The Romanian Institute for Europe-Asia Studies(IRSEA), represented by H.E. Ambassador (p) Gheorghe Savuica, President & Founder, and the Faculty of International Business and Relations (REI) of Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE), represented by Prof. Dr. Anca Ilie,Vice-Dean of REI, organised a series of webinars themed “Be Innovative! Be Proactive!” between May 10-12.
The event took place on the occasion of the 6th Edition of the International Week of ASE.
On May 10:
H.E. Mr. Muhammad Amhar Azeth, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Romania, delivered an insightful presentation [click for presentation], stressing the importance of the economic diplomacy, the main issues in economic diplomacy and the Indonesian economic diplomacy. The Indonesian Ambassador highlighted the importance of economic relations acting as a glue to political relations. With regard to the Indonesian economic diplomacy, the Indonesian Ambassador outlined the advantages of the large and growing Indonesian market, as well as the quick expected economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.
H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Ueda, Ambassador of Japan to Romania, focused his presentation [click for presentation] on Japan’s Diplomacy (especially its proactive economic diplomacy), Japan-EU Economic Relations (particularly Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement) and Japan-Romania Economic Relations. As a promoter of free trade and a free and fair global economy, Japan is a strong contributor to a free and open international economic system. In this regard, Japan actively participates in the international rulemaking as part of multiple international and regional organisations (G7, G20, APEC, OECD, WTO). Showcasing Japan’s proactive economic diplomacy, H.E. Ambassador Ueda stressed on the importance of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement as well as on the achievements of the bilateral Romania-Japan economic relations.
On May 11:
H.E. Mr. Zafar Iqbal, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Romania, presented [click for presentation] the guiding principles of Pakistan’s foreign policy, including sovereign equality, non-interference, respect for sovereignty, non-aggression, and active engagement with the international community as well as the country’s foreign relations and foreign policy objectives. With regard to the Romania – Pakistan relations, Ambassador Iqbal commended the importance of economic relations and their great potential for enhancement to take these relations ahead. He illustrated the bilateral relations with the robust legal framework of agreements, while offering multiple examples to showcase the enabling environment further facilitating the economic diplomacy between the two countries.
H.E. Mr. Chairat Porntipwarawet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Romania, talked about the cordial Thai-Romanian bilateral relations which will mark their 48th anniversary in June 2021. He highlighted important mechanisms of cooperation, namely the consultations between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Friendship Groups, and cooperation between Thai and Romanian Universities. On economic cooperation, Thailand and Romania can benefit from potential investment opportunities in digital technologies and Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model as well as the newly established Thai-Romanian Chamber of Commerce. For post-pandemic outlook, Thailand is aiming to reopen in the third and fourth quarters of 2021 and to resume activities with Romania, especially in the tourism sector which is a key driver for people-to-people contact and economic development.
On May 12th:
Mr. Chusok Yoon, Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Romania, highlighted the relations between Republic of Korea and Romania. He stressed on the importance of the strategic partnership between the two countries and committed to enhance political, economic, and cultural relations based on the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2020. He also appreciated the recent developments in health sector to address Covid19 including the export to Romania of RT-PCR test kits and promoted the efforts by the government of his country in climate change saying that the Republic of Korea will host P4G Seoul Summit on May 30-31 to strengthen the climate action in the post-COVID world.
The Q&A sessions represented an outstanding opportunity for the students of ASE-REI to interact with and learn from the Distinguished Speakers and deepen their knowledge in their respective fields.
At the end of the webinar series, the organisers manifested their gratitude for the comprehensive and insightful presentations, acknowledging the valuable contributions of the Distinguished Speakers to the academic knowledge in the field of Diplomacy and International Economic Relations.