Statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting

24 October

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Viorica Dancila: Good afternoon! I have recently concluded my official visit to Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, states in which I had high level political and diplomatic meetings, as well as meetings with the businesspeople associations. It was a predominantly economic mission, from which we returned with concrete results, beneficial in the long run for Romania. The businesspeople from Turkey and the Gulf states are interested in investing in Romania, in infrastructure, healthcare, in developing large –scale projects in public –private partnership. I had a topical discussion with the President of the Turkish Republic. Mr. Erdogan assured me that the Turkish investors are interested in building a regional hospital in Constanta, a 1,000 –bed hospital, and the increase of the volume of trade exchanges from seven billion USD dollars to ten billion USD dollars. In the UAE, there was a very big interest in projects in public –private partnership and in other investments. A UAE company wants to invest more than 100 million USD dollars in logistic and industrial parks, at Curtici, Aiud, Craiova, Constanta, Bucharest and Prahova county. There is a very large interest in the construction of Bucharest Port on the Danube –Bucharest Canal. Taking into account this potential which can be developed on long term, we agreed on creating an economic strategic partnership between the Romanian Government and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, a closer and more active cooperation framework at governmental level. I witnessed the same interest for Romania in Kuwait, expressed by Kuwaiti investors. A first concrete result is the collaboration prospect with Ana Aslan Institute. The visit to Turkey and the Gulf countries confirmed once again that Romania is an attractive destination for the business sector from the perspective of developing large scale projects in fields in which our country has both economic and social growth potential. Regarding the money for pensions and wages, we have the necessary budgetary resources for the payment of pensions and wages in the public sector, as we committed in the programme for government and the wage law passed by Parliament. I want to make these clarifications in order to end some speculations which appeared lately in the media, likely to generate groundless concerns to some categories of employees. We are responsible for the public finances. The decisions we are taking are well –grounded and convergent with a coherent vision of economic and social development. The Public Finance Ministry is working, on a draft budget for 2019, which is in a very advanced stage. The draft budget for next year will accurately reflect the provision of necessary money for the increased payment of public sector pensions and wages, the increase in minimum wage per economy, as we committed to Romanians. I am leading a Cabinet that has the firm belief that the economic progress should be felt by Romanians via larger incomes and better living standards. It is the commitment with which we won elections and which we want to honor. At the close of the Cabinet meeting, the Government Spokesperson will detail the normative acts adopted on today’s Cabinet meeting.

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