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USTDA Global Programs Manager Lauren Ziegler, Chargé d’Affaires Thompson, Secretary of State of the Chancellery Puchiu and Director of Public Policy and Program of the Coordination Directorate Dragos Negoita at the signing ceremony in Bucharest.
USTDA Global Programs Manager Lauren Ziegler, Chargé d’Affaires Thompson, Secretary of State of the Chancellery Puchiu and Director of Public Policy and Program of the Coordination Directorate Dragos Negoita at the signing ceremony in Bucharest.

USTDA Expands Global Procurement Initiative to Romania

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BUCHAREST, Romania – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Romanian Prime Minister’s Chancellery, adding another country partnership under the Agency’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI).  Under the MOU, USTDA is providing training to over 50 Romanian officials on obtaining best value and incorporating life cycle cost analysis in public procurement processes through a three-day workshop taught by George Washington University Law School’s Government Procurement Law Program.

“As part of the intense collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest that made it possible, this event under the Global Procurement Initiative of USTDA comes at the right moment given the current Romanian efforts in public procurement reform, which entails the redesigning of the legislative and institutional frameworks and elaborating a national strategy in public procurement,” said Secretary of State of the Chancellery, Mr. Radu Puchiu, who signed the MOU along with the Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Mr. Dean Thompson.  “The experience and expertise brought by USTDA and George Washington University are important for improving the skills of Romanian specialists in better implementing the best value approach in public procurement.  We look forward to continuing our joint efforts.”

The signing ceremony was presided over by Romanian Minister of Public Finance Eugen Orlando Teodorovici, whose Ministry supervises the newly created National Authority for Public Procurement.  The GPI workshop will support the Romanian government’s goal of building the capacity of procurement staff and demonstrating positive results in public procurement.  USTDA’s partnership with Romania complements the Agency’s efforts to level the playing field for U.S. companies competing in international tenders.

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