A few days ago, Univ. Professor Dr. Eng. Sorin Dimitriu, the President of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIB) had a meeting with the new Plenipotentiary Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of Hellenic Republic in Romania, Aristotelis Xenakis.
The meeting was also attended by the Director of the Hellenic-Romanian Bilateral Chamber of Commerce (HRCC), Mrs. Anamaria Diaconescu. The meeting aimed at establishing a concrete action program to boost bilateral trade and stimulate Romanian-Greek cooperation.
The series of events will be opened by a Romanian-Greek Business Forum to be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the CCIB Palace, occasioned by the visit to Romania of two Greek economic missions, one of them from the Serres region, and the other one including companies from all over the country. The Greek delegations include representatives of companies operating in agriculture and in the agri-food industry (traditional products of Kefalonia and Crete, fresh fruits and vegetables, sweets, pastries, sauces, dairy products, vinegar, specialties, buffalo meat, beer and other drinks), tourism, cosmetics and food supplements (spirulina). The event will be organized by the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Hellenic Embassy in Romania and HRCC. On this occasion, the collaboration agreement between CCIB and CCI Serres will be signed.
In the view of the CCIB President, during Q1 of this year, this event can be followed by the organization of the “Business Opportunities’ Day” dedicated to the Hellenic Republic, and by “The Day of Greek Products in Romania”. According to Univ. Prof. Dr. Eng. Sorin Dimitriu, these events are excellent means for a better knowledge of the two communities and for the identification of key areas, in addition to the traditional ones, in which projects can be developed to contribute to the development of bilateral exchanges. In this context, the CCIB President highlighted the interest for the extension of cooperation to the industry and research fields, which can provide significant opportunities. “The fact that the series of international events of the last year ended with a Romanian-Greek Business Forum dedicated to the tourism field (December 11), and we begin the new year with a promotional event dedicated to the same country, is the expression of the priority given by the CCIB Strategy to the economic and trade relations with the Hellenic Republic”, the CCIB President concluded.
Aristotelis Xenakis spoke about the tradition and durability of the Romanian-Greek relations, underlining the interest for the development of the cooperation in the economic and commercial field. The Plenipotentiary Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of Hellenic Republic in Romania appreciated Univ. Prof. Dr. Eng. Sorin Dimitiru’s proposals, expressing his availability to continue the excellent relations between CCIB and the Embassy of Hellenic Republic.
In the coming period, in order to implement the discussed projects, the CCIV team will collaborate with the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Embassy of Hellenic Republic in Romania, for organizing both the Romanian-Greek Business Forum and “Business Opportunities’ Day”.
On September 30, 2018 (available data), the amount of trade exchanges between Romania and the Hellenic Republic was EUR 1,483.2 million (+15.3% compared to the same period of the last year), out of which the exports to this country amounted EUR 772.6 million (+20.1%), while the Romanian imports amounted EUR 710.6 million (+10.6%). This volume of exchanges of goods ranks Greece the 18th country among the destination countries for the Romanian goods, as well as among the countries of origin for the goods imported to our country. On November 30, 2018, there were 7,290 Greek companies registered in Romania, with a subscribed capital amounting to EUR 1.36 billion, the Hellenic Republic being ranked the 9th country in terms of foreign investors in Romania.