3/29/2017 – Today, the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) and the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) presented to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu a roadmap for renewing and strengthening bilateral economic relations between the United States and Romania. AMRO and CEPA, both based in Washington, DC, have also presented the recommendations to President Donald Trump and his administration.
In a letter introducing the “Roadmap to Prosperity,” the organizations encourage both governments to “leverage existing initiatives and the maintenance of progress that our commercial cooperation has achieved in the recent past, and to forge an ambitious, mutually productive economic engagement agenda for the near future.” They call on both governments to focus on five priorities:
- Continued business environment improvements in Romania
- High-level bilateral government engagement and dialogue on commercial matters
- Greater cooperation in developing strategic security capabilities, including energy
- Support for a Romanian education and health system that strengthens economic competitiveness; and
- Assistance for pioneer Romanian investments in the United States
“AMRO and CEPA convened in Washington a panel of top-level Romania experts in business and policy to identify the five priorities and additional specific actions outlined in our Roadmap to Prosperity,” said Eric Stewart, President of AMRO. “A bilateral economic and commercial agenda based on these priorities will lead to a mutually beneficial increase in jobs and investment in both the United States and Romania.”
AMRO presented the letter to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at a meeting during the organization’s Fifth Annual Business Mission. The delegation this year comprises thirteen American companies: Amgen, Archer Daniels Midland, Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, ExxonMobil, General Dynamics, Medtronic, Mega Company, MetLife, Oshkosh Defense, Pfizer, Smithfield Foods, and Timken.
The AMRO mission is meeting with top leaders in Romania to discuss how American companies can contribute to the prosperity of Romanian citizens and strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. Member companies have also stressed the importance of predictability in laws and regulations to a healthy business environment.
To see the letter and the Roadmap, visit www.amrobiz.org/roadmap.pdf.