Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Aureliu Ciocoi attended the 42nd meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the countries participating in the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), that was held in a video conference format.
The event marked the end of the Romanian presidency in January – December 2020, moldpres.md reported with reference to the MFAEI press service.
The heads of delegations discussed the current issues on the BSEC agenda, as well as the way the organization can strengthen its role in the Black Sea region by implementing joint projects with regional economic influence, especially in the development of infrastructure and transport, trade facilitation, strengthening cultural interaction, tourism, etc. …
In his speech, Minister Aureliu Ciocoi reaffirmed the Republic of Moldova’s commitment to regional cooperation, stressing the country’s continued interest in sustainable economic development in the Black Sea region. The Moldovan official noted the significant impact of the pandemic on trade. At the same time, he spoke in favor of accelerating the process of digitization and the use of new technologies in key sectors related to cooperation within the BSEC.
In order to increase the economic competitiveness of entrepreneurs in the region, the head of Moldovan diplomacy stressed as well the importance of developing electronic commerce and spoke in favor of creating a permanent mechanism for the exchange of information in this area at the regional level.
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) is a regional structure for economic cooperation, established on April 30, 1999. The founders of the organization are eleven states: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, the Republic of Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
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