Moldova LFP/PFP alumna Veronica Vragaleva hosts US Senator Brubaker as part of her outbound project

August, 19 2013

22-28 July, 2013 LFP/PFP alumna Veronica Vragaleva organized a post program visit to Moldova for her US hosts, Senator Mike Brubaker and his wife Cindy, as part of her outbound project entitled “Legal aspects of the state financial system: Moldovan-American intercultural exchange”. The project aimed to introduce Senator Brubaker to the tax system of the Republic of Moldova and its connection to other financial and non-financial organizations. The project official host organization was The Main State Tax Inspectorate of the Republic of Moldova. The Senator and his wife met various local high level authorities, including the Deputy President of the Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, top management of the hosting organization and the top management of the Ministry of Finance (Deputy Minister of Finance and Head of Taxes and Customs Policy and Legislation General Department), Academy of Sciences and National Institute of Economic Research. Also, they met local authorities in one of Moldovan’s Districts in the North part of the country at Soroca District Tax Office and to the Soroca Territorial House of Social Security. The visit also included meetings with representatives from US Embassy, American Resource Center, American Councils, Access Summer Camp Coordinators, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and American Chamber of Commerce in Moldova. For a better understanding of Moldovans and Moldovan culture, Ms Vragaleva also organized a trip to the North of Moldova, where the Brubakers had the opportunity to visit some of our oldest monuments and monasteries, such as Soroca Fortress, Curchi Monastery Complex and Old Orhei archeological complex. Also, they visited the Moldovan Historical Museum as well as Milestii Mici, the biggest wine cellar in the world according to Guinness Records Book.


To quote Senator Brubaker, “This experience would not be possible without the US State Dept sponsored program and without them selecting young professionals that are ready and willing to grow in their knowledge of America as well as teach Americans about their Home Country. I can not compliment Veronica, and the program coordinators enough. The experience we both shared changed our view of Moldova forever, and for the better.



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