German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrates 10 years

The German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania) celebrated 10 years in existence on September 5, 2012. On this occasion we recollected, together with former and acting members, as well as important economic and political personalities that marked these years, this dynamic period of German-Romanian economic relations.The development of German-Romanian economic relations was – and remains – the main mission of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the president of AKH Romania, Dr. Radu Merica emphasised in the opening speech of the event that marked a decade of existence.Dr. Volker Treier, deputy director of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), spoke about the successful activity of the Chamber during these 10 years, the stable and sound economic relations that exist between the two countries and the opportunities provided by the Romanian market. In his opinion, Romania is a market with future potential for Germany, which has two essential advantages: its accessible geographic position, not far from Germany, and the increased trend towards innovation, which has become more obvious during the last years. Research and development have become increasingly attractive for German companies, and this evolution must be supported. In order to do this, it is very important to have a relation based on confidence between partners. The creation of qualified jobs needs a sound education system. “The success of German companies in Romania and the success of the partnership would not be possible without a good collaboration in Europe, between our countries and between people,” Treier mentioned.The Ambassador of Germany in Bucharest, Andreas von Mettenheim considers important that Romania’s modernisation process continues at a firm pace, so the country can use to full extent the potential it avails of, thus fulfilling its citizens’ expectations regarding the rule of law, pluralism and democracy. In order to achieve these desiderata, confidence is necessary, and Romania must regain the political and economic confidence it lost. The speech ended on an optimist note, emphasising the fact that AHK Romania is an irreplaceable partner for the Embassy.One of the important guests that attended the event was Anne Ruth Herkes, state secretary with the Federal Ministry of Economy. Herkes said that Romania has an image problem in Germany, but the economic basics are good and the weak spots do not hamper investments. For several years, Germany has become the main economic partner of Romania, as commercial exchanges tripled since the founding of AHK Romania, with the significant contribution of the Chamber’s members.In his speech, Romanian PM Victor Ponta thanked German investors for the jobs they created in Romania and for their decision to invest here, and also for the support provided to Romania in the social and cultural fields. “The right way is the way of collaboration between Romania and Germany,” Ponta stated.As part of the celebrations, two awards were granted for the outstanding contribution to the founding of the German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Mr. Karl Josef Baum, the first president of the Chamber, and Deputy Ovidiu Gant. The list of personalities that attended the event included Lazar Comanescu, the Ambassador of Romania to Germany; Ovidiu Gant, FDGR Deputy in the Parliament of Romania; Gunther Krichbaum, member of the Bundestag; Bogdan Dragoi, presidential advisor a.o.

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