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Oman 2019 | DIPLOMACY | INTERVIEW

The opportunities are many for Romanian collaboration with the Sultanate, starting with the opening of its first embassy in Oman.

Viorica Dancila
BIOGRAPHY
Viorica Dancila is the leader of the Social Democratic Party and Prime Minister of Romania. She is the first woman in Romanian history to hold the office of Prime Minister and has been the President of the Social Democratic Women’s Organization since 2015. Dãncilã became a member of the Social Democratic Party in 1996, and in 2014 was elected as a member in the European Parliament for a second term from the PSD. She has occupied several leadership positions in the party, as president of the local organization, vice president of PSD Teleorman, and president of OFSD Teleorman.

How is Romania working to enhance its diplomatic and economic relationship with Oman?

My official visit to the Sultanate of Oman expresses the renewed interest of the Romanian government for the development of bilateral relations between our states, both in terms of political dialogue as well as economic and trade relations. This visit is the first direct contact at the level of our government's leadership since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Sultanate of Oman. As you know, there is a long-standing friendship between our countries. On May 1, 2019, we will celebrate 45 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two states, which gives us the opportunity to boost our bilateral relations by opening the Romanian Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, a concrete testimony of our interest and support.

Why is Romania's economy well matched for investment partnerships with Oman?

As the investment sector contributes significantly to the economic prosperity of our states, it should be stressed that the Romanian government aims to work with the authorities from Oman to identify the most appropriate ways to increase trade and investments in both countries. From an economic point of view, Romania can be considered a success story. In recent years, our country has registered some of the highest economic growth rates in the EU, over 6% annually, making it one of the most attractive destinations for business people. At the governmental level, we also encourage the participation of foreign investors in public-private partnerships (PPPs). I take this opportunity to invite you to study the PPP projects and to assure you the support of the executive to jointly capitalize on the full potential of the Romanian offer.
Which sectors are best suited for growth in trade between Romania and Oman?
There is significant potential between Romania and Oman to improve the volume of trade. We are particularly interested in developing strong relationships in areas such as energy, agriculture, transport, infrastructure, IT and cybersecurity, health, and education.

From an investment standpoint, how else can you collaborate?

There are solid premises for Romanian-Oman bilateral collaboration through involvement in joint projects in third markets, especially in the Arab world and Africa, where Romania enjoys a great reputation in areas such as road and oil and gas infrastructure, hydrotechnology, telecommunications, and high-voltage lines. Romania will also take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in January 2019, during which time we will continue the same opening policy to the region's issues. It is clear that Romania and the Sultanate of Oman will be able to develop pragmatic and beneficial collaborative relations for both countries, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of all the steps we have taken and will take in the future.