DUBAI WILL HOST WORLD EXPO 2020, DECLARES PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA, MA, FINS, EDA

April 8, 2013

On 4 April 2013, in the luxurious and impressive surroundings of Palace of Parliament, the Official Opening of the Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 took place.

Al Hosani si Presedintele Zgonea

Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani – UAE Ambassador sharing the Welcome ( Marhaba)  Coffee with president of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Zgonea.

The exhibition organized by Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Romania and Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation is destined to express Romania’s cultural and political elite support for Dubai candidature to host WORLD EXPO 2020 International exhibition.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of President of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea.

Present on the venue where also : members of European Council on Tourism,  representatives of Romanian Parliament and Romanian Government, members of  Diplomatic Corp accredited to Romania and countless Romanian and foreign diplomat’s, academicians, personalities of culture and art etc.

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Professor dr.Anton Caragea MA,FINS opening the support exhibition for Dubai`s bid for WORLD EXPO 2020.

In the opening speech, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation (IRICE) had underlined that DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 Art Exhibition is destined to offer the   official support of Parliament and Government of Romania to the bilateral relationship between Romania and United Arab Emirates, viewed as a strategic relationship for the future of both nations.

″Dubai must and will be the host of EXPO 2020 as it  have received more than 51 millions visitors last year and more than 10 million long-term visitors have stayed in the city in 2012 alone. Also Dubai is the most dynamic city in the Arabic Golf, encompassing more than 200 nationalities and hosting over 200 events yearly.  Dubai is the driving force of the region in term of economic development and is the symbol of geopolitical shift towards Asia as the main engine of economic growth. Dubai had also allocated the most generous resources for the venue of 2020 WORLD EXPO and is the natural center of the trade roads connecting South Asia, Europe and South America via Africa, in what is today called the XXI Century New Silk Road.

Electing Dubai is the practical thing to do for Romania and the world, is what the common sense dictate and the most successful choice″, concluded Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Valeriu Zgonea

President of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea express his staunch support for a strategic relations: Romania-United Arab Emirates. 

Taking the floor, President of Chamber of Deputies-Valeriu Stefan Zgonea had outlined the main reasons of support: ″ United Arab Emirates are the natural gateway for Romanian products, funds and people to the open gates of Asia and reciprocally Romania is via Constanta Harbour the natural gate for UAE products and investment towards Europe. This is creating the background of a long-term and strategic relations between our countries ″ concluded in thunderous applause the President of Chamber of Deputies.

Ionel Agrigoroaiei

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei express the firm and unwavering support for Dubai:Host of WORLD EXPO 2020.

 

Senator Ionel Agrigoroaiei had conveyed a full hearted message of support: ″Romania’s decision to support the candidacy for EXPO 2020 of Dubai city is just one episode of this collaboration and friendship.

Between Romania and the United Arab Emirates there is a long tradition of over 25 years of diplomatic cooperation and there is a noteworthy decision to mutually support their applications and all international initiatives and international organizations.

Therefore the Romania’s decision to support the candidacy of Dubai city for EXPO 2020 was a natural decision, inscribed in the mutual agreements and part of the long tradition of diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.

Here we are united in support of the UAE, our strategic partner in the Arabian Gulf, both the government and the opposition support together Romanian’s national interest to cooperate with the United Arab Emirates.

Finally I want to wish every success in his mission to bring the two countries, to His Excellency Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani, and UAE Ambassador to Romania and appreciate the contribution of Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation in making this special event and exhibition″

The speech of former. President of Romania Mr.Emil Constantinescu expressed the fact that: ″ it is no surprise that Dubai has won the support of Romania, a natural choice since Romania is interested in all three major objectives which Dubai Expo has proposed: sustainable development, energy and water saving, support the mobility of people, goods and ideas in what Dubai has called: The New Silk Road of the XXI   century and the discovery of new economic opportunities and new development models.

Therefore I can only congratulate the Government and Parliament of Romania for the decision to support Dubai in achieving its ambitious goals for the World Expo. I also congratulate the UAE Embassy for their success ″.

Mircea Constantinescu

Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu express the European view: only Dubai can host WORLD EXPO 2020.

 

Professor Dr. Mircea Constantinescu, Director in European Council on Tourism stated that: our institution and the European Tourism Academy are restating the same unconditional support for the bid of Dubai, to become the host of the World Expo 2020, and to confirm the idea that “Nothing shapes the world like the imagination.”

All the political declaration that followed underlined the fact that there is a general sense of unity among opposition and power alike in the Parliament in supporting the strategic relationship Romania-United Arab Emirates.

The speakers recalled that last year after Romanian announce of support for Astana (capital of Kazakhstan bid to WORLD EXPO 2017) the city of Astana won the bid to host the world expo. Everybody express the hope that, after today’s support for Dubai, and the city of Dubai will win WORLD EXPO 2020 bid.

Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani

UAE Ambassador – Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani states his appreciation for the Romanian support for Dubai-WORLD EXPO 2020 host.

In an emotion charged speech, UAE Ambassador – Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani took the stand and expresses his appreciation for the showered praises and feelings of support express toward his country. This solidarity and the desire of building an improved connection is a guarantee that the present day perfect political bilateral relation and economic investments of United Arab Emirates in Romania are just the beginning of a developing relation.

Delegatia din UAE

Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade Center outlined Dubai preparations to host EXPO 2020.

 

In the end Mr. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade Center had presented a short movie about Dubai preparations to host EXPO 2020 and stated that the WORLD EXPO 2020 in Dubai will be a universally shared success.

The final moments of the ceremony were dedicated to a stroll along 36 huge photos of today’s Dubai landmarks, observed traditional UAE handcrafts and then the guests enjoyed a huge cake named in honor of DUBAI-HOST OF WORLD EXPO 2020

The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 was broadcasted by 6 Romanian televisions’ (, Realitatea TV, B1TV,  TVR 1, National TV, N24 Plus and Travel Mix) and receives dozens of favourable reviews in the press supplementary emphasizing the strong impression left by United Arab Emirates  to Romanian public.

Symbol of UAE for professor caragea

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea receives a symbol of United Arab Emirates from Ambassador Yacoub Yousif Al Hosani.

 

The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020 was registered as a sign of Romanian determination to re-candle a traditional connection with the Arab world and was highly appreciated by all Arab diplomatic corp present to the event.

The Exhibition DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020  had being transformed in a powerful landmark in the bilateral relation, a prefect moment to boost Romania-UAE friendship and to insure for Romania a place along side the winner of WORLD EXPO 2020: DUBAI.

Cafea

Coffee making.

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United Arab Emirates traditions

Expozitie

Visitors crowding the Palace of Parliament to see Dubai Exhibition.

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Dubai exhibition in the Palace of Parliament

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Romanian support for Dubai-Host of World Expo 2020

Dubai Huge Cake

The Huge Cake honoring DUBAI-CAPITAL OF WORLD EXPO 2020

Palestine, United Arab Emirates-Qatar-Malaysia-Albania

Ambassadors of Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Malaysia and Albania cutting the Huge Cake dedicated to Dubai World Expo 


ROMANIA-KAZAKHSTAN: 20 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

May 27, 2012

KAZAKHSTAN-ROMANIA : A STRATEGIC RELATION by professor dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA

 

We have gathered here today in order to discuss about the remarkable achievements of the past 20 years of diplomatic relations, and above all, about the Romania- Kazakhstan friendship.

I shall not repeat all that has been discussed with so many details here: the extraordinary role of Kazakhstani investments in the Romanian energy sector, the amount of 3 billion $ speaks for itself about the essential role of these investments in the Romanian economy; therefore I do not aim to reiterate the extraordinary role of the Kazakhstani-Romanian cultural relations which will be enshrined by signing a new complete and broad bilateral agreement.

I wish to focus on a phrase found in the previous speeches and which calls upon the name of a current manifestation: Romania – Kazakhstan, a strategic partnership.
Very well, indeed, Romania has known how to be faithful to this concept and how to build a strategic partnership, for which I truly hope that will be applied not only for Central Asian countries but also for other states worldwide.
President Ion Iliescu and President Emil Constantinescu have described both clearly and with numerous details the importance and sometimes the difficulties of this strategic partnership in which both countries have known how to prove their friendship and interest in collaboration.

I shall mention only a few episodes of the past years showing the utility and the importance of this strategic partnership. In 2010, Kazakhstan was in charge of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Presidency in a tense environment in which the Russian and American concepts over the role and even of the organization’s utility were exacerbated, the last high level Summit of OSCE had taken place in 1999 at Istanbul and no compromise for any new summit was to be found.
It appeared impossible for young Kazakhstan, with its energetic but still young diplomacy to succeed this stunt.
Since the very first hours of the new presidency, Romania showed its availability to support Kazakhstani OSCE reformation and organizational reactivation concepts by means of a new high level summit. Romania had the wisdom along with Kazakhstani diplomacy to proceed in the best possible way : a summit of the wise held in Bucharest in which with calm, diplomacy and especially with strong arguments, the European intellectual elites and not only, were convinced of the OSCE reform necessity and of the organization’s future preservation through a new summit.
High ranked Romanian intellectual personalities such as President Ion Iliescu and President Emil Constantinescu took over the OSCE ideas’ flame and hence supported the OSCE reform. There was a clear test of how the strategic relations Romania – Kazakhstan functioned not only for the bilateral relation’s sake, but for the guardianship benefit of an organization with a notorious past, fallen in the shadows.
I was proud when the planted ideas in Bucharest, February of 2010 blossomed in Astana, December of 2010. It was more than Romania’s voice: it was the voice of Kazakhstan and of a functioning bilateral relation. When the world was wondering whether the Kazakhstan presidency would be a success, Romania gave an intellectual and resounding answer: YES.
Furthermore, at the Conference dedicated to 20 years of Kazakhstan independence in November 2011, the intellectual and academic Romanian elite under the guidance of natural leaders: President Emil Constantinescu and President Ion Iliescu knew how to place the conference’s importance on the 2nd position after Washington’s conference. These were other proofs of a working partnership. Moreover, on April 24th of 2012 Romania demonstrated once more its support for Kazakhstan, organizing the Candidacy support Exhibition for Astana at EXPO 2017. Thus, Romania was the first European country to do such a gesture, followed afterwards by Germany; I wish to highlight that Romania was the first country to support Astana for EXPO 2017.
My intention was just to list some of the past months’ moments in which Romania was faithful to its decision of building a strategic relation with Kazakhstan, a relation in which Romania’s voice is heard. Supporting Kazakhstan at OSCE, Romania supported the reform of a European organization which threatens to lose its importance; by supporting the 20 years celebration of Kazakhstan’s independence, Romania rang a bell for the model of democracy, development and security offered by Kazakhstan and President Nursultan Nazarbaev to the region and the rest of the world; assisting Astana for capital at EXPO 2017, Romania gives a signal of advancing, backing and not being afraid of 21st century’s transformations and Asian growth. Perhaps this is the secret of the strategic relation Romania – Kazakhstan, its benefits going beyond these two countries, the fruits of this friendship being directed worldwide.
May the strategic relation Romania – Kazakhstan further continue with the same great results!


KAZAHSTAN-ROMANIA: 20 DE ANI DE RELATII DIPLOMATICE

May 27, 2012

KAZAHSTAN-ROMANIA : O RELATIE STRATEGICA de prof.univ.dr.Anton Caragea


Ne-am adunat astăzi pentru a discuta despre realizările remarcabile ale ultimilor 20 de ani de relaţii diplomatice , dar mai presus de orice, 20 de ani de prietenie : România-Kazahstan.
Nu vreau să repet tot ceea ce s-a discutat cu atâtea detalii aici : rolul extraordinar al investitiilor Kazahstanului în sectorul energetic din România, suma de trei miliarde de dolari vorbeşte de la sine despre rolul esenţial al investiţiilor Kazahstanului în economia românească, nu vreau să reiterez rolul extrordinar al relaţiilor culturale româno-kazahe, ce va fi consfinţit prin semnarea unui nou , vast şi complet acord bilateral.
Vreau să mă concentrez asupra unei sintagme ce s-a regăsit în discursurile tuturor predecesorilor mei şi care atrage atenţia în numele chiar al manifestării ce ne uneşte astăzi : România-Kazahstan : un parteneriat strategic.
Ei bine , da , România a ştiut să fie credincioasă acestui concept şi să construiască un parteneriat strategic, ce nu pot decât să sper că va fi copiat în relaţie nu doar cu statele Asiei Centrale, dar şi cu statele din alte regiuni ale lumii.
Preşedintele Ion Iliescu şi Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu au descris amândoi clar şi cu nenumărate amănunte, importanţa şi uneori provocarile acestui parteneriat strategic, în care ambele ţări au ştiut să îşi demonstreze prietenia şi interesul în colaborare.
Eu am să menţionez doar câteva episoade ale ultimilor ani, arătând utilitatea şi importanţa acestui parteneriat strategic.
În anul 2010, Kazahstanul prelua Preşedinţia Organizaţiei pentru Securitate şi Cooperare în Europa, într-o atmosferă tensionată, în care concepţiile ruse şi americane asupra rolului şi chiar utilităţii organizaţiei erau exacerbate, ultimul summit la nivel înalt al OSCE avusese loc în 1999, la Istanbul, nici un compromis pentru un nou summit nu putea fi găsit.
Părea improbabil ca tânărul Kazahstan, cu diplomaţia sa energică, dar încă tânără, să reuşească acest tur de forţă.
Încă din primele ore ale noii preşedinţii România şi-a arătat disponibilitatea de a sprijinii conceptele Kazahstanului, de reformă a OSCE şi de reactivare a organizaţiei, printr-n nou summit la nivel înalt.
România a avut înţelepciunea, alături de diplomaţia kazahă să facă acest lucru în cea mai nimerită manieră: un summit al înţelepţilor, desfăşurat la Bucureşti, care cu calm, cu diplomaţie şi mai ales cu argumente forte să convingă elitele intelectuale ale Europei nu doar de necesitatea reformării OSCE, dar şi a prezervării acestei organizaţii pentru viitor printr-un nou summit.
Personalităţi de prim rang ale României intelectuale precum: Preşedintele Ion Iliescu şi Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu, au preluat flacăra ideilor OSCE şi au sprijinit reforma OSCE.
Era o probă clară de cum funcţionează raportul strategic România-Kazahstan, nu doar în beneficul relaţiei bilaterale, dar în beneficiul salvgardării unei organizaţii cu un trecut ilustru, dar căzută într-un con de umbră.
Am fost mândru când, ideile sădite la Bucureşti în februarie 2010, au răsunat în decembrie 2010 la Astana.
Nu era doar vocea României, era vocea Kazahstanului şi vocea unei relaţii bilaterale ce funcţionase.
Când lumea se întreba încă, daca preşedinţia kazahă va fi un succes, România dăduse răspunsul său intelectual şi răsunator: DA.
Să mai menţionez Conferinţa dedicata celor 20 de ani de independenţă ai Kazahstanului, din noiembrie 2011, când elita intelectuală şi academică a României, sub conducerea liderilor naturali: Preşedintele Emil Constantinescu şi Preşedintele Ion Iliescu a ştiut să facă din manifestarea de la Bucureşti, a doua conferinta ca importanţă, după conferinţa de la Washington.
O nouă dovadă a unui parteneriat care funcţionează.
Să mai menţionez că, în 24 aprilie 2012, România a ştiut din nou să dea un semnal al sprijinului pentru Kazahstan, organizând Expoziţia de sprijin pentru candidatura oraşului Astana la EXPO 2017.
Romania a fost astfel prima ţară europeană ce a făcut acest gest, urmată apoi de Germania, subliniez, decizia de la Bucureşti de a sprijinii Astana, drept capitală a viitorului, a EXPO 2017, a fost prima.
Am vrut doar să enumar câteva momente din ultimele luni, în care România a fost fidelă deciziei sale de a construi o relaţie strategică cu Kazahstanul , o relaţie în care vocea României se face auzită.
Sprijinind Kazahstanul la OSCE, România a sprijinit reforma unei organizaţii europene ce ameninţa a-şi pierde relevanţa.
Sprijinind marcarea celor 20 de ani independenţă ai Kazahstanului, România a dat un semnal de sprijin al modelului de democraţie, dezvoltare şi securitate oferit de Kazahstan şi de preşedintele Nazarbayev, regiunii şi lumii. Sprijinind Astana, drept capitală a EXPO 2017, România dă un semnal că merge inaintea noului , că sprijină şi nu se teme de transformările secolului XXI şi de creşterea rolului international al Asiei.
Poate acesta este secretul relaţiei strategice România –Kazahstan, beneficiile ei nu sunt limitate doar la cele două ţări, roadele acestei prietenii sunt oferite întregii lumi.
Fie ca relaţia strategică România –Kazahstan să continue în viitor cu aceleaşi bune rezulatate.


PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA ON NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT SUMMIT

April 26, 2012

The Seoul Summit had just concluded, but his reverberation will be long standing. Everybody is agreeing that we are witnessing just the beginning of  an international custom on managing nuclear weapons and nuclear security.  Seoul Summit, if it was not exceedingly rich on international regulation,   had offered instead a successful model of nuclear security management, of relinquishing the illusory security offered by nuclear weapons in exchange for a world commitment to his security: Kazakhstan.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea during his visit in Kazakhstan.

The world leaders have showered praises on the Central Asian country and his leader-Nursultan Nazarbaev ,top of the list being  United States President, Barack Obama,  who described Kazakhstan as a model for the world  and express his support for the country`s bid to host the International Nuclear Fuel Bank .

In this moment, when we are confronted with an insufficient legal framework on nuclear security, the need for a successful example to be offered as a way out for the countries that had pursued or are pursuing a program for nuclear military development it is clearly marked.

Kazakhstan is, undoubtedly, the success story of nuclear disarmament : dismantling an impressive nuclear arsenal inherited from Soviet Union ,with more than 1.000 warheads, prohibiting nuclear experiments on Semipalatinsk  polygon and in exchange obtaining security guarantees and international recognition of his borders .

International leaders express their appreciation towards Kazakhstan President- Nursultan Nazarbayev

In today world Kazakhstan and the architect of this enlighten policy: President Nursultan Nazarbavev had a long track record of  achievements.

Among others unremitting exertion for the nuclear disarmament Kazakhstan joined the “Group of Eight” (G-8) Global Partnership against the spread of weapons of mass destruction and ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) to bring it into force by 2014 and successfully hosted the Conference of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism” .

If to this list we add the impressive achievements of Kazakhstan Presidency to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the hosting of the first high level OSCE Summit in Astana  in 2010 and the lavish and profound transforming Chairmanship to Organization of Islamic Conference we have the complete picture of a country determined to leave his mark on international arena.

Kazakhstan had not fall asleep on the laurels already won and President Nursultan Nazarbaev already used his country high standing to promote a regulation package destined to offer the possibility of further development of use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes such as: the adoption of legally binding nuclear safety standards, the establishment of mechanisms for rapid response in case of emergency at nuclear facilities, and the granting to all states of an equal access to peaceful nuclear technology and supplies of low enriched uranium (LEU), including through an International Nuclear Fuel Bank.

The mounting support of the world leaders to Kazakh President vision of a nuclear weapons free world   had offered a new chance for Seoul Summit. The value of this vision is reflected in President Nursultan Nazarbaev own words: Based on the experience of my country, that voluntarily renounced the world’s fourth nuclear arsenal, I can say that the real security guarantees are provided by sustainable economic and social development,”

If the world will support Kazakhstan in sharing this lesson, than the mankind could have a chance for a better future.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA