As Romania celebrates 100 years since its unification this year, Romania-Insider.com aims to put the spotlight on the positive things that make the country a great place to live and work in, and visit. We have asked business leaders to share their thoughts on Romania and we started with the members of the jury of the Romania Insider Awards.
Gustavo Navarro, Managing Director of cement producer CRH Romania, an Argentinian living in Romania for over two years, brings an expat’s perspective on Romania and its people.
Q: Romania celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year, an important moment in the country’s existence. Please mention and detail three positive things that you think define Romania today.
First of all, Romania is a beautiful country. I have seen here so many beautiful places from the Danube Delta to the mountains and back to the Black Sea. You have here a lot of places where you can still see the old habits, traditions well kept by communities especially in the villages. This is something rare especially in the modern world we live in. I love to spend holidays in a remote village somewhere in the North and observe the traditions come back to life. It is magnificent and unique. By not forgetting the traditions people still have a strong connection with the history and heritage of this country.
And one other thing that I admire is the humor. People know how to laugh even when facing difficulties. Romanian know how to make fun of a difficult situation and humor helps a lot.
Q: Please mention and detail three things about Romania or things that you consider would need improvement so that the country reaches its potential.
I believe it is important for Romanian to acknowledge all these reaches I have mentioned, believe in their mesmeric power and start attracting more tourists.
You have a lot of land here that offers the possibility of great agrarian advantages. And to all of these if we add a strong infrastructure, then a full potential of this country can be reached. There are a lot of EU funds that can be accessed and help Romania grow.