Company rep did not confirm the information.
According to Romanian representatives, the American IT company IBM has discussed with Bucharest authorities the details of a state aid scheme that, once approved, would play a decisive role in the company choosing Romania, out of a long list of countries under evaluation, as host to a huge IT service center with up to 3,000 employees, Ziarul Financiar reports.
The talks were conducted by representatives of the US company and the Romanian ministries of Communications, Finance, Justice, and Economy. One of IBM’s key managers in these talks is Lacramioara Isarescu, daughter of Central Bank (BNR) governor Mugur Isarescu, who is the manager for Romania in charge with the company’s programmes destined to the government. The state aid scheme would also be aimed at other IT companies, including Oracle, Dell and Ericsson, which have similar plans to create hundreds of jobs in IT service centers in Romania, Communications Minister Valerian Vreme announced.
Minister Vreme and the minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Baconschi recently made statements about the IBM project. However, the officials of IBM Romania told HotNews.ro: “We still do not have details about a large-scale project in the coming period, in Romania.” We asked both ministries to provide further information, but received no answer so far.
In a different move, Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi formally announced Tuesday, during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that IBM will open a plant in Romania, as the country also expects more investments of the kind, according to Mediafax.