Romania has seen a massive political change at the end of 2012. With a new government and key decision makers, the country still needs to identify the best policies and methods to generate economic growth and sustainability. Romania needs a year 2013 that shall attempt to further clarify the fiscal and labor market landscapes, including the latest Tax Code consequences, solid energy policy and market strategies, transportation infrastructure projects, plus a dip to seriously start absorbing EU funds while observing hints from the IMF, the EU and major investors and banks. 

Therefore, Romanian Business Digest dedicates the first printed issues and the first event of this year’s series to “Financing and Investments”. The events aims at unveiling the most pressing needs of business and economy financing, from capital flows to strategic investments, private equity and stock exchange dynamics, state companies going private or being turned around, M&A and European money. 
James Stewart,
Vice President Treasury &
Capital Markets,
Raiffeisen Bank
Bogdan Preda
Communication Consultant,
Bogdan Preda is an independent consultant and journalist with extensive work experience in Romania and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism in the region, in 1989. In addition to his journalistic formation, Bogdan also works as an international-level communication and public relations specialist, having supervised relevant communication and image management projects for international clients, both corporate and individual.
08.30 - 09.15
Registration & Morning Coffee
09.15 - 11.00
Financing options at the start of the post-crisis period
Steven van Groningen, President & CEO, Raiffeisen Bank and President, FIC
Victor Cionga, General Manager, Bucharest Stock Exchange
Florin Vasilica, Partner and Transaction Advisory Leader, Ernst & Young Romania
Ana Maria Mihaescu, IFC Chief Resident Representative for Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Slovakia
Catalin Pauna, Economist of the World Bank Office in Romania
Financing possibilities amid mismatches in the monetary and fiscal policies
Making a regional difference: even more fiscal predictability needed as of 2013
Serious need for structural reform in achieving growth: what are the priorities?
Regional financial market - friend or foe for major local projects; integration options
FDI flows - a real glance at the practical ventures needed and financing possibilities
Taking on the social responsibility in project financing
New and Old in business and project financing models
11.00 - 11.30
Coffee break
11.30 - 13.30
Investment needs and opportunities. Developing new attitudes
Iulian Sorescu, Associated Partner, Head of Financial Department, Noerr Finance & Tax
Dragos Neacsu, CEO, Erste Asset Management
James Stewart, Vice President Treasury & Capital Markets, Raiffeisen Bank and Vice President, AmCham
Robert Ghelasi, Managing Partner, Energie Finanzierung und Kapital
Davor Malojcic, ITS Leader, IBM South East Europe
State aid: a viable financing solution for investment projects in Romania
What investments does Romania need most to ensure a sustainable growth?
Identifying new investment models and needs
Asset Management - maintaining things of value
The growth potential: key sectors, strategic industries, engaging people
Private equity - the quest for investors
How can IT boost existing and new business
13:30 - 14:30
Networking Buffet