Opportunities to consolidate relations between Romania and China
The meetings of the Romanian government officials with officials of the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions as part of an official visit in late August to the 2 regions will contribute to the consolidation of bilateral relations between Romania and China, Secretary General of the Romanian Government Gabriel Berca says in a press release.
Included in the agenda of the 2 visits were meetings with representatives of the government of the two regions, working meetings at Container Terminal 4, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Macao Trade Promotion Centre. Berca also attended the opening of Romania’s General Consulate for Hong Kong and Macao.
Berca said he pointed out during the meetings that Romania wants to strengthen bilateral ties with the 2 regions and use them as distribution platforms for Romanian products to the People’s Republic of China and the entire South-East Asia.
During the talks, says the release, the chief secretary for administrative issues of the Hong Kong Government mentioned Romanian wines, which he said he had discovered personally at a May VINEXPO 2008 world wine exhibition in Hong Kong.
For the promotion of Romanian wines in Hong Kong and Macao, the Foreign Trade Office of the Romanian Ministry for SMEs, Commerce, Tourism and Liberal Trades will hold a trade mission in Hong Kong and Macao with support from the Romanian Centre for Trade Promotion and the Federation of Romanian Alcohol, Spirits and Soft Drinks Industry Employers, to capitalise on the decision of the government of Hong Kong and the government of Macao to discard import duties on wines.
At the container terminal in Hong Kong, officials of the Romanian and the local delegations agreed that the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta may represent the most valuable entry gate for Chinese products to the European market via European Corridor 7.
At a meeting with the minister for transport and public works and the chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Macao an agreement was reached on promoting a civil aviation agreement between Romania and this region and a protocol between the Macao International Airport and the Henry Coanda International Airport of Bucharest.
“We are looking into the possibility of opening an air service to be provide by Romania’s Tarom national air carrier from Bucharest to Macao, with a stopover in Dubai. The opening of this flight would turn Romania in the first European country to initiate such services, and would help the Macao International Airport and turn the Henry Coanda Airport of Bucharest into a transit hub for all European passengers interested in the Macao destination,” says Berca.
There is no other air carrier offering flights from Dubai to Macao, which could be an important reason to consider when deciding to open a flight operated by Tarom on the Bucharest-Dubai-Macao route.