B2B meetings at the Romania-Turkey Business Forum organized by CCIR
Publicat pe 29/09/2017
Bucharest, September 28th, 2017: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), in partnership with the Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest and the Association of Turkish Businessmen (TIAD), organized on Thursday, September 28th, at CCIR Business Center, the Business Forum: “Advantages and Disadvantages of Investing in Romania”. The event was organized in the context of the visit to Bucharest of the Businessmen’s delegation from the Association of Industrialists and Businessmen Döşemealtı (DÖŞIAD), in Antalya.
Mr. Lazar Comanescu, Councilor of the CCIR President on Foreign Affairs, said: “For Romania, Turkey is one of the most important economic partners outside the EU. According to statistics, Turkey ranks fifth in the ranking of Romania’s economic partners, after countries like Germany, France, Italy and Hungary”. At the same time, mr. Comanescu is of the opinion that the large number of participants in the business forum, “an event that is becoming a tradition, reached its third edition”, shows the sustained interest in “strengthening this economic cooperation, in the context of which there is great potential for economic support between the two states”.
At the event, the Minister for the Business, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Environment, mr. Ilan Laufer said: “there is great potential for development in this direction and I think our involvement of the two governments to strengthen the relationship between the Romanian business environment and the business environment in Turkey is a constant one. (…) Turkey is also an important investor in Romania, it is in the top 20 positions. Companies sometimes want more favorable tax solutions, and then there are groups in Turkey that continue to invest in Romania not only directly but also indirectly. For us, the role is to create a framework that allows business people to collaborate better, and from our point of view, we are working hard on this”. In this context, Minister Laufer recalled the collaboration protocol signed a day ago between MMACA and CCIR on the efficiency and diversification of external economic missions in order to support the export and penetration of Romanian companies into new markets.
“It is a pride of opportunity for our Association to bring such an elite community under the same roof,” Mr. Murat Demiray, the President of the Association of Turkish Businessmen (TIAD), who emphasized: “Contributing to the creation of an environment that promotes cooperation between Turkish and Romanian businessmen, informing Turkish businessmen about the economic conditions in permanent development in Romania, on the evolution and the changes related to the financial and social economic legislation (…), the search for solutions for the common problems in cooperation with the state institutions and organizations from Turkey and Romania, constitute the main fields of activity of our association”.
Mr. Gültekin Gencer, the President DÖŞIAD, Association of Industrialists and Businessmen in Antalya, Turkey, highlighted the good relations with Romania, not only in terms of economic but also socio-cultural, cooperation relations “based on high-level dialogue”. The President DÖŞIAD said: “we are interested in developing trade relations with Romania, in finding new ways of collaborating and exchanging data and information. Romania is a very valuable partner for us”.
In the second part of the event, business-to-business discussion sessions were held with representative companies, members of the Döşemealtı Industry and Businessmen Association in fields such as agriculture, real estate development, construction, medical industry, plastics, chemicals, food, alcohol, tourism, wood industry, construction machinery and spare parts.
In support of the business environment in Romania, CCIR signed a series of agreements with Turkish partners aimed at supporting good economic cooperation relations. Thus, the first collaboration agreement dates back to 1996, and the most recent was signed by the President of CCIR in office, Mr. Mihai Daraban: CCIR Cooperation Agreement – TIAD (Turkish Business People Association) signed on November, 24th, 2015, currently in force.
According to the data provided by ONRC (August 2017), 14,952 companies with Turkish capital operate in Romania. Turkey ranks 15th in the rankings by country of residence of investors in companies with foreign capital participation.