Gerke Witteveen, President, Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC): The number of Dutch investors in Romania is expected to grow in the coming years, as we are seeing through NRCC studies
Firstly, I want to thank you for the opportunity of writing a message on behalf of the Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce as its President.
The NRCC is a network of organizations for any business with an interest in Dutch-Romanian business cooperation, irrespective of size or origin. Our almost 200 members are a variety of large corporations and SMEs, Dutch and Romanian, and spread across a wide range of sectors of the economy.
In terms of consolidating the business partnerships between the countries, we organize various events for the existing Dutch-Romanian business community. Our knowledge events serve to inform and support our members on current topics. Our networking events provide opportunities to meet each other and develop new business partnerships.
In Romania, the Dutch business community is very big compared to other countries from the region and it is a known fact that the Netherlands is the biggest source of foreign investments in Romania since many years now (NL accounts for 25 percent of the FDI in Romania according to National Bank of Romania in May 2017).
Today, the Dutch companies existing in Romania employ over 200.000 people, being both large corporations and small and medium sized companies or even individual entrepreneurs. This confirms the strong economic ties between the Netherlands and Romania. Moreover, the number of Dutch investors in Romania is expected to grow in the coming years, as we are seeing through NRCC studies and discussions with partners in NL.
Therefore, as you may know, on the 27th of April every year we celebrate our King Willem-Alexander birthday and we brought this celebration to Romania as well through our flagship yearly event NRCC Orange Night. This year it will be held on the 26th of April at Radisson Blu Bucharest together with Dutch-Romanian business community and our members. Through this event we strive to connect and link the two business communities in order for a long and great future collaboration.