12-th Annual Government Meets the Business, 30 January, pl. "Sveta Nedelya" 5, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia
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The event

The Big Questions for 2018

Will Bulgaria achieve sustainable growth while losing human capital?
How can the Bulgarian economy be more attractive to those working abroad?

Although the Bulgarian economy has continued to register sustainable growth in recent months, businesses are faced up with a serious challenge that has a strong potential to curb future growth — a shortage of people. This lack of available human resources has been felt by a continually growing number of sectors of the economy. The huge number of Bulgarians who emigrated in the last 15 years has left a gaping hole on the labour market — a problem further exacerbated by the continually deteriorating demographic situation and non-competitive education in the country.

Without being able to hire workers and employees, companies will be forced to put their investments on hold and curb future plans for expansion and growth. Today, talent hunting plays out on a truly global scale and can put a spoke in the wheels of further economic growth.

By way of tradition, the annual meeting of businesses and the government will bring together key government officials and the owners of the largest companies in Bulgaria.
They will have an opportunity to discuss both government policies and the business strategies that can help reverse this negative trend.

The meeting will take place at the beginning of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union — an opportune moment for Bulgaria putting forth proposals for amending Community regulations and policies in order to safeguard its interest.
When and where: January 30, Sofia Hotel Balkan

Deadline for registration: January 26

Participation fee:
 360 euro incl. 20% VAT

Representatives of the media can access the event with preliminary registration only.
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  • Rumen Radev

    Rumen Radev President of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Boyko Borissov

    Boyko Borissov Prime Minister of Bulgaria

  • Tomislav Donchev

    Tomislav Donchev Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Vladislav Goranov

    Vladislav Goranov Ministry of Finance

    From 1998 to 2001 he was a Specialist at Extra-budgetary Accounts and Funds Division; an Expert and Director of Financial Policy Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Agrarian Reform. In 2001 he took the position of Chief expert at Financing of State Bodies, Programs and Insurance Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Finance. From 2001 to 2009 he was Head of Social Expenditures Division of the Ministry of Finance, Public Finance Management. From August 2009 to April 2013 he took the position of Deputy Minister of Finance. He was a member of the 42nd National Assembly which he left at his own will in February 2014. After that Mr. Goranov was appointed as Executive Director and Member of the Management Board of Municipal Bank Plc.
  • Biser Petkov

    Biser Petkov Minister of Labor and Social Policy

  • Dimitar Radev

    Dimitar Radev Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank

  • Guntram B. Wolff

    Guntram B. Wolff Director, Bruegel

  • Ivan Krastev

    Ivan Krastev Chair of the Board, Programme Director, Centre for Liberal Strategies

  • Rosen Plevneliev

    Rosen Plevneliev President of the Republic of Bulgaria 2012 – 2017

  • Dietmar Dumlich

    Dietmar Dumlich Head of Division Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, EIB

    Dietmar Dumlich joined the European Investment Bank in 1992. He is heading the division for financing operations in Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Before joining the South East Europe department, Mr. Dumlich was responsible for projects in Italy, Portugal and France, structured financing in Research, Development and Innovation, as well as operational management and business planning. Graduated from Trier University (Germany) and Clark University (Massachusetts, USA) he holds a Masters degree in Economics and Finance and started his career as Economic and Financial advisor in the commercial banking sector.
  • Mark Robinson

    Mark Robinson CEE Research Specialist, Colliers International

  • Xavier Marcenac

    Xavier Marcenac Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, TELUS International Europe

  • Shaun Bosch

    Shaun Bosch General Manager, ALC Bulgaria


Draft Agenda

08:45 – 09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:30 - 09:35 Official Opening
Theodore Zahov, Publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Economedia

09:35 - 11:15 First Discussion Panel
Direct questions. Concrete Answers

H.E. Rumen Radev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

What Can the Government Do to Retain and Develop Human Capital
The Cabinet's Economic Strategy and Priority European Policies
Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

Is Bulgaria Able to Escape the Eastern European Trap of Low Incomes
Ivan Krastev
, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Researcher, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences in Vienna, Founder and member, European Council on Foreign Relations

How Long Will the European Economy Grow and the Outlook for Bulgaria
Guntram Wolff
, Director, Bruegel

The Effects of Bulgaria's Efforts to Join the Eurozone
Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance
Dimitar Radev, Governor, Bulgarian National Bank (BNB)

Moderators: Theodore Zahov, Publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Economedia
Alexei Lazarov, Managing Editor, Capital

11:15 - 11:45 Networking Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:00 Intro 
Who, How Many, Where?
Presenting the data from a joint study of Capital and Colliers International on the loss of human capital in recent years - how big is the problem, what are the effects on the economy and what state policies can solve it 
Mark Robinson, CEE Research Specialist, Colliers International

12:00 - 13:10 Second Discussion Panel
Will Bulgaria Achieve Sustainable Growth while Losing Human Capital?
How Can the Bulgarian Economy be More Attractive to Those Working Abroad?

Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
Biser Petkov, Minister of Labor and Social Policy
Dietmar Dumlich, Head of Division Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Xavier Marcenac, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, TELUS International Europe
Shaun Bosch, General Manager, ALC

Moderator: Ognyan Georgiev, Editor, Capital

13:10 - 13:30 Closing Keynote Speech
Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria (2012-2017)

13:30 Networking Lunch


American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria AHK CCI France Bulgarie Advantage Austria BAIT Bulgarian Outsourcing Association Mtel BMW VEOLIA Bulgaria RBB Geostroy Geotrading British American Tobacco PWC Janev & Janev


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