Valorisation of maritime transport through the Suez Canal – priority for BSEC states
Publicat pe 16/12/2020
Bucharest, December 16th, 2020: President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), Mr. Mihai Daraban, participated today, December 16th, in the 62nd meeting of the Board of Directors within the Business Council of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC), an event organized, in digital format, by the Presidency- in-Office (PiE) of the CCIR at the BSEC Business Council.
The main objective proposed by the CCIR at the PiE level of the BSEC Business Council was to strengthen international economic cooperation by increasing connectivity between BSEC and EU entrepreneurs. At sectoral level, CCIR focused on identifying solutions that would boost cooperation in key sectors for the sustainable economic development of the region, namely transport and connectivity, circular economy and competitiveness.
During the meeting, Mr. Mihai Daraban, presented the activity report of the CCIR, made during the extended mandate of the CCIR at the PiE of the BSEC Business Council (January – December 2020). At the same time, the Presidency-in-Office of the BSEC Business Council was handed over to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana for the period January 1st – June 30th.
“In 2019, trade between Romania and the BSEC countries amounted to almost 23 billion euros (22.841 billion euros). There is certainly room for improvement, and the CCIR initiative, launched in the autumn of 2020, which aims to capitalize on shipping through the Suez Canal by setting preferential prices for BSEC cargo ships, can have a significant impact on our economies. We must continue to explore the advantages of the BSEC region’s geographical positioning and keep in mind that the main mission of the BSEC Business Council is to intensify bilateral economic relations, as trade and prosperity are the key to peace and success in the region, “he said. the president of CCIR, Mr. Mihai Daraban.
The Business Council of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC Board) was established on August 30th, 1992 and became operational on May 1st, 1993. At the end of March 1995, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, through its President, was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania as a representative of the Romanian business community in this Council, taking part in its activity.
The presidency of the organization is ensured by rotation every 6 months. This ensures a regular interaction between the national business communities of the participating States and the BSEC intergovernmental bodies. The last term of the Presidency-in-Office of Romania (5th) was between July 1st and December 31st, 2015. During the Presidency, Romania aimed with priority to strengthen the economic mission of BSEC.
The member states of the Business Council are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.