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Moldova interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan

24 August 2016 17:05 (UTC+04:00)
Moldova interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan

By Nigar Abbasova

Moldova is interested in participation of Azerbaijani companies in development of hydrocarbon resources, said Gheorghe Leuca, Ambassador of Moldova to Azerbaijan, while addressing a meeting with Caspian Energy’s delegation lead by President and editor-in-chief of Caspian Energy International Media Group Natalya Aliyeva.

Highlighting the energy sector of Moldova, the ambassador said that the process of development of fields in the country was launched in 1970s and continued in 1984.

“We have only three fields, but the depth of drilling of the majority of wells reached up to 1,000 meters and there were only few with the depth reaching a little over 3,000 meters. Nowadays investments are required to continue drilling and rehabilitating the fields,” he said, mentioning that the government of Moldova has recently announced a tender, and the country is interested in the participation of Azerbaijan, as the country is one of the most experienced developers in this sphere.

Geological exploration works project announced in Moldova is aimed at the implementation of geological exploration works, including prospecting and evaluation of useful mineral resources, detection of hydrocarbon (gas, oil) accumulations in the southern part of the country with their subsequent exploitation.

Commenting on the bilateral relations between the countries, Leuca said that the one of the most important issues at the current stage is to resume the work of the intergovernmental commission for trade-economic cooperation as the latest session of the commission took place in 2012.

He said that the plans of the protocol include not only economic and trade but also other areas of cooperation such as cultural-humanitarian, education, healthcare, social protection of population, as well as Diaspora related issues.

“We expressed readiness to hold the session of the intergovernmental commission till the end of September,” the ambassador said. “First of all, our co-chairman, who is also a Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Oktavian Kalmik and accompanying delegation should arrive. First Vice Premier Yagub Eyyubov is a co-chairman representing the Azerbaijani side,” he said.

Azerbaijan and Moldova are strategic partners. The two countries are cooperating at bilateral and international levels, including cooperation within the EU’s Eastern Partnership, which covers six countries and is aimed at improving relations with the CIS countries as part of the European Neighborhood Policy.

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Nigar Abbasova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @nigyar_abbasova

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