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Romanians Optimistic About Economic Growth

Romanians Optimistic About Economic GrowthRomanians Optimistic About Economic Growth

Some 60% of Romanian companies expect their revenues to grow in 2016, while 15% anticipate a contraction, according to a study conducted by the Foreign Investors Council among its members.

Since most companies are expecting growth, they are planning on expansion this year, therefore nearly half of respondents plan to do more hiring (43%) and a third (34%) will make significant capital investments. A qualified labor force remains a strength and a competitive advantage for the country, with 75% of answers saying so, the survey shows, Business Review reported.

More than half of those surveyed (55%) expect significant increases in their exports.

However, despite positive sentiments connected to the business environment in Romania, companies still have complaints regarding infrastructure, bureaucracy and legislation. A whopping 90% of respondents say that bureaucracy is excessive compared to other countries in the region, 85% rated the infrastructure as uncompetitive and 75% have had problems due to the lack of legislative predictability.

Despite the reduction in taxes in force since January 1, 2016, 70% of FIC members describe the taxation system in Romania as uncompetitive compared with other countries, with the same share of companies considering that regulation in Romania is burdensome.

The positive sentiment among companies in Romania comes within a context of strong economic growth, posting at 3.8% last year, with international institutions forecasting an even stronger advance of 4.2% for this year.

However, FIC warns, the growth cannot be sustainable in the medium and long term in the absence of infrastructure investments and reduced administrative burden. “Unlike infrastructure, increasing regulatory predictability does not require additional budgetary costs and therefore FIC urges the authorities of Romania to make rapid progress in this area,” the report concludes.