Business forum “Business and investment between Bulgaria and Turkey” was held in Istanbul

Bulgarian business delegation headed by Mr. Tsvetan Simeonov, President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Co-President of the Bulgarian-Turkish Business Council, and Mr. Yancho Yanev, Chairman of Haskovo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, visited Istanbul.
The representatives of the Bulgarian business delegation met with the Board of Directors of the Turkish-Bulgarian Business Council with DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey), and with representatives of the Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and discussed the opportunities of collaboration in economy, investments, trade, facilitation of customs and other administrative proceedings, women entrepreneurship and wine production. For the first time conversations were extended to topics related to culture. 
Mr. Yalcin Egemen, Co-President of the Turkish-Bulgarian Business Council, opened the business forum which was attended by more than 30 Turkish entrepreneurs, and outlined the main areas of cooperation between DEIK and BCCI, bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Turkey, sectors of mutual interest with potential for development – agriculture and food industry. Yalcin Egemen stressed that the main problem for both the countries is the road infrastructure.
Tsvetan Simeonov presented the Chamber’s cooperation with business organisations from Turkey at international and regional level, as well as the new developments in the activities of the BCCI – mainly in the processes digitization, the Chamber’s mobile application, barcodes, Arbitration Court and others. He noted that the partnership between BCCI and DEIK will go further with new initiatives. 
Stefan Arnaudov from the Bulgarian Trade and Economic Affairs Service in Istanbul said that visa regime for the Turkish citizens is the main problem, but it’s been planned to facilitate visa issuing procedures and provide possible travel package services.
Bulgaria’s advantages as an attractive location for business and investment were presented to the participants of the forum.
Bulgarian companies were given the opportunity to meet with potential partners from sectors of financing, textiles, law and consultancy, freight elevators, production of tanks and containers. 


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