Many Italian businesses operating in Romania would be willing to invest more, but they are hampered by workforce shortage and returning home the Romanians from abroad is not easy at all, Italian Ambassador in Bucharest Marco Giungi told an economic forum organized by Confindustria Romania on Wednesday under the motto “People & Work”.
“Many of our companies would be willing to invest more, but they are hampered by the lack of workforce. Our companies are capable to manage change. Whenever I have the opportunity I say that there are over 20,000 Italian companies operating in Romania, offer jobs to over 400,000 people. These companies want to stay here, we have investment strategies, but there is no magic wand. We don’t have something to teach others, but we need to discuss. If workforce is an issue, we either bring labor from outside, or change the production pattern. A great part of the Romanians abroad are in Italy. They can be a workforce resource for home. Human resource may come from abroad, but returning the Romanians from the diaspora is not easy, there are Romanians who have been living in Italy for 20 years now and who have built families there. One has to offer them conditions to persuade them to come to Romania. Practically, we cannot talk about moving the population, no government can impose this, but just facilitate a move. Bringing home the Romanians from abroad is possible, and some businesses here are doing it, with all the inherent difficulties. Nothing is easy, and managing change isn’t either”, said the diplomat.
President of Confindustria Romania, Giovanni Villabruna: Romania seems to lack the necessary capacity to bring back Romanian workers from abroad
In his turn, Giovanni Villabruna, president of Confindustria Romania, argued that Romania seems to lack the necessary capacity to bring back Romanian workers from abroad.
There’s a lack of workforce in Romania and the existing resources are leaving for abroad, it seems that the country does not have the capacity to bring back Romanian workers from abroad. We want to find solutions to stop this hemorrhage of people who are headed abroad, a phenomenon that will only ruin Romania economically. As their children are born in other nations, they are bound to not contribute to the development of their own country, I am talking here about young people aged over 25, Villabruna said.
BusinessMin Oprea: 2018 to be year of investments; SMEs affected by Romania’s not being in Schengen area
This year will be one of the investments in Romania, and at the same time the local small and medium-sized enterprises are affected by the fact that they do not belong to the Schengen area, Minister for Business Milieu, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Stefan Radu Oprea told the economic forum organized by Confindustria Romania.
“Romania’s Government has announced this year will be one of investments. In the context of an economic growth of 7pct, a record in Europe and even in the world, last year, and with a tendency that is kept this year, we have a legislative framework which is altering. We have recently announced the Law on Public-Private Partnerships, which I know is an element of great interest for Italian companies, we have also announced the important projects we want to develop together in a public-private partnership. You have seen that the Procurement Law The public is changing to simplify a great deal the procedures that Italian companies are currently taking part in. In the structured and honest dialogue that we have with the business milieu a big problem emerged, namely the scarcity of the workforce. What can we do? Romania’s Government has come up with a program of governance and a new economic model. We have proposed this model by raising salaries to make stable the skilled workforce in Romania,” Oprea said.
“What are the measures that we are proposing? Start-Up Nation is addressed both to those who are in Romania and to those who have gone to Italy and who, in my view, through the entrepreneurial spirit have taken the risk of leaving the country. They have learned a qualification, they have learned what it means to work in Italy, because the backbone of the industry is represented by the number and quality of small and medium-sized enterprises. At the Ministry for Business Milieu, Commerce and Entrepreneurship there is also Invest Romania. We are working in the Government of Romania to relaunch new pilot projects through which there is the possibility of subsidizing the firms that hire new workers, which is also valid for the Romanians in Italy and for Italian capital companies that are in Romania today. Here, we have a permanent dialogue with investors, and I want this to happen with Italian investors as well, the minister said.