Participation in International Fairs with Support from the State

Participation in a fair or an exhibition is appealing to all companies that may gain a benefit, mirrored in the turnover, but an obstacle entrepreneurs must surpass is the amount of money to be paid both for the entry and for renting room in the exhibition area. If to consider participation at an international fair, the cost is even higher. What companies should know is that the Romanian state extends a helping hand to those who wish to participate in a national or international fair. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business is managing the participation funds of the companies under national pavilion and supports part of, or the total expenses, for participation in a fair or an exhibition.

The amount offered by the state covers: 50% of the transport expenses and accommodation of one representative participating in the exhibition, transportation of the exhibits, samples and promotional materials necessary for the event; also the states manages renting and set up of the exhibition area. Promotion is also not neglected; the expenses for promotional materials and media coverage are coming from the state budget too. Formalities and customs expenses are as well supported by the Romanian state. To start with, the Ministry brings to knowledge of the potential participants that the state will not infuse funds beforehand, to be directed to the aforementioned activities; the money will come following to a statement of the expenses made. However, companies wishing to receive support should not have received any aid from the state for two years past.

Other issues should be taken into account, when applying for state support: promotional materials should be made available 15 days before the exhibition and will not exceed the weight listed on the contract with the state; otherwise, the company will have to organize itself the transport to the venue of the fair. The application form made available by the ministry lists all organizational details, failing any of them will take to keeping the company from taking part in the exhibition and a 1 to 2 years ban from inquiring state funding for participation in international events.

Two international fairs with Romanian participants supported by the ministry

Up to date 43 international fairs were funded with sate financing, among the ones in the construction field is BUDMA International Construction, held in Poland in January of this year, where Romania had a pavilion for the first time.

The list of participants included: Arcon, Construcţii Erbaşu, Dafora, Das, Icecon, Nord Hire, Piropo Construct, Proinves. The advantage that these companies had is the one of a quality, awareness arising presence, and the possibility of discussing potential cooperation agreements with reputable foreign companies.

The next large scale international constructions trade fair is Megabuild, in Turkey where several Romanian companies have received support to participate: Arcon, Celco, Wienerberger, Lasselsberger, MCA, Erbaşu, and the National Institute for Reasearch and Development in Constructions (INCERC).Both fairs list as main objective to show the latest novelties in building materials, and introduce last generation equipments.

Raluca Borceanu – Translated by Ioana Giurgiuman