Andrei Popov and Elaine Marshall have co-chaired the Annual Meeting of the Moldova-North Carolina Bilateral Cooperation Committee
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Andrei Popov, and the North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall, have co-chaired today, June 23, 2011 the Annual Meeting of the Moldova-North Carolina Bilateral Cooperation Committee organized after a break of more than 5 years.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Deputy Ministers of Education, Health, Economy, Agriculture and Food Industry, Internal Affairs, Environment, Construction and Regional Development, Information and Communications Technology, the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, of the academic circles, rectors of Chisinau-based universities, representatives of civil society, as well as the US Ambassador to Moldova, Asif J. Chaudry, the Commander of the North Carolina National Guard, General Gregory Lusk, and Moldova's Honorary Consul to North Caroline, Florin Pindic-Blaj.
The meeting participants reviewed the latest evolutions in the Moldova-North Caroline bilateral relations in the fields of healthcare, education, environment protection, humanitarian aid, agriculture and economy, mentioning in this respect, the projects carried out the Nicolae Testemiteanu University of Medicine, in Moldovan libraries and bookshops, at the Ministry of Defense, as well as in several farms of the Republic of Moldova. On the basis of these cooperation projects, hundreds of Moldovan experts paid study visits to North Carolina in order to be able to subsequently implement new projects in the Republic of Moldova. On the other hand, over one hundred American experts have visited the Republic of Moldova since the launch of the partnership with North Carolina, in 1999. Also, the participants presented specific proposals to continue the cooperation in the aforementioned fields, as well as in new sectors, such as production of bio-fuels from agricultural raw materials.
The North Carolina Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall commended Moldova's achievements, noting that out country has obtained significant progress in many fields since her last visit. “Moldova has taken some significant steps. Therefore, it should be supported. We have presented specific cooperation projects and we look forward to implementing them. One of them concerns the connection of the libraries in Moldovan villages to the Internet, so that children could have access to information, education and knowledge”, Elaine F. Marshall stated.
In his turn, the deputy minister Andrei Popov stated that the partnership between the Republic of Moldova and North Carolina is considered to be a successful one, serving as a model of cooperation between an American state and a foreign country. “Ms. Marshall's seventh visit to Moldova can be regarded as a part of an ascending trend, in the new context of the Moldovan-American relations, that have become more intense in the past one and a half year”, Andrei Popov said.
The agenda of the Secretary Marshall's visit to the Republic of Moldova (June 22-26, 2011) covers meetings with the acting President of the Republic of Moldova, the Prime-minister of the Republic of Moldova, the leaders of various ministries, as well as visits to the institutions benefiting from the assistance provided by the partners from North Carolina.