Tag Archive : Latin America and the Caribbean

Between 5-11 October, a mixed team RoAid-DSU travelled to Barbados for a mission aimed to evaluate the local capacity of disaster response.

This transfer of expertise is part of the project "Training Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Management", one of RoAid’s flagship projects, implemented in partnership with the Romanian Department for Emergency Situations. Our local partner and beneficiary of the project is the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The RoAid and DSU experts had the opportunity to engage with representatives of CDEMA and with key experts from local institutions, such as the Department of Emergency Management in Barbados, the Regional Security System and the Barbados Fire Academy.

 The mission enabled the RoAid & DSU experts to better understand the existing local capacities in emergency management, as well as CDEMA’s coordinating role at the regional level. Our fruitful discussions laid the groundwork for future technical cooperation between Romania and the Caribbean island states, based on a partnership between RoAid, DSU and CDEMA.

Today, the 8th of May, took place a meeting between the General Director of RoAid, Cătălin Harnagea, and the ambassador of Mexico to Bucharest, His Excellency Jose Guillermo Ordorica Robles, aiming to enhance the cooperation between Romania and Mexico through bilateral development projects.

During the meeting held at RoAid office, the General Director of the Agency presented the status of the transfer of expertise project in the field of combating organised crime. The project is to be implemented this year in partnership with the Romanian General Inspectorate of Police and the Mexican counterparts. Also, the two parties expressed their interest to initiate development projects in infrastructure, environmental protection and energy.

The ambassador of Mexico presented the geopolitical context of his country, created with the election of a new government, which is expected to approve an Integral Development Plan of the country in the next period. The new government is interested in supporting development projects in the southern regions of Mexico, on the border with El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, to improve the socio-economic conditions of the inhabitants of these regions and halt the process of migration. The new government is also interested in attracting investment in technological and tourism projects in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The meeting took place in preparation of a working visit to Mexico between 24 – 28 June,  made by a delegation composed of representatives of RoAid, the General Police Inspectorate (IGPR), the Directorate for Combating Organised Crime and the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). On the occasion of this visit, the Romanian delegation will have meetings with Mexican officials in order to develop projects in the field of law enforcement and the fight against organised crime (drugs, trafficking of human beings and cybercrime).

Today, 11 March 2019, took place a bilateral meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Meleşcanu and the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Irwin LaRocque, at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the meeting, Mr. Teodor Meleşcanu expressed his appreciation for the successful implementation of the first Romanian technical assistance projects for the Caribbean States, with the financial support of the RoAid Agency.

The Romanian Minister referred to the training programme for Caribbean diplomats at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute, the Disaster Risk Reduction Training Programme,  as well as the Training of Caribbean policemen in the field of preventing and combating fraud with electronic payment systems, conducted with the Inspectorate General of the Romanian Police, which took place in Jamaica, at Spanish Town.

At the bilateral meeting, the Director-General of the RoAid Agency, Cătălin Harnagea, specified that the projects for the CARICOM States will continue during this year, extending the coverage and the number of initiatives of Official development assistance.

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The first edition of the RoAid Training Programme on Disaster Risk Reduction and Post-Disaster Reconstruction is taking place this week in Romania. The project is implemented by RoAid in partnership with the Romanian Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).   

10 disaster managers from the Caribbean region were welcomed on Monday by Dr. Raed Arafat, Head of DSU and Secretary of State within the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, with whom they discussed about the Romanian emergency response system, continuity and disaster resilience.

A few opening remarks were also made at the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations București-Ilfov (ISUBIF), where the participants were welcomed by Col. Precup Irinel-Alexandru, First Deputy Inspector Chief and Mr. Cristian Florea, Head of the Operational Centre.

The first 2 days of the training continued with various activities and working visits at the Municipal Integrated Centre for Emergency Situations, the Special Intervention Unit in Ciolpani, the General  Inspectorate of Aviation, and Floreasca Emergency Hospital.

The Caribbean region experiences multiple hazards, which combined with socioeconomic factors, lead to highly vulnerable communities, having few coping capacities in the event of disaster. RoAid aims to support the Caribbean island states in this respect, in order to improve their preparedness and ability to respond to disasters at both national and regional levels.



Colombia, the main regional partner of Romania in Latin America, is the first Latin American country with which the Romanian Agency for International Development Cooperation (RoAid) holds discussions in order to implement development cooperation projects.
Between 3-10 November, a RoAid delegation led by Mr. Cezar Catalin Marin, Deputy-Director General, carried out a working visit to Bogota, Colombia, for meetings with high officials of the new Colombian administration, as well as with UN and EU representatives in this country. The visit received the technical and logistic support of the Romanian Embassy in Colombia through its representatives, Ms. Sena Latif, Chargé d’Affaires, Ms. Alexandra Mihai, Consul, and Ms. Ioana Constantinescu, Home Affairs Attaché.

The working visit agenda included a meeting at the headquarters of the Colombia’s Presidential Cooperation Agency – APC Colombia, with Ms. Angela Ospina of Nicholls, recently appointed director of the institution, who has presented her full readiness to coordinate the RoAid actions in this country. The major action lines recommended by Ms. Angela Ospina of Nicholls to RoAid referred to the development of rural areas, the implementation of the peace agreement and a special focus for the country’s ethnic population, consisting of indigenous people, African descendants and Roma people. Colombia has recently faced a new challenge raised by a wave of migrants from Venezuela, currently estimated to be over one million people, spread across the whole country. In addition to this number are another hundreds of thousands of Colombians resident in Venezuela who have returned in the last two years because of the critical economic situation in the neighboring country.

The issue of migration was the central subject of the meeting between the Police Chief Commissioner Mr. Leonard-Florin Medrega, the general inspector of the General Inspectorate for Immigration (IGI) of the Romanian Ministry of Interior, and Mr. Sebastian Kruger, the general director of the “Migración Colombia” public institution. During the meeting, the two parts discussed the migratory contexts in their countries and ways to share experiences that are taking advantage of the specific expertise of the two countries in the field. The IGI Chief Inspector was also invited by the Colombian authorities to take part, on November 6, to the official ceremony marking the 127th anniversary of the Colombian National Police.

The work visit agenda also included meetings with officials from the National Planning Department (DNP), the Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC), the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Service Department, the Department of Social Prosperity (DPS), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Colombian Institute for Family Welfare, the Presidential Department for Women’s Equality, the Ministry of Housing, the Transparency Secretariat and the Colombian Institute for Agriculture. In all of these, the sectoral areas of collaboration with the Romanian homologous institutions were analyzed, based on the needs identified and the expertise accumulated in the respective areas on both countries.
The working visit took place on a crucial moment for the coming years, shortly after the appointment of the new administration under the leadership of President Ivan Duque. Currently, the new administration is working on the approval of the National Development Plan (NDP) for 2018-2022, whose pillars are legality, entrepreneurship and equity. The objectives of this National Development Plan are to reduce poverty, inequality and to ensure equity in the Colombian society.

Finally, the RoAid delegation met the EU and UN Delegations in Colombia. During the discussion with H.E. Ms. Patricia Llombart, EU Ambassador to Colombia, RoAid confirmed Romania’s support for Colombia’s cooperation relations during the EU presidency, as well as the interest in accessing European cooperation funds for large-scale projects leading to development of priority sectors. Her Excellency recommended that the RoAid delegation also take into account the local specificity in the implementation of the projects and the experience acquired by the main donors in Colombia.

During the meeting at the UN Headquarters in Colombia, on November 6, the challenges that the peace agreement implementation with FARC groups have raised were analyzed, as well as the need to step up initiatives to strengthen democratic institutions, build peace, eradicate trafficking drugs and prevent violence against the civilian population. In this regard, the UN Office in Colombia has assumed the coordinating role of the donor states’ action in Colombia to maximize the positive impact of the projects being carried out.

At the meetings during the RoAid’s working visit to Colombia, the Deputy Director General, Mr. Cezar Catalin Marin, reaffirmed Romania’s political support to the peace process and the willingness of our country to participate in the post-conflict reconstruction in line with the high level dialogue during the UN General Assembly in September, between the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Teodor Melescanu and the Colombian counterpart, Mr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo. The collaboration priorities with Colombia will take into account the guidelines set by the new administration of the President Ivan Duque and will follow the direction and coordination of the Colombia’s Presidential Cooperation Agency (APC) and of the international organizations acting in this country.

Between 3-10 November, a delegation of the Romanian Agency for International Development Cooperation – RoAid, led by Mr. Cezar Cătălin Marin, Deputy-Director General, is visiting Bogota, Colombia, for meetings with high officials of the new administration in order to prospect the possibilities for development cooperation between Romania and Colombia. The chief of the Romanian General Immigration Inspectorate (IGI), Police Chief Commissioner Mr. Leonard-Florin Medrega, also joined the delegation for thematic discussions.
On Monday, 6 November, the RoAid delegation attended a meeting for the coordination and planning of the working agenda at the headquarters of the Romanian Embassy in Colombia, attended by the embassy representatives: Ms Sena Latif, Chargé d’Affaires, Ms. Alexandra Mihai, Consul, and Ms. Ioana Constantinescu, Home Affairs Attaché.
The working visit to Colombia involves meetings in the next days with Colombian authorities in various thematic areas (justice, migration, work, cadaster, trade, family welfare, agriculture, women’s rights) and with UN and EU representatives in Colombia.


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.

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