Romanian Envoy Launches Economic Diplomacy Diplomatic Enclave
With the fall of Soviet Union the world has witnessed an important shift in approach for promoting relations where economic diplomacy got the major role. Thus a new era was started in which the main focus was on promoting trade and economic relations between countries side by side improving the political relationship. China symbolized as the best example for development by shifting its focus from politics to the trade and economy. By adopting this approach, China within a short span of 20 years has emerged as the second largest economy of the world. TheAmbassador of Romania Mr. Emilion Ion stands among the best ambassadors of the world according to my knowledge. Mr. Ion is a very smart and energetic diplomat in Islamabad who has developed very cordial relations with the people representing various segments of the society. He is seen always working very hard to promote the best interests of his country and to achieve his objectives even without much financial support from his country. That's why I take him as a model envoy for diplomacy in the world and especially in Pakistan. It is the main objective of every ambassador wherever he is deputed to make efforts for improving the trade and economic ties of his home country with host country but the way Mr. Ion has utilized economic diplomacy along with the cultural and political diplomacy, he stands unique in diplomatic community. Mr. Ion invited the diplomatic corps and ambassadors of various countries at a dinner reception and also organized a fashion show in which the Romanian dresses for the ladies and gents were shown to the audience. Lounge suite, casualwear, jeans pant and various other attractive dresses for the gents and ladies were displayed which fascinated the participants due to their high quality and beautiful design. Mr. Ion was able to attract many renowned political figures of the country to the event. Prominent among them were Makhdoom Amin Faheem Federal Minister for Commerce, Mir Hazar Khan Bajarani Federal Minister, Barrister Sultan Mehmood former Prime Minister ofAzad Kashmir, Ms. Pelvisha Behram Chairman Foreign Affair Committee of National Assembly, Mr. Ghalib Iqbal Chief of Protocol, Zehra Siraj Vilyani among a galaxy of various diplomats, other political figures and business personalities of the city. Many ambassadors showed much interested about the outcome of the proceedings in the Supreme Court. Most of the ambassadors were of the opinion that Pakistan is a very busy station for any ambassador because he has to file a story everyday back home as the political situation was changing with every passing day. Pakistan and Romania have a long history of bilateral relations, which started in 1964 when Pakistan and Romania signed their first trade agreement. Romania has shown keen interest in working together with Pakistan at all levels in order to promote and consolidate the bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, commerce, cultural and other fields. Pak-Romania Business Council was launched in February 2011 while Pakistan Romania FriendshipAssociation was reactivated in July 2011. A Senatorial delegation of Romania also visited Pakistan in September 2011 to further strengthen relations between the two countries. Hundreds of Pakistani companies are doing business in Romania. Romania is Pakistan's important trading partner within the European Union (EU). However, bilateral trade between the two countries is still much less than their true potential. Pakistan's major exports to Romania include material of animal origin, cotton fabrics and articles of textile materials, while the imports include oil seeds, iron and steel manufactures and machinery. Sunflower seeds, copper cathodes, organic chemicals and dyes, textile and textile goods, agriculture products, leather goods, IT are considered as potential areas for mutual cooperation between the twocountries. Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Mir Hazar Khan Bijar ani, Bar r ister Sultan Mahmood and other s at a Fashion Show organized by Mr. Emilion Ion,
Ambassador of Romania
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