The partnership was launched on April 22, 1999 by the signing of a bilateral memorandum of intent aimed at facilitating cooperation in the economic, cultural, scientific fields, academic exchanges, defense and civil protection, humanitarian coordination efforts of various governmental and non -governmental organizations.
In 2004 it was renewed by signing the Memorandum of principles and procedures between the Republic of Moldova and the State of North Carolina (USA) concerning their desire to strengthen their good relations, based on which a bilateral cooperation committee was established, co-chaired by a deputy minister of foreign affairs from the Moldovan side and NC Secretary of State from the U.S. side.
During the Prime Minister`s Vladimir Filat visit to the State of North Carolina, on January 20, 2010 an updated Memorandum of cooperation has been signed.
In December 2011, by a decree of the Acting President of the Republic of Moldova, Marian Lupu, Mrs. Elaine Marshall was awarded the Order of Honor of the Republic of Moldova, which she received on December 23, 2011 in a solemn atmosphere at the Moldovan Embassy in the U.S..
On May 3, 2013 the Moldovan National Army and the North Carolina National Guard signed in Chișinău a Memorandum of Understanding to establish unit partnerships, which provides further cooperation on security and defense, with a focus on strengthening interpersonal relationships and promoting close ties among soldiers of similar units from both military structures. Cooperation between NCNG and the National Army of Moldova started in 1996.
In October 2015, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall undertook another visit to Chișinău. On this occasion, a joint meeting of the Bilateral Cooperation Committee was held in the Moldovan capital (October 8th) and a revised and updated version of the Memorandum of Principles and Procedures concerning the desire to strengthen the good relations between the two states was signed, which offers the necessary legal framework for consolidation of the privileged relations of cooperation between the Republic of Moldova and the state of North Carolina in various fields of mutual interest.
The last visit of Secretary of State Elaine Marshall to Chișinău took place in the timeframe between may 14 and 18, 2019, on the occasion of the anniversary joint meeting (20 years since the establishment of the MD-NC State Partnership Program) of the Bilateral Cooperation Committee. During this meeting, the Head of the MFAEI of Moldova has underlined, that in order to improve the bilateral partnership, along the decision to sign the extended and revised version of the Memorandum on Principles and Procedures between the two sides, the Moldovan authorities have proposed increasing the representation of the Moldovan side in the joint bilateral Comission. Thus, the Co-Presidency from the Moldovan side would be held by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and based on the proposals by various institutions, as well as American partners, it was decided to launch the Advisory Committee of the Partnership, under the Executive Committee.
An interesting evolution of the bilateral partnership was the visit to North Carolina, in August 2019, for the first time in the history of the bilateral Moldova-American partnership, of Dereck J. Hogan, Ambassador of the USA to the Republic of Moldova.
It is also to mention, that the leader of the NC National Guard, Major General Marvin Todd Hunt, had his first visit to Moldova in the timeframe between January 29th - February 1st, 2020.
The MD-NC Partnership allowed for the creation of durable relations in the areas of defense, civil defense, academic mobility, education, professional exchanges, humanitarian projects and medical assistance. Simultaneously, new opportunities to extend areas of cooperation are being outlined, in areas such as agriculture and food industry, economic and investment cooperation, energy efficiency, telecommunications and tourism, regional development, justice, internal affairs, environmental protection etc.
This exemplary cooperation is moreover strengthened by the SisterCities International platform, as there are currently two cooperation agreements between the Buiucani sector of the Moldovan capital Chișinău and Greensboro (September 26th, 2000), as well as between the Moldovan city of Ungheni and Winston-Salem (June 21st, 2000).
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