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The U.S. Commercial Service is pleased to announce that, in its continuing support for the Government of Romania, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded two grants to improve the government’s use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to build a stronger economy. The U.S. Commercial Service represented USTDA in Romania, facilitating negotiations with the Romanian Government in developing the scope of work for both projects.

On August 9, 2013, the U.S. Government and the State Secretary Bogdan Tohaneanu of the Ministry of Internal Affairs signed a grant in the amount of $400,600 for a feasibility study to consolidate the Ministry’s data centers into a single modern facility. The proposed data center will have space available for co-location and disaster recovery services. The project will promote more effective delivery of services to Romanian Government entities, businesses and citizens, while simultaneously yielding substantial cost savings.

This project builds upon an earlier U.S. Government-funded grant for $288,000, signed on June 27, to develop modern ICT solutions to streamline legislative processes in Romania.  Working with State Secretary Radu Puchiu of the General Secretariat, the program will determine the feasibility of implementing a modern data management system. By increasing operational efficiency, this project will improve the organization of all documentation and correspondence pertaining to the legislative processes, enhancing information security and data recovery capabilities while also increasing transparency. 

“These projects are priorities for the Government of Romania due to their potential to improve data management and enhance government efficiency,” said USTDA Regional Director Carl B. Kress. “We are pleased to connect the Government of Romania with U.S. private sector expertise in order to develop Romania’s ICT infrastructure.”

For more information, please contact:
Monica Eremia, Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service
Email: monica.eremia@trade.gov