Former Romanian Trade Secretary, Laufer Harry-Ilan, Helps Romanian Companies Expand Business in the US with Smart Start USA

Minister Laufer Harry-Ilan, Ex-Secretary of Trade for Romania and Coordinator of Smart Start USA will bring the largest delegation of small to medium sized (SMB) Romanian businesses to Miami next week.

The Smart Start USA program contributes to the real and concrete development of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States by supporting the development of the priority economic sectors for Romanian exports and the consolidation of the Romanian-American trade relations.

Bucharest, Romania March 12, 2019: On March 20-21st in Miami, The Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce (RACCTM) in Miami, Smart Start USA, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) and Miami-Dade County Office of Economic Development & International Trade are hosting a special event featuring Romanian businesses from IT, logistics, real estate, manufacturing, textile and food industries.

Smart Start USASmart Start USA – Effective Financing Solutions for the Internationalization of Romanian Business” conference will take place at the headquarters of The Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce in Miami Florida On March 20-21, 2019.

Romanian entrepreneurs have the opportunity to enter a new dialogue session with representatives of the local American administration and the business community in Florida.

They will also have the opportunity to discover both the concrete business opportunities and the real economic and legislative peculiarities of the American market, little known by the Romanian business class.

Smart Start USA addresses entrepreneurs who want to expand their businesses in international markets, especially in the US market.

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About Laufer Harry-Ilan

Laufer Harry-Ilan was the youngest Minister of Trade, Business Environment and Entrepreneurship in the history of the European Union and also one of the most preeminent Ministers in his field. He has been the initiator and coordinator for Bills, national governmental programs and regulatory documents, as well as legislative regulations in the field of SMEs dedicated to improving the business environment, such as: The Law of Prevention, The Law of Public-Private Partnership, Lobby Law, Start-Up Nation Romania. In 2017 alone, 10,000 Startups were financed creating over 20,000 new jobs becoming the largest program for Startups in the EU.

Minister Laufer created tools and instruments to improve the activity of more than 80 Economic Attachés under his command as well as for Ambassadors and the business diplomacy field, such as: Economic-Commercial Diplomacy Guide, Foreign Investors Guide.

He implemented projects and programs to sustain the business environment both nationally and abroad. Under his tenure exports increased with 10% foreign investments as well as a 7% growth in GDP, the largest in the EU.

Prior to joining the government, Laufer was noticed as a talented negotiator and managed to attract over 500 million dollars into the Romanian market, mostly through retail & real-estate businesses. With over 1000 retail leasing deals signed in less than 10 years, he was GM & Head of Leasing for more than 10 Malls & Commercial Centers.

He is the man behind H&M’s and other international brands’ entrance to the Romanian market and he strongly contributed to the expansion of Inditex Group (ZARA).

In the past 10 years, he has been very active as an economic and political analyst, publisher, as well as being one of the major figures on TV in this domain. Laufer is also a renowned speaker, with a remarkable performance achieved for Romania on the international stage. He has been invited as a speaker for several international events such as: Select USA, Trade Winds, CM11 WTO, European Commission and other international organizations.

As Minister of Business environment, commerce and trade, international speaker and young entrepreneur, Harry-Ilan has a vast network of top governmental and business contacts in more than 100 countries, and had the honour to be received by Prime Ministers, Ministers, State Secretaries, GMs and CEOs of the largest companies in the world. In appreciation for his contributions to the development of the US/Romania strategic partnership and achieving in 2017 a new historical record in terms of bilateral trade, Minister Laufer was invited to Washington D.C. by Wilbur Ross, United States Secretary of Commerce, to discuss further strengthening economic partnerships.

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About Smart Start USA

Smart Start USA is the main tool for Romanian companies that want to access the US market by creating the first ecosystem in Romania dedicated to increasing the export and internationalization of Romanian capital companies with priority access to the United States market.

Smart Start USA plans to achieve its objectives by facilitating access to finance, guidance, education and entrepreneurial training for the Romanian companies.

They also intend to increase the development of priority economic sectors for Romanian exports, as well as the number of companies with Romanian capital involved in the export which will increase the number of companies with Romanian capital that will expand on the foreign markets and Increase competitiveness and productivity for foreign markets.

All of this growth will result in the creation of new jobs in the economy directly and indirectly through production and export and stimulate the financial banking markets.
The program is open to Romanian companies (especially small and medium-sized companies) and represents a unique opportunity for their internationalization.

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