29 June 2010, Tuesday, 15:43

Bashkortostan and Bulgaria establish economic relations

author: Rasul Hamidullin

Today the Bashkir-Bulgarian Business Forum takes place in Ufa. Among its participants are  Alexey Nikin, acting as the chairman of Commerce and Industry Chamber of Bashkortostan Republic, Ildar Ahmetshin, the deputy minister of industry, investment and innovative policy RB Svetlana Sharenkova, the member of council of Bulgarian -Russian Commerce and Industry Chamber, representatives of various enterprises and organisations of Bashkortostan and Bulgaria.

Alexey Nikin in his opening speech marked that between Russia and Bulgaria for a long time there were close relations, however recently economic cooperation decreased.

— We are going to restore former communications and to strengthen business relations, — he said. – For this reason, we have invited representatives of small-scale business to our today's forum, which should find contact points with our Bulgarian colleagues.

Cooperation Agreement signing between Bashkortostan Commerce and Industry Chamber and Bulgarian-Russian Commerce and Industry Chamber became the main event of the meeting. As both parties underlined this Agreement should not become a simple formality.

After signing of the Agreement, the representative of Bulgarian party Plamen Mladenov has named factors of appeal of his country for businessmen of Bashkortostan. Among them, he has named the permissive tax assessment, easy to get crediting, reasonable prices for the real estate and the developed tourist industry.

The honoured guests have estimated economic and, in particular, agricultural potential of Bashkortostan as equally high.

— In Bulgaria the agriculture used to be at quite high level also, — Svetlana Sharenkova said. – But now we observe recession in this direction. In Bashkortostan it is different. You manage to take leading positions in the agricultural sector of Russia. Our farmers need to follow your example.

The forum continued as bilateral negotiations of the Bashkir and Bulgarian businessmen exchanging business contacts.