Publicat pe 17/05/2016

Bucharest, May 17th: The President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) Mr. Mihai Daraban, opened today, May 17th, 2016, at CCIR Business Center, the meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Romania National Committee.

In his speech, the President of CCIR declared that “ICC is the only business organization at international level that has direct access to UN, OECD, the World Commerce Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and disposes of a representation at a level of over 130 countries of which, of course, take part the National Chambers of Commerce and the main economic actors”. (…) We need that economic diplomacy, to exit the EU’s boundaries in regards to foreign commerce and we need Romanian companies to conquer as much as they can of the international market. 70% of Romania’s external commerce is towards the European Union, 15% towards non-EU European countries and 15% overseas and I want, along with the sub-commissions which we will establish within ICC on activity areas, to constitute a group of companies that will follow the policymakers in foreign economic missions as to, together, access those markets we have ignored in the past 26 years”, continued Mr. Daraban.

The presidential councilor on economic issues and the business environment, Mr. Cosmin Marinescu, sustained that „Romania, in 2016, Romania will be on the podium of EU economic growth, with a rhythm of over 4%, in the conditions of a big lead of consumption, which, in the first months, increased with 20% comparable to the same period from 2015. Of course, it is precocious to talk about the change of economic growth, from the one based on exports, in 2013, to a growth based on consumption in 2015 and 2016. (…) Currently, Romanian exports overcome 40% of the GDP, which means we are at the European average, but the growth rate of exports has been cut in half, and meanwhile imports are increasing, with an accelerated pace, double than the one of exports. In the same equation of exports, Romanian capital is present in only 4 companies from the top 100 exporters”.

Mr. Costin Borc, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Commerce and Relations with the Business Environment, underlined the interest and common efforts to have an economic diplomacy which includes the economic component in a bigger and bigger percentage. “CCIR must retake its important place in supporting the business environment, in the institutional dialogue with the administration and Government and I want more and more during the meetings we have with the business environment to give the first place to CCIR, because I see in CCIR a pillar, an important partner for us in such discussions”.



In his turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Lazăr Comănescu, said that a revival and a better foreign economic representation of Romania are needed.

“It is an important moment of revitalizing an organism, ICC Romania, a step for opening new opportunities for more involvement, participation of Romania to what we call international economic relations. (…) I want to underline the dedication of CCIR’s President in getting involved in more activities which Romania needs, of consolidating the economic dimension, Romania’s foreign policy. This component of the Romanian diplomacy must be stronger and I am convinced that through the involvement of the ICC Romania National Committee these things will be consolidated”, also declared the Foreign Affairs Minister.

The event was marked by the presence of member companies of the ICC Romania National Committee who could interact directly with the officials of national authorities and of international organizations.

The ICC Romania National Committee sustains the Romanian business environment, offering the possibility to express and promote points of view regarding aspects which affect directly or indirectly the business community.

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