Washington, DC – The United States and Moldova met on December 6 in Washington, DC, under the auspices of the United States - Moldova Joint Commercial Council (JCC). State Secretary of Economy and Infrastructure of Moldova Vitalie Iurcu and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East L. Daniel Mullaney released the following joint statement after co-hosting the third annual meeting of the JCC:
“The United States - Moldova Joint Commercial Council demonstrates the continued cooperation between the United States and Moldova to increase bilateral trade and grow investment opportunities. This third meeting highlighted Moldova’s economic reform efforts while reaffirming commitments to remove ongoing barriers to trade and investment flows.
“The first half of the meeting focused on steps to facilitate commerce and expand trade. We discussed tariff issues, such as the different tariff rates on tractors. We reviewed the importance of transparent and predictable regulatory practices and committed to the continued recognition of international standards and nondiscriminatory policies. The delegations explored ideas to support Moldova’s agricultural sector and grow its export opportunities. We also reviewed Moldova’s opportunities and obligations under the Generalized System of Preferences.
“In the second part of the meeting, the delegations discussed steps to improve Moldova’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment. The United States welcomed Moldova’s commitment to strengthen the rule of law and combat corruption to encourage investment. We also reviewed the benefits derived from strong protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) regimes to foster innovation and economic growth. Further, we discussed the value of growing Moldova’s digital economy and information technology sector and explored opportunities for growing ties through the developing digital economy, while prioritizing cybersecurity and critical information technology infrastructure. Finally, we discussed steps to build a transparent and reliable public procurement regime.
“As we deepen our partnership, the United States and Moldova look forward to the continuation of the dialogue to enhance bilateral trade and investment opportunities.”