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Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on June 4, 2018 at 10:15 AM

The National Election Commission (NEC) of The Kingdom of Cambodia has released a Code of Conduct for Press in the perspective of the 29 July 2018 elections that received world-wide acclaim for protecting freedom of the press, promoting responsible and accurate reporting and supporting the free and correct information for the people of Cambodia.


This is a perfect example of balancing the rights to information and free reporting on elections in the era of fake news and is even more impressive as the country has experienced a series of scandals regarding fake news promoters in the Kingdom like PHNOM PENH POST and CAMBODIA DAILY, newspapers that where at the center of a host of controversy creating fake news and excelling in manipulation and propaganda of the lowest rank.

Despite this unfortunately episodes the Government of Cambodia has decided to weight in and respect the rights of press and uphold the rights of information in the perspective of expected July 2018 national elections.


The NEC press release said the Code of Conduct for Media contains requirements and prohibitions they must conform to.

The requirements are as follows:

• Journalist associations, journalist institutions or independent journalists who wish to cover news on the electoral process can apply for registration directly at the NEC. Alternatively, they may download the registration form from NEC’s website.


As of May 23, the NEC has issued press passes to 284 journalists from 35 media organisations – including 51 foreign journalists from 15 media outlets – to cover the elections.

• For national journalists, the registration deadline is 10 days prior to election day, while for international journalists the registration deadline is 5:30pm three days before election day.


More information about upcoming election process in Cambodia can be accessed here:





• National and international journalists who wish to take pictures in voter registration stations and polling and ballot counting stations should notify the chief of the Voters Registration Task Force in advance.

The media is prohibited from the following activities:

• Broadcasting news that leads to confusion and loss of confidence in the election.

• Broadcasting news based on rumour or lack of evidence.

• Using provocative language that may cause disorder or violence.

• Publishing news that affects national security and political and social stability.

• Expressing personal opinions or prejudice in reported events.

• Interfering or disrupting voter registration, polling and ballot-counting processes.

• Conducting interviews at voter registration stations, polling stations and ballot-counting stations.


The new NEC regulations based on truth, ethic preservation and correct information management are perfectly balanced and destined to protect voters rights to privacy and information and to foster a responsible communication and reporting. making Cambodia`s one of the top countries in respecting press freedom and responsible journalism.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on June 2, 2018 at 2:50 PM

General elections are due to be held in Cambodia on Sunday, 29 July 2018 to elect members of the sixth National Assembly.

On May 29, the National Election Committee (NEC) has listed the sequences for all 20 political parties for the ballot paper to vote on the upcoming 6th National Assembly Election on 29 July 2018.


Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday released the code of conduct for national and international observers in the forthcoming national election.

“The code of conduct of electoral observers aims to set out important measures for non-governmental organizations, associations, and electoral observers to fulfill their duties in a neutral and impartial position,” according to a NEC’s statement.


The statement said electoral observations should be conducted with integrity and transparency, and electoral observers should perform their tasks without any interference.

It said the observers should not interfere in internal affairs of Cambodia, and should not talk with voter registration applicants or voters in term of supporting or opposing any political party or candidate.

Also, the observers should not conduct any survey for any political party or candidate, and should not provide a written statement or interview to media in the form of supporting any political party or candidate.

The code of conduct also banned observers from disturbing the process of voter registration, voting and ballot counting.

Under the Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly, the violator will be fined between 2,500 U.S. dollars and 5,000 U.S. dollars by the NEC, the statement said.

According to the statement, after the election process is completed, the electoral observers should submit a written report on their observation and conclusion on election process to the NEC.

The Southeast Asian nation is scheduled to hold a national election for the 125-seat parliament on July 29, 2018 and some 8.3 million Cambodians are eligible to cast their ballots.

The NEC had officially recognized 20 out of the 20 political parties that registered to contest in the election, according to another NEC statement.

Among the recognized political parties are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the royalist Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and the Grassroots Democracy Party.

The three-week electoral campaign will start from July 7 to 27.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on the authorities to freely allow political party leaders to meet their activists or supporters at different places across the kingdom.

“It will not be a free contest if we prevent the leaders of political parties from visiting various places to meet their members or supporters,” the prime minister said during a groundbreaking ceremony for a road construction in Kampong Chhnang province.

According to international observers, Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Academician Hun Sen is tipped to win the elections by a huge margins driven forward in the electoral preferences by the country steady economic growth, strong democracy and peoples centered policies implemented by the Academician Hun Sen during his tenure as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom.


Peoples are crediting him for the country’s hard-earned peace and development.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on May 15, 2018 at 4:40 AM

President of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea held an official meeting with Prime Minister of Djibouti Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed at the Prime Minister Office in Djibouti City.


The delegates headed by President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea met Prime Minister of Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and his government.


The dialogue between the two leaders was concentrated on the achievements that succeeded in placing of Djibouti as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and ways to foster the image of the country, to promote cultural and economic exchanges and to boost the institutional cooperation between Djibouti and global tourism and cultural institutions.


During the discussions President Dr. Anton Caragea tabled the agreements established during his visit such as: the support for candidature of H.E. President Ismail Omar Guelleh as GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SDG`s, the parliamentary cooperation for sustainable development goals, tourism and cultural cooperation framework established with the Ministries of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Concluding the meeting and in carrying out the president Ismail Omar Guelleh instructions, H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti had officially conferred upon President Dr. Anton Caragea the NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE on the highest rank.



The recognition comes in fulfillment of lifetime achievements of President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in developing an XXI century diplomacy, in promoting democracy and freedom and in the defense of peace on global arena has stated Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed Prime Minister of Djibouti.


The decoration ceremony has taken place in the presence of the governor of Djibouti, members of parliament and presidency and was live broadcasted.

The high level dialogue was attended by the Minister of Culture, Moumin Hassan Barreh, the Minister Delegate for Trade and Tourism, Hassan Houmed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdillahi Waïs, the Chief of Cabinet of the Presidency, Mohamed Abdoulkader Ibrahim, the Director General of the National Tourist Office, Osman Abdi Mohamed, and high level delegates of the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on April 26, 2018 at 3:50 AM

On the occasion of the official visit to the Republic of Djibouti, President Dr. Anton Caragea was received by Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti.


A dialogue of friendship and cooperation between H.E. President of Djibouti-Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh and H.E. President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh express his gratitude on behalf of people and Government of Djibouti for the official visit of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in the country of the Horn of Africa and for the entire support offered to the state of Djibouti in the areas of asserting the country influence in the fields of diplomacy, culture and tourism.

On his turn Professor Dr. Anton Caragea graciously expressed his gratitude and that of his delegation for the exceptional and warm welcoming ceremony and for the perfect played by Djibouti as the host of African Culture and Tourism Week.



H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti had officially bestowed upon President Dr. Anton Caragea the NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE on the highest rank.



Djibouti is rapidly evolving from a center of great business a central place in international trade and a crucial supplier of security for African continent into an area of culture, traditions and natural riches to be exploited for the development of tourism, remarked President Dr. Anton Caragea.

Concluding the meeting with H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh President of the Republic of Djibouti, according to the president instructions H.E. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti had officially bestowed upon President Dr. Anton Caragea the NATIONAL ORDER OF 27 JUNE on the highest rank.

This decoration comes in recognition a lifetime achievements of President professor Dr. Anton Caragea in developing an XXI century diplomacy, in promoting democracy and freedom and in the defense of peace on global arena has stated Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed Prime Minister of Djibouti.

The decoration ceremony has taken place in the presence of the members of government of Djibouti, members of parliament and presidency and was live broadcasted.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on April 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM

President Dr. Anton Caragea will open, together with President Ismail Omar Guelleh, the celebrations for Africa Week of Culture and Tourism to be held in Djibouti from 16 to 22 April 2018.

Djibouti is now a member of World Capitals of Culture and Tourism select list.

Djibouti was selected as the first African city to be inscribed on the world list of Capitals of Culture and Tourism in recognition of the city rich past, booming traditions and remarkable tourism development.

The country encompasses ten world heritage sites on tentative list ranging from natural treasures and natural protected areas such as: Lake Assal and Lake Abbe, National Park Foret du day to the tumulus of Awellos, cave paintings of Abourma. 


President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea welcomed to Ethiopia by Ethiopian H.E. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. 

The capital city: Djibouti is home to a treasure trove of architectural marvels from the historical Haji Hamoudi Mosque, European Quarter (Malik Square) and African Quarter, Djibouti Cathedral and Ethiopian Church Saint Gabriel of the Sun and the cultural blending space of Les Caisses etc.

Our participation in Djibouti, World Capital of Culture and Tourism activities is part of our long-standing commitment to the development of Africa, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President.


President of Zimbabwe H.E. Robert G. Mugabe welcomes President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in Zimbabwe`s capital Harare.

We have supported development and cultural programs in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe and we are proudly adding now Djibouti to our list of valuable partners in the region and the support and enlighten policies of Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti are a guarantee for a long-term cooperation concluded President Dr. Anton Caragea.

H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti is a world recognized leader appreciated for his ambitious development model enacted in Djibouti.

The delegation headed by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will have extensive dialogues with H.E. Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Prime Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssef, Minister of Foreign Affairs and a special meeting with H.E. Academician Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of Djibouti and will benefit from a cultural and orientation program in the country.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on April 4, 2018 at 2:55 AM

DOMENIILE PANCIU are succeeding a new European level performance as they obtained the GOLD MEDAL for their famous sparkling wine Muscat Ottonel Panciu Riserva 2017 in the contest of Berliner Wein Trophy 2018.



The Berlin-based competition can be best evaluated by a few key figures like: 6700 wines under jury evaluation, 198 experts garnered as jurors for the contest, 35 committees dedicated to the evaluations and a few gold medalists among whom DOMENIILE PANCIU from Vrancea Tifesti had taken center stage.



DOMENIILE PANCIU achieved the apex of international recognition and succeeded in placing under limelight once more the value of the Vrancea terroir that is producing sparkling wines on equal footing with famous Champagnes sparkling wines or Italian ones.

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We must remember that: the DOMENIILE PANCIU under the brand name of CASA PANCIU was selected as Europe`s representation and diplomatic wine in 2014 and in 2017 on the EUROPE DAY ceremony the Vin d’honneur was once again provided by the DOMENIILE PANCIU selected wine.

In Romania, in three out of six years, DOMENIILE PANCIU were selected to uphold Romanian wine industry prowess and to keep the banner of the Romanian sparkling and still wines being awarded the DIPLOMATIC WINE designation in 2014, 2016 and again in 2017.


To this long list of achievements we must add the DECANTER bronze for the DOMENIILE PANCIU BRUT sparkling wine in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and in 2015 the Muscat Ottonel sweet wine has received a Special Mention for a perfect aroma and balanced taste winning the appraisals of world`s top wine tasters, as the organizers of DECANTER competition are affirming.



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Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on February 26, 2018 at 4:15 AM

Diplomatic community has hailed the selection of a new diplomatic partner for Romania as a new step towards recognizing and upholding the inventivity and creativity of Romanian entrepreneurial elite.



GENTLEMEN`S CORNER is the most recently selected new diplomatic partner in bolstering Romania`s image across the world.

The title of OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC PARTNER of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation comes to salute the exertions of GENTLEMEN`S CORNER and his founding father Mr. Sorin Preda to educate the Romanian consumer, to offer high-quality products and in the same time incorporating the brimming creativity of Romanian fashion creators.

The DIPLOMATIC PARTNER designation is the highest honor to be bestowed upon Romanian entrepreneurs and creators in order to signify their condition as true ambassadors in the world for Romanian industry.

The official ceremony has taken place on February 21, 2018, and gathers in a festive moment: representatives of Senate and Chamber of Deputies, Romanian Government united in the recognition of a modern phenomenon: the Romanian fashion designers taken the world by storm.




DIPLOMATIC PARTNERS CEREMONY (left to right): Mr. Sorin Preda-GENTLEMEN`S CORNER creator, Mr. Marius Budai Chairman Economic Committee Romanian Parliament, H.E. President of Romania (1996-2000) Dr. Emil Constantinescu, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President.

The latest in this string of successes are the designer creations of GENTLEMEN`S CORNER, creations that top the fashion industry claiming the coveted 2017 INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD.

This is the moment for Romania to embrace his values, stated IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

In France the designer of perfume creators are recognized as members of Legion of Honor or in Great Britain they will be knights of the realm as it is in them that we salute the desire for a better future, to overcome our own limits and the best of what a nation has to offer.


In Romania we have carved out this diplomatic partnership status in order to better showcase the richness of our country and our values, values build around these personalities as they are ambassadors of fashion, creators of national pride and plus value stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Romanian president (1996-2000) professor Emil Constantinescu underlined the fact that the reasons for his decision as a president to reinstate this diplomatic awards was the need to pinpoint the elites and the positive models for society to follow.

A society that turns a blind eye to his values, that does not pay them the necessary respect is a lost society.

The only way to confront today’s crises of values and identity is to clearly mark down true values such: GENTLEMEN`S CORNER and the new Romania`s fashion ambassador: Mr. Sorin Preda.


At the same time London and Bucharest where celebrating fashion creators: a sign of normality and values blending.

In the left corner H.M. Queen Elizabeth II bestow British Designers Awards and (right) Professor Dr. Anton Caragea IRICE President and Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996–2000) bestow diplomatic partners title for fashion creators.

Queen Elizabeth II has at the same time with our ceremony decorated the British fashion creators, and we here today we are decorating the foremost fashion creator of our country: Mr. Sorin Preda.

It is an example that our country is strongly enshrined in the great modern currents and in London or Bucharest we recognize the same values.

The Chairman of Economic Committee of Romanian Parliament Mr. Budai Marius underlined that The Parliament is honored to salute in GENTLEMEN`S CORNER the new country diplomatic partner that will help build a healthy image of Romania and our economy cannot develop without the creativity and success model offered by Mr. Sorin Preda, a model of success on a European scale.

Vice-President Catalin Nechifor has marked the Romanian Parliament appreciation for diplomatic corps presence in significant numbers on the venues of NEW DIPLOMATIC PARTNER: GENTLEMEN`S CORNER.

GENTLEMEN`S CORNER is etching better than any the Romanian values, the Romanian normality and the stellar integration of our country on the world top echelons by fashion and inventivity.

The ceremony was TV broadcasted and among others took the floor ambassadors of the Republic of Armenia (H.E. Sergey Minasyan) , Republic of Belarus (H.E. Andrei M. Grienkevich), Republic of Cuba (H.E. Roberto Cesar Hamilton), People`s Democratic Republic of Korea (H.E. Ri Pyong Du), Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (H.E. Victor R. Carazo), Palestine representative and other diplomats.

The ceremony has concluded with a tasting of Romanian natural products and a line of canapes and the guests took their time to admire the new fashion creations signed by Mr. Sorin Preda and GENTLEMEN`S CORNER team.


Ambassador of Republic of Cuba (H.E. Roberto Cesar Hamilton)



Ambassador of Republic of Armenia (H.E. Sergey Minasyan)



Ambassador of Republic of Belarus (H.E. Andrei M. Grienkevich)



Ambassador of People`s Democratic Republic of Korea (H.E. Ri Pyong Du-photo center)


H.E. Professor Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania (1996-2000) in a friendly shake hand with the Ambassador of Venezuela H.E. Victor R. Carazo under the watchful eye of IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Press Dossier for DIPLOMATIC PARTNERSHIP CEREMONY can be accessed here:





Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on December 27, 2017 at 6:20 AM

2018 will be a year dedicated to the celebration of the christian heritage of the Romanian people and will also mark the latinity, continuity and the two millennia of Christian life on Dobrogea (Dobruja) by placing at the fore of national and international attention the sacred heritage of Holy Martyrs Epictetus and Astion, has decided the academic council of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania (IRICE).


Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion are proof even today, two millenniums after their sacrifice on the long-term presence of Christian faith on the lands of Dobrogea and are a birth certificate of Romanian Christianity and an irrefutable evidence of the exceptional duration of Christianity on our lands.


They are also a perfect example of sacrifice and life offered in the service of Our Savior Jesus Christ, has highlighted their significance Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – IRICE President.

We are marking this year 100 years since the unification of Romania (1918  ) and we must also mark down for posterity our creative potential and not overlook that we are the beneficiaries of two millennia of Christian legacy and over 2.100 years of statehood, this are fundamental dates of the historical evolution of Romanian people.


Murighiol Cathedral dedicated to Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion.


In this perspective, the Saints Martyrs Epictetus and Astion role is a fundamental one as we are speaking of the oldest historically proven martyrs of the Church on the territory of Romania, they are not only teaching us on the uninterrupted continuity of civilization on the banks of Danube, but also are offering us a lesson on the love for Christ of our people, even more resounding as we are having here saints registered in the Catholic and Orthodox pantheon so truly universal saints testifying for the Holy Church in his wholeness, saints that are making Romania proud of his legacy, concluded the historical presentation of the moment Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The Halmyris-Murighiol fortification today. A central point of the map of cultural and historical treasures of Dobrogea (Dobruja).

The focal point of the celebrations for 2018 THE YEAR OF SAINTS MARTYRS EPICTETUS AND ASTION will take place on July 8, 2018 on Murighiol (former roman city of Halmyris) in the cathedral of Saints Epictetus and Astion with a special mass taking place in the honor of the holy martyrs of Christian faith and of Romanian dedication: saints EPICTETUS and ASTION.

The excavated ruins of the Roman Cathedral built on VIII century on the spot where Saints Epictetus and Astion suffered martyrdom for their faith in Jesus Christ in 290 after Chr.



It is the celebration of the oldest holy martyrs known as the territory of Dobrogea, Epictetus and Astion, the Orthodox Church commemorates on 8 July. Description of life and their passion was kept in the Acts of the Martyrs with large details.

They are known as saints Halmyris, the ancient Christian city located on the banks of the Danube that was called in ancient times “Almyra”. They suffered a martyr’s death during fierce persecution against the Christian church triggered by Emperor Diocletian (244-311) on 8 July 290. Surely they are the martyrs old Dobrogea certified undoubtedly springs hagyographic.


Life and their passion have given in the Acts of the Martyrs, but unfortunately, their holy martyr act we were kept only in a later century copy. XV, located in the Church of the Saviour in Utrecht and was published in 1615 by Jesuit scholar Herbert Rosweyde († 1629).

In 1921, Benedictine Dom Germain Morin discovered in remembrance of martyrology Ieronimian St. Epictetus and Astion on May 23 in “The S.S. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monachu martyribus Almiridensibus in Scythia “, confirming the veracity of statements he Acta Sanctorum, edited by N. Rosweyde, mentioned above.


Acta Sanctorum took passages from a study of its impact on the two saints and martyrs renowned researcher and historian Netzhammer Raymund (1862-1945), Catholic archbishop arrived in Bucharest and left posterity work Epiktet und Astion, diokletianische Martyrer I Danaudelta, Zug. 1937.



Saints Epictetus and Astion from Halmyris

Saint Epictetus, priest, and Saint Astion, (improperly said) monk, originals from Asia Minor, were martyrs for Christ in the 3rd century in Scytia Minor (the today Romanian region Dobruja-Dobrogea, situated between Danube and the Black Sea).

They were originally from Little Asia.

Information about their lives is known only from a copy of a 15th century manuscript kept in the archive of the Savior Church in Utrecht, published in 1615 by the Jesuit monk Herbert Rosweyde, the initiator of the hagiographic collections Acta Sanctorum, under the title “SS. Epicteto presbytero et Astion monacho, martirybus Almiridiensibus in Scythia “.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on December 19, 2017 at 5:15 PM

2017 has marked a new height in the relations between Romania and Kingdom of Cambodia in the fields of cultural, development and tourism cooperation with the climax being the visit of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation Presidential delegation (IRICE) in Cambodia between 1 to 11 December 2017.


Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea congratulates the author of Cambodia`s economic miracle: H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN.


The visit of the presidential delegation headed by IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has come in recognition of the incredible strides obtained by Cambodia in the field of tourism in 2016 and 2017 as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.


The Kingdom of Cambodia has become the leading country in tourism development with more than 1,6 million tourists growth in only a year from 3,5 million tourists in 2015 to over 5 million tourists in 2016.


With a 40% year to year increase in incoming number of tourists Cambodia leads in world tourism development.

Phnom Penh hosted the President Anton Caragea delegates and was crowned as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

The visit of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation was also in recognition of Phnom Penh as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM and in recognition of Prime Minister of Cambodia, Academician HUN SEN as the GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.



The visit included a rich and diversified cultural program calculated to present to IRICE delegates the heritage, cultural and historical treasures of the Kingdom.


The high-level delegation toured the coastal region of Cambodia including the province of Kampong Som, Sihanoukville and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sonleom.

Sihanoukville: the world`s most cleanest beaches!

The Cambodian Riviera is an incredible destination uniting history with splendid beaches with lush forest and balmy climate all year round creating an attraction pole for tourists appreciated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea IRICE President.


The Cambodian coast line: the new address of paradise!

The Presidential delegation headed to the north to the culturally rich and historical charged space of Siem Reap and Preah Vihear.

Visits to the incredible pyramid temples of Koh Ker, witnessing King Jayavarman IV incredible prowess and unstinted desire to build one of the world miracles in the jungles of Cambodia was an emotional experience.


Koh Ker as a 7th world wonder !

Koh Ker is a 7thworld wonder, a place of absolute awe and incredible spiritual dimension, a magnet for tourists worldwide.


The visit encompass a stopover at the Preah Vihear, the greatest temple of Indochina, an architectural wonder and restored to the Kingdom of Cambodia after a long and complicated judicial battle in the court of Hague who decided unequivocally that the Kingdom of Cambodia is the owner of this sacred jewel in terms of international law, treaties, history and legacy.

Preah Vihear: the larges and most impressive temple of Indochina.

Preah Vihear is the living testament of the Khmer people ingenuity, determination and love for beauty and glory appreciated President Dr. Anton Caragea.


Other visits had taken place at Beng Melea temple and a special visit on Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia and a boat trip on one of the world largest freshwater lakes and the breadbasket of Cambodia.


Delegates toured the lake and the water-based villages and have a layover at Kampong Pluk Community and Prek Toal community-based tourism.

Tonle Sap the inner sea of Cambodia!

Tourism has become a part and parcel of the livelihood of these regions and a breadwinner for families, registered IRICE delegate Mr. Mihai Prundianu.


I encourage world tourist to come to Cambodia, to visit rural and distant communities, to buy artisanal products and to support community-based tourism as a way to foster a better life and also to enjoy a positive experience and a traditional way of life.

The center of the visit was the incredible discovery of the touristic and cultural riches of Kompong Thom province culminated with a tour to the Sambor Prei Kuk Temples registered as UNESCO heritage sites in 2017.


Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla.

Sambor Prai Kuk is the mythical capital of the fabulous Kingdom of Chenla (Zenla in Chinese chronicles) and is completely in tune with the ancient descriptions as the most beautiful city in the world. A host of incredible rich decorated temples, magnificent towers of worship and powerful gods spring out of the jungle in a dance of stone and brick that is not only a precursor to the marvels of Angkor but a marvel in his one right.


No man cannot say is cultured and visited the world if it not has stopped at Sambor Prei Kuk, this is where the world architecture and the greatest dreams of Angkor where first-born, the temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are the testaments of a rich and powerful civilization that united Gods and people for the first time in Indochina history, stated the significance of the monuments Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Sambor Prei Kuk-UNESCO Heritage Status from 2017 (the third in Cambodia after Angkor Temples and Preah Vihear Temples).

The delegates toured Phnom Penh and have a chance to discuss future investment projects in the capital with the Governor of Phnom Penh Mr. Khoung Sreng.


H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – IRICE President receives the silver platter of Phnom Penh from H.E. Minister of Tourism Dr. Thong Khon.

IRICE delegates held meeting with Ministers of Land Management and Development, Environment and have a long exchange of views with the Minister of tourism H.E. Thong Khon in a friendly and amicable atmosphere discussing new cooperation projects.


On December 9, 2017, on the scene of 2017 WORLD TOURISM AWARDS, H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.


H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea hailed Cambodia example as a beacon in a world in need of a model and appointed H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN as the world`s GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS.


Academician Mircea Constantinescu had also made public the inscription of Phnom Penh, Cambodia`s capital as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, the world most prestigious designation for cities and regions of world significance and value.

The visit of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation representatives offered a new global standing for Cambodia on world stage and marked an ever developing bilateral relation that is rapidly transforming into a model for the region.



Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on December 2, 2017 at 8:40 AM

A high-level delegation headed by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President will pay a ten day`s official visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The high-level visit comes in the context of an ever-expanding and consolidating bilateral relations and brings with it a new dimension of friendship between Romania and Cambodia.

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea declaration to the Parliament of The Kingdom of Cambodia.

After last year (2016) visit the bilateral relation has intensified with the opening of a cultural center in the Pitesti county, the inauguration of a bilateral chamber of commerce and in the follow-up on the agreements established last year the Khmer New Year was celebrated as a first in Bucharest and the Kingdom of Cambodia was awarded the honor of hosting WORLD TOURISM DAY for 2017 and 2018.


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Dialogue of friendship and solidarity: H.E. President Dr. Anton Caragea and H.E. Prime Minister Academician HUN SEN of Cambodia.

For the official visit of the IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, to take place between December 1st and December 11, 201,7 an all-encompassing program was carved comprising meetings with Cambodian Parliament President, Ministers of Tourism, Agriculture, Development and Environment with the highlights of the visit being the meetings with H.E. Prime Minister of Cambodia Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo HUN SEN and H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni.

Last year, in a consequence of the bilateral meeting, H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni asked H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea to accept the honorable task of representing Khmer culture and image in the world as the Kingdom Global Ambassador, a task joyfully and proudly accepted by H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in July 2016

A special and complex cultural program was created for the high-level delegation led by IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and includes stop-overs at the main cultural and UNESCO heritage zones of the Kingdom like: Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, Thailand Bay and the mysterious and celebrated Koh Ker.

2016: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea allocution to the Royal Government of Cambodia.

On December 9, 2017, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea will have the honor of opening with a special allocution the celebrations dedicated to PHNOM PENH-WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

The inscription of Kingdom of Cambodia capital as one of the cultural and archeological landmarks of humanity it a central moment for the country stature as a world-class cultural hub in the region.

Before starting his official journey IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea stated that his delegation attending this special moment in the life of the Kingdom is a solid proof of a consolidated friendship.

This is a perfect moment to celebrate the achievements of Cambodia and to mark the inscribing of the capital city of Cambodia on the world`s list of cities leading humanity into a development and using culture and tourism as fundamentals for a better life for us all in a magister example, has underlined the significance of the moment in a brief statement H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on November 13, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Romanian products are in a brisk rise on European and international markets, the most recent example in this direction being the European Council on Tourism and Trade decision to award the INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD for Gentlemen`s Corner, the no.1 creator of fashion and elegance in Romania.

GENTLEMEN`S CORNER Team led by Mr. Sorin Preda is attending a photo opportunity with INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD proudly presenting it for media as a clear proof a successful enterprise.

The Council decision to entrust the 2017 INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD for GENTLEMEN`S CORNER outlines that their fashion creations are succeeding blending, in a perfect manner, the best European textiles and fabrics.

These are coming from household names like: Vitale Barberis Canonico and Lanificio Cerruti for suits, Cotonificio Albini Italy and Tessitura Monti Italy for shirts, Como silk for ties and Toscana leather for leather products all coupled with famous vicuna wool from Peru and doubled by the craftsmanship of GENTLEMEN`S CORNER fashion creators.

Following this international recognition GENTLEMEN`S CORNER establishes himself as the only Romanian company added to a selective list of luxury products representative for European quality and tradition encompassing the most cherished perfumes created by Salvador Dali – DALI HAUTE PARFUMERIE, French champagne or famous Armagnac and from today the elegant and trendy fashion carved by GENTLEMEN`S CORNER creators.

From the start Mr. Sorin Preda, GENTLEMEN`S CORNER manager envisioned as his primary target: to recreate the unique charm of the classic fashion on the Romanian market and to provoke with new and daring collections and to build a team of elegance and fashion advisers in order to imbue the Romanian fashion with the tendencies in men`s fashion while keeping to the letter the tailoring golden rules.

Venezuela`s Ambassador H.E. Victor R. Carazo, D.R. of Congo Information Minister, Mr. Sorin Preda- GENTLEMEN`S CORNER Director, European Council on Tourism and Trade President, European Council on Tourism and Trade Director Mr. Pavel Avramoiu and Mr. Mihai Prundianu- President of Romania-Japonia Business Council and Romania-Laos Business Council (from left to right).

Recently GENTLEMEN`S CORNER has taken the limelight with the presentation on Romanian market of the stain resistant shirts, tailored from a special treated cotton, respecting all the European norms and in the meantime a special cotton, extra fine that is allowing the body to breath and enjoying in the same time special characteristics like remarkable stain and perspiration resistance.

With the recognition brought by THE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY AWARD FOR FASHION, the tailors of elegance and charm from GENTLEMEN`S CORNER had proven that Romanian can rub shoulders with the most sought-after products from Europe and they can start in full confidence the journey towards global recognition of a Romanian style brand on the front of European fashion industry.

For supplementary details, orders or an appointment with experts and tailors from GENTLEMEN`S CORNER, it is all just a click away:



Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on November 9, 2017 at 6:35 AM

In the opening ceremonies for the 2017 World Tourism Day Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has made the long-awaited announcement: The Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme will continue in the next year and had expressed his support for the decision taken by THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG) to continue upholding the efforts of promoting SDG as tools for international peace, development and inclusive and socially balanced growth.

On October 4, 2017 the official ceremonies for WORLD TOURISM DAY have taken place at Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation in the presence of President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and having in observance members of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, European Council on Tourism (ECTT) and Trade, European Tourism Academy and members of PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDG).

In the opening ceremonies for the World Tourism Day, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has made the long-awaited announcement: The Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme will continue in the next year.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea signs the decree to continue to the Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme onto the next period.

As a result of the demands coming from leaders, statesman`s and peerless world personalities involved in the carving of new development strategies and in implementing United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda we have taken the decision to further implement the program and to entrust the European Council on Tourism and Trade and PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY FOR UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDG to continue the implementation of the program in the years to come.

The new logo of a Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals.

On the same occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea announced the good news that: the international Campaign for the implementation of 2030 Agenda of United Nations, known worldwide as SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA, in the work of parliaments across the world has reached a first milestone, only after a year of existence, with the support of 262 parliamentarians from 22 national parliaments.

The role of Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s is “to ensure international cooperation, secure the acceptance and to enhance the legitimacy of the United Nations SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA and strengthen the elected representatives ( parliamentarians) capacity to act and to be more effectively and directly included into the activities of implementing and financing the programs related to SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AGENDA.”

“If it comes to offer governance to Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals programme and to insure global cooperation, than the Parliamentary Assembly for SDG`s is the venue for a technical and democratic debate, said Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

More information’s about the Parliamentarian Assembly for Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals can be read out on UN-SDG site here:

Supplementary information regarding the World Lectures on SDG can be obtained from official website

H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2015 with H.E. Prime Minister Academician Hailemariam Desalegn and the Government of F.D.R. Ethiopia

H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2014 with H.E. President of Zimbabwe Cdre Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the Government of Zimbabwe

H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2013 with H.E. President of Laos PDR

H.E.Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA at World Tourism Day 2012 with H.E. Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago-Mrs. Kamla Prashad Bishesar-President of the Commonwealth for 2012.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea during 2016 WORLD TOURISM DAY


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on November 9, 2017 at 6:00 AM

Celebrated worldwide since 1980, World Tourism Day is commemorated usually at the end of September each year and hosted in the capital of the country crowned as WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE YEAR.

This year, the Official Celebrations are held in Phnom Penh , the capital city of Kingdom of Cambodia, winner of World Best Tourism Destination designation and in Bucharest on October 4, 2017 with the support of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania.

The main role of the World Tourism Day is to highlight the global significance of tourism as a tool for global development and cultural enlightenment.

Tourism is the greatest educator in the world, stated on the topic the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation President Dr. Anton Caragea.

This is one of the goals of the World Tourism Day celebrations that are being conducted throughout the world.


President of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea signs the WORLD TOURISM DAY 2018 logo and document: TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION!

The Official Celebrations taking place in Bucharest are garnering world tourism leaders, industry entrepreneurs and researchers, Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals among other key actors in the sector.

The event was opened by the President of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation, H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, who emphasized the cultural and heritage booster and promoter role of Tourism and the links of the sector with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as the carry torch role of the Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals in the global economic diversification and socially oriented growth.

On this occasion H.E. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea – IRICE President announced that: Global Ambassadors for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals project will continue unabated until 2030, the year marked by United Nations for the completion of the 17 Goals at world level.

On this occasion was announced that 2018 World Tourism Day theme will be: TOURISM AS A CULTURAL PROTECTOR, emphasizing tourism role in promoting awareness for cultural and heritage patrimony , in boosting the resources allocated for their maintenance and preservation and in educating future generations on their role as guardian`s and custodians of these world treasures.


On the fore of WORLD TOURISM DAY Academician Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia-Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo and President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

Next year date for WORLD TOURISM DAY celebration was decided to be September 27 2018 and the official theme will be TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION!


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on September 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM

President Nicolas Maduro has just return to Caracas after a tour of Kazakhstan, Algeria, Middle East ( having meetings with leaders of Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan,Russia and Algeria) and from 16 to 17 September 2017 will host the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY.

Venezuelan capital-Caracas will host the leaders interested in world democratic dialogue and values in a two days long global dialogue.

In less than a week the Bolivarian revolution leader has succeeded in linking Venezuela with the main petrol exporting countries, managed to create a bridge of friendship between Latin America and Central Asia and will play host to world leaders and democratic movement heads garnering not only to express support for Venezuela but also to enact the Bolivarian diplomacy, the concept carved out and placed at the fore by the Venezuelan president.

The call to the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY! is the most complete and exhaustive description of the main aims of Bolivarian diplomacy and must be regarded as a crux in the development of a multipolar world, a world of democracy and peace.

In order to better understand this call for global peace, launched with the help and supervision of President Nicolas Maduro we are presenting in full the text of the message to the peoples of the world:

Under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has become one of the leaders of the democratic world.



We, citizens of the world, workers, members of social movements, civil rights organizations and political parties, academics, intellectuals and creators, denounce before humanity the international conspiracy led by the Government of Donald Trump against the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its Government and its legitimate authorities.

Under a speech of racial supremacy, intolerance and warmongering, which remind us of the darkest times of fascism, the Government of Donald Trump wages a political, diplomatic, economic and media aggression, including the military option, to undermine Venezuelan democracy, to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro and to establish a government that serves the interests of Washington.

The neocolonial restoration process in Venezuela seeks to deprive the Venezuelan people from its sovereignty and return to the global powers control over the immense riches and resources of the country.

This conspiracy against a sovereign country, which openly violates international law, makes progress thanks to the full support of the great media transnational companies, and the shameful support of neoliberal and antigrassroots governments.

Last April, a US financed political violence campaign began – through the Venezuelan opposition – and was presented to the world as civil and pacific protests. In addition to this propaganda, a smear campaign was also launched against the Venezuelan democracy before the world public opinion, by projecting Venezuela’s government as a dictatorship that violates human rights and drives the country into an alleged deep humanitarian crisis.

Truth is that the only purpose of this campaign is to overthrow the legitimate Government of Venezuela by spreading death, chaos and violence, following the style of the “Color Revolutions”. Since then, more than a hundred people have died and more than two thousand people have been wounded.

The political violence promoted by Washington has caused significant material damage and suffering to the Venezuelan people.

The latest manifestation of this plot is the discredit of the elections held on July 30th, in which eight millions of Venezuelans elected a National Constituent Assembly.

Thanks to the National Constituent Assembly election, the Venezuelan people defeated violence in the streets and restored peace. From July 30th, a process of stabilization of civil and political life has begun through the participation of all the political parties in the next regional elections for governors to be held in October.

Due to the latest threat of military force by Donald Trump and the financial blockade imposed on Venezuela, the supremacist government of Washington has intensified the conflict, and has publicly expressed its intention to “choke” the Venezuelan economy.

We reject the escalating aggressions against Venezuela by the US administration.

Venezuela is a nation that has been building people’s democracy in a peaceful manner for 18 years now.

The Bolivarian democracy has returned the control of natural resources to the country, has redistributed wealth in favor of the working class and the humble sectors of society, and has guaranteed the social rights of all its population.

President Nicolas Maduro is welcomed around the world as a messenger of peace, democracy and dialogue.

Venezuela social achievements in the field of education, health care, social protection, social security universalization and indigenous communities’ rights have proven that it is possible to make democracy more democratic.

Its ecosocialist approach challenges those who impose the plundering of common goods of humanity by transnational elites.

Venezuela does not represent a threat to any country in the world. Since its independence, more than 200 years ago, it has never engaged in a military conflict, nor has it ever participated in wars or aggressions against other nations.

For the peace-loving people and the peoples of the world, Venezuela is a beacon of hope. This hope is threatened today by the supremacist ideology of Washington. The US ruling elite has decided to block political dialog in Venezuela and bring this country into a fratricidal conflict in order to justify this elite’s intervention plan.

We alert the world to the serious threat to world peace created by the warmongering obsession of Donald Trump. A military aggression against Venezuela or the overthrow of the Bolivarian Revolution will cause in the hemisphere a crisis of historic proportions in all orders, and will break integrationist efforts, taking away the purposes of all the nations of our region that have declared Latin America and the Caribbean a zone of peace.

The world must stop Washington madness. In the name of humanity, we demand that Donald Trump withdraw the threat of military aggression and repeal the economic sanctions and financial blockade against the Venezuelan people.

For all the above reasons, we call on all respectable men and women, from all places, ideologies and beliefs, on those who dream of a world of justice and equality, to join the WORLD CONFERENCE: WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA. DIALOG FOR PEACE, SOVEREIGNTY AND BOLIVARIAN DEMOCRACY, to be held in Caracas, Venezuela, on September 16th and 17th, and from that date on, in various parts of the world.

This day of global mobilization will bring together the solidarity of the peoples with the homeland of Simon Bolivar.

Venezuela is not alone. Today, we honor the brave Venezuelan people in their struggle for peace and dialog and in their defense of national dignity and sovereignty.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “There is no way to peace, peace is the only way.”

And Che Guevara, with his example of humanity, affirmed: “Solidarity is the tenderness of the peoples”.

In view of the imperial threat and warmongering, let us say today in the words of the great poet Pablo Neruda, our flag and our victory will be peace.

“Peace for the twilights to come.. peace for the city in the morning when bread

wakes up…”

Peace so that Venezuela continues to illuminate the future.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on August 21, 2017 at 7:25 AM

For his role in promoting Danube Delta as a center for relaxation and discovery for the entire Dobrogea region, Mr. Mihai Puflene and PUFLENE RESORT where named OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC PARTNERS of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation (IRICE).

Danube Delta has succeeded in 2017 to draw a record visitors number, the highest since revolution.


The campaign 2017 THE YEAR TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA has managed to attract on Danube Delta a record of 120.000 visitors compared to 71.000 last year.

PUFLENE RESORT and Mihai Puflene are being honored with the prestigious title of DIPLOMATIC PARTNERS.

At the heart of this sensibilization campaign aimed at informing Romanian public with regards to the extraordinary tourism potential of the Danube Delta was Mr. Mihai Puflene de General Director of PUFLENE RESORT and an avid and ardent promoter of the Danube beauties and potential, bent of sharing them with the world.

For his role in promoting Danube Delta as a center for relaxation and discovery for the entire Dobrogea region, Mr. Mihai Puflene and PUFLENE RESORT where named OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC PARTNERS of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation (IRICE).

In the framework of a simple yet charged with significance ceremony, IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea highlighted the instrumental role of PUFENE RESORT in carving tourism development in Delta region.

PUFLENE RESORT: the creation of the Danube Delta connoisseur Mr. Mihai Puflene has become the center of Danube Delta discoveries journeys.

If we have succeeded in transforming 2017 in the year of discovery for Danube Delta and we could elicit Romanian tourists in uncovering this treasure it is all due to Mr. Mihai Puflene and his efforts that attracted tourists and development in the area.

PUFLENE RESORT has also succeeded in setting a new standard for hospitality and elegance in the region and of public diplomacy, we must also be grateful to PUFLENE RESORT for the support offered in bringing diplomats in Danube Delta in discovery trips in 2016 and 2017.


We have to give thanks to PUFLENE RESORT dedicated staff for an outstanding hospitality that we recommend to all those who want to discover Delta and to Mr. Mihai Puflene, the lover and connoisseur of Danube Delta, the man that aims to bring all Romanians to know and share the beauties of Danube we can only wish him Good look and we are continuously by your side, concluded Professor Dr.Anton Caragea, IRICE President.

More about PUFLENE RESORT and the main attractions to be discovered in Danube Delta can be uncovered here:


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on August 20, 2017 at 3:10 PM

The Annual Summer Trip for Diplomats, a yearly event for the diplomats that remarked themselves for promoting the bilateral cooperation in the framework of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania activities has taken place between 15 to 18 August 2017, in the lines of DISCOVER ROMANIA diplomatic program.

The main axis of the discovery trip was provided by the PUFLENE RESORT, the most celebrated, acclaimed and elegant hotel in the area of Dobrogea and Danube delta.

The cruise has started in the Islamic center of Dobrogea, the city of Babadag and his famous landmark the SAR SALTUK BABA mosque and cultural complex.

This year diplomatic discovery trip was centered on cultural and historical legacy to be found in the magic land of Dobrogea.

The route of discovery has led the participants along a history charged path from Babadag, a center of Islamic learning in the XIII to XVIII centuries, to Halmyris citadel, a Greek-Roman fortification towards the Enisala fortress, a medieval art monument and center of trade and Italian architecture and Argumum a celtic and greek citadel that towered of the Black Sea region for centuries.

Christianity most revered burial sites in this part of the world: the basilica of saints Epictet and Astion was also included on the list.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President at the helm of the cruise ship that lead diplomats and their families in the uncharted waters of Danube Delta.



PUFLENE RESORT Complex was the generous host of 2017 Summer Diplomatic Trip.

The Danube Delta cruise was carved to unveil the secret trails of the old river, the starting point was at Murighiol port-Saint George channel – Uzlina Lake and Channel - Isac Lake – Letea submerged forest and return via Uzlina and Sulina waterways.

The DISCOVER ROMANIA program is aimed at giving an opportunity for diplomats posted in Romania to get acquainted with new areas of our country, to familiarize themselves with the rich customs and traditions of diverse regions of Romania and to also enjoy themselves in a few days of active relaxation.

Diplomats and their families on board of Puflene cruise ship.

Accordingly to the strict rules of the program, the invitation is a very sought after and distributed with parsimony , being invited only does diplomats who remark themselves during the year by cooperating closely with The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.

This year our main destination and that of the ambassadors and their families, invited for the cruise, was Danube Delta, tell us Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, the President Director General of The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and we have many reasons for our decision to select Danube Delta as our destination.

The magic of Danube Delta and PUFLENE RESORT.

We have previously organized a similar discovery trip during 2011 and more recently in 2016 and I was remembering, with pleasure, the enthusiasm that ambassadors put in the discovery of the area and we want also to place in our program new and new destinations of Danube Delta.

To add to this arguments was the recent July 2017 economic promotion tour of Dobrogea that our institution had organized and was crowned with an impressive success and echo in the economic environment and we wanted to build on this success and complete the image of Dobrogea not only as a center of economic activity but also as an instrumental part of cultural and historical legacy of today`s Romania announced IRICE President Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


Murighiol Cathedral dedicated to Saints and Martyrs: Epictet and Astion.

Another argument weight in was the opening of an extraordinary resort and hospitality complex in the area: PUFLENE RESORT.

This resort was to become the gravity center of our activities, to discover Danube Delta, and also our night base for a wonderful meal and recuperation after travel.


Argamum citadel: the main center of trade and culture in the Black Sea region until V century AC.

The diplomats program was coined, with the help of PUFENE RESORT Director, Mr Mihai Puflene, a man in loved with the Danube and passionate about Danube Delta.

A special guide for Danube Delta at the diplomats disposal.

The program encompassed, during day time, regular trips, that allowed diplomats to discover magnificent areas like: Murighiol Danube front, the lake Uzlina, the largest lake and a perfect fish reserve, the boats rolled also to the Lake Isac and Lake Isac 2, natural reserve of mangrove and typical vegetation, Litcov Channel and famous Crisan village, bedecked with traditional houses painted in blue and home to Russian minority in the Danube Delta.

Diplomats also enjoyed the trips to Sulina arm of Danube and finally, to the Letea Forest, UNESCO natural preserve, unique in the world.


The centers of culture and history of Argamum and Halmyris (Murighiol) had proven the continuity and the resilience of Romanian`s in this region and elicited surprise to the diplomats which learned about Dobrogea history in the late antiquity.

The religious centers dedicated to Islamic scholars in Babadag and the world-famous basilica of Murighiol dedicated to the first martyrs of christian faith moved the diplomats and charged them with spirituality.


Enisala fortress (general view) controlled in the medieval times the trade along Black Sea region and the Genovese sailors used it as a center of commerce and discovery (XII century).


Halmyris -Murighiol: a Greek and Roman citadel and fortification and the heart of Early Latin Christianity.


The four days journey of discovery and travel where crowned also by relaxation time.

Ambassadors took full advantage of this time enjoying the PUFLENE RESORT many facilities like gym, wading pool and massage therapy and most of all, indulge in the culinary creation of the master chef of the complex.


The imperial recipes of old day`s are alive and well under the care of PUFLENE RESORT famous chefs.

For diplomats the stuffed pike was recreated.

Mr. Mihai Puflene carved out a culinary discovery menu, including the fish broth, carp brine and the incredible stuffed pike.

Mr. Mihai Puflene the Manager of PUFLENE RESORT complex receives the OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC PARTNER OF IRICE status from Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, IRICE President, in recognition of the perfect care and professionalism in managing diplomat`s trips.


The diplomatic trip to Danube Delta was a new success of the DISCOVERY ROMANIA program, started in 2008 by The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation and will be followed this autumn by a discovery trip to Bucovina (December 2017), stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The full photo journal of the 2017 Summer Diplomatic Trip can be observed here: IRICE PRESIDENT OFFICE

The full photo journal of the 2016 Summer Diplomatic Trip can be observed here: PRESIDENT OFFICE

The Journal of 2011 Ambassadors Visit to DANUBE DELTA is available here:

The Journals of previous visits to Moldavia can be observed here: Iasi and Bucovina

More about PUFLENE RESORT can be read out here:


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on July 16, 2017 at 7:00 AM

The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation (IRICE) hosted the presentation and public signature of the United Nations Open Letter to Academic Institutions: Educate Future Managers and Leaders on Business and Human Rights.

The ceremony has taken place on July 14, 2017 and the letter was publicly signed by The IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


This letter was drafted jointly by the UN Global Compact Office and the Secretariat of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and was addressed for public endorsement by world leaders.

We must underline that Romania by the relentless efforts of Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has become an educational leader at world level by placing at the fore an educational system directed towards the full implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations letter calls on educational system to be built around three major pillars:

1) understand the relevance of international human rights standards for business;

2) are familiar with the Principles of the UN Global Compact and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as detailed in the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework for Business and Human Rights (2008 and elaborated in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights(2011); and

3) have been exposed to best practices for managing the human rights impacts of business.


The full text of UN Letter to Academic Institutions Educate Future Managers and Leaders on Business and Human Rights can be accessed here:


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on April 1, 2017 at 5:35 PM

2017 is the year to promote Danube Delta: this was the main theme of the Exhibition-Conference: TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! a public information event hosted in Bucharest by the Geological Museum.


2017 is THE TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! proclaimed Professor Dr. Anton Carageaa announcing the partnership with PUFLENE RESORT-the Danube Delta perfect host.

Danube Delta has to be in the center of sustainable tourism development and more specially must be at the heart of every Romanian.

Unfortunately, until now only 25% of Romanian population had visited Danube Delta and only 10 to 12% had made long time vacations in areas like Murighiol and Sulina, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

We proclaim 2017 as the year when WE HAVE TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

The center of Danube Delta discovery campaign must be TULCEA/MURIGHIOL area, a special point with easy access to Danube Delta and an area that had witnessed a tremendous development in the last span of time with the extraordinary PUFLENE RESORT opening as a center for the discovery activities for Danube Delta, stated Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.


Representatives of central administration (ministries and government agencies) , travel agencies, journalists and Danube Delta lovers attended the TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! public information event.



Professor Anton Caragea announced the conclusion of a partnership with PUFLENE RESORT who will make available special rates for rooms in order to encourage visitors to Danube Delta and will also stage a chain of events to promote attention toward Danube Delta.

PUFLENE RESORT the address of perfect leisure and pleasure in DANUBE DELTA!


PUFLENE RESORT will host in 2017 a new edition of DIPLOMATIC TRIP, program carved out as a discover Romania trip for foreign diplomats by the Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.


In the framework of cooperation agreement PUFLENE RESORT will also host in May 2017 a special conference to locally launch the TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! program and will carve discovery routes around the complex, to bring visitors to Halmyris castle and to other touristic and cultural scenic beauties of Danube Delta.

The Conference TIME TO DISCOVER DANUBE DELTA! aas held under the High Patronage of Natural Protected Areas Goodwill Ambassador: Professor Dr. Anton Caragea and was officially opened in the presence of Romanian parliament members and of diplomatic corps accredited to Romania.


The music of Danube Delta was represented by a special Lipoveni (Russian Danube Delta minority) community singer.



The conference had also benefited by the presence of an exhibition areas that garnered for public pleasure and information 36 canvas paintings and images from Danube Delta, a powerful testimony of natural potential and the unique beauty of Danube Delta-unique ecosystem in Europe.


The music was the best medium to highlight the beauties of Danube Delta during the exhibition opening.



The guests savored a specific fish meal and regional amuse bouche and enjoyed a concert of traditional music from Russian community of the areas and of fishermen collectivities of deltaic region.


By the conference end all the brochures and leaflets promoting Danube Delta beauties where exhausted, a clear symbol of the interest aroused by the photo exhibition and the joy and expectation to discover the luxurious PUFLENE RESORT-the perfect Danube Delta host.




Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on March 12, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Friday, 10 March 2017, The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation hosted a debate on the dire situation of the Romanian economy as revealed in the latest United Nations Expert Philip Alston report.

Romanian authorities are in denial over the poverty and crisis in the country-Philip Alston.

The regular economic study conference has united economical experts from Romania, European Parliament, managers and personalities of political, economical and academic life of Romania.


The most important topic was highlighting the negative effects of publicising doctored reports about Romanian economic development, reports that are having no bases in real economy and are reminiscent of the communist like distortions of economic figures.


Romanian economy is in deep crisis and poverty, and no amount of lies and propaganda can change this fact, and the latest popular revolt of January 2017 was triggered by these politic of economic lies, was the conclusion of the debate.


2009- 2016 –the world crisis and the long-lasting impact on Romanian economy.




Three hundred economists, bankers and economic journalists attended the economic conference.


The conference started with an evaluation of the first wave of impact of economic crisis in the recent period: 2009-2016.


Between 2009-2016 the economic crisis has affected the vital areas of economic life: the collapse has started with construction industry and construction material factories and collapse continued with huge levels of unemployment ad poverty.


Others affected sectors where: insurance, banking and stock exchange and in all the financial sector was also strongly shaken.

In total the economic output of Romanian economy has gone down by 35%, unemployment around 40% of the working force and forced below poverty line over 65% of country population.




Romania: the most poverty striken country in Europe.

No economic growth, no jobs, no hope!

The consumer confidence has fallen sharply and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has being reduced with 10% in 2010 and 8% in 2011 to decrease further with margins between 2-3% in 2013 to 2016.

The decrease in Romanian economy has being so devastating, today we are below the 1996 level-the record law of Romanian economy.

Unfortunately, the economic collapse of 2012-2016 has laid the foundation for a crisis without equivalent in Romanian history that will affect the country in 2017.

2012-2016: The period of economic disaggregation of Romanian economy.

2012 and 2016 period will be remembered as the worst time of recent economic turmoil in Romania, was the conclusion voiced by all the experts at the gathering.


In 2015 and 2016 the Romanian economy had started to show signs of deep financial crisis.

The banking and insurance system has being especially hard hit and this had made the fragile Romanian economy to reach the breaking point.

The inflation had resurfaced from January 2017 and the experts appreciate that a 20% percent yearly inflation is unavoidable.

The resurgence of inflation had put a dramatic pressure on population economy and had made any recovery unthinkable for the next 4-8 years.

The collapse in economic system, the fact that internal and external investments had being reduced to minimum, the credit on internal market has being practically suspended, and this year the GDP will shrink by 3 to 6%.

A factor not to be neglected in amplification of the crisis is the governmental incompetence that by increasing the taxes, legislative chaos and a deliberate politics of destroying the middle class investors in the favor of big companies succeeded only to aggravate the economic crisis.

Vox populi 2017: Hunger and poverty had engulfed Romania.

2017 – Maximum point of Romanian economic crisis.

The most worrisome factor in January 2017 is the information that: almost 700.000 Romanians are in financial bankruptcy according to National Bank estimate.


The 2017 will be a decisive year when Romanian society with almost 60% of population living below poverty line will be confronted by the ripple effects of European meltdown and world stagnant economy.

Until now the Romanian economy was hit hard by his own faults like: reduced productivity and competitiveness, chaos in the governmental policy, crippling inflation etc.


In 2017 Romania will be affected by inflation rise, economic gaping deficit and in practice an economic shut down.

In January 2017 the number of economic actors and private factories registration has gone down by a whopping 33,94% announced National Council of Small and Middle Enterprises.


Practically we are speaking about economic shut down and devastating economic crisis that will see probably 1 to 2 million Romanians leaving the country in the next two years.


The spiraling down of economy will be affected by the decay in European economic activity, effects of anti-Russian sanction and the redraw of investors from the Eastern Europe markets in the aftermath of Greece and Hungary crisis.

Crisis hit Spain, Greece, and Ireland and slowing down economy of Germany, France and Great Britain exit, will impact negative on Romanian chances to get access to European funds and foreign investments.

The negative impact of European Union financial and confidence crisis will account for a 3-6% percent reduction in Romanian GDP this year.

2017 will be without a doubt a period of a new catastrophic decline.

It must be very clear, all economic experts underlined, that the present economic decline will last for at least a decade at European level.

Any statements about a Romanian economic growth are unsubstantiated or bluntly laying.

On European level the forecasts are speaking about the lost decade of Europe between 2010 and 2020 , term referring to the blocking of economic development at continental level and the frozen of present situation for a decade.

Those that are declaring that Romania will surpass the period of recovering of France or Great Britain economy , are telling stories that are unbelievable , closed the argument the chief economist Mihail Raceanu.

It will be a miracle if we have in 2017 a decrease in real economy of less than 10% and in the interval between 2017 and 2022 to stop the decline and in 2025 to start the recovery.

2017 budget-A budget that will trigger a deeper economic crisis.

In 2017 the Romanian economy is coming to the fore not only with the negatives trends of the last years and a crippling luck of funding and investment but also with a budget of incredible largesse that will direct Romania to plunge into a new economic meltdown.

The 2017 budget is impacting Romanian economic stability and is giving a sign of chaos in the government economic policy.

The 2017 budget expected huge deficit is not offering any chance for a real economic recovery, inflation will destroy the country financial reserves and the individual savings as well and the decline in the economy is estimated by independent economists around 3-6% percent of the GDP by the year’s end.


Reduced foreign investment and dramatically shrinking internal private investment means that Romania will have now more that 2 billion euro (in an optimistic assessment) for direct economic investment programs.

The country needs at least 20 billion per year to modernize the economy and to have a decent growth rate of 1-2% percent per year.


The present day budget of 2017 is not only of severe economic chaos, but of severe contraction, stated the economists present at the meeting.

Romanian economic recovery: postponed to 2050.

This assessment was a strong one, keeping in mind that the pre-crisis governmental statistic declared that in 2025 Romania will succeed in recuperating the gap and reach the level of industrial activity prior to 1989 Revolution.

This perspective is no longer feasible, a new perspective is appearing after the crisis and after the lost decade and a cumulative GDP decrease of more than 60% from 2007 economy level.

The economic recession will make it hard for Romanian economy to recuperate the last loses in the context of negative governmental involvement, high inflation, drastic increase in country debt, the general economic climate of recession and finally the worst factor of all: the burden of external debt.

The collapse in economic system, the internal and external investments will be reduced to minimum, the credit on internal market will be suspended and all this will provoke this year an economic decrease of more than 5% of GDP or even 8% of GDP after others opinions.


External debt risk can plunge Romania into financial meltdown.

The fear factor that will suffocate Romanian economy in the next period will be, after 2017, the foreign debt crisis.

The government has careless accepted more than 36 billion dollars credit and in total: the private and state debt of Romania is reaching the unbelievable sum of 105 billion dollars, this only if the government will no longer accept new loans.

Despite the writing on the wall, in all of cases like: Greece, Spain and Ireland, Romania is accepting new loans from private banks, loans that will not be invested in developing and modernizing the economy but in salaries and pensions.

This consumer invested loans at extortionate interest rates, will suffocate completely an ailing and failed economy as Romanian economy is.

Another gloomy factor is the unemployment: with a rate of registered unemployment of more than 15% of the active population and with another 35% percent of the population already left out of the governmental unemployment aid, Romania tops many EU member countries with a real unemployment figure of more than 50% of the population.

This figure must be put in perspective with more than 60% of the population below the poverty line and the full picture of the economic meltdown and social tragedy could be analyzed.

Romania economy is in crisis and no plans for a future development had being adopted.

2017: The financial and banking crisis.


The conclusion of the most important economic experts in Romania was clear: the crisis is not over by far, but has entered in a more difficult phase that will affect financial and banking system and economic fundament`s.

The economic crisis will continue until 2020 at the earliest and a coming back cycle that will last until 2025.

This decade will be, without a doubt, the lost decade of Romania, but if the necessary measures are not rapidly taken to re-establish control on economic decline than we risk that Romania economy will not come back not even in 2025.


The situation is made even worst by the fact that: Romanian leaders are in denial in regard to the social and economic crisis of the country as UN rapporteur Philip Alston stated.


Posted by Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation on December 12, 2016 at 7:00 AM

On 8 December 2016, in the General Headquarter from the Mountain-“El Cuartel”, Venezuelans marked the four-year anniversary of former president Hugo Chavez’s last speech, with current head of state President Nicolas Maduro calling for national unity.

“We must keep alive the flame of our comandante Hugo Chavez,” Maduro told supporters of Bolivarian revolution gathered in large numbers in Caracas.


The president said the last four years have been difficult for Venezuela, but argued the country’s socialist revolution has survived despite an “economic war” being waged by his political opponents and international oligarchy.


“We can say that in four years we have been loyal to comandante Chavez,” President Maduro said.

Elsewhere in Caracas, light shows displayed images of Chavez on buildings and a special service with cabinet ministers, social movement leaders and international guests such as the former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was held in the “El Cuartel” Mountain Barracks where President Chávez was laid to rest.

Thursday marked four years since Chavez gave his last speech, before heading to Cuba to undertake a final round of cancer treatment in December 2012. During the now iconic speech, Chavez expressed hope he would return to Venezuela to resume his position as president but also taken provisions to the contrary.



“I have complete faith that with God’s help we will emerge victorious. We have always lived from one miracle to another,” he said at the time.

He also urged his supporters to back Nicolas Maduro in the case of his own death as the only leader who can direct toward victory his Bolivarian Revolution.


The last speech of President Hugo Chavez is largely credited to being a chartered road toward progress and development for Venezuela and is cherished by Venezuelans and international leaders as the quintessence of Bolivarian way of building a powerful democracy and a progressive country.


“If something were to happen that would make it impossible for me to be president, Nicolas Maduro should assume power for the short time left in this term. But also, it is my firm opinion, my complete and irrevocable opinion, that under this scenario, you should all vote for Nicolas,” he said.


The ceremonies were attended by progressive thinkers, journalists, members of trade unions, diplomats and political leaders from across Asia, America and Africa among them being noted the former President of Honduras and present President of Popular Resistance Movement, Manuel Zelaya, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Pierrot Delienne, Chilean senator Alejandro Navarro, minister of culture of Cuba, Abel Prieto, Dominican Republic Minister of Industry and Commerce, Temistocles Montas and Argentinian singer and composer Pedro Aznar and Chinese painter Jun Chengsong who presented a special portrait made to honor Chavez legacy.