Vosganian: „Foreign investments in Romania, a 2.5-fold surge in past three years”

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Foreign investments in Romania over 2005-2008 exceeded 35 billion euros, a 2.5-fold increase compared to the entire period 1991-2004, Minister of Economy and Finance Varujan Vosganian announced on September 17.
“Overall investments in economy doubled their annual average growth pace, from less than 10% over 2001-2004 to some 20% over 2005-2008”, said Vosganian.In the first half of 2008, direct foreign investments totalled 4.8 billion euros and, according to Vosganian’s statement, year 2008 will represent an absolute record in this field.
 
Romania has entered in September this year in the tenth consecutive year of economic growth, Romania’s growth pace being six times higher than the average growth pace in the European Union.
The National Statistics Institute (INS) recently estimated that the direct foreign investments volume will exceed 10 billion euros in 2008, which would represent a record for the Romanian economy.
 
“We expect that direct foreign investments exceed the 10 billion euros in 2008 because in the second half their level is, as a rule, higher than in the first one”, stated INS President Vergil Voineagu.
In the first half of 2008, direct foreign investments amounted at 4.758 billion euros, a hike of 59.5% from the first half in 2007.
 
Of the total recorded in the first half of 2008, investments in the banking sector mounted at 638 million euros (13%) and in economy – 4.12 billion euros (87%).
Capital participations accounted for 33.3% of the total and reinvested profits – 27%, the remainder of 39.7% being represented by other types of capital.
Direct investments made by Romanian residents abroad over the examined period stood at 87 million euros.
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