High Level Forum "Together for Strong Digital Agriculture"

Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH)







National Palace of Culture


Opening speeches


Expert discussion




Rumen Porodzanov, Minister of agriculture of Bulgaria. Photo: Yordan Simeonov (EU2018BG)

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission. Photo: Yordan Simeonov (EU2018BG)

Minister Porodzanov and Commissioner Gabriel. Photo: Yordan Simeonov (EU2018BG)

Photo: Yordan Simeonov (EU2018BG)


19 April 2018 | Thursday

08:30 - 10:00

Registration, welcome coffee and exhibition of ICT solutions, initiatives and projects on e-agriculture

Venue: Hotel Novotel Sofia

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome speeches by the organisers

10:15 - 11:15

Introductory presentations on the e-agriculture and agricultural innovation concepts

Purpose: Provide the audience with a broad background on e-agriculture, its opportunities, challenges and regional context, as well as the concept and initiatives of agricultural knowledge and innovation systems.

11:15 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Exhibition tour and voting

During the exhibition, each participant will be requested to rank the presented solutions, based on the FAO call for good practices on e-agriculture, according to their innovation and upscaling potential.

13:00 - 14:00

Side event presentations

(each presentation will be 15 min in room Paris)

14:00 - 15:30

Interactive session: How to boost the agricultural innovation through digital technologies ?

15:45 - 17:00

Country reporting on the interactive session, conclusions and evaluation.

20 April 2018 | Friday

08:00 - 08:30

Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture

08:30 - 09:00

Ministers, Commissioner, FAO Regional Representative and FAO Regional Programme Leader arrivals and doorstep

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome address

Tomislav DONCHEV - Deputy Prime Minister; Lilyana PAVLOVA - Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU 2018

09:10 - 09:20

Opening address

Vladimir RAKHMANIN, Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

09:20 - 09:30

Opening speech

Mariya GABRIEL, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

09:30 - 11:00

High-level ministerial panel discussion: Enabling environment for digital agriculture-policy options and strategic frameworks for digital transformation in agriculture in Europe

Moderator: Raimund JEHLE, FAO Regional Programme Leader for Europe and Central Asia

11:30 - 13:30

Expert panel discussion: Learning from experience: How to unleash the innovation potential of the digital technologies?

Moderator: Svetlana Boyanova, Chairperson of Institute for Agrostrategies and Innovations

13:30 - 14:00

Discussion and concluding remarks

Assoc. Prof. Bojin Bojinov – Head of Department of Genetics and Plant breeding, Agricultural University of Plovdiv

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