The first key speaker of the evening, Dan Lazar, counsellor of state on economic affairs, expressed the government's official position on several demanding business issues. He made reference to efforts made by the state to maintain the current flat tax and VAT rates and the fine balance in the Euro-Leu exchange rate to maintain a stable business environment. Two examples of ways in which this crisis could be overcome are the unfreezing of financial resources/credit facilities and credit and support schemes introduced to assist SMEs, in particular.
The second intervention of the evening, on behalf of British business, came from Shah Rouf, CEO of Aviva Romania, whose message was: “If the metaphor is about all of us in business climbing/trying to reach summits, we are going to have to do it blind, because nobody has a clue how things are going to turn out. The problem of keeping customers is a greater priority in our business model. We must persuade customers why they should continue to invest,” he said.
As part of the BRCC's social responsibility mission, this year's nominated charity to benefit from the fundraising element of the event was Acorns Foundation, specifically its Baby Acorns facility, the first institution in Romania which offers services of care and education to children aged between one and three.
The highlight of the evening was the BRCC annual photography competition Awards Ceremony. This year's theme “Romania's Hidden Treasures”, attracted no fewer than 500 entries.