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On October 11, a delegation of the RoAid Agency led by Mr. Cezar Cătălin Marin, Deputy General Director, had the honour of being received by Rabbi Solomon Schiff, a prestigious personality of the Jewish community in Miami.

The visit gave the Romanian side the opportunity to convey the profound appreciations for the work in promoting religious tolerance as a principle of coexistence of multicultural societies.

Rabbi Solomon Schiff is Director Emeritus of The Jewish Chaplaincy Program (now Mishkan Miami) and Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami, having served both organizations for more than 40 years. He is also a past chair of the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach, and continues his long-standing commitment to the Jewish and non-Jewish communities by leading programs that seek to build understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. 

In 2009, he received a Papal medallion from Pope Benedict XVI for his commitment to interfaith work.

A delegation with officials from Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure of Republic of Zambia and City Hall of Lusaka was invited in Romania to receive the Pre-feasibility Study on Urban Development of Lusaka, study elaborated by Romanian private sector experts through a grant awarded by RoAid. 

The Pre-feasibility Study showed that the major problem of Lusaka is the chaotic development of the city, without a proper urban development plan, including the lack of investment in infrastructure and development of the unplanned settlements (slums). 

In the Zambian delegation took part Mr. Sampa Emmanuel Miles Bwalya – Mayor of Lusaka, Mr. Charles Mushota – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development,  Mr. Nondo Kambinga – Government Officer within the Local Government, Mr.  Chilembo Mabuchi, Director at the Ministry of Housing Development and Infrastructure and Mr. Chola Katai Mwila, representing the local private sector as development project implementation partner.

On Wednesday, October 10th, the Zambian delegation had a meeting with Mr. Dan Tudorache – Mayor of District 1 in Bucharest and discussed about various options that could be used to meet the current challenges of urban development.

In the second part of the day, the delegation met with Mr. Florian Bodog – Secretary of the Senate within the Public Health Committee, Mr. Ciprian Roșca Secretary of State within the Ministry of Regional Development, Public administration and European funds and Mr. Mircea Lupușoru Manager of Colțea Hospital.

On Thursday, October 11th, the delegation had meetings with Mr.Ion Câmpeanu Secretary of State within the Ministry of Environment and  discussed about various approaches to conduct environmental impact analyses that are relevant for Lusaka and other cities in Zambia. The delegation also had a meeting with Mr. Laszlo Borbely – Head of the Department for Sustainable Development of the General Secretariat of the Government, where various aspects were addressed regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs). 

The RoAid
delegation led by Mr C?t?lin Harnagea, Director-General, made a working visit
to Seoul at the Economic Development Cooperation Fund in the Republic of
Korea-EDCF, managed by Eximbank.

The discussions
with Mr. Kim Tae-soo, Executive Director of EDCF, opened the possibility for a financial
funding provided by EDC for RoAid feasibility studies. These will be made by
request of the beneficiary countries through development assistance programmes.

EDCF assists
developing countries by providing funding to create a favourable environment
for economic growth. Eximbank is responsible for managing EDCF operations, such
as project selection, approval, payment and reimbursement of loans, as well as
project evaluation.

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During a visit to the headquarters of the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) in Tokyo, Mr. Cătălin Harnagea, RoAid General Director and Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka,
JICA President have discussed about the collaboration of the two agencies, aiming to collaborate and provide official development assistance in the Republic of Moldova, the Western Balkans, countries in the Black Sea region and Africa.

The meetings were attended by Her Excellency Ms. Tatiana Iosiper, the Ambassador of Romania to Japan, Mrs. Cristina Enache, RoAid Project Manager while the Japanese part was represented by Mr Junichi Yamada, JICA Vice-President and Mrs. Chie Miyahara, JAICA Deputy General Director of the Department for Middle East and Europe.

JICA has 1,900 employees, operates in 15 offices located in Japan and about 100 offices outside the country,
managing a total ODA budget of USD 15.8 billion.


Today, September 19 2018, the RoAid delegation to Seoul has co to the consolidation of  the Romania – South Korea cooperation.

Mr. Cătălin Harnagea, RoAid General Director and Mrs. Lee Mikyung, KOICA President, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the cooperation of the two agencies in the field of official development assistance.

At the signing ceremony, the two sides pointed out the importance of ODA governmental agencies joining efforts to increase the impact, quality and effectiveness of the assistance provided,taking into account the current global challenges that range from extreme poverty and inequalities to climate change. The priority areas of partnership action will be: gender equality, human rights, humanitarian assistance, peace and democracy, good governance and effectiveness of development aid.

Representatives of the two institutions have expressed their intention to have a high-level consultation annually and to make a common monitoring and evaluation of development assistance projects.

His Excellency Mr. Mihai Ciompec,the Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Korea has attended the ceremony for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.


In a visit to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tokyo, the Director General of RoAid, Mr Cătălin Harnagea, together with the JICA President, Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, discussed the two development agencies’ cooperation in providing official development assistance to the Republic of Moldova, Western Balkans, Black Sea countries and Africa.

Romania was also represented in the meeting by His Excellency Ambassador Tatiana Iosiper and Mrs Cristina Enache, Relations Advisor with RoAid. The Nippon party was represented by Mr Junichi Yamada, Vice-President of JICA and Mrs Chie Miyahara, Deputy Director General with the Department for Middle East and Europe.

JICA, with 1,900 strong-staff, operates from 15 offices in Japan and some 100 offices abroad, managing a total budget of 15.8 billion USD allocated to ODA.

15 Georgian officers of the Border Police and the Cooperation Centre for Maritime Operations were in Romania between the 17th and 21st of September as participants in a training and experience exchange programme hosted by the Romanian Border Police and the Integrated System for Observation, Surveillance and Control of the Traffic at the Black Sea (SCOMAR).

On 17 and 18 September, the Georgian officers attended the Inspectorate General of the Border Police presentation workshops in Bucharest. On 19-20 September, they travelled to Constanța to attend workshops where the specific procedures of the Romanian Coast Guard were presented. Also, they participated in hands-on demonstrations of sea search, rescue and boarding operations. The practical demonstrations were carried out on the “Ștefan cel Mare” surveillance ship of the Inspectorate General of the Border Police.

The training programme is implemented with support from RoAid, as official development assistance (ODA), and is aimed at improving the performance of the specialised agencies of Georgia in the surveillance of maritime borders. The project is circumscribed to the sustainable development goal of ensuring peace, justice and efficient operation of certain institutions in developing countries.

Georgia’s location in the region and its geographic traits create a unique variety of border management perspectives and challenges. Georgia has a strategic role in ensuring security and peace in the Black Sea basin, more so in the context where it is considered a future strategic and trustworthy partner of NATO. In this regard, the Government of Georgia has identified improving the operational efficiency of border management agencies as one of its policy priorities.

In October of this year, RoAid, in partnership with the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police (IGPR), will implement a training programme for law enforcement officers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Cuba, as part of Romania’s international development cooperation policy.

The Implementation Agreement for the Project “Regional training for fighting cross-border and cyber-crime” was signed today, the 3rd of September 2018, at the head office of the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police, in Bucharest, by Cătălin Harnagea, RoAid Director, and General Police Commissioner Ioan Buda – Head of the Romanian Police. The Project aims to contribute to improving the training of 30 cyber-crime law enforcement officers from CARICOM States and Cuba. The Project includes an electronic ATM crime prevention and fighting training programme for CARICOM Member States and Cuba.

The training sessions will be delivered in October of this year, at the Anti-drug Centre (REDTRAC) in Jamaica.

The Project is financed by the Government of Romania and implemented by RoAid together with the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police, national partner in the Project. IGPR will provide the technical expertise required for achieving the expected outcomes and objectives.

Also, the training organisation part of the Project is supported by the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica.

Through a grant of 150,000 euros, The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency -SIDA supports the project implemented by the RoAid Agency in the Republic of Moldova aimed to establish the Single Emergency Service 112. 

The financing agreement between SIDA and RoAid, signed in May this year, provides funds for activities and measures that are extremely important for the implementation and efficient functioning of the 112 Service in the Republic of Moldova, such as professional training of personnel (operators, technical and administrative staff) and a public information campaign on abusive, false or non-urgent calls.

The training courses are provided by experts from the Romanian Telecommunications Service (STS).  

The 112 service in the Republic of Moldova aims to ensure the retrieval, processing and transmission of data associated with emergency calls to specialised emergency services, in order to ensure an increased level of safety and protection of people and efficient use of modern electronic communications infrastructure. 

RoAid supports the initiatives of transfer of Romanian
expertise at international level.

On 5 July, within the framework of the project “Support
for the institutional development of the Electoral Management Authority in the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”, a training course was held by Ms. Ingrid
Bicu, from the Permanent electoral authority In Romania, for the Independent
Election Commission in Amman, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The trainingims to contribute to the
operationalization of the Jordanian Research and Training institute in the
Electoral field.

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