Moldova Prime Minister Vladimir Filat has said he counts on business environment’s participation in increasing the trade volume between Moldova and Israel that already registers a positive growth pace (up 43.3% in 2011). Filat made the statement in a meeting with Stas Misezhnikov – Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair of the Moldo-Israeli Inter-Governmental Commission for Trade and Economic Cooperation – within his visit to Israel.
According to the Government press service, the Premier said the Moldovan Cabinet of Ministers pays much attention to the trade and economic cooperation with Israel, which is proved by the organization of a business forum in Tel Aviv with participation of over 60 Moldovan entrepreneurs.
“Establishing direct ties between business people will allow increasing the potential of those 128 enterprises operating in Moldova with Israeli assets, as well as attracting investment”, the Moldovan official said.
He said he is grateful to Israel for its willingness to implement a trilateral project in Moldova with the participation of Romania to create a laboratory for plant-origin goods control.
Misezhnikov welcomed a progress in Moldo-Israeli relations, saying that Israel is ready to continue supporting Moldova.
Within his visit, Filat met with Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, giving him best regards of Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova.
The Prime Minister said that Moldova deeply honors Orthodoxy, adding that Moldovan believers regularly receive Holy Fire from Jerusalem on Easter during last 10 years.
“I would like that all citizens of Moldova had a possibility to visit holy sites in Jerusalem”, he said, adding that his visit is very important, as far as about 100,000 expatriate Moldovans live in Israel.
Patriarch Theophilos III said that a dialogue between authorities and the Orthodox Church of Moldova based on morals, Christian values and tolerance is important for a better understanding and peace.
Filat also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum and memorial sites, and planted a tree in the Grove of Nations plantation in Jerusalem.