17 January 2017
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The event

Where is Bulgaria heading to

Internal and external challenges to define the course in 2017

Bulgaria is about to face its most serious political transformations in the recent years. The election of the new President was the very first step; new Parliament elections are yet to be held, and a new Government is to be formed.

The domestic challenges Bulgaria is facing have happened at a moment of time the world is rapidly changing. Division and growing populism in the EU following the Brexit, the fierce opposition between Russia and the West, Donald Trump’s election make all future forecasts even more difficult.
Bulgaria’s economy has been growing in the last several quarters and it is of vital importance to keep this trend no matter the political situation.
Come to hear live what the state policy should be in order to guarantee predictable environment and financial stability – these two are of crucial significance in order to maintain success in business and economic growth.

The annual summit of the business with the Parliament shall meet current key representatives of the Government at the time of holding the event and CEOs of the largest companies in Bulgaria of total turnover of more than BGN 1 bln.

When and where: 17 January, Sofia Hotel Balkan
Deadline for registration: January 16



Draft Program

9:00 - 9:30

Registration and Coffee

09:30 - 09:50


How did Bulgaria look like 5 years ago, how it looks now and how it could look in 20 years from now

Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

09:50 - 10:20

Internal and external risks ahead of Bulgaria

Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister in resignation, Leader of political party GERB
10:20 - 10:40

2017 - a year of truth for Europe

Ivan Krastev, Chair of the Board, Centre for Liberal Strategies
10:40- 11:00

The rising economic nationalism and the impact on the small countries

Daniel Gros, Direcor, CEPS
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break    

11:30 - 12:10


Listen to the business: what to expect and what to fear in 2017
Dr. Nikola Dobrev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of KCM 2000 AD, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of KCM AD
Olivier Marquette, Executive Director, AES Bulgaria
Iliyan Filipov, Owner, PIMK

Moderator: Ognyan Georgiev, Editor, Capital

12:10 - 13:00


Economic views of the major political parties
What are the topics on which the politicians agree

Delyan Dobrev, GERB
Borislav Gutsanov, Bulgarian Socialist Party
Martin Dimitrov, Reformatorski blok

Moderator: Iliyana Tsanova, Deputy Managing Director, European Fund for Strategic Investments

13:00 - 13:20

Coffee break

13:20 - 14:30


Could the financial system become a booster for economic growth - what to expect from the regulators, the banks and the markets

The bank system between the stress tests and the Eurozone
Dimitar Radev, Governor, Bulgarian National Bank

Strategy for the development of the capital market
Karina Karaivanova, Chairperson, Financial Supervision Commission
Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance
Peter Andronov , CEO, CIBANK, Chairman of the Executive Board, Association of Banks in Bulgaria
Moderator: Kamen Kolchev, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Elana Financial Holding


Networking Lunch    



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