At a plenary session of the Romania-Israel Business Forum on Wednesday in Bucharest, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin pleaded for bilateral co-operation in the field of healthcare and defence technology.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of international medical co-operation and has shown that our health care system needs to be flexible and resilient enough to deal with new global threats. Israelis, as you probably know, are world leaders in medical technology, including important areas such as digital health. Working together, the people of Romania and Israel, we can strengthen our hospitals and the healthcare system and improve the well-being of our societies,” said the Israeli president.
He pointed out that Romania and Israel could also collaborate in the field of defence technology.
“Romania and Israel are two countries that have faced significant threats. Our military alliance is developing based on trust, common values and common perspectives. Romania is part of a small group of countries with which Israel shares military expertise. I believe that our goal should be to integrate Israeli innovations with Romania’s capabilities, development and industry, in order to create world-class military technologies that Romania can export. Such co-operation will strengthen our economies, our defence forces and the security of our countries,” he said.
According to Rivlin, the two countries have developed joint projects within the EU. Thus, there are currently 137 projects, involving 251 Israeli and Romanian companies. At the same time, he underscored the importance of interpersonal relations, pointing out that they develop also on the basis of business relations.
“This business seminar is extremely important. While discussions between governments create a basis for official relations, business and interpersonal ties are the real foundation of a vibrant partnership between nations. Economic co-operation between Israel and Romania has tremendous potential benefitting both countries. There are many, many similarities between us. In fact in Israel we have a community of 600,000 people of Romanian origins. They feel at home in Israel, we feel at home in Romania. Both Israelis and Romanians are blessed with an innovative spirit (…) and a strong desire to overcome all challenges,” he said.
Rivlin also said that over the past decades, Israel has viewed every challenge as an opportunity.
“We have faced many challenges, but we have decided, from the first prime minister we had in Israel, not to look at the confrontations with a sense of fear, with the feeling that we are threatened. We looked at each challenge as an opportunity. We didn’t have water, we didn’t have rainfalls, we managed to transfer water from the north to the desert, which became a thriving, agriculturally developed place, and the secret of the state of Israel for the last 80 years has been that we have viewed every challenge as an opportunity”, he said.
The remarks were made at a plenary session of the Romania – Israel Business Forum hosted by the Romanian Parliament House. The event was also attended by Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu, the ambassador of Israel in Romania David Saranga, and the Romanian Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Claudiu Nasui.
PM Citu: Israel, Romania’s closest ally and strategic partner in Middle East, an international trusted partner
Israel is the closest ally and strategic partner of Romania in the Middle East and a trusted partner, at an international level, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday, during the plenary session of the Romania-Israel Business Forum, occasioned by the state visit in Romania by the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.
Florin Citu highlighted the growth tendency of the bilateral economic cooperation, which is attested by the fact that during the first three months of this year, trade between the two countries has gone up to almost 180 million dollars.
“It is a special occasion, because today we are launching the first business forum organized in Romania during the pandemic which allows to meet in person. This reunion would not have been possible without our joint efforts and without the supported vaccination campaigns, carried out in both countries. It is a sign that we are starting to go back to normalcy. It was a difficult period for all of us, but I am delighted to see the significant and extended participation of the business environment,” Florin Citu said.
“This year, Romania and Israel are celebrating 73 years of non-interrupted diplomatic relations. Throughout these years, both countries worked together in order to establish ever-growing bonds – cultural, social and economic. This business forum offers us the possibility of consolidating our excellent bilateral relations with new ideas, projects and new opportunities. (…) I have faith that the entrepreneur spirit will double that of friendship, which characterizes our bilateral relations, and will offer more success and value. At the same time, this business forum, we are partaking, is an important element for the preparation of the next reunion of our governments, which we are anxiously waiting to hold in Bucharest, once a date will be agreed upon. It is a key moment for us and we are ready to host this reunion as quickly as possible,” Citu also declared.
He pointed out the growth tendency of the bilateral economic cooperation, specifying that in 2019, the bilateral trade reached a peak of 657.7 million dollars, and expressed his joy that several top Israeli companies, from the aeronautic, energy, infrastructure and construction sectors chose to invest in Romania.
He also encouraged Romanian and Israeli business communities that within the cooperation with both governments, they should identify a joint emblematic project which will harness the rich experience the two countries have in research, education and business.
“This is a relevant topic for the joint economic Committee and for the Romania-Israel work group in the economic field, founded recently, under the coordination of the ministries of Foreign Affairs. The economic work group focuses its activity on three main pillars: agriculture and water management, health and cutting-edge technology, artificial intelligence. The ministries and agencies involved in this group are focusing their efforts to initialize and update policies which promote a better bilateral economic cooperation,” Citu said.
Last, but not least, he launched an invitation to the Israeli business community and entities which are handling the trade promotion to initiate a tighter cooperation with their Romanian counterparts in order to find “shared points and energies”, which will put into value their “know-how and innovation of start-ups, as well as of the centers and business accelerators in Romania”.
EcoMin Nasui: Romania Israel Business Forum is the perfect opportunity to explore and capitalize on the trade opportunities offered by the two states
The Romania-Israel Business Forum is the perfect opportunity to explore and capitalize on the trade opportunities offered by the two states, Economy Minister Claudiu Nasui said on Wednesday during the event in Bucharest, mentioning that this is the perfect place to strengthen economic cooperation between the two states and to develop new projects.
Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Romania organized on June 9, the Romania -Israel Business Forum on the occasion of the official visit to Romania of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
“It is a great honor for me to address this business forum today in the presence of Israeli and Romanian high-ranking officials. The Romania-Israel Business Forum is the perfect occasion to explore and capitalize on the business opportunities the two states have to offer. I would like to warmly welcome Romanian and Israeli companies to this forum. I am convinced that it is the perfect place to strengthen economic cooperation between the two states and to develop new projects. We are very grateful to His Excellency, the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Rivlin, for his important support for the organization of this event,” said Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism Claudiu Nasui.
The official delegation of the State of Israel included important government officials and representatives of Israeli companies from the sectors of defense, smart cities, cyber security and national security; health and health digitisation (software and equipment manufacturers); agriculture and water management (irrigation systems, greenhouses and animal husbandry technologies).
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that while discussions between governments provide the basis for official relations, B2B and, ultimately, people-to-people ties are the true basis for a vibrant partnership between nations. The Israel – Romania economic cooperation has tremendous potential to bring great mutual benefits to both countries. There are currently 137 joint projects, involving 251 Israeli and Romanian companies, he went on to say, adding that Israel greatly appreciates Romania’s continued support to ensure that Israel is a full partner in all relevant EU programs.
In his turn, Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu said that he encourages the Romanian and Israeli business communities to identify, in cooperation with their governments, a joint emblematic project that should capitalize on the two countries’ rich experience in research, education and business.
“Predictability is the best strategy for a sustainable business environment. For my government, improving and ensuring predictability is one of the main coordinates of efficient governance. It’s simple: we don’t raise taxes, we don’t change the rules mid-game,” Florin Citu said.
According to the president of Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mihai Daraban, CCIR is the strongest and most representative organization of the Romanian business community, representing more than 15,000 companies through a strong national and regional infrastructure.
“Also, our organization is a full member of the most prestigious international entities, such as: Eurochambres, the Association of Balkan Chambers (ABC), the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization’s Business Council (BSEC BC), and is also a member of the World Chambers Network. CCIR has acted and will continue to act for the benefit of our business community and looks forward to developing sustainable projects designed to encourage a friendly business climate for investors interested in the Romanian market,” said Mihai Daraban.
The thematic sessions and business-to-business meetings organized at the CCIR Business Center aroused the interest of companies both for strengthening the promotion of goods and services in the State of Israel, and for identifying new business opportunities.
According to data provided by the National Trade Register Office, the total volume of Romania-Israel trade amounted to 570.15 million euros at the end of 2020. As of March 2021, there were 8,298 companies established by Israeli investors in Romania, with a total subscribed share capital of 64.04 million euros.
Compiled from Agerpres