Business Diplomacy 2018 – as part of the Diplomacy360 Program, is an outstanding international event at its third edition, where 200 diplomats, business people, decision-makers in Romanian and international companies and other international relations experts from Romania and abroad announced their participation.
The conference is taking place today, November 15th, in Bucharest at Ramada Parc Hotel, from 9.45.
The 20 speakers of the Conference will discuss about the ways in which the leaders interested to become more competitive in their activity, can utilize methods and techniques from diplomacy, in order to anticipate threats and exploit new opportunities arising from geopolitical changes, to avoid conflicts and make strategic alliances to protect their interests, solve problems and develop international organizations and businesses.
Dan Cărbunaru, CEO of Calea Europeană will address Media & Journalism Diplomacy in the panel dedicated to the different sides of diplomacy.
At the International Business Diplomacy Conference 2018, the participants can see the world beyond appearances, through the eyes of diplomats that are specially educated to solve critical situations and develop relationships in a global environment characterised by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, as this is the new normality. Business paradigms are changing rapidly, being sensitively influenced by geo-political, technological and economic factors that are not related to the national context only. These changes can generate both threats and opportunities for companies.
9:00 – 9:45 Registration, Welcome Coffee & Networking
9:45 Welcome Speech: Diplomacy360 – Valentin PREDA/ CEO @ Romanian Business Exchange
10:00 The official opening: H.E. Mr. Teodor MELESCANU – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Surviving & Generating New Business in the 21st Century – Shaun RIORDAN / British Career Diplomat, Director of the Chair in Diplomacy and Cyberspace and the European Institute of International Studies
Diplomacy and Business: the Supreme Synergy – Her Royal Highness Princess Lia of Romania
Global Government Affairs in a time of change – Lena Bäcker (Sweden) Founder and President at Good Government Affairs, Honorary Board Member at the International Diplomat Business Club UK and UAE
Norway’s Blue Path to a Green Future – H.E. Ms. Lise Nicoline KLEVEN GREVSTAD – Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Romania
Dominic BRUYNSEELS – Executive President of FIRST BANK Romania
11:40 – 11:55 Coffee Break & Networking
The Old-School Diplomacy in the New World: H.E. Mr. Stefan GLAVAN – Romanian Career Ambassador
Protecting the Company’s confidential information: Ionut RITES / Chief of Classified Information Office – Chamber of Deputies
How to be the Diplomat of your Business: Colin Lovering – Chairman of the board of Directors British Romanian Chamber of Commerce (BRCC), Senior Vice-president of Avison Young
Sport Diplomacy – Mihai COVALIU / President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
13:00-13:45 Lunch Break & Networking
Cultural Diplomacy: dr. h.c. Ioan HOLENDER
Corporate Diplomacy: How the diplomatic competences can help the business people to open new international markets and build strategic business alliances – Stefan POPESCU / Corporate Affairs @ ENGIE Romania, former State Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Public Diplomacy – Dorel CAPRAR / President of the Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security – Chamber of Deputies
Diplomatic Etiquette – H.E. Mr. Gheorghe Dinica, former Chief of the Romanian State Protocol
Crisis negotiations – Liviu DANILA , General bg.(r.), Expert TAIEX of COM UE
15:15-15:30 Coffee Break & Networking
The role of the Romanian Diplomacy in achieving the Great Union: H.E. Mr. Cristian DIACONESCU, former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Media & Journalism Diplomacy: Dan Carbunaru / Director @ caleaeuropeana.ro/ europeanpath.eu EU Affairs Journalist
Cyber Diplomacy: Tal PAVEL, CEO&Founder MiddleEasterNet – The Cyber Empowerment Center – Israel
Cultural Diplomacy: Hélène ROOS – Director, French Institute in Romania
Climate Diplomacy: General (r) Emil STRAINU
City Diplomacy & Digital Diplomacy: Shaun RIORDAN
16:45 Diplomacy360 Conference Conclusions & 2019 Plan Presentation;
MEP Vasile Blaga welcomes the European Commission’s plan for post-pandemic economic recovery: Romania on the 6th place in Union in budget size
MEP Vasile Blaga (PNL, EPP) welcomes the European Commission’s 750 billion euro plan for post-pandemic economic recovery: “The level of sums allocated to Romania for economic recovery shows that our place in the EU has strengthened. We are on the 6th place in the union in the size of the recovery budget after the COVID-19 crisis ”.
According to the MEP, this amount of 740 billion euros is “welcome for the recovery of the economies affected by the pandemic crisis.”
“The allocation of 750 billion EUR is a good signal that proves that European solidarity is not just a word in the wind that feeds the chorus of Eurosceptics. We also welcome the allocation to Romania of over 30 billion euros for economic recovery, an amount that puts us in sixth place in the top of budgets allocated post-pandemic “, he added.
Vasile Blaga emphasizes that out of the total of 750 billion EUR, 33 billion euros are allocated to Romania, approximately 19 billion EUR represent non-reimbursable grants: “In the next stage it is extremely important to develop the programs that make this budget an engine of the relaunch of the Romanian economy. There are major problems in the sectors that were automatically closed during the emergency and alert period – here we must work with priority “, the MEP noted.
For Romania to have a balanced reconstruction of the economy, Vasile Blaga claims that “the money must be spent in full.”
“Romania has the chance to restart large sectors – such as infrastructure – which may themselves be the spearheads to pull the economy in the coming years,” he said.
At the same time, Vasile Blaga hopes that the plan proposed by the European Commission will be accepted, even if there are different opinions among the 27 states of the Union regarding this ambitious economic recovery plan: “I bet, however, on a unanimous political agreement, which follows to be initialed at the next European summit, which will most likely t
Green Village Resort, the Danube Delta impressive location, opened for tourists under maximum safety measures
Green Village is naturally isolated with access to immense beaches stretched for kilometres, canals where tourists can make a different trip every day, they can fish, walk in nature, watch birds, without meeting any crowds.
„Even in a normal period, tourists felt safe and enjoyed a quiet vacation. Romania is a growing destination for foreign tourists. Although slower than we want, Romania attracts foreigners, who come here with moderate expectations, but return home beyond enchanted by the landscapes, people, and security that our country offers”, said Dragoș Anastasiu, owner of Green Village Resort.
Last year, more than 40% of our tourists were foreigners. They enjoyed mostly excursions on the canals, fishing, birdwatching, going to the beach and short trips to nearby cities such as Sulina and Tulcea.
Romania Remains Attractive As Software Outsourcing Destination in COVID-19 times
Romania is 1ST IN EUROPE and 6TH IN THE WORLD, in terms of number of certified IT specialists. With an estimated 150,000 in 2020, Romania is moving up the diversity spectrum in terms of outsourcing capabilities. The local talent pool has been a main decision factor for evolving from a cost driven approach to a value driven one, Romanian specialists proving to be very resourceful in operating many complex project assignments.
Romania doesn’t offer lowest prices in the outsourcing business, but it is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country, “superior to what is typically found in other outsourcing locations,” according to IDC.
Romania also benefits from two political factors—its membership in the European Union, and strong institutional support from the government. This includes several tax incentives and breaks, alongside wages that remain highly competitive within the EU (the average minimum wage is the second lowest in the political union). More importantly, membership in the EU comes with more than just financial and security advantages, one example is access to the Horizon 2020 program for Research and Innovation.
As a member state, Romania’s regulations and compliance laws must fall in line with the broader union, meaning that companies have significantly less startup barriers when setting up BPO or ITO offices. Apart from easier setup, this gives companies a much safer framework and infrastructure for financial transactions, as well as access to many of the same financial services and banks available across the West.
We asked one of the local companies what are their thoughts on the Romanian IT sector future and how is the COVID-19 disrupting their business model:
“This highly competitive industry sometimes forces us to ignore the long-term strategy and focus on the quick opportunities. The biggest risk is that we won’t see a lot of Romanian products competitive at global scale any time soon, but definitely in almost every successful project launched today around the World there is at least one Romanian engineer in the team. We give a lot of attention to our Research and Innovation department and we try to keep the right balance between outsourcing and internal products development (chasing our dreams). Regarding the COVID-19 disrupting our business, we just practiced what we preach, we used our entire digital offering on ourselves and we were able to completely switch into remote work during lunch break” says Anamaria POPA, General Manager of Soft Galaxy.
It is not enough for the professionals out there (in institutes, universities, private companies, innovators and entrepreneurs) to press ahead with their work, they need to stand together and promote the Romanian excellence in research and education.
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