The Romanian government is trying to reduce the workforce crisis in many areas of the economy by importing foreign workers, and is preparing a memorandum with Vietnam in order to receive more Vietnamese workers.
Until the end of this year, the Vietnamese minister of Labour will visit Romania and a memorandum between the two countries is expected to be signed.
Last week, the Romanian minister of the Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan Radu Oprea visited Vietnam and signed two memorandums regarding SMEs and investments.
Romania wants to intensify links with Vietnam in developing expressway infrastructure, research infrastructure and hospitals and aims to increase total trade between the two countries from USD 200 million to USD 500 million.
But Romania is also very interested in attracting Vietnamese workers in order to limit its severe workforce crisis.
“The companies in Romania are interested in bringing Vietnamese workers mainly in areas like construction, tourism or agriculture,” minister Stefan Radu Oprea told Business Review.
“Foreign workers could help in areas where there are no available workers,” he added.
This is part of a larger strategy aiming to support work occupancy in Romania that includes helping local workers to find jobs, and stimulating Romanians working abroad to return home.
But Vietnamese workers are already present in Romania and their number is growing fast.
Last year, the main countries of origin for the foreign employees which obtained employment permits were Vietnam (1,406), Turkey (669) and China (566).
The number of employment permits issued by the General Inspectorate for Immigration surged 70 percent in 2017 against the prior year, to 4,977.
Official data show that the total number of non-EU foreign employees in Romania – permanent and posted workers – was 17,089 in July 2018, an all-time high.
Business Review recently showed that Finacantieri’s Tulcea and Braila are importing workers from Vietnam due to local workforce shortage.
At this moment, around 450 Vietnamese workers are working in Vard Tulcea and 70 in Vard Braila, and another 60 Vietnamese will arrive soon.