Prime Minister Sobotka Discussed Development Assistance and Economic Cooperation in Moldova
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka visited Moldova on June 9-10, 2016. Among the main topics discussed during the official visit were development and transformation cooperation. In Moldova Mr Sobotka learned in person about the achievements of the Czech development cooperation. The positive impacts of Czech development activities were also discussed during meetings of Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek with Moldovan partners. The Czech delegation was joined by Director of the Czech Development Agency Michal Kaplan. On the ocassion of the visit, two Memorandums of Understanding were signed between the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction and the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food Industry.
The main topics of Prime Minister Sobotka’s bilateral negotiations were economic cooperation, implementation of the Czech development and transformation assistance as well as intensified cooperation in the areas of agriculture and transport. Among other discussed topics were developments in Southeast Europe, security issues, EU-Moldova cooperation and the current state of the implementation of the EU Association Agreement. The Prime Minister Sobotka also launched together with Prime Minister Filip a business forum in Chisinau.
Two Memorandums of Understanding were signed as part of the visit between the Czech Development Agency and the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction and the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food Industry of Moldova. The joint documents ought to assist, for instance, with the implementation of the EU Association Agreement. They will also contribute to enabling Moldovan products a better access to the EU markets.
Prime Minister Sobotka has also launched together with Prime Minister Pavel Filip a Czech-Moldovan business forum, a partner of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.
During his visit Mr Sobotka visited the Training centre of the Department for Civil Protection and Emergencies where the Czech Republic had been implementing in cooperation with Moldovan partners a development project “Improving Agility and Competence of Moldovan Firemen” between the years 2012 and 2015. Its budget was 7 mil CZK. and cost seven million CZK. The project’s aim was to train firefighters dealing with fire within a confined area. Based on the successful cooperation a new phase of the project has been designed and will be implemented by the end of 2017. The project now focuses on training Moldovan firemen while dealing with situations involving dangerous substances.
At the end of the visit Prime Minister Sobotka the business trip met with the representatives of the official Data Storage of Moldova store. The main task of the Storage is to reinforce the process of introduction of IT technologies in Moldova and creation of the information society within the framework of the National Strategy “Electronic Moldova”. The company also prepares specialists in the field of IT and ensures the integration of Moldova into the European and world information space.
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