Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:00

Bulgarian President visits Mongolia and opens Mongolia-Bulgaria Business Forum

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съвместен българо-монголски бизнес форумOn the sidelines of the official visit of the President of Bulgaria to Mongolia between May 10-13, 2015, "Mongolia-Bulgaria Business Forum" launched on May 12 at the Consensus Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Bulgarian President R.A.Plevneliev and the Prime Minister of Mongolia Ch.Saikhanbileg gave the opening remarks.

The latter highlighted three key reasons to push forward the cooperation between the two countries. The first one are the political interests of Mongolia and Bulgaria that are now being realized through high level visits. "It is time for us to collaborate in 'win-win' strategy," he added.

Secondly, the main economic sectors of our two countries have similarities, the PM noted and said Bulgaria leads the information technology and computer production in the world. Mongolia can learn from these practices. "Our two countries can cooperate in industrial and agricultural sectors, in localizing here the Bulgarian roses, introducing the subway system, and in many other fields," he said.

In third, said the PM, Mongolia sees its landlocked geographic location as a disadvantage, "but we  have two great 'seas'--Russia and China. Mongolia can facilitate Bulgaria’s access to the Chinese market, while Bulgaria can provide Mongolia with an access to the European market." He said the Mongolian Government will support the two countries' business cooperation by all means.

The participants of the forum are, on behalf of Bulgaria, the representatives of the Association of Employers, the Informatics and Software Association, and Bulgarian businessmen, and on behalf of Mongolia--the officials from the Ministry of Mining, the Agency of IT, Postage and Communications, the Invest Mongolia Agency and Mongolian businessmen.

The Mongolian PM stressed that Mongolia sees Bulgaria as the gateway to EU for Mongolia.

During joint press conference held on May 11, the President of Mongolia - Elbegdorj Tsakhia highlighted that “this year, two countries celebrate 65th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic relations. Coincided with this anniversary, the visit of Mr Plevneliev has a historical importance".  “We consider Bulgaria as one of our closest and best friends in Europe, and hope that Bulgaria considers Mongolia likewise. Today we signed several documents of cooperation, and this will contribute to the bilateral cooperation,” he added.

Официално посещение на българския президент Росена Плевнелиева в Монголия
Two presidents during press conference

The president of Bulgaria - Rosen Plevneliev stated that Mongolia is the most reliable partner and close friend of Bulgaria in Asia and that some 5,000 Mongolians have graduated from Bulgarian universities and institutes, and more than 3,000 have been involved in mid-career trainings in his country. He added that bilateral talks will continue on the cooperation in the spheres of medicine, land farming, food, tannery, IT and infrastructure. After the press conference, during his interview to the media, Mr Plevneliev that Bulgaria intends to open its Consulate at its Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.

A number of documents have been signed during the official visit of Bulgaria’s President to Mongolia, including the Memorandum of Understanding between the Foreign Ministries of Mongolia and Bulgaria, the Agreement on Rendering Technical Assistance to the Agricultural Sphere, the Agreement on Scholarship Program for Mongolian students as well as Cooperation protocol between the two countries' Academies of Sciences.


Source: MonTsaMe News Agency