Over 35,000 jobs have been created by German investors in Bulgaria. This was said by the Minister of Economy and Industry Nikola Stojanov during the ceremony of the German Economy Award in Bulgaria. The event is organized by the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
‘I am glad that I have the opportunity to attend this event, because in this hall are gathered many of the companies that contribute with their work to the development of German-Bulgarian economic relations,’ said Nikola Stojanov. ‘For me the most important signal remains the message of the German business — that 100% of the companies operating here would invest again in Bulgaria if faced with this choice,’ he said, referring to the data from the annual survey of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce among their members.
The Minister of Economy pointed out that ‘it was very important for me and my team to have a constant and direct connection with foreign business in Bulgaria’. In this regard, he reminded that the ‘breakfast for investors’ initiative was launched, the main purpose of which was to create a format of direct conversation in which companies could raise their problems and proposals in an informal environment.
Minister Nikola Stojanov presented the award to the winner in the category ‘Large Enterprise’ together with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bulgaria H. M. Irene Plank of Bosch Bulgaria, part of the Bosch Group. The statuette and the certificate were accepted by Thomas Metz, Managing Director of Bosch Engineering Centre Sofia.
The awards are organized and held by the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and are presented to companies with a significant contribution in the field of bilateral economic relations in four categories — ‘Small or Medium Enterprise’, ‘Large Enterprise’, ‘Social Commitment and ‘Start-up Company’. Over 560 German companies are members of the GBCIC and do business in Bulgaria in the sectors of automotive industry, electronics and electrical engineering, food industry, information technology, digitalization, etc.
The event was attended by the President of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Tim Kurth, the General Manager of GBCIC Dr. Mitko Vasilev, the Deputy Minister of Innovation and Growth Stefan Savov, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bulgaria H. M. Irene Plank, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the Federal Republic of Germany H. Ms Elena Shekerletova and others.