08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

 09:00 – 10:00 Opening panel

With the centennial marking this year, Romania has the opportunity to start a conversation about its role in the region and its future development strategy as an EU member state. Romania is also scheduled to get the EU Council rotating presidency in the first half of 2019, compelling policymakers to navigate a complex international environment marked by UK’s planned EU departure. Foreign direct investments in Romania have been hovering around EUR 4.5 billion in the past two years and the main investment communities present locally will make recommendations to support Romania’s economic ambitions as it looks to join the Eurozone.
What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2018? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?

 10:00 – 11:30 French Forum

With close to five EUR 5 billion worth of direct investments in Romania, France remains one of the strongest business communities in the local economy. Finance and IT are among the strategic sectors that have continued to register growth of business.

Topics:

  • Emerging industries that are explored by French investors
  • Trends in the consumer loans industry – features of the Romanian market
  • Key legal provisions for French investors starting operations in Romania – the potential of industrial parks
  • Challenges for the French business community in Romania. Areas of improvement and recommendations of investors for securing future growth in the private sector.
  • Ingredients for successful IT operations in Romania

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

 12:00 – 13:30 Belgian Forum

The Belgians are among the top 10 largest foreign investors in Romania, accounting to close to EUR 2 billion in FDIs. Going forward, Belgium is looking to increase its profile as a contributor to Romania’s economic development.

Topics:

  • How can Romania attract more investments from Belgium-based companies
  • Talking logistics: Market demands in Romania and the crucial link to infrastructure development
  • The potential of FinTech to take the financial industry to the next level
  • Plans of Belgian players in Romania: Emerging sectors on the radar of investors
  • The growth potential of the real estate market

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

 14:30 – 16:00 Dutch Forum

Investment originating from the Netherlands accounts roughly for one quarter of Romania’s total stock of foreign direct investments. Dutch companies have expanded across various industries in Romania and have announced future development plans and the creation of new jobs.

Topics:

  • The Dutch perspective on Romania’s business environment: what’s right and what areas could be further improved
  • The investment plans of Dutch players in Romania
  • PPP and Public Procurement – a new approach to increase public investments. How can the Dutch experience help?
  • How the technology is shaping the industries of the future and the new wave of investments
  • The power of infrastructure to shape plans of manufacturers

08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

 09:00 – 10:30 German & Austrian Forum

German and Austrian companies have made investments that have shaped Romania’s economic development in the past decade. The two business communities are among the largest generators of Foreign Direct Investments in Romania and have gained a prominent profile in the economy, across sectors.

Topics:

  • The outlook of German and Austrian investments in Romania in 2018
  • Meeting the financing needs of Romania – interesting sectors for lenders
  • Development models for Romania
  • Gauging the investment sentiment of German and Austrian companies in Romania – factors that influence future growth
  • Trends in the local manufacturing sector – challenges and advantages of doing business in Romania

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

 11:00 – 12:30 American Forum

The strategic partnership between the US and Romania has continued to expand in the economic sphere, as a result of strong political and diplomatic ties. On the back of a complex international backdrop, what are some of the implications for the bilateral relations between the Romanians and the Americans?

Topics:

  • Policy recommendations of American investors for improving the business environment in Romania
  • New growth avenues in the strategic partnership between the US and Romania
  • The potential of Romania to attract new investments in the IT sector

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

 13:30 – 15:00 Greek Forum

As Greece’s economy is gradually returning to growth, the country is looking to boost its commerce relations with Romania. Retail and construction are some of the strategic industries which have attracted Greek capital in the past few years.

Topics:

  • How Greece’s ongoing debt restricting program impacts the private sector and the business relations with Romanian players
  • The industries targeted by Greek capital in Romania and the outlook of investments
  • The outlook for the constructions sector in Romania
  • How the increase in domestic consumption impacts the retail and distribution industries
  • Increasing Romania’s profile as a production center

 

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