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EBRD ready to invest EUR 400-500 million annually in Romania

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) Board of Directors has adopted a new three-year strategy for Romania, a press release informs. “The EBRD will continue to support the country in implementing remaining reforms, through investment and policy dialogue with the Romanian government. The EBRD expects to continue to invest in Romania around EUR 400-500 million annually over the next three years, with the overall objective to help Romania’s economy develop further,” said Jean Marc Peterschmitt, EBRD Managing Director for Central and South Eastern Europe.The strategy notes that despite signs of modest economic recovery in 2011, based on a strong harvest and exports, the short-term macroeconomic outlook for Romania remains uncertain in light of the renewed turmoil in the eurozone and global markets. The document stresses that the country has a strong long-term growth potential, which can be realised by addressing the remaining transition challenges.Through its activity in Romania in the coming years, the EBRD will develop projects that will assist Romania in maintaining stability in the financial sector, facilitate the flow of credit to the real economy sector through dedicated credit lines for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and energy efficiency investments and contribute to the development of local capital markets.Supporting the growth of the enterprise sector in Romania is one of the Bank’s priorities in the new strategy. The EBRD will encourage foreign direct investment into Romania’s corporate sector and will support local businesses, both through direct investment and via private equity funds, focusing particularly on value-added sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness and technology.The EBRD will aim to expand its activities in the municipal infrastructure sector, enhancing commercialisation, competition and private sector involvement in both transport and municipal public services. In doing so, the Bank will work closely with the Romanian authorities to seek co-financing opportunities with European Union structural funds.In the energy and infrastructure sectors the Bank’s operations will focus on enhancing Romania’s energy security and will assist with the privatisation of state-owned companies. The EBRD will also promote Romania’s transition to a low-carbon economy through investments in renewable energy.

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