On the sidelines of the Moldovan-American Convention in Chicago, the head of state held a series of meetings. The President met with Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Mike Lawler, with whom she discussed good cooperation and Moldovan-American friendship. The officials also discussed security challenges in the region and how they affect Moldova. They discussed as well how the United States can help our country to cope more easily with current challenges. The President thanked on this occasion for the assistance that the Republic of Moldova received during the 30 years of collaboration to have a stronger democracy.
President Maia Sandu also discussed with Erin McKee, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Europe and Eurasia Office, the assistance USAID has provided over the years, and especially since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Likewise, there was also talk of new funding opportunities to help the government accelerate democratic consolidation and economic growth through infrastructure, transportation, and energy resiliency projects.
The Chisinau leader expressed her gratitude for the support provided by the US government through USAID for the growth of democracy and the economy of the Republic of Moldova. With USAID's support, we have developed key areas of the economy such as information technology and creative industries, the agricultural and wine sectors, the light industry, and the business environment.