Investment prospective: Western Balkans

from

16.05.2018

11:00

to

16.05.2018

12:45

National Palace of Culture

Regional Business Leaders Meet Up 2018

Under the Auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) and the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018 co-organise a high-level discussion mottoed Investment Prospective: Western Balkans at NDK, Hall 3 in Sofia, Bulgaria on 16 May 2018. Please note that due to an urgent appointment of some of our speakers the event will start at 11.00 (and not at 10:00 as previously announced) and will close at 12.45 hrs.

The discussion takes place a day before the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia with the aim of presenting the investment and business development prospects of the region. The discussion will seek to encourage regional economic cooperation as an essential part of the European
integration of the countries of the Western Balkans and a key to their progress and welfare.

The event will be hosted by BBLF Chairman Iravan Hira and Minister for the Bulgarian EU Presidency 2018 Liliana Pavlova and will bring together public and private sector leaders at the national and regional level and the EU. Guest speakers include Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Macedonian Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, businesses operating in Bulgaria and beyond, members of the diplomatic corps. For details please refer to the draft agenda.

The round-table discussion will focus on the economic potential of the Western Balkans, foreign investment incentives, and sustainable business practices.

NB: Media accreditations for the EU-Western Balkans Summit on 17 May are eligible for this event, too.

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Agenda

16 May 2018 | Wednesday

9:30 - 9:45

Registration

9:45 - 10:00

Family photo

10:00 - 10:45

Opening

Opening addresses: Iravan Hira, Chairman of the Board of Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum; Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU 2018; Keynote statements: Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria (tbc); Donald Tusk, President of the European Council (tbc); Moderation: Maxim Behar, Past Chairman, Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum Board Member

10:45 - 11:15

Round table discussion – economic potential of the Western Balkans

Participants in the discussion: Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister (tbc); Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy (tbc); Goran Knežević, Minister of Economy of the Republic Serbia (tbc); Kreshnik Bekteshi, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Macedonia (tbc); Valdrin Lluka, Minister of Economic Development of Kosovo (tbc); Mirko Šarović, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (tbc); Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Finance and Economy of the Republic of Albania (tbc); Dragica Sekuli, Minister of Economy of Montenegro (tbc); Zoya Paunova, Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum Board member (tbc); Levon Hampartzoumyan, Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum Deputy Chairperson (tbc); Regional CEOs of Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum member companies (tbc); Followed by Q&A session with the audience, senior representatives of BBLF, investors from the region and beyond

11:15 - 11:45

Round table discussion – investment horizons

Participants in the discussion: Maria Shishkova, Past Chairperson, BBLF Board member (tbc); Boriana Manolova, Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum Board member (tbc); Regional CEOs of Bulgarian Business Leaders’ Forum member companies (tbc); Followed by Q&A session with the audience, senior representatives of BBLF, investors from the region and beyond

11:45 - 12:00

Conclusions

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