At the invitation of Georgiy Poltavchenko, governor of St. Petersburg, to Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, mayor of Sofia, the Bulgarian capital took part in the VI St. Petersburg International Congress “St. Petersburg and the Slavic World”, held on November 28-30, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
Sofia was represented by a team of Sofia Investment Agency with a presentation during the plenary sessions of the Congress program. The city had its own information stand as part of the “Global and Regional Partners of St. Petersburg” exhibition under the three-day forum.
This year the International Congress was focused on the introduction of innovations and their successful implementation in urban life. As part of the participation of Sofia Municipality in the forum, Mr. Vladimir Danailov, CEO of Sofia Investment Agency, presented the business and investment climate in Sofia, as well as the development of innovations and their successful implementation in the city during the plenary session.
Furthermore, our team also participated in the international collective exhibition “Global and regional partners of St. Petersburg” with its own information and exhibition stand where our team provided information on Sofia’s innovative projects and was introduced to the potential opportunities for joint future projects with Petersburg and other participating cities.
We would like to express our gratitude for the fruitful discussions with the representatives of the St. Petersburg Technopark, Pskov Region Investment Development Agency, Tolyatti innovation region, St.Petersburg Cleantech Cluster, and Invest Finland – the investment agency of Finland.
During the stay, our team visited St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Center, providing information and analytical support to local authorities.
We also met with Mr. Alexei Silkin, Investment Management Director of the Committee on Investments of St. Petersburg, the organization that implements the city’s investment policy and works for the city’s positive business image for both Russian and foreign investors. Mr. Silkin expressed his willingness to establish partnership between Sofia and St. Petersburg. In addition, opportunities for future joint projects and initiatives between the two cities were discussed as well.
The team of Sofia Investment Agency would like to express our gratitude to the organizers of the Government of Saint-Petersburg and the Committee for External Relations of the city for the invitation and the warm reception.