As of last year Poland became a full member of the group of the most developed nations in the world, thus creating a path for Romania to join this elite group before long. Recent economic, political and social developments in our country, steady economic growth, a highly regarded Presidency of the Council of the European Union, reinforcement of the state policies through elections, have altogether created an ideal context for a new brighter perspective on the future.
• Is there a real evolution in Romania’s development and how we are to benefit from the new global positioning of our country?
• Is a spike in FDI rate to be expected after two years of stagnation?
• Have the local markets reached maturity, especially those with a traditional appeal to foreign investors: energy, IT, real-estate, services, banking and agriculture?
Answers to these important questions and many more will be debated during a comprehensive analysis of the market and of the foreign investors’ perception of Romania in the years to come.
Business Review proudly presents the 6th edition of the Foreign Investors Summit, the most awaited event that brings together foreign business communities, state authorities and diplomats. Join us, professionals across the main industries, an exceptional line-up of speakers and representatives of major FDIs in our country, for a discussion on leadership and ways to build a brighter and more sustainable future for Romania.
Poland recently attained the developed economy status, thus creating a precedent for other Eastern European peers to follow. When should we expect Romania to go from an emerging to a developed market and what should be done for that purpose?
•2019 has been a record-breaking year for M&A on the Romanian real-estate market, with multiple transactions above EUR 100 million. Does this mean that we can talk about a mature market, at least in the office sector?
•What are the main factors that could push up the current slightly lower yields and thus attract new investors?
• Bucharest, with its above EU average net income per capita and high concentration of businesses and institutions, is far from being a saturated market for foreign investments. Foreign investors have generally focused on the office sector, leaving most residential development to local players. Can we expect a change?
• When will underdevelopment cease to be an investment opportunity?
• Will the hotel market in Romania attract further investments?
• Innovation should be the key word for Romania’s IT & technology sector
• Moving from an outsourcing country to an innovation hub
• Workforce issues in the IT sector: are they pushing away new potential foreign investors?
• Black Sea resources are a great opportunity for both Romanian economy and local energy sector and should spark an explosion on the whole domain.
• Investments in renewable energy sources have stalled. Is there any way to revive the sector?
• Is there a reverse in trends on the local banking market?
• Does Romania still provide opportunities for investments in the banking sector? How appealing is the rural sector with its big chunk of non-bankable population? What about the fintech sector?
• Home and life insurance are still heavily underdeveloped. Why are foreign companies playing it safe when it comes to investing in these sectors?
• Romania is already a hallmark of the European car making industry, thus creating a context of logistics networks and suppliers, especially in the western part of the country. Should we expect new big foreign investments from other global car makers?
• The horizontal auto industry - automotive components - is now one of the biggest employers in Romania, with no signs of slowing down. Is there room for new investments considering the scarcity of workforce in the sector?
• As one of the main budget contributors, does the auto industry not have a rightful claim to better infrastructure?
• Time for some hard decisions! What is the path to follow: consolidating farmers’ business and increase productivity or stay on traditional farming and benefit from bio and organic agricultural production?
• How to promote Romania’s agricultural interests and strategy at the European Commission and how to promote local brands abroad
• While Romania’s said to be the most stable country in the SEE region, its foreign investment levels are declining. Is this a temporary phenomenon or is it a trend? And why is this happening?
• What does Romania look like in the eyes of local vs. foreign investors?
• Romanian companies should start investing in other markets, which would be a signal that our country has reached the level of a developed economy. What keeps our local business champions from expanding abroad and what can be done?