expanses around roads. We must create such a transport network that car, railway and air lines stretch to all directions from Astana. Like arteries from the heart. Like rays from the sun.
The new lines built by the people of Kazakhstan will renew our economy and community. They will firmly link all the corners of our country with its centre. Cargo traffic will accelerate and increase. The volume of transit through the country will grow. Our citizens will drive on modern and quality highways, and will be able to get to any region quickly and safely. Social infrastructure will improve, new and modern schools and hospitals will provide high-quality services. Finally, this will affect the welfare and the quality of life of each citizen of Kazakhstan. And the main thing is all of this will remain in our land as wealth of our future generations.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev: a true leader of XXI century
Dear people of Kazakhstan,
There is large and important work in front of us. We must be united to pass this global exam. We must strengthen trust among all the people of Kazakhstan! Be tolerant to each other! These are keys to Kazakhstan’s future. Interethnic harmony is oxygen. We never notice it, when we breathe, we do it automatically – we just live. We must safeguard our unity and our interethnic harmony. No outsider can come and do this for us. Our young grow in a new and independent country. The younger generation did not witness interethnic war or conflict, the devastation of 1990’s. Many people perceive stability and comfortable life in Kazakhstan as something given since their birth.
For what are stability and harmony? It is family welfare, safety, a roof over our head. Peace is the joy of paternity and maternity, health of parents and happiness of our children. Peace is stable work, wages and feeling confident about the future. Peace and stability are the achievement of our entire population, which must be protected and reinforced by everyday hard work. I always say: the young are the foundation of our future. The state has opened up all the doors and all the paths to the new generation! Nurly Zhol is where our creative and dynamic young can invest their efforts and develop!
Next year we will solemnly celebrate 20 years since the adoption of the Constitution and the creation of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan. When we celebrate these dates, we should make the people of Kazakhstan spiritually stronger, united, and even more tolerant. I am convinced that our core principle – Kazakhstan, Only Ahead! – will sound in a new way and will acquire a deeper meaning at this new important turn of our history! I wish success and reaching new heights to all of you, because they will raise our Homeland even higher!
Dear fellow citizens,
We are united by our national idea – Mangilik El (Eternal Nation), making its way to the independent development of “Nurly Zhol”. To follow this path we need to work hard, and to unite our efforts on the way to a brighter future. The Eternal Nation is a unifying force and an inexhaustible source of energy. It is the basis for not only the “Kazakhstan 2050” Strategy, but also the strong ideological foundation of Kazakhstan’s Statehood in the 21st century! The Eternal Nation is itself the source of a new Kazakhstan Patriotism. It is a great principle for the entire society of Kazakhstan.
Adoration for our historical past, pride for today’s fortunes, and faith in our blossoming future – are all covered by the powerful concept of “Mangilik El” (The Eternal Nation). Love for the fatherland is respect for the great legacy of our ancestors, keeping it as safe as the apple of your eye, making a contribution to its development, and passing it on to future generations. This is the ultimate goal of all Kazakhstan.
The foundation of the idea of the Eternal Nation runs very deep. Thirteen centuries ago, the sage Tonykok stated the “Eternal Nation is the goal of all Turkic people.” This means that our national idea, just as the roots of our nationhood, originates from our ancient history. The unity of the people, that’s what makes a viable national idea. Where there is no unity, and discord flourishes, no national ideas can ever come to life. Unity and prosperity are the main reasons for of the great success achieved by Kazakhstan.
Today, thanks to our respect for stability, we have managed great strides forward. Humiliating nobody, denying nobody’s language or cultural heritage, while giving all citizens equal opportunities, helps us strengthen the stability of our country. National unity must be our main treasure to pass on to future generations. We must nurture the concept of national values in the mind of every young person.
ROMANIA-KAZAKHSTAN PERFECT POLITICAL DIALOGUE
On 27 October 2014, the taking office protocol meeting, between Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President Director-General of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and H.E. Daulet Batrashev, Ambassador of Republic of Kazakhstan, had taken place.
Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea, President Director-General of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and H.E. Daulet Batrashev, Ambassador of Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the beginning of the meeting Prof.Dr.Anton Caragea express his heartily congratulation, on the occasion of beginning of mandate of H.E. Daulet Batrashev, as the first Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Romania, a nomination that constitutes an unmistakable sign of a successful strategic relation.
In his speech Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had appreciated that between Romanian and Kazakhstan does exist a large area of common interests such as: a strong and stable economic relation, that is making Kazakhstan the second strategic foreign investor in Romanian economy, an open, sustained and substantial political dialogue and a common sentiment of brotherhood. All this are elements that could serve as a bridge of good understanding between the two nations.
The Romania- Kazakhstan strategic friendship must be an example of constructing strong relations between Romania and Central Asia.
In the last decade, the bilateral dialogue with Kazakhstan was exceptional in amplitude, seriousness and efficacy and this bilateral long term commitment it constitute an obligation for both of the countries to continue building this framework of dialogue and friendship.
H.E. Daulet Batrashev had expressed his appreciation for the encouragement`s offered by Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea and had stated that the vision of an economic, politic and cultural special relationship, between Romanian and Kazakhstan, is a mutual shared vision.
The bilateral agreements and initiatives, the support offered by Romania to the outstanding Kazakhstan Presidency of O.S.C.E.(Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), the Romanian vote in favor of Astana hosting World Expo 2017 and thegrandiose celebration of the 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, are all perfect landmarks of this special relationship, appreciated H.E. Daulet Batrashev.
The dialogue had continued on concrete aspects and analyses of economic, political and cultural bilateral relations and on ways of fostering and enriching this dialogue on to the future.
Concrete fallow-up actions where established as: creating a special press file dedicated to the National Day of Kazakhstan, broadcasting special documentaries about important personalities of historical significance for Kazakhstan, expanding cultural and educational cooperation, receiving an important parliamentarian delegation and fostering the dialogue in the diplomatic sphere.
An important item on the agenda was establishing a special conference to mark the 550 years of statehood of Kazakhstan, an important landmark for modern Kazakhstan and the parties agreed on a calendar of events destined to transform 2015 in the KAZAKHSTAN CELEBRATION YEAR IN ROMANIA.
The dialogue led the foundations of a successful diplomatic mandate and offered the solutions necessary to foster and develop the friendly relations between Romanian and Kazakhstan and constitutes a promise to continue a successful direction on Romanian diplomatic action.
NATIONAL WINE SALON OF ROMANIA HAS BEING INAUGURATED BY H.E. PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA-IRICE PRESIDENT DIRECTOR GENERAL
On 24 October 2014 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest, the opening ceremony of National Salon of Romanian Wine has taken place.
On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and Romanian Parliament leader of activity- Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei had opened the Venue and visited the stand of Casa Panciu (House of Panciu) the creator of Romanian Diplomatic Wine for 2014.
The representatives of CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU) are welcoming Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE General Director and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei
Casa Panciu had presented on the opening of National Wine Salon a selection of the best wines of 2014: the Muscat Ottonel sweet wine, which had conquered the public with his pungent aroma, fine pearled image and the apple and fruity dominated taste a wine nearing perfection and marked with 94 points out of 100 for the citrus flavor.
Amongst other new wines presented where: the Rose Wine of House of Panciu that completed the initial success of the Rose Sparkling Wine, launched in the spring of 2014 and a preferred wine by the Italian tasters present at the venue: the white Cabernet Sauvignon, that conquered all hearts by his long lasting aroma, fine taste and technological mastery.
The Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly) by Casa Panciu was undoubtedly the Queen of the festivity. After it was highly noted at Vinitaly (Italian wine contest) in March 2014 and voted by the diplomatic committee in April 2014 at Good Wine, as the Best Red Wine in 2014, it catches the eyes of all the visitors and good wine lovers.
Casa Panciu had presented the celebrated national wine ilk: Feteasca Neagra in two separate editions, one under the brand of Panciu Domains (Domeniile Panciu) and one under the name of Casa Panciu (House of Panciu) both united by a perfect mastery of the tannins, a perfect maturity potential that is promising a good evolution in the bottle and will offer full enjoyment to the consumers for many years to come.
The guests present on the venue, crowded to taste the Muscat Ottonel Sparkling Wine, the Best Romanian Sparkling Wine for 2014, awarded by The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation the title of Diplomatic Wine, the Romanian representative wine.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE General Director and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei are visiting the Economic High School official stand
After touring the Casa Panciu stand, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has continued his tour, making a stopover, to review the Economic and Food Industry High School Pavilion and in his quest for discovering and promoting the Romanian quality wines, has made an on the spot visit to the pavilion of Wine Research Institute from Pietroasa where had tasted the high quality wine made by researchers and university professors of the center.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE General Director and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei are congratulating the team of Wine Research Institute from Pietroasa
The unstinted offer comprised specific Romanian wine sorts like: Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly), Busuioaca de Bohotin, Feteasca Albă (White Girly),Feteasca Regala (Royal Girl) and the flag ship wine of the Research Station: Tamaioasa Romaneasca, a wine that conquered the public with his freshness, pregnant aroma, long lasting taste, fruity flavor encompassed in an exceptional wine, appraised at 93 points.
The National Salon of Wine has proved the ever growing level of Romanian wine industry and of Romanian wine producers, perfect represented by the Casa Panciu-the creator of Romanian Diplomatic Wine, but also illustrated the potential of Romanian wine research network by the high level presence of the Wine Research Station of Pietroasele has concluded in his assessment of the National Salon of Romanian Wine -October 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President-General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.
D.P.R.KOREA IS HAVING A PERFECT HUMAN RIGHTS SYSTEM SAY`S A PLETHORA OF DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATIONS
A report of the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies was released on Saturday amid concern and expectation of the public at home and abroad.
It reflects the characteristics of the socialist system, human rights policy pursued in the DPRK and the actual human rights performance in the country.
The world is showing increasing concern for human rights issue and there are widespread actions for genuine human rights in all fabrics of social life.
What is getting all the more undisguised on the international arena at present are political pressures on specified countries and attempts at interference in the internal affairs of those countries by abusing the inviolable human rights. A typical example is the vicious human rights racket against the DPRK.
The hostile forces are persistently peddling the “human rights issue” in the DPRK in a bid to tarnish its image and bring down the social system and ideology chosen by the Korean people. They are becoming all the more undisguised in these moves as the days go by.
Wild rumors and fictions about the DPRK are afloat in the international community due to the hostile forces’ despicable human rights racket to slander and hurt the DPRK.
Under this situation the DPRK Association for Human Rights Studies released a report on human rights performance in the country to help the public properly know about the efforts exerted by the DPRK to protect and promote human rights and about the actual human rights performance and lay bare the false and reactionary nature of the reckless anti-DPRK “human rights” racket kicked up by the hostile forces and thus wipe out the prejudice and misunderstanding.
The five-chapter all-inclusive report was worked out with the cooperation among several domestic institutions and NGO organizations, academic institutions and human rights experts in various fields.
The first chapter deals with the ideological foundation of the state human rights system as regards the human rights system in the DPRK and the course of its formation and development.
The second chapter deals with all legal and practical measures taken by the state after the foundation of the country to guarantee the rights of people and protect and promote them and human rights enjoyed by the citizens.
The third and fourth chapters deal with the stand and efforts made by the DPRK for human rights in the world and major difficulties lying in the way of guaranteeing human rights in the DPRK.
The fifth chapter deals with data studied by the Association as regards the prospect for guaranteeing human rights in the DPRK.
As mentioned in the report, the DPRK has consistently enforced policies for the people from the very day of its foundation on the principle of putting the rights and interests of the popular masses above all and making them absolute and has exerted every possible effort to guarantee the people genuine rights.
All the people in the DPRK, therefore, feel proud of the world’s most advantageous human rights system and policies such as universal compulsory education, free medical care and free provision of housings that are enforced in the country, and are striving hard to defend and further consolidate the man-centered socialist system.
By clearly reflecting the human rights system and situation in the DPRK, the report proves that the anti-DPRK human rights campaign of the U.S. and hostile forces is acts detrimental to guaranteeing and promoting the rights of the people.
The report also clarifies the efforts and stand of the DPRK on international cooperation for promoting human rights.
Consistent is the stand of the DPRK to have genuine dialogue and cooperation in the field of human rights and contribute to promoting human rights in the world. The DPRK has never opposed dialogue on human rights but maintained the stand to have a candid exchange of views with the countries truly concerned for the human rights issue.
But genuine human rights dialogue and cooperation have not been effected due to those forces abusing the human rights issue as a means for attaining such sinister politically-motivated purposes as interference in internal affairs and overturn of social systems.
The release of the study report on the human rights situation in the country is an indication of its will to creditably fulfill its responsibility in the field of human rights and a positive measure to promote international cooperation.
The report will help clearly understand how false and unrealistic the rumors about the DPRK floated by hostile forces on the basis of fabrications.
The major source of misinformation about human rights performance in the DPRK are “testimonies” notably made by anti-DPRK fanatics who defected from the north. Those who cook up groundless stories about human rights to get a petty amount of money are without exception criminals who fled to the south for fear of facing a legal punishment after committing indelible crimes in their hometowns and immoral guys who are disqualified to talk about human rights.
Their inhuman nature will be disclosed sooner or later.
Whoever echoes what was uttered by the riff-raffs even after reading the report released by the Association must be imbeciles lacking the ability to judge the reality or tricksters seeking to attain sinister purposes even by making far-fetched assertions.
The U.S. and other Western countries should not pull up the DPRK over its human rights but face up to the situation as it is and repent of their own poor human rights records.
The DPRK will continue to exert its utmost efforts to foil the anti-DPRK human rights campaign of the hostile forces and meet all their challenges, step up the peaceful economic construction, steadily improve the people’s living standard and thus provide the people with better conditions for enjoying their rights.
The report will help set right the wrong views by widely introducing the DPRK’s human rights policies and situation and contribute to promoting genuine cooperation in the field of human rights.
CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU) TAKES GOLDEN MEDAL AT 2014-ROMANIAN WINE FAIR
On the occasion of the 11 International Wine Fair-Good Wine, Bucharest had become the capital of wine makers and wine lovers in search of the best wines that Romania and the world can offer.
Good Wine April 2014 edition, had offered the opportunity for a delegation of wine experts and diplomats from Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania to taste and appreciate the Romanian wines on display and to carve up a top of Best Romanian Wines of 2014.
Mr.Daniel Guzu-President of CASA PANCIU, Mrs. Ileana Tudor-CASA PANIU, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE Director, H.E. Ambassador of Venezuela-Victor Ramon Carazo and CASA PANCIU sommelier.
The clear winner was by far the HOUSE OF PANCIU (CASA PANCIU), who also selected in December 2013 as the maker of DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2014 and who reconfirmed his status in the wine tasting of 2014: the blended assembly of Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly) and Cabernet Sauvignon was once again appraised for his perfect bouquet of aromas of vanilla and berry fruits and for freshness and the round savory taste enriched with the necessary tannin so beneficial for human body, everything creating for the taster the perfect experience of Romanian wine.
The star of the tasting session was the sparkling wine from Muscat Ottonel obtained by Asti method that eloquently proved his high quality by his perfect sugar concentration combined outstanding with fresh fruits aroma and with conquering and long-lasting savoir that filled with joy the heart of all the diplomats present on the venue.
Concluding the wine tasting session at Good Wine April 2014, the diplomats, lead by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania choose as their favorite wines the: Feteasca Neagra de la Casa Panciu (Black Girly) for the first place and Babeasca ( Old Lady) from Casa Panciu (second place).
In the sparkling wines competition, the leader was the Brut from Panciu Vineyards (Traditional method) from CASA PANCIU, who was highly praised, or his exterior consistence and behavior in the glass, for his long-lasting taste, enduring and profusely aroma and the expressiveness that is unveiling step by step to the taster offering nice surprises at every zip.
The diplomats involved in the tasting had encouraged the Romanian producers to increase the wine quality by producing more sweet and semi-sweet wines with increase sugar concentration, the only solution for a consistent export and presence of Romanian wines on international markets.
The President of CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU)-Mr. Daniel Guzu saved for the last a special surprise, offering for tasting the latest product of Vrancea company: Rose Sparkling Wine 2013, who become and instant favorite of the public by aroma and freshness, who charmed the eye with his perfect color and become in glasses a glittering rose that offered instant joy to the tasting committee.
Under the watchful eye of Casa Panciu sommelier and with benevolent care of President Daniel Guzu the diplomats had enjoyed the best wines Romania can offer: DIPLOMATIC WINE FOR 2014-the wine form CASA PANCIU (HOUSE OF PANCIU).
In general, thanks to the HOUSE OF PANCIU-CASA PANCIU-the 11 International Wine Fair from April 2014 had level up to his promise to present the true wine treasures of Romania: Muscat Ottonel, Feteasca Neagra and Cabernet Sauvignon from Casa Panciu.
ROMANIA SUPPORTS COOPERATION WITH THE STATE OF QATAR STATES
PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA
Between 24-28 March 2014, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania was invited for an official visit to the State of Qatar, on the occasion of the 11 Inter-confessional Dialogue Conference held in Doha.
During the conference works Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a key note speech on the issues related to the role of youth in promoting interfaith dialogue and inter-religion understanding and chaired a round table on the ways and ideas to foster dialogue and inter-civilization dialogue.
On the occasion of his visit to the State of Qatar, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held a number of meetings, destined to promote the mutual god understanding and the Qatar-Romania cooperation.
During the meetings a dialogue was held with the management of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the State of Qatar where issues such as: economic opportunities offered by Romanian market, investments in tourism industry of Romania and the necessity to open a Qatari bank in Romania where discussed.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and Chairman of Qatar National Television-Sheik Abdulaziz Thani Al-Thani.
An ample and far reaching dialogue was held with the Chairman of National Television of Qatar-Sheik Abdulaziz Thani Al-Thani. During the meeting where tabled issues such as: exchange of cultural programs, television productions, promoting the image of the State of Qatar in the Romanian mass media and the opportunities to confer the BEST CULTURAL TELEVISION title for Qatar National Television.
The productive and extensive dialogue had continued at the headquarters of National News Agency of Qatar with General Director Mr. Ahmed Saad Alboainin.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in amicable discussions with National News Agency of Qatar General Director, Mr. Ahmed Saad Alboainin
Here where tabled, during the amicable dialogue, issues such as: information exchanges, naming a media representative of Qatar News Agency in Romania, inviting Romanian journalists to Qatar, bilateral promotion of activities, promoting the Qatari news output in Romanian mass media and attending international events organized by Qatar News Agency.
The visit to Qatar encompassed also a cultural side: with visits to the Mosque Mohammed bin Abdulwahab and to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, an astonishing cultural establishment comprising a vast area of cultural artifacts, of real value, all in a futuristic display, putting the latest technique to the service of cultural and historical promotion in a truly unique arrangement, wordy of world appraisal.
The visit to the State of Qatar by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was a momentous occasion in developing a special bilateral relation of friendship and cooperation between Romania and Qatar.
ROMANIA AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Romanian press has published an article dedicated to United Arab Emirates 42 anniversary by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President of Romanian Institute of International Relations.
The article is an exhaustive and well documented analyses of the story of United Arab Emirates since the year of independence-1971 until today.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A FORCE FOR EQUILIBRIUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST
by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea
In 2013, United Arab Emirates celebrated in pomp, ceremony and joy the 42 anniversary of National Day.
Forty-two is in the life of men`s a time of reflection and decisions, in time of nations is barely a time of beginnings. United Arab Emirates are having a lot to appreciate and to be proud off in all this short span of time.
In 1968, when the British empire was living his last hours in the region, the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan was to create a state of equilibrium and a force of moderation in the Arabic Gulf area. Squeezed between the emerging power of Shah`s Iran and of Saudi Arabian Kingdom, the small Gulf states could only envisage a future of moderation and balancing in order to survive.
Today, this policy of moderation and equilibrium carved out by the funding father of UAE-Sheikh Zayed and continued by his successor Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed is reaching a peach of recognition and appreciation worldwide and also is receiving international plaudit`s as a pillar of security and development in the area.
UAE: THE FORCE OF MODERATION AND THE MODERATION OF FORCE.
In 1971, when the flag of United Arab Emirates reach out for the first time to the sky, the country inaugurated what will be a long tradition of moderating tension and avoiding confrontation, in an area where neither one or the other is lacking. United Arab Emirates inaugurated their presence on international stage by repulsing Iran attempts to take advantage of the British withdrawal and saving the region from an all-out conflict.
This policy of negotiation and appeasement re-surfaced during Iran-Iraq war, when United Arab Emirates wise and calibrated policies assured the continuing flow of oil by the straits of Hormuz and avoided regional escalation. The support for Kuwait independence in 1990 and the moderation policy in all the tensions of the areas had gained recognition for the country as a force of stability and continuity in foreign policy of the troubled region.
As UAE Foreign Minister stated to the United Nations, the driving force of UAE foreign commitment is build upon “the principles of peaceful coexistence, peaceful resolution of the international disputes and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states”.
These principles insured a high standing of United Arab Emirates in the world and also in the Arab region, during the so called Arab spring.
United Arab Emirates straightforward policy of rejecting internal interference, of supporting human rights and rejecting support for terrorism, had enshrined the name of United Arab Emirates in the heart of every Arab, as a country of stability and order.
A country that is building and not destroying, a country that is protecting and not killing hopes and peoples.
The lesson of United Arab Emirates, that knows how to moderate his force by obeying to the international norms is a golden lesson that makes today UAE a beacon of hope in a troubled region.
UAE: A FORCE FOR HUMANITY.
The Arab convulsions left in tatters a huge region, from North of Africa to the Middle east and millions of people refuges, displaced or victim of hunger in their own countries.
In a time of insecurity and predicament, the United Arab Emirates shared their influence and power to alleviate sufferance`s across the region.
Hundreds of millions of dollars where directed to the refugees camps in Jordan or Lebanon, in one camp alone 20.000 peoples are regularly protected and all their needs meet by the help of United Arab Emirates.
In the troubled hit Egypt, UAE had poured 4.9 USD billion to support economic recovery and to insure the road to economic stability as a precondition for political equilibrium.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, had clearly marked this generous help is conditioned by “a policy of peace, security, tolerance and love” that will insure stability in the country and the world.
The same helping hands can be seen across the Palestine territory, supporting the legitimate right of Palestinian state in 1967 borders and Al Quds al Sharif ( Jerusalem) as his capital.
From Pakistan and India to Nepal and Kenya, Morocco and Guinea, UAE is sponsoring projects of education, irrigation, poverty eradication and promoting equality of chances and development of rural communities in celebrated initiatives as: Dress One Million Needy Children, a project destined to provide clothing to one million poor children across the world.
By the size of his humanitarian projects sponsored across the world, related to the population and surface UAE ranks the second in the world in front of countries like United States, Japan or Italy etc.
The most recent disaster stricken country, Philippines, received on the spot 10 million’s dollars to help the authorities cope with the humanitarian crisis.
This long track record of assistance and donor capacities made Sheikh Khalifa to describe his country as “a state of giving, pace and security”.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan-UAE President wants to create a state of peace, security and generosity
UAE: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
The positive force of UAE is not only reaching far and wide, but is starting from the home build miracle.
In the last two decades United Arab Emirates had succeeded to build a promised land for more than 200 nationalities and developed his economy by a staggering 200 times, comparing with the independence year-1971.
This powerful economic development is shared also with the communities of expats and foreign workers, that contributed to this economic miracle , most recent a three year plan, envisage to spend 36 USD billion to improve health, educational and material conditions of working force in UAE.
All this having as a goal, to create a society that is “a paradise for citizens and foreigners alike, that are living in peace in a tolerant community and free from segregation and injustice.”
The economic development of UAE is not only building his capacity as a donor for humanitarian projects, but is also insuring his capacity to develop economic project`s around the world.
Solar powered plants are build today in Mauritania and Morocco, solar technologies are having a hub in the Masdar Institute of Technology and Masdar City and environmental projects are providing a life worth living for millions around the world.
All regional economies are benefiting from continuous economic miracle build by the emirates. This force of reaching and affecting the life`s of everyone gets a new confirmation in the crushing vote in supporting Dubai as host of World Expo 2020.
From Romania in Central Europe to United States in American continent and Arab and African countries, everyone has supported Dubai role as a hub for new technologies, tourism, and economic development and as center of the new Silk Road, connecting China-Europe and South America via Africa.
After being declared World Best Tourist Destination in 2008, now as a host of World Expo 2020 United Arab Emirates are having a new opportunity to create the future by connecting minds, as the logo of the new world exhibition is proclaiming.
LESSONS FROM UAE.
What are the lessons of all this 42 years of this emotion full adventure, that we call United Arab Emirates?
Off course, economists, politicians and cultural experts will draw many conclusion for how to make a nation building, but I will settled for two major conclusion.
The force of UAE is projecting is the force of moderation , a powerful and rich country that is not using his influence in fostering conflicts and confrontation but in building nations, supporting humanitarian causes and promoting world unity and cooperation.
Second is the success of the model of inclusiveness.
UAE did not build walls of segregation`s and created an economic miracle for citizens and foreigners alike, a society constructed on solidarity will survive, one build on separation will succumb, this is the lesson that UAE is teaching the world.
Witnessing the 42 anniversary of UAE you might be in awe from the tall Burj Khalifa, or admire the economic productivity of Dubai World or to be inspired by the Dubai winning bid for World Expo 2020, but what I found most inspiring was the multitude of people, coming from all the corners of the world, wearing the T-shirts or signs of funding fathers of UAE in a sign of gratitude for the country that targets to be a paradise for all: United Arab Emirates.
PRESIDENT OF AZERBAIJAN-ILHAM ALIYEV SUCCEEDS IN GATHERING WORLD ELITE IN BAKU FOR 2013 INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN FORUM
Speech by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the III-rd BAKU INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN FORUM-2013
Dear ladies and gentlemen!
I warmly welcome you all to Azerbaijan and say to you – you are welcome! The Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum starts today. It is a great event. It is a very significant development in the life of our country. I should note that this forum has already become a wonderful tradition. I remember addressing the opening ceremony of the Second Forum last year and expressing hope that the third, fourth, fifth and more forums would be held in Baku. I see that this has already become a reality. This suggests that great attention is being paid to issues of international cooperation. These issues should always be in the spotlight because humanitarian and cultural cooperation are the factors that unite peoples and countries.
The Forum attracts huge interest. It brings together about 800 guests from 70 countries. We can say that our guests today include the intellectual elite of much of the world.
Azerbaijan has always been keen on humanitarian cooperation. This issue is always in the spotlight. I believe that our country has already accumulated great experience in this field.
Today, along with political, economic and energy issues, Baku is venue for high-level discussions on humanitarian issues. I should note that Azerbaijan has hosted prestigious international events, summits and international conferences on various topics in recent years. Baku has turned into a center of international cooperation. This year, for the first time in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, Baku has hosted the Davos World Economic Forum and a meeting the Club of Madrid. The Forum on Intercultural Dialogue has been held twice. The Baku International Humanitarian Forum also has a special place in this series. I am sure that the discussions and exchanges of views to be conducted within the framework of the Forum will contribute to international humanitarian cooperation.
The fact that such events are held in Azerbaijan is probably natural, because representatives of all nationalities and religions have lived in Azerbaijan in peace, tranquility and brotherhood at all times. Regardless of the public and political system here, Azerbaijan has always been a place of tolerance. Today, independent Azerbaijan builds its policy on this solid foundation.
Today, there is a multiethnic and multi-religious society in Azerbaijan. This is our great treasure and asset. We are cherishing and will continue to cherish this treasure. The historical monuments of all ethnicities and religions are protected and restored in Azerbaijan. We have restored an ancient Zoroastrian temple in Azerbaijan. The oldest church in the Caucasus is also located in Azerbaijan. It has also been renovated. The Shamakhi Juma Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the world, has been overhauled. It is 1270 years old. In other words, restoration and protection of the monuments of all religions are part of the national policy. Of course, this beautiful and historical experience accumulated in Azerbaijan manifests itself in the modern world. I believe that the development of civil society, the development of international relations in a positive direction is our greatest achievement.
I would like to note once again that it is no coincidence that issues related to humanitarian cooperation are discussed in Baku. I am confident that the Forum will have a bright future and this platform for international cooperation will have a positive impact on the positive developments taking place in the world.
The Forum has a very broad agenda and very interesting topics will be discussed. But I am told that the biggest interest is on the “round table” on issues related to multiculturalism. I can say that this theme is at the center of the Forum’s attention, as it requires constant attention and there are different opinions on this topic in the world. Of course, there is both positive and negative experience. I believe that our common cause must consist in highlighting and promoting the positive side of multiculturalism and eliminating discrimination taking place in the world in connection with this topic.
Multiculturalism is a state policy in Azerbaijan. I should note that this is also dictated by our past. At the same time, multiculturalism is a way of life in Azerbaijan. In our daily life, we act on the basis of these principles. These principles are supported and protected by an absolute majority of society.
President of Azerbaijan proudly states: the intellectual elite of much of the world is assembled at Baku International Humanitarian Forum
There is no alternative to multiculturalism in the 21st century. Of course, in the 21st century world we can’t remain indifferent to such negative trends as discrimination, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
Therefore, I believe that the formation of multicultural societies and the promotion of these ideas should be part of every responsible politician’s and public figure’s activities.
Unfortunately, in some cases we hear other opinions. Some suggest that multiculturalism has no future. In a number of countries there is a very pessimistic mood on this issue. I believe that we need to conduct our analysis on the basis of the positive experience existing in the world and promote this positive experience because there are many addresses of multiculturalism in the world. Most countries have multiethnic societies. The coexistence of different religions and different peoples is the requirement of the time. In other words, mankind is developing in this direction. Today, human values form the basis of any normal society. Under such circumstances, the problems associated with multiculturalism, of course, should be openly discussed. We should not hush up these problems.
They should be openly discussed. It is necessary to analyze the positive and negative experience. I want to say once again that our main goal should consist in contributing to the development of multicultural societies. I can say that the experience accumulated in Azerbaijan in this direction is positive. As I said, this is our state policy and a way of life.
I believe that the holding of the Humanitarian Forum in Baku is an estimate of the positive aspects of this experience. At the same time, I have to say that, unfortunately, Azerbaijan is faced with a humanitarian disaster. For many years, our internationally recognized lands have been under occupation. The ancestral lands of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts, are under the occupation of Armenian occupying forces. We have been confronted with a policy of ethnic cleansing. More than a million Azerbaijanis have become refugees and IDPs in their native land. Twenty per cent of our lands are under occupation. All of our cultural heritage, historical and religious monuments in the occupied territories have been destroyed.
International organizations, in particular the OSCE, have sent two fact-finding missions to the occupied regions, and their reports explicitly state that everything is destroyed there. International organizations have reflected their principled position on this issue in their documents. Four UN Security Council resolutions demand a withdrawal of the Armenian occupying forces from our occupied lands. The European Parliament, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Europe and other organizations have adopted similar decisions and resolutions. But unfortunately, these decisions and resolutions are not fulfilled. Here we have to say a few words about the effectiveness of international organizations. Their decisions remain on paper and are not fulfilled. Of course, this is an unbearable fact. Sometimes, the decisions passed by international organizations are executed in a matter of a few hours. As for us, these resolutions have remained unfulfilled for more than 20 years.
Talks on the issue are under way and, of course, the internationally recognized territorial integrity of Azerbaijan must be restored. More than a million refugees and displaced persons should be able to return to their native land. It is their fundamental right. This conflict also represents a flagrant violation of human rights. More than a million citizens of Azerbaijan can’t return to their native lands. This huge humanitarian catastrophe has certainly caused great damage to the overall development of our country.
The present-day development of Azerbaijan attracts even more attention because we have been able to achieve this development while our lands are under occupation. One of the topics of this forum is related to the humanitarian aspects of economic development.
In my view, this is a very interesting topic. Again, I think that the experience of Azerbaijan can prove very interesting because despite the fact that we have been subjected to ethnic cleansing, our lands are under occupation, there are more than a million refugees and displaced persons, and the government provides them with financial assistance and care, our economic development over the past 10 years has been the most rapid worldwide. Over the past 10 years, as a result of the reforms, the country’s economy has grown 3.4 times. This, if I may say so, is a world record. At the same time, Azerbaijan is paying great attention to social issues. After all, radical economic reforms often lead to a worsening of the standard of living. Azerbaijan, as a country that has experienced a period of transformation over the past 20 years, should of course defend itself from these risks.
Our independence is only 22 years old and we have lived as an independent and free country for 22 years. At the same time, Azerbaijan has been building its economy on market principles for only 20 years. Not only were we not independent – the economic system which existed in the Soviet Union could not function effectively, of course. Therefore, for us the transformation went in two directions. First of all, we had to establish and strengthen the foundations of statehood. We had to establish all democratic institutions and Azerbaijan had to integrate into the world community. At the same time, we had to carry out fundamental reforms in the economic sphere, because our development would be impossible without this. Of course, these reforms could adversely affect the standard of living of our people.
But our policy, the thought-out social policies contributed to the fact that the rapid economic development has also had a positive impact on the welfare of our people. To confirm that, I want to give you some figures. As I said, in 10 years our economy has grown 3.4 times. Budget revenues have increased 20 times, salaries nearly six times and pensions nine times.
Ten years ago, the level of poverty in Azerbaijan amounted to 49 per cent. As a result of the reforms carried out, it is only at 5.5 per cent today. Thanks to these reforms, we have created 1.2 million jobs in Azerbaijan in 10 years. Currently, the rate of unemployment in Azerbaijan is 4.8 per cent.
All this, of course, is the result of economic reforms. At the same time, all of this is directly related to the humanitarian sphere because citizens of Azerbaijan, their problems, concerns, safety and welfare are at the center of our policies.
Serious and consistent social policies have allowed us the opportunity to develop the country and improve the well-being of our people.
At the same time, our main objective in the economic sphere has been the growth of the non-oil economy. Today we have managed to achieve that. The non-oil sector dominates our gross domestic product. According to the rating the Davos World Economic Forum on economic competitiveness, the Azerbaijani economy is ranked 39th in the world. I think you would agree that for a country that has been living on the principles of a market economy for only 20 years this is a historic achievement.
I believe that social and humanitarian aspects of economic development should be a matter of particular interest for the development of any country. I think that it is necessary not only to conduct discussions on this issue, but also to provide recommendations. Sometimes the funds allocated for the solution of social issues give rise to economic problems in these countries. We see this through the manifestations of the ongoing global financial and economic recession. In many cases, the unrealistic and populist campaign promises of some politicians lead to economic problems.
At the previous forum I expressed my views on this matter and spoke about the responsibility of politicians. I believe that this issue will remain in the spotlight because populist promises and their subsequent implementation often lead to unnecessary borrowings. The national debt of some countries accounts for 100 per cent of their gross domestic product, perhaps even more. Countries that constantly borrow must repay their debt. In this case, they first of all try to repay this debt by cutting social programs and wages. Therefore, social and humanitarian aspects of economic development and the economic downturn have to be subjected to in-depth analysis. Our experience lies in the fact that in conducting economic reforms we rely only on our own resources. Therefore, our external debt amounts to only 7-8 per cent of the gross domestic product. We can repay this debt at any time because Azerbaijan’s currency reserves make up 70 per cent of the gross domestic product. We are among world leaders by this indicator too. I think that the use of domestic resources is the right policy.
We are conducting and will continue to conduct a very serious social policy. But the Azerbaijani economy is a source of that. Economic development must contribute to the solution of social issues. Of course, things must be properly coordinated because the development of each country should first of all be manifested in people’s way of life. And living standards grow and new opportunities emerge, the economy will certainly grow even faster. Azerbaijan has experience in this area. I think that it might be interesting for guests.
“Round tables” on scientific innovation will also be held on the sidelines of the Forum. Azerbaijan aims to be at the forefront in this area. The development of science paid much attention. An ad hoc Scientific Development Fund has been set up. Investment is made in high technology. In February of this year, Azerbaijan joined the club of space-faring nations, as the first Azerbaijani satellite was launched into orbit. Today, the Azerbaijani satellite Azerspace-1 serves our state and people. Currently, the focus is on the development of Internet technologies.
The Forum will also discuss topical issues of the media in the period of globalization. This “round table” also attracts a lot of attention. Of course, this is also a very interesting topic. I am aware that there are differing views on this topic. On the one hand, we live in an Internet world and this is our biggest advantages. I should note that the Internet in Azerbaijan is completely free, 70 per cent of our population are Internet users. Under such circumstances, the development of the free media, of course, is the basic condition. On the other hand, the impact of every word and piece of information in a globalizing world is also great. A word said in any place can have huge repercussions.
Today, people receive information and news primarily through the Internet. Of course, the responsibility of politicians, representatives of the media and public figures comes to the fore here. Unfortunately, the world media, including Azerbaijani, focus more on negative reports. Preference is given to sensationalism, disasters, acts of terrorism, etc. When you follow the media, it may seem that the world is on fire, that there are collisions, wars, explosions and acts of terrorism everywhere. But there are so many beautiful and positive developments in the world! Unfortunately, they usually stay in the background. Here, of course, we are talking about the responsibility of media representatives. If we want to strengthen our cooperation and the dialogue between civilizations in the world, we have to use all the opportunities available. Of course, the positive developments taking place in the world should also be the main topics of the media because otherwise information will be lop-sided. Of course, politicians can’t interfere in this. There are free media in Azerbaijan. There can be no talk of any intervention here. As a citizen, I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
The responsibility of the media will gradually grow. A responsible approach, I believe, will serve the interests of all of us.
I do hope that, in general, the Forum will conduct discussions on a conceptual approach to these issues. Which direction will the world develop in the future? We believe that the future of this world should be based solely on cooperation, mutual understanding, mutual respect and dialogue among civilizations. Otherwise, mankind could face huge disasters and problems. But in today’s world, we sometimes come across a different picture. There is a crisis of confidence in world politics these days. This is also a very dangerous trend. Sometimes even the closest allies have contradictions and misunderstandings. In other words, confidence is in decline. And international cooperation is out of the question without confidence. International cooperation, including political and humanitarian cooperation, can be built only on the basis of mutual trust and sincerity. Some believe that sincerity is not a political category. Maybe. But we have to make sure that sincerity becomes a political category. In this case, I think the world will be more secure.
We are very concerned about the conflicts and wars on religious grounds because these are very dangerous trends. The discussion of humanitarian issues and humanitarian cooperation are a step in a positive direction. I believe that every aspect of humanitarian cooperation should be at the heart of the global agenda because, I want to reiterate, in many cases when political and economic issues come to the fore remain somewhat out of sight. This should not be allowed to happen.
Issues of education will also be discussed today. Azerbaijan conducts serious reforms in this area.
The development of science and education is our future and the future of any nation. I have repeatedly pointed out that the future of our country will be associated with science and education. We are happy that there is a very high literacy rate in Azerbaijan – almost 100 per cent. This gives us the opportunity to improve the quality of education and develop science even faster. This is the future of any country. At the same time, competent and well-educated young people are far from radicalism. It is not easy to mislead them. Therefore, the development of science and education, the education of competent young people will provide for a long-term sustainable development of our country. Of course, our guests today represent many developed countries. They know best of all that the progress of developed countries was secured not by natural resources, but by science, scientific and technological progress and knowledge. This must be the case here too. Our natural resources have only given an impetus to the development of our country. The future sustainable development of Azerbaijan must be based on scientific and technological progress, modern technology, free and democratic society. Our country has taken major steps in this direction. Azerbaijan has implemented significant reforms aimed at promoting democracy, human rights and a free society. Political and economic reforms go in parallel in Azerbaijan.
I can say that the inaugural European Games will be held in Baku in two years. This, too, will be a historic event because European Games have not been held before. There have been Pan-American, Asian and African Games. The Olympic movement emerged and was revived in Europe, but for some reason European Games have never been held before.
The mission of hosting the first games, this honorable mission, has been entrusted to us, and Azerbaijan, a Muslim country, will play host to the first European Games in 2015. I believe that this event carries not only a sporting but also a great public meaning. Two years later, in 2017, Azerbaijan will host Islamic Solidarity Games.
These two events reflect the role of our country in the world. Azerbaijan is a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, one of a handful of countries that are represented in both these organizations.
Our geographical location makes us a bridge between Asia and Europe. And our policy enhances this function.
Issues of humanitarian cooperation also turn Azerbaijan into a center of dialogue among civilizations. This is a great and honorable mission. At the same time, it is a big responsibility. We are ready for this responsibility, have taken on this responsibility and this forum is a good example of that. I am confident that the Forum participants will share their thoughts on all these topics. The upcoming discussions will be very interesting. I know that. I am confident that these discussions, the decisions to be made and our future joint activities will contribute to the development of international humanitarian cooperation in the world.
Once again I salute all of you and wish the Forum participants every success. I am confident that the Forum will be a major and successful event.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev
PUSA HACK-THE AMBASSADOR OF ASIAN FURNITURE IS CELEBRATING EXOTIQUE BRAND
In an ample and unique event and benefiting by the presence of diplomatic community, of parliamentary and governmental representatives, EXOTIQUE and his brand creator Pusa Hack celebrated ten years of activity on Romanian market.
Parliamentarians: Ionel Agrigoroaei and Florinel Dumitrescu are offering high appreciation for Mrs. Pusa Hack dedicated work in EXOTIQUE.
The extravaganza has also being attended by an impressive number of media stars, actors, high ranking business people and first rank members of Romanian cultural elite.
In his welcoming remarks, the EXOTIQUE brand owner had express his gratitude towards all those present that supported here efforts in combining the beauties of Asia with the interest in culture, civilization and high class oriental furniture of Romanians.
This outstanding efforts spanning over a decade was made possible only by support from exceptional people that invested time in energy in helping me build EXOTIQUE brand and bringing the magic of the East in the homes and parlors of each and every Romanian.
I will be happy when each Romanian will have in his dwelling something to make him remember Asia, from Chinese pagodas to Lao temples or to mosques minarets, a huge world is waiting to be discovered concluded Mrs. Pusa Hack.
In thunderous cheers of the assistance an embrace and a thanking was address to Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, who offered his high patronage to the anniversary night.
Mrs. Pusa Hack-EXOTIQUE brand owner is warmly congratulated by Professor Dr.Anton Caragea-IRICE Director
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation had express his thanks to Mrs. Pusa Hack for the extraordinary cooperation extended these ten years in promoting the oriental cultures. From Philippines to Middle east and from Central Asia to China, Mrs. Pusa Hack has brought the marvels of Asia to Romania and made us travel in EXOTIQUE places far and wide and has acted as a true ambassador of Romania in Asia and of Asia to Romania, as a true representative of Romanian public diplomacy, concluded Professor dr. Anton Caragea, declaring that the anniversary ceremony are opened.
A message from parliamentarians attending the ceremony was the read out by senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, President of Parliamentary Initiative Friendship Groups with United Arab Emirates and Laos that underlined that: thanks to exertions by Mrs. Pusa Hack we can witness today everything that Asia is cherishing and is having more special in EXOTIQUE art gallery: traditions, a way of life and understanding the cultures of Asia is what Mrs. Pusa Hack is offering to us. Not only furniture or art objects but a lesson of life, of oriental authenticity in the heart of Romania. Finally I want to wish only success to Mrs. Pusa Hack, EXOTIQUE brand owner in here mission to bring closer Asia and Romania and to address high praise to professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International relations and Economic Cooperation by organizing this magnificent exhibition and anniversary.
Other laudatory speeches where held by President of Romania-Laos Business Council, artist, television presenters, admired national singers, all pensioned by the EXOTIQUE style and in awe at the treasures offered unselfishly by Mrs. Pusa Hack to beautiful furniture addicts.
The pleasant atmosphere, raffles and outstanding setting carved from 1001 nights story in the EXOTIQUE gallery made the anniversary to last all night.
ROMANIA-KURDISTAN CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE
On the occasion of the official visit of H.E. Hoshyar Zebari -Foreign Minister of Iraq to Romania was invited for a working visit to our country and the Minister for International Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government-Falah Mustafa Bakir.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and Falah Mustafa Bakir,Minister for International Relations of Kurdistan Regional Government
On the sideline of this visit, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation held a discussion with Minister- Falah Mustafa Bakir regarding the developing of bilateral relations between Romania and Kurdistan in the broader framework of the relation between Romania and Iraq.
During the dialogue important topics where tabled, such as: broadening the cultural and academic relations between Romania and Kurdistan, opening special courses to prepare the diplomatic personal from the Regional Kurdistan Government, opening a parliamentary friendship group amongst the two parliaments and also the potential for bilateral economic cooperation was under review.
H.E. Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir had underlined the potential of bilateral educational cooperation and marked also the historical similitude’s that are bridging together Romania and Kurdistan as their common fight for democracy and against dictatorship considering this as the necessary base for a continuous development of bilateral relation.
H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation had convened upon the necessity to boost the bilateral dialogue and express congratulation on the exertions of Minister- Falah Mustafa Bakir in order to promote the correct and positive image of Kurdistan in the world.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had also underlined the significance of the visit of Minister Hoshyar Zebari for the bilateral connection and warmly appreciated the irreproachable organization of the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq to Romania, under the competent guidance of Iraqi Embassy to Romania and the leadership of H.E. Ambassador Omer Berzinji.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea congratulated Iraqi Ambassador-Omer Berzinji on a successful visit.
The relations between Romania and Iraq are becoming a crucial pillar in the framework of our country diplomatic connections with the Middle East, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.
NEW YORK PARIS TORONTO
International artistic encounter in Bucharest
New York, Paris and Toronto encounter for the first time in Bucharest, regrouping one hundred artistic works of painter Gevork Chubaryan, sculptor Françoise Abraham and painter Costa Dvorezky.
Gevork Chubaryan, American artist of Armenian descent, born in Russia in 1985, currently resides in New York, where he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2007. He comes from a family with a great artistic tradition, his grandfather, Gukas Chubaryan being widely recognized as a true patriarch of modern Armenian sculpture. In 2006, 2008 and 2009 he held personal exhibitions in Wisconsin, New York and Texas.
Francoise Abraham has had, since 1997, personal exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. She is most known and appreciated for her personal technique, colored resin, which she has put up and developed through her artistic work. This new technique is unique in the art market, successfully managing to mix an original mise-en-scene with a sight touch of unusual.
Born in Russia in 1968, Costa Dvorezky currently resides and creates in Canada. He has graduated from the Moscow Stroganov Academy in 1993 and has since participated at numerous exhibitions throughout Europe and North America. Many of his works can nowadays be found in private collections in France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Canada and the United States.
The exhibition will be opened for public from 4 to 12 October 2013, the inauguration taking place on Friday, October 4 at 19.00, in the presence of the three artists, at the Romanian National Library in Bucharest, 22 Unirii Boulevard, Mircea Voda Boulevard entrance. Admission is free.
SENATOR IONEL AGRIGOROAEI IS CONSIDERED THE MOST ACTIVE
PARLIAMENTARIAN IN 2013
The end of parliamentary session, in July 2013, had opened the gates to an avalanche of reports and statistics on the legislative performances.
The first Romanian Parliament based on one-candidate party list had marked a series of records such as: the biggest number of parliamentary in Romanian history, but also the least productive in terms of pass legislation.
There is one field that marked a net positive trend in parliamentary activities: parliamentary diplomacy.
The former Parliament, in activity between 2008-2012, had marked a time of political isolation and a refuse of natural role as promoter on international stage of Romanian national image and interests by using the tools of parliamentary diplomacy.
In this area the present day legislative had marked an impressive boost in activities.
Amongst the parliamentary with the best track record in this area of sensitive and important realm of parliamentary diplomacy we can count in Senate: the county of Iasi representative: Mr. Ionel Agrigoroaei and in the Chamber of Deputies, The Chairman Valeriu Zgonea, Dolj County representative.
The Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei had succeeded an impressive activity in this field, being the only Romanian parliamentary, in the last two legislatures, chosen to organize a parliamentary friendship group.
This record is related to the Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation between Romania and United Arab Emirates, a group created and leaded by the senator with the support of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and United Arab Emirates Embassy in Romania.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei presenting the support for DUBAI- HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020.
The Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation is specially carved entities created to mark the parliamentary dialogue and to support the openings of the parliamentary friendship groups between the two parliaments.
United Arab Emirates are the main economic partner of Romania in the Arabic Golf area and a partner for extensive political, diplomatic and cultural dialogue.
Unfortunately the bilateral parliamentary cooperation was not at the required level necessary to support such developed relations and the Initiative Group for Parliamentary Cooperation between Romania and United Arab Emirates was designed especially to bridge this gap.
Also, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was involved in supporting the official visit of a high level delegation from United Arab Emirates in a courtesy call to Romanian Parliament and in organizing the Romanian Exhibition in support of Dubai-Host City for World Expo 2020.
Meanwhile the Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the first Romanian senator and political figure to be invited for taking part in a delegation in Laos.
Laos is one of the key economic actors in the Indochina Peninsula area, one of the Asian tigers of the region and a country of enormous potential for bilateral cooperation with Romania.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei meets the Prime Minister of Laos.
The Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was received by the Laos Prime Minister- Thongsing Thammavong, by Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara-Minister of Tourism and Culture, by Minister of Foreign Affairs and by Mr. Asang Laoly -Vice-Prime Minister of Laos, being the first Romanian parliamentarian that enjoyed such high level access in Laos.
Another area that was crucial in the activity of Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the relation with Kazakhstan.
The Senator has being elected as member of Romania-Kazakhstan Parliamentary Friendship Group. Kazakhstan is the main trading partner of Romania in the region, is the second international investor in Romanian national economy and a strategic partner for Romania in Central Asia.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei presenting the KAZAKHSTAN 2050 STRATEGY by President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei was the only Romanian parliamentarian elected to attend the unveiling of Romanian edition of the KAZAKHSTAN 2050 STRATEGY by Kazakhstan President –Nursultan Nazarbayev. He was also involved in the visit of Kazakhstan parliamentary delegation to Romanian Parliament, the first of a kind in the history of bilateral relation and in organizing the International Conference on Combating World Crisis and on Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy in Romanian Parliament.
By this sustained activity and marking a series of records in parliamentary diplomacy the senator Ionel Agrigoroaei leads in the international activity top in this legislative session.
Interesting to point out is the fact that: the rich international activity of the senator has not diminished the efficiency of his internal activities, the senator leading also in the statistics on the interpellations addressed to the Prime Minister (8 interpellations) questions (27) and in open speeches (51 presentation).
In the Chamber of Deputy, President Valeriu Zgonea had succeeded also a remarkable diplomatic performance. Amongst his strong points in diplomatic activities we can count: the record of being the first Chairman of Chamber of Deputies invited to attend the Astana Economic Forum ( May 2013) the most important international venue to debate world economic problems and select the necessary measures to combat the world economic crisis.
Thanks to the activity of Chairman of Chamber of Deputies, for the first time, the voice of Romania could be heard at the stage of this international world forum.
Chairman Valeriu Zgonea had also received the honor, grace to his astute diplomatic talent, of being the first leader of Chamber of Deputies invited to inaugurate an exhibition destined to support Dubai candidature to WORLD EXPO 2020.
President of Chamber of Deputies-Mr. Valeriu Zgonea outlines the support for DUBAI-HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020 exhibition.
The exhibition to support the Dubai candidature for WORLD EXPO 2020 was the greatest event of this kind in Europe and the presence at his opening of a high level delegation from United Arab Emirates had marked the important role Romania hold, result of his intensive parliamentary activity.
The important role of diplomatic diplomacy, lead by deputies leader, Valeriu Zgonea was also underlined by the visit to Romanian Parliament of the high level delegation of Kazakhstan Parliament, the main strategic partner of Romania.
President of Romanian Chamber of Deputies meeting the high level United Arab Emirates delegation.
All this remarkable strategic achievements are representing a new face of the Legislature that started his mandate in 9 December 2012: a more dynamic parliament internationally represented and with a good activity at the level of parliamentary diplomacy.
LAOS IS THE NEW WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013
Professor dr.Anton Caragea opens the European Council on Tourism and Trade session to elect WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013.
On 26th of April 2013 in a public séance of the European Council on Tourism and Trade, gathering representatives of tourism organizations from European continent has debated the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2013.
Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of Tourism Academy had presented a report on the last year situation of the Award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION that was dedicated to Trinidad and Tobago and it was used accordingly with rules and regulations and have being proving highly efficient in attracting new tourists and investor`s.
In 2012 Trinidad and Tobago had reversed the downward spiral in number of tourists and revenues provided by tourism and was the ONLY country in the Caribbean region that registered an increase in number of visitors despite economic crisis.
Increase in investment, increase in tourism potential and number of foreign visitors was the positive outcome of awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION to Trinidad and Tobago in 2012, concluded professor Mircea Constantinescu.
Mr. Petru Lificiu, Minister and Vice-President of European Council on Tourism and Trade read out and presented the candidatures for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD 2013.
On the debate for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2013 professor dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade ( ECTT) presented the report titled : LAOS : A TOURISTIC AND CULTURAL PARADISE proposing LAOS as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013.
President of European Council on Tourism and Trade, Professor dr. Anton Caragea presents the reasons for selecting LAOS as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.
Among the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 to LAOS the report outlined:
- Promoting a new concept of community based tourism, friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest eco-climate.
Community based ecotourism is a way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting there foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make the base for an economic local development. Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering a social tourism it is a lesson that Lao is offering to the world.
- Offering to tourists not only a historical and outstanding cultural experience but also the possibility to explore nature , to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: Nam Ngum reservoir , Bolaven plateau, Mekong river islands , Mekong river boat trip , Tad Kouangsi waterfall , the cave of de Ting .
All this are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized .
- The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO, the transformation of Vientiane in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of peoples of Lao .
- The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: Wat Phu- a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 12th century, the remarkable site from Plain of Jars, offering an insight into Neolithic civilization and a rare window into traditions of centuries The preservation of religious sites of world significance and value such as: Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most important of world Buddhism monasteries and remains a significant place for the spirit of religion and traditional art. Other sites that must be mentioned such as: Wat Phu ( UNESCO heritage site) and Champasak Cultural Landscape ( under UNESCO recognition).
- Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the Lao people, offering possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that transform Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO in a spiritual destination of first hand.
Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, Director in European Council on Tourism and Trade.
After hearing the report, Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei, from Romanian Parliamentary and Director in European Council on Tourism and Trade had express the feeling`s of all present at the gathering declaring that: LAOS is a strong candidate, with a perfect record of promoting clean, ecological and social oriented tourism and that only a unanimity vote in favor of LAOS could express the European tourism and economic community decisive action in favor of such a world model.
Mr. Mark Doda, representing Balkan countries at the meeting had also stated the desire of peoples of South-East Europe to support a new model of tourism in the present economic climate, a community based tourism on Laos example.
In the end of the debate European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 TITLE TO LAO PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to declare LAO PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC -FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATIONS in 2013.
Delegates from 30 european countries voted in WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION competition.
It was also presented the Official Invitation, on behalf of Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism of LAO for a delegation of European high ranking official of European Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Vientiane, in person, to His Excellency Minister of Tourism Professor dr. BOSENGKHAM VONGDARA.
European Council on Tourism and Trade conference on WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2013.
Awarding the highest tourism distinction of European Council on Tourism and Trade, accepting the invitation for an working visit of high ranking members of European Council on Tourism and Trade in LAOS, are estimated all tourism experts as a good example of close tourism relations and mutual consensus between Europe and Laos, said at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Caragea, President of European Council on Tourism and Trade.
KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEARS OF FULFILLED PROMISES.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD IN BUCHAREST
The Presidium of International Academic Conference on Kazakhstan : Presidents of Romania : Emil Constantinescu and Ion Iliescu , H.E. Kairat Aman -Kazakhstan Charge d`affairs , prof.Dr. Anton Caragea, prof.dr. Viorel Lefter, prof.dr. Mircea Constantinescu , Deputy Catalin Nechifor
On 15 November 2011 Bucharest, capital of Romania, hosted the International Academic Conference: KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. PEACE AND CONSTRUCTION. The Conference was hosted and organized by the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania and Kazakhstan Diplomatic Mission in Romania and had enjoyed the presence of President of Romania Mr. Ion Iliescu and President of Romania Mr. Emil Constantinescu , representatives of Romanian Parliament, Romanian Government and European academics etc.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea -Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania.
The conference was opened by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania who presented the speech: KAZAKHSTAN – 20 YEARS OF FULFILLED PROMISES, outlining the transformation of Kazakhstan from an energy dependent country into a world energy supplier, a powerful state, with consolidated democracy, market economy, social development and exporter of stability in Central Asia region.
H.E. Kairat Aman – Charge d`affairs of Kazakhstan speaking at : KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE.
The speech of Professor Anton Caragea was fallowed by welcoming remarks of H.E. Kairat Aman , Charge d`Affairs of Kazakhstan Mission, who presented the astonishing accomplishments of Kazakhstan in reaching economic development , social and cultural enlightenment of his population and constructing a powerful democracy based on people consensus .
President Emil Constantinescu of Romania ( 1996-2000) praising Kazakhstan consolidated democracy.
Professor Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000), presented a report entitled: KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRATIC CONSTRUCTION, emphasizing the democratic credential of Kazakhstan , the success of holding free and fair elections, constructing a powerful civil society at the highest democratic standards.
President of Romania Ion Iliescu ( 1990-1996; 2000-2004 ) speaking about Kazakhstan and world economy.
Mr. Ion Iliescu, President of Romania (1990-1996; 2000-2004), had presented a report titled: KAZAKHSTAN AND WORLD ECONOMY GLOBALIZATION. The report is pressing on the impressive successes of Kazakhstan in the last 20 years: reconstructing Silk Road in transport and energy supplies lines, in promoting regional economic cooperation and in developing social and cultural status of people of Kazakhstan.
President Nursultan Nazarbaev has constructing a powerful and successful Kazakhstan, that everybody could be proud, concluded President Ion Iliescu.
Member of Romanian Parliament : Catalin Nechifor congratulating Kazakhstan as a bridge between Europe and Asia.
The other speeches where held by Catalin Nechifor , member of Romanian Parliament and Vice-President of Romania –Kazakhstan Friendship Parliamentary Group and by Dr. Mircea Constantinescu- Director of European Diplomatic Academy of European Council on International Relations. The two key note speeches had reflected the astonishing successes of Kazakhstan latest 20 years of independence : democracy, development , high standard of living , security and promoting international cooperation via international organization presided by Kazakhstan such as: Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (2010) and Organization of Islamic Conference (2011).
First chair line: H.E. Ambassador of Nigeria – Mba Ama Mba , H.E. Ambassador of State of Palestine Ahmad Aqel , H.E. Ambassador of United Arab Emirates – Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani , H.E. Ambassador of Macedonia – Ljupco Arsovski
Second chair line: H.E. Ambassador of Sudan – Yasir Abdelsalam Ahmed
The impressive academic manifestation had enjoyed a large presence of Diplomatic Corp accredited in Romania, mass media organizations and over 500 academics from Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation , Romanian Academy of Sciences , European Council on International Relations , Romanian Academy of Economic Science, European Diplomatic Academy etc.
Representatives of Diplomatic Corp accredited to Romania.
The International Academic Conference: KAZAKHSTAN 20 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. PEACE AND CONSTRUCTION was the most important conference dedicated to Kazakhstan Independence celebration in European Union and was an example of the interest generated by Kazakhstan on world stage and of brotherly relations between Romania and Kazakhstan.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea presiding over European Diplomatic Academy saluted 20 Years of independence of Kazakhstan.
Discussion before the conference.
Friends of Romania and Kazakhstan. Ambassadors presents on the venue of the International Conference on Kazakhstan 20 years of independence.
THE HIGHEST TOURISM PRIZE
WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARDED TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FOR 2012
On 9th of October 2011 in a public séance of the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade, gathering representatives of tourism organizations from EU members country it was debated the list of candidates for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION for 2012.
Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy
Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director of European Tourism Academy had presented a report on the last year situation of the Award for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION that was dedicated to United Arab Emirates and it was used accordingly with rules and regulations and have being proving highly efficient in attracting new tourists and investor attentions as United Arab Emirates was the ONLY country in the region that registered an increase in number of visitors despite tensions in the region.
Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea - President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade and H.E. President of Tajikistan - Emomali Rahmon
On the debate for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD FOR 2012 professor dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade ( ECTT) presented the report titled : TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO : A SUCCESS STORY IN TOURISM proposing TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO as the winner of WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2012.
Among the reasons for awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2012 to TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO the report outlined:
- Respecting cultural patrimony and traditions in offering to tourists a possibility to participate in impressive paraphernalia festivals such as: Holi, Hosay, Divali, Corpus Christi, Eid Al Fitr and special Tobago Heritage Festival Tobago Fest and Trinidad GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH etc.
Keeping alive spiritual traditions , integrating tourist and visitors in the atmosphere of the islands , offering possibility of an enriching cultural experience are achievements that transform Trinidad and Tobago in a spiritual destination of first hand.
- Promoting Trinidad and Tobago environmental protection, especially East Coast natural patrimony of wetlands, beaches and ecological and geographical biodiversity that make Trinidad and Tobago unique in the region. Supporting a new concept of tourism friendly to nature, with low nature impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest eco-climate.
- Offering to tourists not only cultural experience or relaxation opportunities but also the possibility to explore nature , to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to observed in Tobago the impressive Forest Reserve are model achievements in ecological tourism that must be world appreciated.
- The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Trinidad and Tobago, the transformation of Port of Spain in an historical center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture of Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean heritage.
- Offering to the tourist a large area of cultural and ecological impressive programs such as: Wildlife Photography in places such El Tucuche Reserve, Valencia Wildlife Sanctuary, Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Cave exploration (in splendid places such as Gasparee Caves).Cycling, Hiking (Argyle Waterfall –a special destination), Kayaking (Paria bay and Tobago area).
For all this reasons European Union Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2012 TITLE TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO and to declare TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO- FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATIONS in 2012.
Professor dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade ( ECTT)
It was also presented the Official Invitation, on behalf of Ministry of Tourism of TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO for a delegation of European high ranking official of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade, to present the WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD in Port of Spain, in person, to His Excellency Minister of Tourism DR. RUPERT GRIFFITH.
Awarding the highest tourism distinction of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade, the invitation for an working visit of high ranking members of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade in TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO are estimated by European tourism experts as a good example of close tourism relations and mutual appreciation between European Union and Trinidad and Tobago, said at the end of the meeting Professor Anton Caragea, President of European Union Council on Tourism and Trade.
PRESIDENT OF TAJIKISTAN ACHIEVEMENTS HONORED WITH LAVISH LEADER OF XXI CENTURY CEREMONY IN DUSHANBE
On 25 august 2011 , in the framework of European Council on International Relations high ranking academic delegation visit in Tajikistan , Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Council on International Relations and his delegation where received by H. E. President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan.
In an impressive ceremony witnessed by 500 guests , Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations, bestow with a public ceremonial , the most prestigious cultural and political award of Academic Committee of European Council on International Relations : LEADER OF XXI CENTURY AWARD to H.E. President of Tajikistan – Emomali Rahmon .
H.E. President Emomali Rahmon had received the official scroll signed by Academic Committee of European Council on International Relations honoring the achievements of President of Tajikistan , followed by the Golden Crystal symbolizing the accountability of the receiver and in the end by the trade mark of the award the Original Certificate of LEADER OF XXI CENTURY AWARD.
The ceremony was lived broadcasted by national and international channels and attended among many others by members of Parliament and Government of Tajikistan.
After the ceremony an official audience was offered for Professor Dr. Anton Caragea , President of European Council on International Relations and his delegation.
On this opportunity President of Tajikistan had made for European delegation a presentation of the situation in his country including : construction of a line of impressive hydro-energy power plant that will insure full energy independence for Tajikistan in the next three years and also will make Tajikistan the supplier of clean energy for the region , constructing high voltage line for energy exports toward Pakistan and Afghanistan , infrastructure projects , tourism and transport modernizations , reforestation programs .
In all this fields there are important bilateral cooperation opportunities for European Union expertise to be present, had appreciated President Emomali Rahmon.
Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, President of European Council on International Relations had underlined in his replay that: developing a bilateral fruitful relationship, based on mutual respect and understanding is welcomed by European side and the presence of a high level European Council on International Relations delegation, vast and complex, shows the commitment of our part in fostering the relations with Tajikistan.
Tajikistan had overcome the horrors of civil wars, had succeeded to avoid the dramatic faith of Afghanistan and build a society of equilibrium, with a social market economy, offering to all the path of development. The vast plans, announced by President of Tajikistan, are a living proof of the right track of the country and we are appreciative for the expressed desire that Europe will be a gate for Tajikistan .
The dialogue had continued for an hour and a half, far more that the 30 minutes initially dedicated and after European Council on International Relations delegation had being invited to inaugurate the world tallest flag and then at on official banquet on the side of President Emomali Rahmon.
TAJIKISTAN : CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION BY PROFESSOR ANTON CARAGEA PhD , MA, FINS
In September 2011 Tajikistan will mark the anniversary of 20 years of independence. It is a moment to contemplate with proud, as the country succeeded, in a short span of time, to build an independent administration, a powerful army, a strong economy and a society of social equilibrium and respect for citizen’s rights. Especially the years of mandate of President Emomali Rahmon had paved the way for asserting Tajikistan role on international arena, for supporting the tajik art, culture and historic patrimony resurgence and are undoubtedly a renaissance era in the history of people of Tajikistan.
This astonishing achievements in a difficult region could not have being possible without a powerful cultural base and a long tradition of statehood, of bright civilization and a rich history that proved that Tajik people are creators of wonderful crafts and arts. Tajikistan history is not confined to the last 20 years; Tajikistan must be reminded is the place of birth of fabulous Oxus Treasure that highlighted the heritage of Persian Empire and the craftsmanship of tajik ancestors.
Tajikistan is also the birthplace of Zoroastrism, faith that build an empire of fire worshipers and high moral beliefs from Tajikistan to today Pakistan and Mediterranean Sea.
Just a short counting of the Empires that have their political and cultural center in Tajikistan is impressive: Samanids, Ghaznavids, Kara Kitai, Mongols, Khorezem, and Timurid etc. Putting in the spot light this heritage, offering to the world the information`s necessary to understand that Tajikistan is one of the top art and civilization creators in the world, with an important contribution to world heritage, it is a necessity.
To respond to this necessity the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, the fine intellectual Hamrokhon Zarifi had succeeded in collecting with a passion of the art collector and the knowledge of the historian, documents, astonishing images and pictures of tajik arts and crafts trough centuries. The result is a monumental book: TAJIK ARTS AND CRAFTS TROUGH CENTURIES offering, in the front of the surprised and unfamiliar reader, the images of a rich culture and of an ingenious and extremely talented people that leaved a clear mark on history.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, the fine intellectual Hamrokhon Zarifi is the autho of masterpiece TAJIK ARTS AND CRAFTS TROUGH CENTURIES
The monumental masterpiece TAJIK ARTS AND CRAFTS TROUGH CENTURIES is at the same time: a complete inventory of art treasures and creations of tajik people, an exhaustive image of the traditions and historical influence of the tajik craftsman over the arts in all Central Asia and a repertoire of historic discoveries on the territory of republic of Tajikistan. In 19 chapters, like on a flying carpet, the avid reader will familiarized himself to the impressive art and civilization of tajik people.
The books succeed the rare achievement of analyzing, through impressive photographs and clear descriptions, not only the art of tajik`s, but to related this with the history and with geography of the country. A chapter of embroidery will present you the intricate and luxurious tajik patterns, full of gold and precious colors. I will draw the attention of the readers to models showing the influence of tajik art on the Khorezem art (XII-XIII century) and Safavid Persia, moments when tajik art influence spreads from the banks of Amur Daria to Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf. The gold embroidery and jewelers design will prove that tajik craftsman and tajik patterns conquered the imaginations of the rulers of the world. From the Omayyad Court in Baghdad to the Chinese Emperor court the luxurious models of tajik arts and tajik specialists where attracted to the Asian imperial courts as a proof of the ingenuity of tajik craftsman`s.
TAJIK ARTS AND CRAFTS TROUGH CENTURIES also pays a special attention to the impressive national cloths, head wares and foot wears chapters. This chapters present to the reader in the same time the similarity of the national cloths of tajik people to the Central Asian national cloths pattern, but also pay homage to the ingenuity of tajik people who always knew to make something to stand apart from the crowd: either a splendid tree of life pattern, either a solar image, either a splendid Kara Kitai motive.
Reading the attentive historical and ethnographical explanation of the book, admiring the picturesque images included in the book you cannot wonder how Tajik people succeeded in making the transition from the small art, ephemeral art of cloth and house art, to the impressive big art, ceremonial art of palaces, governmental houses, summer houses and decorative architecture.
I cannot appreciate enough the legacy that a monument like Mir Said Hamadoni Tomb in Kulab is offering to the world: the architectural solutions used in this monument are a proof of the independent mind and wealth of knowledge of tajik builders and the intricate models of designed used to decorate the monument, to recreate the image of Islamic paradise cannot be matched.
It is also an important achievement of this book that is uniting the legacy of the past with the present day creations of tajik crafts and art makers that proof that the ancestors magic and craftsmanship is not lost and even today tajik people can create masterpiece of world level.
Kurramshahr Entertaining Center or Varzob Government Country residence are impressive paraphernalia, witnessing that tajik art is re-living today a new epoch of glory and recognition. The capacity of integrating the art monuments in the nature is one of the key of tajik success in art and resilience trough the centuries and Varzob Palace is a symbol that this capacity is not lost but is living again in the soul of tajik craftsman. The same is valid for the famous Teahouse in Khorugh that elevated wooden crafts to mastery creating a wood marvels that astonish by beautiful model the researcher of today arts phenomena.
TAJIK ARTS AND CRAFTS TROUGH CENTURIES it is a successful claim to international recognition of Tajikistan art, as a role model for the world and as an intrinsic part of humankind patrimony.
This book is the perfect gift for 20 years of independence anniversary of Tajikistan, announcing to the world that Tajikistan it a cultural patrimony household name, with a history dating back to more than 2.500 years, a country that made a powerful contribution to humanity patrimony and can stand with the head high and say: Tajikistan is a name that will always be recognized as the cradle of civilization.
EUROPEAN SEMINARY ON SYRIAN REFORMS APPRECIATED SYRIA AS THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania had organized on 19 of May 2011 the European seminar on the topic: Syrian Reforms. Building a democratic society in the Middle East.
The seminar was sponsored by European Council on International Relations and was targeting the correct information of international affairs experts, journalists and politicians on the reform process inaugurated by Syrian president Bashar al Assad eleven years ago when he ascended to power.
Presenting the actual facts the speakers highlighted the fact that Syria has managed to overcome the recent international conspiracy against his unity and independence , to repeal the terrorist aggression and to protect civil population against foreign and domestic enemies .
The main factor for this victory was based upon the political unity of people of Syria around charismating figure of president Bashar Al Assad and the confidence in the reform process initiated by Damascus authorities.
The Syrian victory in front of a modern type aggression , using the paraphernalia of a XXI century informatics war, by dint of mass media aggression, falsified media reports, incitement towards inter-ethnic and inter-religious clashes , sending highly equipped terrorist units , all proven the resilience of an open society , in full democratic restructuring process and in national identity reassertion had underlined professor dr. Anton Caragea the director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania.
Syria`s strength point in this reform process are : an open society with a democratic structure in full consolidation , with 13 legal political parties framework , with an abundance of opinion debate and information’s rare encountered in the area.
Syrian society already enjoys the befits of multiparty system , independent and vigorous mass media presence , a civil society in full build up and is one of the most liberal societies in the Middle East appreciated professor dr.Anton Caragea . Another speaker, professor .dr. Mircea Constantinescu, deputy director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania had offered in his report an analysis on the present day stage of reform process initiated by President Bashar Al Assad of Syria.
This new phase in reform process is constructed around a deeply rooted national wide consultation, including non-governmental bodies and entities and even key broker personalities that offered an in-depth research of real internal situation in Syria holding even community town level debates.
By this way the Syrian reform will succeed as is build on real national need assessment and is the fruition of a general consultation, concluded professor Constantinescu.
Other reports highlighted the mass media freedom enjoyed in Syria, the Syrian informational system resilience in front of outside forces propaganda.
All the participants congratulated Romanian position of being on the fore front of supporting Syrian people and leadership of President Bashar Al Assad. Romanian decision of tacking the side of good and democratic forces against the forces of destruction was emboldening for many EU countries to have a positive stance toward Syria.
The seminar has concluded with the general view of supporting and promoting Syrian reform process and the certitude that Syrian coming electoral process will be held according to the reform program and will insure for Syria the continuation of her status as the most important consolidated democracy in the region .
SEMINARUL EUROPEAN: REFORMELE DIN SIRIA CONSIDERA SIRIA DREPT UNICA DEMOCRATIE FUNCTIONALA DIN ORIENTUL MIJLOCIU
Institutul de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica a gazduit in data de 19 mai 2011 seminarul european : Reformele din Siria. Construirea unei societati democratice in Orientul Mijlociu.
Seminarul a fost organizat cu sprijinul Consiliului European pentru Relatii Internationale si a vizat familiarizarea expertilor in relatii internationale, a jurnalistilor si oamenilor politici cu privire la procesul de reforma initiat de presedintele Siriei : Bashar Al Assad.
In prezentarea situatiei actuale, vorbitorii au ilustrat faptul ca Siria a reusit sa invinga conspiratia internationala care viza distrugerea independentei si a unitatii sale teritoriale , sa respinga atacurile teroriste si sa protejeze populatia civila de atacurile inamicilor externi.
Principalul factor al acestei victorii la constituit unitatea politica si solidarizarea poporului sirian in jurul presedintelui Bashar Al Assad si increderea poporului sirian in procesul de reforma initiat de guvernul de la Damasc.
Victoria Siriei in fata unei agresiuni moderne , cu tot arsenalul sofisticat al unui razboi al secolului XXI : utilizand atacuri mass media, rapoarte media falsificate, incitand la ura si violenta inter-etnica si inter-religioasa , trimiterea de unitati teroriste , totul a demonstrat puterea de rezistenta a unei societati deschise, democratice si in plin proces de afirmare a vointei nationale, a precizat prof.dr.Anton Caragea, directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica .
Siria se putea bizui in acest proces de reforma pe o societate deschisa si cu o democratie in consolidare, cu 13 partide legal inregistrate cu sute de publicatii, cu o diversitate de opinii si informatii rar intalnita in zona . Societatea siriana se bucura deja de multipartidism , de o mass media independenta si viguroasa , de o societate civila in plina constructie, fiind una din cele mai liberale societati din Orientul Mijlociu aprecia prof.dr.Anton Caragea.
La randul sau prof.dr M.Constantinescu, directorul adjunct al Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica a sustinut un raport apreciind ca in actualul proces de reforma, initiat in Siria de presedintele Bashar Al Assad, a stiut sa atraga toate categoriile sociale si profesionale, a stiut sa asigure o larga consultare cu personalitatile non guvernamentale si a oferit si o dimensiune de analiza in adancime a situatiei interne, organizand dezbateri cu comunitatile locale. Astfel reforma siriana are toate sansele sa reuseasca, deoarece este constituita pe analiza nevoilor reale ale poporului si este rodul unei consultari generale a apreciat prof.Constantinescu.
Alte rapoarte au vizat libertatea de care se bucura mass media si viabilitatea sistemului informational sirian, care a stiut sa faca fata atacurilor propagandistice venite din exterior. Toti participantii au apreciat favorabil pozitia luata de Romania inca din primele ore ale conflictului de-a sprijinii poporul sirian si pe Presedintele Bashar Al Assad . Decizia Romaniei de a lua pozitie in favoarea fortelor binelui si a democratiei, in fata fortelor distrugerii, a reprezentat o incurajare pentru alte tari din Uniunea Europeana de a lua o atitudine pozitiva fata de Siria.
Seminarul de informare si analiza s-a incheiat cu exprimarea generala a sprijinului fata de procesul de reforma din Siria si cu certitudinea ca procesul electoral sirian ce se va desfasura ca urmare a acestor reforme va fi unul ce va asigura in continuare pentru Siria statutul de cea mai importanta democratie consolidata a zonei.
A RESOUNDING DIPLOMATIC SUCCESS: ROMANIAN DELEGATION VISIT IN TURKMENISTAN
Professor Anton Caragea greated in Turkmen capital: Ashgabat
Between 10 and 15 of December 2010 a Romanian delegation from the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania, was paying an official visit in the Republic of Turkmenistan at the invitation of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Romanian delegation attended the International Congress marking the 15-th anniversary of proclamation of Turkmenistan neutrality. On this occasion professor Dr. Anton Caragea, director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania and Romanian Ambassador Radu Horumba where received by Turkmenistan President that emphasized his desire for a closer relationship with Romania . During the talks was re-issued the invitation for Turkmen President to pay an official in Romania in 2011.
Also on the side lines of the Conference prof.Dr.Anton Caragea has discussion with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey ,Ahmed Davutoglu , Sergei Lebedev , Executive Chairman of Community of Independent States , Elmar Mamedyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan , Vladimir Norov , Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and other personalities from Republic of Moldova , Belarus , OSCE, ECO and CIS etc. On this occasion the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan addressed an official invitation for Professor Anton Caragea to carry an official visit in Uzbekistan in 2011.
Romanian delegation visits Turkmen Parliament ( Madjilis )
The Romanian delegation was received by Turkmen Parliament Presidency and hold talks at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Economy of Turkmenistan. The parties had agreed on intensifying the bilateral relation, the political relation being considered as excellent and was emphasized the need to foster economical cooperation dimension on bilateral relations. Also was decided to make efforts in balancing the economical trade deficit between Romania and Turkmenistan by increasing imports of Romanian goods by Turkmenistan.
Discussion at the Minsitry of Economy of Turkmenistan
The Romanian delegation also visited important cultural and economical institution from Turkmenistan as: Turkmen Academy, Ashgabat University, Archeological excavation site of Nyssa, Carpet National Museum, National Museum of History, and energy sector of Turkmenistan. On this occasion the Turkmen National Television filmed and broadcasted a documentary about the international activity of Professor Anton Caragea and the significance of his visit in Turkmenistan.
The visit of Romanian delegation in Turkmenistan was a resounding diplomatic success in fostering bilateral relations and in increasing the quality of Romania-Turkmenistan relationship bringing a plus of visibility and prestige to Romanian diplomatic activity in Central Asia region.
Vizita delegatiei romane in Turkmenistan.
In perioada 10-15 decembrie 2010 o delegatie romana a Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica din Romania, condusa de prof. dr. Anton Caragea, a efectuat o vizita oficiala in Republica Turkmenistan, la invitatia Presedintelui Republicii Turkmenistan , Excelenta sa Presedintele Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Primirea profesorului Anton Caragea in Ashgabat.
Delegatia romana a participat la lucrarile Congresului International ce marca a 15-a aniversare a proclamarii neutralitatii Turkmenistanului. Cu aceasta ocazie prof.dr.Anton Caragea, directorul Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica si Ambasadorul Romaniei Radu Horumba au fost primiti de Presedintele Turkmenistanului ce a reiterat dorinta sa de cooperare cu Romania . Cu aceasta ocazie a fost reluata invitatia adresata Presedintelui Turkmen de a vizita Romania in 2011. Pe marginea congresului prof.dr.Anton Caragea a avut discutii cu Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Turciei, Ahmed Davutoglu , Sergei Lebedev , Presedintele Comitetului Executiv al Comunitatii Statelor Independente, Elmar Mamedyarov, Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Azerbaidjanului , Vladimir Norov , Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Uzbekistanului si cu alte personalitati din Republica Moldova, Belarus, OSCE , ECO si CIS.Cu aceasta ocazie Ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Uzbekistanului i-a adresat o invitatie oficiala prof. Anton Caragea pentru a vizita Uzbekistanul in 2011.
Primirea delegatiei romane la Parlamentul Turkmen
Delegatia romana a fost primita de Presedintia Parlamentului Turkmen si a avut discutii la Ministerul Afacerilor Externe si la Ministerul Economiei din Turkmenistan. Partile au convenit asupra largirii relatiei bilaterale , relatiile politice fiind catalogate drept excelente si s-a decis adancirea celor economice si echilibrarea balantei de plati intre cele doua tari prin cresterea importurilor de produse romanesti in Turkmenistan.
Discutii la Ministerul Economiei din Turkmenistan
Delegatia romana a vizitat de asemenea institutii importante din Turkmenistan : Academia de Stiinte, Universitatea din Ashgabat , Santierul arheologic din Nysa , Muzeul Covoarelor, Muzeul National de Istorie , Sistemul Energetic Turkmen etc. Cu aceasta ocazie televiziunea turkmena a prezentat si un documentar despre activitatea internationala a profesorului Anton Caragea si despre semnificatia vizitei delegatiei sale in Turkmenistan.
Vizita delegatiei romane a reprezentat un succes decisiv in dezvoltarea dialogului bilateral si in adancirea relatiilor Romania-Turkmenistan aducand un plus de prestigiu si vizibilitate actiunilor Romaniei de strangere a relatiilor cu tarile Asiei Centrale.
BUCHAREST CONFERENCE GIVES A STRONG BACKING TO PRESIDENT NAZARBAEV PLANS TO REFORM OSCE.
The Bucharest Conference on OSCE 2010 has concluded, but his reverberation will be long lasting . The participants at this event has witnessed history in making as the Bucharest Conference was the only conference realized on European Union country , was the only conference on OSCE that enjoyed a three president`s participation : a message from President Nursultan Nazarbaev of Kazakhstan , and key note speeches from President Emil Constantinescu of Romania and President Ion Iliescu of Romania and finally it was the conference that give a strong support to President Nursultan Nazarbaev plans to reform OSCE.
The Bucharest Conference on OSCE in 2010 was from the beginning planned as a response from civil society , foreign policy experts and key European political figures to plans of reform launched by Kazakhstan Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe .
The Bucharest Conference held on 24 February under the high patronage of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation , Kazakhstan Diplomatic Mission in Romania and European Council on International Relations was a response of European structure to the key proposal launched by President Nursultan Nazarbaev in his Vienna speech calling for a global European response to OSCE crisis. The Bucharest Conference on OSCE was a clear signal that OSCE is regarded as a powerful actor with a long history and a potential determinant future role in world affairs . All the speakers underlined there support for President Nazarbaev views that : “OSCE is an organization that cannot be replaced. Its stagnation or disappearance would create a volatile vacuum in the Euro-Atlantic area”.
Former Romanian President Emil Constantinescu stressed that :”The great contribution of OSCE to the security architecture of Europe and the world will have being the wars that never took place because OSCE created the democratic and dialogue mechanisms ,preventive diplomacy and cooperation with civil society. “
Former President Ion Iliescu of Romania emphasized on the OSCE necessity in carving a new economic reality after the collapse of communism and the capitalism crisis .The globalization process itself is under scrutiny and OSCE is determinant in building a new world model of integration with respect to nations and with support for poor nations . The Bucharest Conference was declared as the place where “everybody who is anybody“in foreign policy debate could express his views on OSCE future, a wealth of fundamental reports varying from OSCE and human security, OSCE at crossroads, OSCE and the economic crisis solution, OSCE and the environment gave a clear assessment of today`s reality of the organization and of the future role of OSCE.
Concluding, the Conference on OSCE 2010. A decisive year for Europe . Kazakhstan Presidency was a clear success fulfilling his role as a large, European and representative forum on debate on the future of OSCE . The academic and intellectual response of Europe was an energetic support for Kazakhstan vision on reforming the OSCE. Now that the Bucharest conference has concluded and Europe give an academic support to OSCE reform is the time of decisive action`s in a decisive year for Europe . 2010. Kazakhstan Presidency .
„United Arab Emirates enter a new era of bright future” declares H.E. Ambassador Yacub Yousif Al Hosani in dialogue with Professor Anton Caragea Ph.D
„United Arab Emirates enter a new era of bright future” declares H.E. Ambassador Yacub Yousif Al Hosani in dialogue with Professor Anton Caragea Ph.D
United Arab Emirates are celebrating on 2 December the National Day and the 38 year anniversary. How is your Excellency explaining the amazing development of United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) in such a short period of time, United Arab Emirates are enjoying today one of the world highest and sophisticated life standards of living and also enjoy a powerful economy and democratic society. How it was all possible in such a short time?
United Arab Emirates in there unification action, now 38 year old, have registered achievements that transformed the state and society in order to enter into XXI century with the capacity to face challenges and opportunities of this century and in the same time they wanted to offer a permanent stimulus for their citizens to have more capacity and achievements and to ensure to future generation a decent life and stability. Off course, the United Arab Emirates came a long way in economic and social development and we have being able to build a powerful institutional life, with an important degree of openness in society. All this had characterized the development process and the spirit of tolerance , that prevail in every sector of society in U.A.E. Also we have important ingredients: as a strong spiritual life that enrich the bases of our experience and put our country in a special place , not only in regional level, but also at world level. Indeed United Arab Emirates are undergoing from a long period of time a process of new development that transformed us in a center for international trade and finance. Also we are living a new parliamentary experience in the true meaning of the word , that completely correspond to national standard . On the other hand the success obtained at national level would not be possible without the wisdom of our foreign policy that facilitates reaching these goals. Transforming Emirates into an economic center of the world would not be possible to explain only by one decision , but as a result of long term plans and efforts. These efforts were not merely economic construction but included infrastructure, quality service, social development, including also human capital development by training and a legislative and judicial environment in accordance with our economic and social global development.
From here results that United Arab Emirates positioning on world economy map is not temporary or based on an economic conjecture , but is the result of a continuous effort. In this development process where involved many economic and financial institution that build on solid foundation that overcome the economic crisis that is confronting today the world economy.
What is today situation on United Arab Emirates and what are the future development plans for United Arab Emirates?
There is no question that U.A.E. have great achievements in the last time, but we are continuing the efforts for future development. From this reason the state is working constant in developing process so that we could face any regional or international fluctuation or event`s . Today we are at the beginning of a new stage that will aloud our citizens to obtained all the necessary information’s and to have more power to integrate all the citizens in all the institution of the state ( cultural, mass media , economic, education ) in order to better contribute to our nation building . In this anniversary moment of 38 years from our National Foundation Day our hopes regarding our sate are limitless and our government aspiration for his citizens are also without limitation and we are aspiring for a bright future. We shell enter a new era that reflects ambitious visions and careful planning for future generations under the wise leadership of His Highness President of State and his Vice-President that are fallowing on the footsteps of SHEIKH ZAYED bin SULTAN AL NAHAYAN , the founder and father of United Arab Emirates, Allah grant peace to his soul.
Your Excellency how you will describe the Romanian- Emirates relationship?
Our bilateral relations are old and full of diplomatic interactions on different levels. The diplomatic relations begin at 1.08.1989. Also the relations are substantiated by reciprocal high level visits in the last years that contributed to developing friendship and cooperation between our countries. United Arab Emirates are having a high development experience and a high appreciation on world economic organizations and this is making bilateral relations easier. Also because Romania is among European countries interested in regional relations in general and in relations with United Arab Emirates, in special this is important in developing relations in all fields, and in 2008 the total commercial exchange reached 522 million dollars. Doubling this amount in the last five years is by itself a clear indicator on the dynamic that characterized our bilateral relations.
Your Excellency what are your future plans in developing relations between Romania and United Arab Emirates on politic, economic and cultural level?
United Arab Emirates by His Highness SHEIKH KHALIFA bin ZAYED AL NAHAYAN directives are programming to develop relations of friendship and mutual beneficial cooperation with Romania and is a shared desire to extend our cooperation prospective on the benefit of our two countries and we will concentrate on ways to consolidate our bilateral relations and ways to increase our exchanges in various fields of activity on the firm intention of satisfying reciprocal interest for the future. The most important is the Mix Ministerial Commission that contributes to development in bilateral cooperation in a practical and coherent way. I hope in the nearest future we will increase our cooperation in mutual benefit to serve our goals and ambition on economic development with a focus on tourism and investments.
What is your Excellency message for Romanian readers on the occasion of United Arab Emirates National Day?
United Arab Emirates are an important actor on world economy stage and is world renamed for international tourism as a much appreciated destination as a results of our wise leadership. On this occasion I invite our Romanian friends to visit United Arab Emirates and to observe the realizations achieved in this 38 year old road.
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"Emiratele Arabe Unite intră într-o epocă strălucitoare a viitorului" declară Excelenţa Sa Ambasadorul Yacub Yousif Al Hosani în dialog cu Prof.dr.Anton Caragea
Emiratele Arabe Unite sărbătoresc pe 2 decembrie Ziua Naţională şi cea de-a 38-a aniversare. După cum explică Excelenţa Sa, această dezvoltare uimitoare într-o perioadă scurtă este firească, Emiratele Arabe Unite se bucură astăzi de unul dintre cele mai înalte şi sofisticate standarde de viaţă dintre ţările lumii, cu o economie puternică şi o societate democratică.
Cum a fost posibil acest lucru într-o perioadă atât de scurtă?
Emiratele Arabe Unite, în demersul de unificare început acum 38 de ani, au înregistrat multe realizări care au putut transforma statul şi societatea, precum şi pe cetăţenii săi, pentru a intra în secolul XXI înarmaţi cu capacitatea de a face faţă provocărilor şi beneficiilor acestui secol. În acelaşi timp, au căutat permanent să-şi stimuleze cetăţenii pentru a obţine mai mult şi pentru a întări ceea ce s-a realizat, asigurând astfel generaţiilor viitoare o viaţă decentă şi stabilitate. Desigur, Emiratele Arabe Unite au parcurs un drum lung în ceea ce priveşte dezvoltarea economică şi socială, însă noi am fost în măsură să construim o viaţă instituţională puternică, cu un grad mare de deschidere către societate. Aceste aspecte care au caracterizat procesul de dezvoltare, susţinute şi de spiritul de toleranţă, au prevalat în toate segmentele societăţii. De asemenea, ca ingredient important, puternica noastră viaţă spirituală ne-a fundamentat şi îmbogăţit experienţa, plasând ţara noastră pe un loc special, nu doar la nivel regional, ci şi la nivelul întregii lumi. Într-adevăr, Emiratele Arabe Unite trăiesc de mai mulţi ani un proces de dezvoltare nouă care a transformat E.A.U. într-un centrul financiar şi comercial internaţional. Pe lângă aceasta, trăim o experienţă parlamentară nouă, în adevăratul sens al cuvântului, care corespunde standardelor internaţionale. Pe de altă parte, succesele obţinute la nivel naţional nu ar fi fost posibile fără o politică externă înţelept promovată de stat, care a facilitat îndeplinirea obiectivelor. Transformarea Emiratelor într-un centru economic global nu a fost posibilă doar prin luarea unei singure decizii, ci este rezultatul planificării pe termen lung şi a eforturilor depuse în mod susţinut. Aceste eforturi nu s-au limitat numai la simple construcţii economice, ci se regăsesc în infrastructură, în calitatea serviciilor, în dezvoltarea socială, incluzând aici şi dezvoltarea resurselor umane prin programe de formare continuă, în crearea unui mediu legislativ şi juridic în acord cu
evoluţia economică şi socială atât la nivel naţional, cât şi global. De aici rezultă că poziţia Emiratelor Arabe Unite pe harta economică mondială nu este temporară sau conjuncturală, ci este rezultatul unor eforturi continue. În cadrul acestui proces de dezvoltare au fost antrenate multe instituţii economice şi financiare, care au construit o fundaţie solidă pentru a depăşi criza cu care se confruntă astăzi economia mondială.
Care este situaţia actuală din Emiratele Arabe Unite şi ce planuri de dezvoltare aveţi în viitor?
Nu există nicio îndoială că E.A.U. au înregistrat mari realizări în ultima perioadă, însă noi ne continuăm eforturile, urmărind permanent să ne dezvoltăm. Statul sprijină constant acest proces de dezvoltare, astfel încât să poată gestiona optim fluctuaţiile regionale şi internaţionale sau orice alte evenimente. Pentru că ne aflăm la începutul unei noi etape, suntem preocupaţi să asigurăm cetăţenilor noştri accesul la informaţiile necesare pentru a avea mai multă putere în demersul de angrenare a tuturor membrilor societăţii în toate instituţiile statului (culturale, de învăţământ, mass-media, economice etc.), contribuind astfel la construirea naţiunii noastre. În aceste momente, când aniversăm 38 de ani de la fondarea statului, speranţele pentru ţara noastră nu au limite; aspiraţiile guvernului nostru pentru cetăţenii săi, aşteptările noastre pentru un viitor mai luminos sunt, de asemenea, nelimitate. Vom intra într-o eră nouă, care reflectă viziunile ambiţioase şi grija faţă de generaţiile viitoare, sub conducerea înţeleaptă a Alteţei Sale Preşedintele Statului,si a Vice-Preşedintelui, care păşesc pe urmele Sheikhului Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, fondatorul şi tatăl Emiratelor Arabe Unite, Allah să-l odihnescă în pace.
Excelenţa Voastră cum puteţi descrie relaţia dintre România şi Emiratele Arabe Unite?
Istoria relaţiilor bilaterale este marcată de interacţiuni la diferite niveluri, care au debutat, în plan diplomatic, la 1.08.1989. Relaţiile sunt întărite de vizitele reciproce la nivel înalt efectuate în ultimii ani, care au contribuit la dezvoltarea prieteniei şi aprofundarea cooperării între cele două ţări. Emiratele Arabe Unite beneficiază de o semnificativă experienţă de dezvoltare, dar şi de o înaltă apreciere venită din partea organizaţiilor economice internaţionale, ceea ce a facilitat relaţionarea dintre cele 2 ţări. Faptul că România este una dintre ţările europene interesate de relaţiile cu ţările din regiune, în general, şi cu Emiratele Arabe. Unite, în special, este importantă dezvoltarea relaţiilor în toate domeniile. De exemplu, în 2008 volumul schimburilor comerciale a ajuns la 522 de milioane de dolari. Dublarea volumului schimburilor comerciale în ultimii cinci ani este un indicator clar al dinamicii care caracterizează relaţiile dintre cele două ţări.
Excelenţă, care sunt planurile dumneavoastră pentru dezvoltarea relaţiilor dintre România şi Emiratele Arabe Unite în domeniile politic, economic şi cultural?
Emiratele Arabe Unite, prin directivele Alteţei Sale Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, urmăresc să dezvolte relaţiile de prietenie şi cooperare fructuoasă cu România, împărtăşind dorinţa comună de a extinde perspectivele de cooperare în beneficiul celor două ţări. E.A.U. se vor concentra asupra căilor de consolidare a relaţiilor bilaterale, dar şi asupra modalităţilor de intensificare a schimburilor în diverse domenii de activitate, cu scopul clar exprimat, de satisfacere reciprocă a intereselor. Un rol important revine Comisiei Mixte Ministeriale, care oferă cadrul instituţional necesar dezvoltării cooperării bilaterale într-un mod practic şi coerent. Sper ca în perioada următoare să extindem cooperarea - în beneficiul ambelor ţări – şi asupra altor domenii de activitate, precum turismul şi investiţiile.
Care este mesajul Excelenţei Voastre pentru cititorii noştri, cu ocazia Zilei Naţionale a Emiratelor Arabe Unite?
Ţara noastră a devenit un actor important pe scena economică mondială şi, totodată, este renumită şi pe harta turismului internaţional ca o destinaţie foarte apreciată, toate aceastea datorându-se conducerii noastre înţelepte. Cu această ocazie îi invit pe prietenii noştri români să viziteze Emiratele Arabe Unite şi să observe realizările obţinute în timpul celor de 38 ani.
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DIALOGUE ON AFRICA AND EUROPE.
Friday 18 September 2009 HE. Ambassador of Federal Republic of Nigeria Mba Ama Mba and Professor Anton Caragea, have a long dialogue on Africa-Europe relationship. The discussion was concentrated in an evaluation of European Union role in stabilizing and promoting democracy in Africa and on Nigeria role in development of Africa. Ambassador Mba Ama Mba has promoted in the last year a strong economic and cultural diplomacy between Romania and Nigeria. With his support more than 10 political, economic, cultural and social delegation and events where hosted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Embassy offering a new image to the African country in Romania. The reaction of Romanian economic environment was a very energetic one, with the help of ambassador Mba Ama Mba , the economic exchange between the two countries has sharply increase. At the end of the encounter professor Anton Caragea has praised Ambassador Mba efforts for developing Nigeria-Romania cooperation and said that Africa will be a priority for Romania in the next ten years not only in the Barcelona Process framework but even on a national agenda.
DIALOG INTRE NIGERIA SI ROMANIA.
Vineri 18 septembrie 2009 Excelenta Sa Ambasadorul Republicii Federale a Nigeriei, Mba Ama Mba si profesorul Anton Caragea, au avut un lung dialog cu privire la relatiile intre Romania si Nigeria si intre Europa si Africa. Discutia s-a concentrat pe evaluarea rolului Uniunii Europene in stabilizarea si promovarea democratiei in Africa si a rolului Nigeriei in dezvoltarea Africii. Ambasadorul Mba Ama Mba a promovat in ultimul an dezvoltarea rapida a relatiilor culturale si economice intre Romania si Nigeria . Cu suportul ambasadei Nigeriei la Bucuresti mai mult de 10 delegatii economice, culturale , sociale si alte diverse evenimente au avut loc in ultima perioada, creionand o noua imagine acestei tari africane in mediul romanesc . Reactia mediului economic din Romania a fost extrem de favorabila, cu ajutorul ambasadorului Mba Ama Mba schimburile economice intre cele doua tari au crescut rapid. La finalul intalnirii profesorul Anton Caragea a laudat rolul Ambasadorului Mba in dezvoltarea cooperarii intre Nigeria si Romania si a apreciat ca in perioada urmatoare Africa va fi o prioritate a agendei Romaniei nu doar in cadrul procesului Barcelona al Uniunii Europene , proces la care suntem parte, dar si in planul interesului national.
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