Jordan, Romania discuss better economic ties

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Tuesday discussed with a Romanian delegation ways to develop economic ties between the two countries.

At a meeting with a Romanian delegation, chaired by Romania’s Prince Radu and Prince Nikola, discussions focused on mechanisms to develop bilateral economic and commercial cooperation.

At the meeting, attended by Romania’s Ambassador to Jordan Bogdan Filip, Prince Radu said governments of the two countries should encourage their private sectors to increase joint cooperation to explore investment opportunities available in both Jordan and Romania.

The two countries should also boost commercial exchange volumes, he said, pointing out that there are various opportunities available to expand commercial cooperation.

Ensour highlighted the Kingdom’s drive towards reform, led by His Majesty King Abdullah as well as the economic challenges Jordan is facing due to the large influx of Syrian refugees over the past three years.

Also on Tuesday, Minister of Agriculture Akef Zu’bi met with the visiting delegation and discussed ways to enforce agricultural agreements signed between the two countries.

Zu’bi urged Romania to facilitate the entry of Jordanian goods into the Romanian market.

The visiting delegation expressed Romania’s interest in importing phosphate and vegetables and its interest in the Kingdom’s tenders to purchase wheat and other cereals at a meeting with Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply Secretary General Maha Ali.

The visiting delegation also met with Isa Murad, Jordan European Business Association president, who highlighted that the Jordanian private sector is keen to strengthen its economic, investment and commercial cooperation with Romania.

Trade balance between Jordan and Romania is in favour of the southeastern European country as the Kingdom exports some kinds of vegetables and fruits to Romania whereas it imports live sheep, lamb and other cattle to Jordan, besides wheat and corn.

Jordan’s exports to Romania totalled $13.1 million in 2012 while its imports from Romania stood at $167 million.

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