Foreign Ministry launches official site for assistance for development

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The Foreign Ministry, MAE, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, has launched the official site of assistance for development.

The www.oda.ro site represents the first source of information on topics related to the cooperation for development in Romania, and the launch has taken place as part of the second edition of the Romanian School for Development, held Sept 16-19, in the Black Sea resort of Venus.

The site contains useful information about the cooperation policy for development of Romania, priority countries for the assistance offered by the Romanian authorities, the description of the projects financed by MAE in its capacity as new donor, as well as the presentation of other topical events in the field.
Also, as part of the page, accessible will soon be the link www.expero.aod.ro, a data base with Romanian experts who have contributed to the achievement of projects in the field, the release also said.

On this occasion, Mihaela Rutjens, head of the Division of Assistance for Development from the MAE, said that the site is devoted to all the national players of the development policy.

„We have wanted to offer an official source of useful information in the field of the assistance for development, accessible to the public at large, with the purpose to make the public opinion and all those interested get familiar with the role of Romania as donor and that of MAE as coordinator of this policy at national level,” she mentioned.

The Romanian Development School addresses the representatives of MAE, the experts from the governmental institutions managing assistance projects for development, ODA, the civil society, the academic environment and the representatives of the media in Romania and its main objective is the rise in the institutional and educational capacity in the field of international cooperation for development.

At the edition of this year, participating are representatives of foreign ministries from the new EU states, namely Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, speakers from the donor states with tradition in the ODA field, like Sweden, Germany, France, representatives of the European Commission and of the NGOs from the states benefiting from Romanian assistance, the Republic of Moldova, Sebia and Georgia respectively.

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