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The executive directors of National Company Industrial Zones – Mr. Stefan Staykov and Mrs. Antoaneta Bares participated in the international forum for technology, digital marketing and innovation Webit Festival Europe in Sofia Tech Park during April 25th – 26th 2017.

As a part of the festival, the Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) organized an exhibition area where more than 20 innovative Bulgarian companies were represented. The exhibitors included the InvestBulgaria Agency and National Company Industrial Zones, which afforded an excellent opportunity to promote the business climate in the country and the various industrial zones to a wide range of visitors, business leaders and entrepreneurs from the ICT sector.

Simultaneously with the specialised exhibition, an international business forum was held on the topic of “Contemporary business in the digital age”, officially opened by the minister of economy – PhD Theodor Sedlarski, who emphasized the decades-long experience of Bulgaria in the field of electronics and ICT and

 

Mr. Stefan Staykov, Executive Director of "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC (NCIZ) took part in the Sixteenth session of the Bulgaria-China Intergovernmental Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation which was held in Sofia on 26th of September 2016. During the discussions on the topic of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries it was mentioned the perspective sectors of the Bulgarian economy and the priority projects. First as a priority project was presented the opportunity of the Chinese companies to invest in Bulgarian industrial zones and еspecially in current projects of NCIZ. China is planning to invest 500 billion USD in projects abroad, which is a perfect opportunity for the Bulgarian business to participate in a competition to fulfill its initiatives. 

The Session was opened by Mr. Luben Petrov - Deputy Minister of Economy of Bulgaria and Mr. Zhang Xiangchen, Deputy China International Trade Representative, Ministry of Commerce of China. Representatives of the following Bulgarian institutions took part in the discussions of the Sixteenth session - Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Ministry of agriculture and food, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Commerce of China.

 

Mr. Stefan Staykov, Executive Director of "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC (NCIZ) and The Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov took part in groundbreaking ceremony of a new production facility in Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone.

The amount of the investment is 36.775 million levs. On a territory of 20,000 square meters there will be built center production facilities, office and storage area. Multivac will create 153 jobs for skilled employees.

The investment project envisages construction of a high-tech enterprise for production of parts and components for packaging machines, including manufacturing building, warehouse and logistics base, a center for vocational education and training and office space. It will be revealed and center consulting and shared services in the field of information technology. 

Among the official guests were Mr. Luben Petrov - Deputy Minister of Economy, Mr. Stamen Yanev - Executive Director of Bulgaria Invest Agency, Mr. Georgi Dimov - Mayor of Bozhurishte Municipality, Christian Trauman, manager of "Multivac", and Ivaylo Dimitrov, who manages the Bulgarian branch of the German company.

 

                                   

Mr. Stefan Staykov, Executive Director of "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC (NCIZ) took part in Bulgarian-Uzbek Business Forum, organized by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA). He has presented to the Uzbek and Bulgarian business representatives the opportunities and priorities that NCIZ offers to the investors. Mr. Staykov has presented the competitive advantages of our country, which make it an attractive investment destination and has focused on concrete projects that the company successfully manages.

The forum was opened by Mr. Luben Petrov - Deputy Minister of Economy, Mrs. Denitza Nikolova – Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works and Mr. Bahtier Saidov – First Vice Chairman of Uzbekengilsanoat JSC, heading the official delegation of Uzbekistan.

Mr. Stamen Yanev - Executive Director of Bulgaria Invest Agency and Mr. Nikola Stoyanov, Deputy Executive Director of BSMEPA have participated in the forum.

Mr. Stefan Staykov, Executive Director of "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC took part in the Third annual conference Industrial Construction and Investments 2016. He presented the opportunities that are offered to the investors in Sofia - Bozhurishte Economic Zone and Industrial and Logistics Park – Burgas.

Some important issues were discussed at the forum connected with the development opportunities of the industrial zones in Bulgaria and recommended locations with the best potential for attracting investments. “The development of the industrial zones is a vital factor for economic growth, but to attract key strategic investors we need to work on priority areas," said Mr. Staykov.

The forum was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Economy Mrs. Daniela Vezieva, who stressed that "our country is competitive enough, both among the neighboring countries and worldwide, to attract large foreign investors."

     

NCIZ’s Executive Director, Mr. Stefan Staykov, took part in an official delegation to Japan during May 9th – 14th 2016 headed by the Minister of Economy Mr. Bozhidar Loukarsky.

During the visit a meeting was held with Mr. Yoneda Kenzo, Chairman of the Japanese International Economic Exchange Association which supports the growth of SMEs and their contacts with foreign partners, and with Mrs. Akiko Igaya, Director of the Japanese-Bulgarian Association. The future collaboration with these organisations was discussed in order to promote the economic collaboration between Japan and Bulgaria.

Mr. Stefan Staykov took part in a bilateral business forum where he presented the opportunities for investment in Bulgaria and the competitive advantages of the industrial zones being developed by NCIZ.

The Bulgarian delegation included the deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Lyuben Petrov, the Executive Director of the Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency Mrs. Marieta Zaharieva and representatives of 16 companies in the fields of high tech, manufacturing and food industry.

Today, March 11th 2016, a Memorandum of Cooperation between Bozhurishte Municipality and National Company Industrial Zones PLC was signed. The Memorandum aims to strengthen the beneficial cooperation between the parties by combining their efforts in attracting investment and improving the competitiveness and employment on the territory of the municipality. Common standpoints about the development of the investment potential of Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone will be reached through joint activities, which will contribute to the economic prosperity of the region.

Mr. Stefan Staykov pointed out that innovative ideas and complex solutions are needed in order to achieve a sustainable urban environment model, which will make Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone more inviting to investors. “Trough signing this Memorandum today, we express our intention to do so in close cooperation with Bozhurishte Municipality”, he added.
Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov also expressed confidence that this partnership will be fruitful and stated: “Our mission is to transform investment intentions into business achievements”.
Both parties received full support for their future intentions by the deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Lyuben Petrov who said that “The Economic Zone is a large-scale project which plays an important role for employment and economic development in the country. The Zone is establishing itself as an attractive investment destination.”

 

The Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Mr. Meotdi Chimev- Mayor of Dupnitsa at an official ceremony. The main purpose of the signed document is to be created conditions for intensive communication between the two sides of the memorandum, exchange of experience and best practices in order to develop common positions, as well as implementation of joint efforts in this direction.
Concerning the signed memorandum Nikolai Tsenkov said "Dupnitsa has many advantages, one of them is the best location. I see a big change, the city has a vision of a regional city and has everything needed to attract investors.”
‘’A great interest in the industrial development of Bulgaria is expected in the next few years and this first step that we have made is important because attracting investors in the industry sector takes several years. We expect the first interest to occur very soon”, said the executive director of the National Company Industrial Zones Mr. Stefan Staykov.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Lyuben Petrov, who stated a belief that "this is exactly the purpose of this memorandum - to have a legal basis on which we can gain a foothold while attracting investors to municipal areas."
Dupnitsa Municipality has proposed a list of 10 properties that are suitable for creation and development of an industrial zone. The main requirements are these areas to have good location, developed infrastructure and to be at least 40 000 m2. It became clear at the meeting that it is expected to be prepared a portfolio of possible municipal areas to be offered to prospective investors.

National Company Industrial Zones received an award from Business Club magazine for good cooperation with Bozhurishte Municipality in regard to attracting investment. Participants in the ceremony included the Deputy Minister of Economy Mrs. Daniela Vezieva, the Executive Director of the Invest Bulgaria Agency Mr. Stamen Yanev, mayors of various municipalities and representatives of about 70 companies from a range of industries.

NCIZ’s Executive Director Mr. Stefan Staykov expressed his gratitude for the award and his confidence that every institution, whether it is a representative of the local or central government authorities, should support business: “The main goal of all institutions is to assist investors in the implementation of their business ideas and that is why it is so important to work as a team. Our common objective is to create a competitive and sustainable environment where business can develop its potential.”

 National Company Industrial Zones PLC’s Executive Director Mr. Stefan Staykov took part in an official delegation accompanying the Minister of Economy Mr. Bojidar Loukarsky to Federal Province North Rhine – Westphalia during February 11th – 13th, 2016. The delegation included the Mayor of Plovdiv Mr. Ivan Totev, the Executive Director of the Invest Bulgaria Agency Mr. Stamen Yanev, the Executive Director of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dr. Mitko Vassilev and representatives of the Ministry of Economy.

The delegation members visited the cities of Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen and Wuppertal and had the opportunity to meet the management of leading German companies such as Thyssen Krupp, WITTE Automotive and Böco Böddecker.

The Düsseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted an Economic forum “North Rhine Westphalia – Bulgaria”, where Mr. Stefan Staykov held a presentation about NCIZ’s projects and the investment opportunities of the company’s industrial zones. Dr. Andreas Teuner, Managing Director of Behr-Hella Thermocontrol GmbH – the first investor in Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone, shared BHTC’s experience with its newly-established

 

The Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, in partnership with the Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry and IKEA organized a conference “New Prospects for the export of furniture, equipment and interiors”. The event succeeds the working visit of the Minister of Economy Bojidar Loukarsky in Sweden, where opportunities for constructing a logistics centre and a production base by IKEA in Bulgaria were discussed.

Today’s forum was opened by a welcome address by Lyuben Petrov – Deputy Minister of Economy, Dr. Georgi Kostov – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food and Marieta Zaharieva – Executive Director of BSMEPA. They expressed their confidence that IKEA, as well the entire furniture industry can rely on the state institutions because they represent a stable business partner through the incentives being offered and the effective dialogue between them. During the event, the Swedish company announced its intentions to increase the deliveries from Bulgaria and to establish new partnerships.

Among the participants in the conference were Nikolay Tsenkov – Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Company Industrial Zones, Stamen Yanev – Executive Director of the Invest Bulgaria Agency, Elitsa Nencheva – Executive Director of the Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry, representatives of IKEA and various companies from the industry.

The problems and opportunities for future growth of the automotive industry in Bulgaria were discussed today at a round table with the Minister of Economy Bojidar Loukarsky and the Deputy Minister of Economy Lyuben Petrov. In the discussion took part the Executive Director of National Company Industrial Zones Stefan Staykov, the Chairman of the Board of Directors Nikolay Tsenkov, the management of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria and the Association of Automotive Producers, the Executive Director of the Invest Bulgaria Agency Stamen Yanev, as well as various business representatives.

 

NCIZ’s executive director Mr. Stefan Staykov and the chairman of NCIZ’s Board of Directors Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov took part in an official ceremony on the occasion of signing a Memorandum of Intent between NCIZ and JYSK BUL. By signing this document, the Danish company expresses its willingness to implement a large-scale investment project – the construction of a distribution centre which will be located in Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone and will supply the majority of the company’s stores in Central and Eastern Europe. Approximately 200 new jobs are expected to be created through this investment.

The ceremony took place in the Council of Ministers. The Memorandum was signed by JYSK’s executive vice president logistics Mr. Allan Kjærgaard and Mr. Stefan Staykov, followed by congratulatory addresses by H.E. Mr. Christian Kønigsfeldt, ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark in Bulgaria, the chairman of NCIZ’s Board of Directors Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, the minister of economy Mr. Bojidar Loukarsky and the deputy prime minister for EU funds and economic policies Mr. Tomislav Donchev.

Among the official guests were representatives of Sofia Municipality, Sofia City Council, Bozhurishte Municipality and the Invest Bulgaria Agency.                                                                

    

Representatives of the "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC participated in the official ceremony where Deputy Minister of Economy Daniela Vezieva handed four investment class certificates issued under the Investment Promotion Act. Two of the companies - "Arkomat - BULGARIA" Ltd. and "STAR ABC INVEST" Ltd. received a certificate class A for building a factory and a logistic center. Investment certificate class B received "ESCO TRADE" Ltd. for the construction of a logistic center and "CLIMBMAT" Ltd. for a production base.

Three of the companies will fulfill their projects in Sofia - Bozhurishte Economic Zone, as the total amount of their investment is about 8.5 million levs. It is expected to be created 220 jobs.

The project of "Esco Trade" Ltd. includes construction of a logistic center for warehousing and storage of materials and raw materials, where will be carried out the logistics of supply, loading and unloading, sorting, warehousing and storage.

"STAR ABC Invest” Ltd. is a newly established company which intends to build a logistic center with a total area of ​​41,303 square meters for the needs of the courier company "Speedy" AD.

"Climbmat" Ltd. is a subsidiary of the world leader in the production of artificial climbing walls - Walltopia. The investment project is the second one for the company on the territory of Sofia - Bozhurishte Economic Zone and according to it the existing factory will be extended and the production will be diversified with new products.

At the ceremony for the award of the certificates, official guests were Nikolay Tsenkov- Chairperson of the Board of Directors of "National Company Industrial Zones" JSC and Stamen Yanev- Executive Director of the Invest Bulgaria Agency.

On November 23rd, 2015 Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NCIZ, took part in the 12th edition of a business forum organized at the initiative of the Vienna Economic Forum, in a panel under the headline “Investments as a motor for competitiveness and growth”. In his statement, Mr. Tsenkov presented key topics and issues related to opportunities for economic progress and increasing the FDI volume.

The forum was also attended by high-rank representatives from various governmental institutions, NGOs and the business community.

 

On Nov. 4th, 2015, in Novotel Sofia Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of National Company Industrial Zones took part in the International Conference Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, Smart Economy, which aimed to bring together technology, government and society. The conference consisted of four panels which emphasized on smart cities, urban governance reforms and new technologies, efficient energy supply, transport and water supply networks and systems.

Mr. Tsenkov presented the main activities of National Company Industrial Zones through the prism of smart regional projects in the panel „Bulgaria prepares for smart concepts”.

  

Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov, Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Company Industrial Zones PLC, took part in a business delegation to Amman, Jordan from Oct. 30th till Nov. 4th 2015. A Bulgarian-Jordanian business forum was held on Nov. 1st in Amman. Among the participants on the Bulgarian side were Mrs. Dora Irikova, councilor to the Minister of Economy and Mr. Nikola Stoyanov, deputy executive director of the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA). Twenty-four Bulgarian companies from the sectors machine-building, electronics and electrical engineering etc. were represented in the business forum.

The first large-scale Bulgarian-Jordanian investment project – that of “Parvomai-BT” AD and a Jordanian tobacco processing company, was officially inaugurated in a newly opened industrial zone by the Minister of industry, trade and supply of Jordan and Mrs. Dora Irikova, councilor to the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Mr. Tsenkov presented NCIZ’s projects to Jordanian companies within the business forum, with particular investment interest being expressed towards Industrial & Logistics Park Burgas.

During the business mission, a draft Memorandum of Cooperation was presented to National Company Industrial Zones by Al Muwaqar Industrial Estate.

  

  Representatives of the National Company Industrial Zones took part in a business forum during the Bulgaria’s Days at the EXPO 2015 Milano held on 7-9 September 2015. The event was organized by the Milan Chamber of Commerce, the Agency for promotion of international activities of Italian companies PROMOS and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria.

  The participants in the business delegation were Mr. Ljuben Petrov, Deputy Minister of Economy; Ms. Madzhide Ahmedova, deputy executive director of Invest Bulgaria Agency; Ms. Marieta Zaharieva, executive director of Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency; Ms. Elitsa Panajotova, executive director of Sofia Tech Park and 24 Bulgarian companies that search business contacts and cooperation with Italian partners.

  The participation of the National Company Industrial Zones at the EXPO 2015 Milano contributed to establishment of direct business contacts with Italian companies and institutions and offered opportunities for fruitful cooperation between the two countries. At this event there were presented the activities and projects of NCIZ, the opportunities offered by NCIZ to Italian investors, as well as the advantages of Bulgaria as an investment destination.

 

  On September 10, 2015 a groundbreaking ceremony for a research center of „Climbmat“ was held in Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone. The company is a subsidiary of „Walltopia“ LTD. – a world leader specialized in the production of climbing walls.

   Among the official guests were Bozidar Lukarski - Minister of Economy, Todor Chobanov - Deputy Mayor of Sofia, Asparuh Asparuhov - Mayor of Bozhurishte Municipality, representatives of National Company Industrial Zones, Invest Bulgaria Agency, „GBS Holding“ JSC. Minister Lukarski expressed his gratitude to the managers of „Climbmat“ for their decision to implement the project on the territory of Sofia – Bozhurishte Economic Zone.

   The amount of the investment is 3.17 million levs. On a territory of ​​17,495 square meters there will be built „R & D center Climbmat“, production facilities, office and storage area.

On June 18th-19th 2015 representatives of National Company Industrial Zones participated in the conference „Vienna Economic Talks – Investments and Regional Cooperation - Current Situation and EU Perspectives for the West Balkan Countries as a Part of the Region". The deputy minister of the economy Mr. Lyuben Petrov and Mr. Nikolay Tsenkov as members of the Board of Directors of National Company Industrial Zones presented investment opportunities in Bulgaria as a part of the Balkan region. Special focus was given on attracting investment particularly in the industrial zones developed by NCIZ.

 

The forum presented governmental and private organizations from 19 countries, including the chairmen of the Investment promotion agencies of Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Turkey and Kosovo. The event was also attended by representatives of the senior management of leading companies from the region of the Vienna Economic Forum – from the Adriatic to the Black Sea.

 

During the visit were held meetings with Mrs. Bernadette Gerlinger – Deputy Minister of Economy of Austria, Mr. Furqan Chaco – Minister of Foreign Investment of the Republic of Macedonia and business representatives from the Western Balkans region.

 

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