The Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced that it received the visit of some important foreign officials from Japan at the end of the last week, the confirmation of this presence coming also from the fact that the Romanian Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship was also present, as a host.
On May 4, 2018, the Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest, Kisaburo Ishii, visited Prahova County, and on this occasion a working meeting was held at the Ploiesti headquarters of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The talks were attended by the President of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aurelian Gogulescu, the Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Radu Oprea, the Prefect of the Prahova County, Madalina Lupea, the Mayor of Ploiesti, Adrian Dobre, the Public Administrator of the Prahova County, Fabioara Ionescu, as well as representatives of the most important Japanese companies in Prahova, namely Yazaki Romania and Calsonic Kansei. The First Secretary for Economic Affairs of the Embassy of Japan, Tomotaka Yoshimura, the Minister Radu Oprea’s Personal Counselor Florin Vasilache, the Director of Foreign and Business Strategy for Asia, America and Africa, Valentin Brebenel, and the Director for the Implementation of Foreign Investment Projects in Romania, Sorin Vasilescu, also attended this event.
While the President of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated at this meeting that the visit to Prahova County of the Japanese Ambassador in Bucharest is an event that opens the door to other Japanese investments in the county, Minister Radu Oprea wished to stress: “I appreciate the emphasis placed by the Embassy of Japan on the strategic partnership with our best ambassadors, namely the foreign investors that have to be satisfied with the business development conditions in Romania. This is why we are struggling to improve the conditions we ensure to them, and the Government’s message refers to stability and sustainability. Prahova is a very important energetic hub. The official information must be well communicated, so that it helps investors to take the right decision, namely to invest in our country”.
In her turn, the Prefect of the Prahova County Madalina Lupea wished to mention that Japanese investors are welcomed in Prahova, where they have all the conditions, and especially the authorities’ support. She also added that through the 11 industrial parks that exist in the county, Prahova is much wanted by the foreign investors, which is confirmed by the existence of more than 2,500 foreign companies. Also underlining the existence of the industrial parks from Prahova, the Public Administrator of the county, Fabioara Ionescu, wished to remind that in 2003, the Japanese company Yazaki was the first investor in the Ploiesti Industrial Park.
Being delighted by his presence in the Prahova County, the Japanese Ambassador of Japan in Bucharest, Kisaburo Ishii, wished to say: “In Romania and Prahova, Japanese investments in the industrial field are focused on three aspects. It’s not about commerce, but about long-term investments of at least 10 years, and visibility is also very important, as sustainability.
Japanese companies from Romania are part of the network of Japanese companies in Europe and Africa, and for this reason, the highway system is very important. Workforce is a problem, and education must be combined with practice. Japanese presence in Romania has involved a strategic partnership between the two countries at the highest level, not only at economic level, but also in other fields of activity. I thank to the President of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Aurelian Gogulescu, for the constant support given to the Japanese investors from Prahova”. The smooth collaboration between the two countries and the authorities’ support were appreciated also by the representatives of the most important Japanese companies in Romania, respectively in Prahova. Thus, Mehmet Sonmez, General Manager of Yazaki Romania, underlined: “Yazaki is in Romanian since 2003, it has five plants and 12,000 employees.
We benefited from the support of the Romanian authorities, of the Prahova Chamber of Commerce and Industry, of the Ploiesti Oil-Gas University, and I can say we are lucky and happy in Romania. For us, logistics is very important in order to manage to send our products as quick as possible to the customers. The workforce fluctuation has a very high impact on the business productivity, since there is a fierce competition particularly within the automotive industry”. President of Calsonic Kansei, Akio Kodera, wished to mention: “We have 80 plants in 70 countries and seven plants in Japan. We have big development plans in Romania, including Prahova. With the support provided by the Embassy and the authorities, we wish to implement vocational schools also in Romania”.