Sofia Investment Agency extended an official invitation for partnership to Italian cities at the European Conference “EURONET-Italian Networking around Europe: Innovation and INTERNATIONalization in DIGITAL SOCIETY within the Bulgarian Presidency of EC 2018”. The event was held in Sofia under the auspices of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and its Chairman, Marco Montecchi.
Vladimir Danailov, CEO of the Agency welcomed the participants of the forum on behalf of Ms. Yordanka Fandakova, the mayor of Sofia. It is my privilege to greet you on behalf of Ms. Yordanka Fandakova, the mayor of our capital, and to send you her message that Sofia is a place where you can make safe and profitable business, Danailov said. He introduced the main activities of SIA – one-stop shop for the business and presentation of all opportunities for development of any company that is ready to invest in Sofia and in the country.
Sofia is looking for and offers business opportunities with high added value, development activities, as well as solution of the challenges imposed by the era of Industry 4.0. The capital is no longer a destination for cheap outsourcing business. Here the companies can find not only highly educated but also creative staff. In 2016/2017 the share of employees with higher education in the sector is nearly 80%. The share of the employed under the age of 34 in Sofia is 38%, compared to 33% of all employed in the capital. We strive and work for development and high technology, for a green city and a friendly social environment. In this sense, the city is investing heavily in infrastructure, public transport and recreation areas, said the director of the Agency. He added that only a few weeks ago, SIA signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with London under the “City to City” program and received an invitation for similar agreement with Vienna.
Special guests at the conference were Minister Liliana Pavlova and the Italian Ambassador in Bulgaria, Stefano Baldi. The videos of the participants’ presentations are available on the Facebook page of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.