In line with the upcoming governmental elections in Bulgaria in July, the Swedish Trade Council in Sofia and the Bulgarian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce organized a forum-discussion called “Make Your Voice Heard” on June 18th. The event was designed to stimulate the cooperation between Bulgarian authorities and Swedish business and to facilitate communication.
The event started with welcome words by Ms. Daniela Dimitrova, Project Manager of the Swedish Trade Council in Sofia, Mr. Göran Svensson, President of the Bulgarian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and H.E. Mr. Paul Beijer, Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria. During the first session of the forum special presentations were made by members of the Swedish business community in Bulgaria. They gave presentations of their experience in making business in the country, the problems they had faced, and gave suggestions on how to improve the business environment.
The second session of the forum started with a mutual discussion. Hot topics such as corruption, legislation, bureaucracy, infrastructure, etc, were all among the discussed issues at the event. Factors and measures for improving the cooperation between the government and the business were also identified.
As a result of the forum a joint memorandum will be composed and later on handed to the newly elected Bulgarian government. The memorandum will be structured as a wish-list to the new Bulgarian government with the wish Bulgaria to become an even better place for both foreign and national business.
© Anders Stohr