08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

 09:00 – 10:00 Opening panel: Challenges, Opportunities and Expectations in today’s disruptive business context

An assessment of the new economic outlook, stressing how recent political changes, social trends and economic developments can impact the activity of investors, from day-to-day activities to their future expansion plans. The panel will reveal the foreign investors’ perspective on opportunities and threats for the Romanian economy.

Events

  • Global outlook – Major political events will take place this year on the international scene. How will this challenging international context influence the local economy?
  • How are Brexit and an ever-more unpredictable US administration affecting Romania’s growth perspectives for the following years?
  • To be or not to be the EU? How does a Multi-speed Europe affect Romania?

Context

  • The main challenges and benefits of doing business in Romania
  • What to expect from Romania’s planned sovereign wealth fund (FSDI)?
  • Will the government’s plans to substantially raise public sector wages put pressure on the private sector to do the same? Would such a move be sustainable? Has Romania evolved past its “low labour cost” status?

Attractiveness:

  • Romania seen through international eyes: Investors’ perspective on the country’s attractiveness in the region given the last couple of years’ performance and the forecast for 2017
  • Romania and its regional peers: How well is Romania fairing compared to other countries in the region when it comes to attracting new investors?
  • Strengths and weaknesses: opportunities to invest on the local market given both the evolution of the local environment as well as regional and global trends
  • Fiscal attractiveness

Conclusions:

  • How can the country take advantage of this competitive edge over its fellow EU members?
  • How will companies adapt their strategies to the new economic and political climate? (Brexit, elections in Germany)
  • Recommendations to local authorities on how to improve the Romanian business environment

 10:00 – 11:30 German & Austrian Forum

The German and Austrian investment communities have had a profound impact on the development of the Romanian economy by creating jobs in high-tech sectors and by making policy recommendations that contribute to the harmonious development of the public and private sectors. Developing smart cities, which include modern infrastructure and new energy generation capacities, is one of the key areas in which German and Austrian expertise could prove to be very useful.

Topics:

  • The current economic context in Austria and Germany: What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2017? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?
  • The outlook of German and Austrian investments in Romania in 2017 and beyond
  • How will the current context affect the main areas of interest for the Austrian and German investors in Romania?
  • Romania seen through lenders’ eyes: current status, main achievements and trends in the local banking system
  • Opportunities to finance local businesses in Romania
  • Smart Cities – how technology helps us to be more efficient
  • The deregulation of gas and electricity markets – the impact for consumers and utilities. The investment outlook in the energy sector
  • The automotive ecosystem in Romania – the role of the car parts maker in the supply chain
  • Will retail sales maintain the strong upward trend from the last year? How will this impact the retailers’ expansion strategies across the country?
  • What are the financing options at hand for investors in Romania? Is state aid a real tool for attracting more business in Romania?

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

 12:00 – 13:30 British Forum

With Brexit negotiations under way, the British officials in Romania have underlined the clear plan of the UK to further strengthen the cooperation with their Romanian counterparts in the economic, political and defense areas.

Logistics, construction, telecom and pharmaceuticals are some of the key sectors to which British companies have brought valuable expertise and helped the business environment move forward. As the UK talks with European leaders about the exit terms, we look to see how this will impact the local operations of companies with British capital in terms of new investments and the creation of jobs.

Topics:

  • The current economical context in UK: What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2017? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?
  • How will the current context affect the main areas of interest for British investors in Romania?
  • Challenges faced by production companies on the local market
  • Recommendations for improving the pharma legislation in Romania
  • Potential of developing as a more significant regional logistics hub
  • How can Romania benefit from the so-called post-Brexit talent exodus?
  • What the new wave of innovation means for the local IT&C sector. From outsourcing to R&D
  • How the overall growth of domestic consumption in Romania influences the beer market

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

 14:30 – 16:00 Dutch Forum

The Netherlands ranks first in the ranking with the biggest investment inflows in Romania, as large companies from around the globe, including American ones, might choose to run their operations from a Dutch hub.

Locally, Dutch companies have built a significant presence in the agricultural sector, but there are also new players coming into the market with innovative tech products and services.

Topics:

  • The current economical context in the Netherlands: What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2017? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?
  • Main industries where Dutch investors are present and their performance in Romania so far
  • EU Funds 2014 – 2020, main areas of financing for companies: farming & production, IT&C, R&D.
  • Innovation in technology – a smart way of living
  • The tech future of finance. How are players managing to implement new technologies
  • Logistics market coping with the gradual development of infrastructure. Industry trends and new growth avenues.
  • Optimizing the distribution and transport operations. How can the right IT solution support growth



08:00 – 09:00 Welcome coffee & Registration

 09:00 – 10:30 American Forum

The strategic partnership between The United States of America and Romania has been very visible in the past few years in the defence industry, but American companies have historically contributed massively to the development of the overall business environment in the country by providing good practice examples that have been implemented across the world.

The American investment community has continued to engage the local authorities and key policymakers throughout the years, in a bid to bring the public sector and private players to the same table in a constructive manner.

Topics:

  • The current economical context in the United States: What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2017? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?
  • Policy recommendations of American investors for improving the business environment in Romania
  • The attractiveness of the Romanian real estate market for larger American players and especially for potential new investors
  • Making Romania attractive for investments in the pharmaceuticals sector (pricing policies, manufacturing facilities)
  • Romania on the cyber defence front – investments in the protection of critical infrastructure
  • Authorities’ planes for supporting foreign investors and domestic entrepreneurs

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break

 11:00 – 12:30 French Forum

Finance, energy and retail have been some of the sectors that have been shaped by strategic French investors in Romania in the past decades. Going forward, French companies remain a strong partner and are focusing on improving the business environment at a more granular level.

Topics:

  • The current economical context in France: What are the main challenges and opportunities expected in 2017? What is the impact on investments in Romania, both in the short and long term?
  • The new industries that are explored by French investors
  • The investment potential in the infrastructure of municipalities
  • The financing climate in Romania – projects that are viable for investments by banks
  • Transport infrastructure in Romania – the benefits for car makers and the creation of new jobs
  • Investment opportunities in Retail
  • The liberalization of gas markets for households and investments in transport infrastructure. How are energy companies upgrading their services for individual and corporate customers in Romania

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch