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Over 20 applications have been sent to the National Company Industrial Zones PLC, claimed the executive director of the company Antoaneta Bares. Those applications have been primarily about the Economic Zone Sofia- Bozhurishte and since the start of this year an increasing interest towards the industrial zones in Vidin and Ruse could be observed, pointed out she in the morning television show ‘’Good morning, Bulgaria’’ of Focus Radio.

Bares commented that a crucial factor which affects the choice of particular investment environment, except the location and infrastructure, is the availability of workforce. Already 10 memorandums for cooperation have been signed with universities in the whole country, but now the company intends to cooperate with the naval academies as well as with the university in Veliko Tarnovo. There are some plans for joint work between NCIZ and some of the professional high schools in the future.

The company already started working on its tenth project in its portfolio- that is Industrial Zone Kardzhali, which is covering around 95 decares of land, added Bares. Since February NCIZ is co-working and with Municipality of Stara Zagora. The local authority there offers a plot covering 115 decares of land, suited near the highway and which could be turned into an industrial area in future. 

‘’ A lot of new initiatives will be implemented, we work intensively with regional governors, and have signed memorandums with them and they provided the necessary information about the industrial terrains on their territory’’, claimed Bares. She added to her speech that the world-wide established car manufacturer Hyundai has been invited to carry out its project activities in Bulgaria- the terrain that has been offered for that purpose was the one of the airport in Ravnetz near Burgas.

Antoaneta Bares told everything about the participation of NCIZ at the event of the initiative’’16+1’’ which was at the end of the previous week. The company signed a memorandum for cooperation with China Centre for Information Industry Development at the 7th Meeting of the leaders of the Governments of Central and Eastern Europe as well as China. The idea was the building and managing of public services platform ‘’Digital road of the silk’’.

‘’As a firm that is used as an instrument for attracting more foreign investments and for expanding the investment volume in Bulgarian companies, we think that we could be useful for encouraging the Chinese investments in our country’’, explained Bares.

NCIZ was presented also at the business forum which gathered together more than 200 Chinese companies and 600 businessmen from Central and Eastern Europe.

‘’The National Company took part in the discussion, dedicated to the high-tech technology and investments, industrial partnership and mixed mode manufacturing facilities’’, clarified Bares and said that the opportunities for investments in industrial zones also the investment climate in Bulgaria have been discussed.

 

 

 

The Bulgarian state-owned industrial zones were presented at the business forum, part of the Seventh meeting of the leaders of the Governments of Central and Eastern Europe and China. The executive director of National Company Industrial Zones PLC took part in a panel discussion that took place in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The topics of the discussion were the high technology, investments, the industrial partnership and the mixed mode manufacturing facilities.

Bares explained that for its nine-year-long existence the company has the aim to expand the scope of its work activities even further and now it is managing already ten projects in the whole country, as the investments that have been made exceeds over 400 million leva.

‘’For us it is extremely important not only to attract an investment, but to keep it and expand

it ’’, pointed out the executive director of NCIZ.

She claimed that since the beginning of the year the company has launched a new project, Industrial Zone – Kardzhali. It has a surface covering around 95 decares of land and it has access to the nearest railway network and it is also close to the Republican road Ruse – Makaza.

Antoaneta Bares reminded of the signed memorandum for cooperation in February between NCIZ and Municipality of Stara Zagora. The local authority there offers a terrain with 115 decares of land which will be used for industrial purposes. There is also a connection to electricity, water, gas and drainage which reach the boundaries of the estate.

In the panel discussion took part also Iliya Lingorski (Head economist in Bulgarian Development Bank), Stamen Yanev (Executive director of Invest Bulgaria Agency), Gan Zenchian (President of Thunder Software Technology Co., LTD), Vasil Karaivanov (Chairman of the Management Board of Sofia Tech Park) , Ivan Covacic (Head strategist of CECZ Kozep Europai Kft), Natanail Stefanov (Chairman of Management Board of the Bulgarian Startup Association), Daina Klepone (General Manager of Enterprise Lithuania), Tihomir Kamenov (Executive Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Commercial League Healthcare Group Inc.) and Nedelcho Nedelchev (Chief Executive Officer of First Investment Bank).

During the meeting, dedicated to the initiative ‘’16+1’’ which was a day before the business forum, the National Company Industrial Zones PLC signed a memorandum for cooperation with China Center for Information Industry Development – a public- owed institution under the control of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China.

 NCIZ and the China Centre will jointly encourage the building of a joint International Alliance for industrial cooperation, of public services platform ’’Digital road of the silk’’, they will work together for the investment of modern industrial and IT companies in the Bulgarian and Chinese parks, as well as they will promote and identify the developed industrial parks and factories in the relevant country, so that they will construct pilot parks and pilot projects for the high-tech industry. 

 

National Company Industrial Zone PLC signed a memorandum for cooperation with China Center for Information Industry Development- a public-owned institution under the control of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China.

With the memorandum, signed at an official ceremony in the Ministerial Council this Friday (6th July), both countries agree to actively cooperate with one another in the sphere of digital economic industry and to promote the accomplishment of a joint prosperity of both countries.

NCIZ and the China Center will promote the building of high-tech industrial parks in China and Bulgaria and the investment in modern industrial and IT companies in the industrial parks in both countries, as well as they will encourage and identify the already developed parks and factories in the relevant country, in order for the pilot parks and projects for the high-tech industry to be built.

The countries will work together on the project for building and managing of the “Platform for public services- Digital road of the silk’’, as they will collaborate with the local business organizations in order to achieve economic partnership between the Chinese and the Bulgarian factories, in compliance with the laws of both counties.

The memorandum between NCIZ and the China Centre for Information Industry Development is one of the tenth bilingual official papers for promoting the economic and trade partnership between Bulgaria and China, as this one signed on Friday during the meeting ‘’16+1’’. This year the host of the Meeting of the public and government leaders of Central and East Europe as well as China was our country.

 

The Bulgarian delegation, led by the Vice minister of Economy Lachezar Borisov, visited South Korea and presented to some leading companies the available opportunities for investments in Bulgaria.

The executive director of National Company Industrial Zones PLC Antoaneta Bares presented to the Korean industrial firms at those meetings the work of the company and also the available opportunities for investments in the industrial zones, that are under the control of NCIZ.

Bares emphasized that NCIZ is managing 10 projects – operative areas in Sofia, Burgas, Ruse, Svilengrad, Vidin and Varna, as well as projects that are still in process- in Kardzhali, Karlovo, Telish and Varna. If there is a certain interest by investors, NCIZ could offer plots which could be transformed and used for industrial purposes.

‘’We recognize Republic of South Korea as a priority economic partner in Asia and we are working towards the support of the bilingual cooperation and for strengthening the economic relations between the two countries’’, claimed the Vice minister Lachezar Borisov during the meeting with Kang Sung Chung, Vice Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of Republic of Korea, that took place in Seoul.

The Vice Minister Borisov emphasized that a top priority for Bulgaria is to attract Korean investors in some of the sectors such as those of electronics and electrotechnics, car industry, information and communication technology. At the meeting with Hyundai Motor Group, the Bulgarian delegation got familiar with the available opportunity for taking part in creating a R&D center in Bulgaria in the sector of car electronics, car software and electric mobility.

The schedule of the visit of the Bulgarian delegation consisted of a couple of meetings at a higher level with some leading companies, working in the sector of information and communication technology. The business climate in Bulgaria and the opportunities for investments were discussed also during the meeting with Mr Hyung Woo, a Vice President of Samsung Electronics and with Huang Mung Ku, the executive director of AMOTEX.

The Vice Minister Borisov clarified that the Bulgarian Government will support the companies if they decide to invest in Bulgaria.

At the time of the two-day long visit the Bulgarian delegation met different representatives of the Korean-Bulgarian committee for economic cooperation and the Korean Association of Import partners. The Bulgarian Consul in Seoul visited leading Korean companies which work in the sector of electrotechnics, machinery construction, car materials and IT.

 

The company Reisswolf officially turned the first sod as that was regarded as the beginning of the new innovative project- Centre for destroying and storage of data files. The centre will be built in the Economic Zone Sofia- Bozhurishte, owned by National Company Industrial Zones PLC.

The investment that is intended to be made at the first stage of the development process of the project exceeds 4 million leva. The company has a construction plan for an administrative building in Bozhurishte, storage of the paper records and want to build a center for confidential destroying of data carriers, in this way the company will expand its activities. The head director of the project is “Pipe System”.

Reisswolf Bulgaria specializes in secretly destroying of a confidential documentation. The association is part of the Reisswolf Group. The services cover the whole lifespan of a particular document -from its creation to its destroying. The confidential data is personal data records and/or classified data records of the company, stored in different types of data carriers (printed on paper, in form of a CD or DVD, types, hard disks or credit cards etc.)

 

 

 

The Municipality of Pernik is among the municipalities which NCIZ is cooperating with as the mutual purpose is to attract more investments and to build new industrial parks all over the country.

The executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares and the major of the Municipality of Pernik – Viara Cerovska signed today in Pernik a memorandum for cooperation, according which both parties will work together towards the building of an economic area in Pernik if there is a certain interest shown by investors.

The executive director of the National Company expressed her gratitude to the major of the municipality for giving NCIZ the opportunity to expand their portfolio and at the same time the municipality will benefit by adding estates on its territory as well. ‘’In this way we will offer the investors a great deal of areas and industrial zones, and we will support you and will work together in order to make Pernik a better place for living’’, said Antoaneta Bares.

The major- Mrs Viara Cerovska commented that the municipality is located in a convenient and communicative place and has terrains that comprise 346 261 square meters surface. The properties, that will be added into the capital assets of the NCIZ, have been previously used as industrial zones in Karamanitsa district and have been announced for an industrial area, part of the regulation plan of the city.

The executive director of National Company Industrial Zones Antoaneta Bares has been awarded a prize on the seventh annual awards by the Business lady Magazine for her contribution for an Effective management, Attracting international investors and for a Successful management of different industrial projects in the category ‘’Economics and management’’. All of the prestigious awards have been provided at an official ceremony in “Balkan’’ Hotel on Tuesday evening.

Mrs Bares did not forget to express her gratitude to her team and emphasized that it consists mainly of women. "One great female team can transform the world, if it decides so", she said.

"An evidence for the efficient work of the National Company Industrial Zones is the fact that the investors accept us as a strategic partner for projects in Bulgaria, continued Bares and added that since the foundation of the company until now, in the sector of public industrial zones have been attracted investment projects for over 400 million leva.

The annual awards Business Lady Magazine and Business Lady Club have been given for seventh time this year. They embody the contribution of the Bulgarian woman in the area of business for her work in diverse categories. The aim is to promote the successful management techniques, the effective business practices and adequate development of the human capital.

Awards in categories such as "Telecommunications", "Health”, "Pharmacy’’, "Human resources’’, "Construction and Architecture" and "Agriculture" etc. have been received by fifteen women, who have demonstrated professionalism and dedication throughout the working process in order to achieve satisfying results in different professional fields; awards that increase the degree of trust of the clients and employees towards  the company which turns it into a preferable partner for making business with.

Antoaneta Bares is part of the team of the National Company Industrial Zones from the moment of the foundation of the company. She became an executive director in March 2017.

The main focus of the company, which until now specializes predominantly in building and managing industrial parks, is to encourage the investing   in Bulgarian economy. The portfolio of the NCIZ consists of economical parks that have been put into practice, free zones and projects that are about to go through further development in the whole country.

As a strategic partner of the investments in Bulgaria, the company offers industrial zones with modern infrastructure and a strategic location as well as the support by every single step of the investment project. As a benefit for all of the investors the NCIZ cooperates with the Ministry of Economics and other public and municipal institutions. The advantages of the provided services that the company provides are pre-condition for turning the company in preferable place for business by Bulgarian and foreign investors.

 

 

 

 

 

At an official ceremony today in Economic Zone Sofia- Bozhurishte, the new factory for vacuum packaging owned by the German company Multivak, which has chosen Bulgaria and NCIZ for their investments, has been launched.

At the opening ceremony were invited the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the Minister of the Economy, Energetics and Technology of Bavaria – Hans Josef Pschierer, the Vice- minister of Economy – Aleksandar Manolev, the executive director of the NCIZ- Mrs Antoaneta Bares, the High representative of Multivak as well as the Bavarian delegation, headed by minister Pschierer.

“To see the Bulgarian flag side by side to the one of Germany and the EU makes me truly happy. The reason for that is that the great number of German companies which invest into Bulgaria, are family- run firms such as Multivak. They are the spine of the German economy’’, said the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov at the opening ceremony. According to the words of the Prime Minister the Economic Zone Bozhurishte has gone through impressive development since its foundation, has overcome the initial difficulties which were present at the time of the infrastructure’s building and today it looks like a newly built city.

The Vice- minister of Economy – Aleksandar Manolev, emphasized how much effort the NCIZ team needed in order to achieve fast growth in the area of Bozhurishte and to attract many new investors. By using data from the German-Bulagrian Trade Palace, according which the Germany has found good conditions for making business in Bulgaria and that 90 per cent of the German companies which develop their business here, would invest again in our country. ‘’It is important to point out that those companies have already invested over 3 billon leva in the Bulgarian economy in the last years’’, added Manolev.

 

 

 

‘’The interest towards the NCIZ ’zones and especially towards the Economic Zone Sofia- Bozhurishte is extremely big. We have signed contract with 22 companies, part of which are already working and other 20 have expressed their willingness to make investments ‘’, commented the executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares at the opening ceremony.

The Economic Zone Sofia – Bozhurishte has the fastest expansion from all of the 10 projects of the NCIZ, which the company runs in different locations on the territory of the country.

From the foundation of the Economic Zone Sofia – Bozhurishte until this moment, 22 investors have been attracted; moreover, 3 certain contracts and one draft, certified by the statute for encouraging the investments, have been concluded only during the first quarter of 2018.

On its territory work companies from Bulgaria, Denmark and Greece in the field of car manufacturing industry, high technology, storage business and logistics. All of the investments been made are exceeding 350 million leva and the expected number of new working positions is 1100.

The Dimitar A. Cenov Academy of Economics in Svishtov joined the group of universities, which the NCIZ have become partners with for working on the project Fast Tracking Success.

The executive director of the NCIZ - Antoaneta Bares and the head of the university Mr. Ivan Marchevski signed a memorandum for cooperation on 1 June. Both parties came to the agreement to support each other in preparing and giving a chance to the young people, who have gone through the educational courses of the academy, to demonstrate their skills by giving them the opportunity to attend professional internships or offering them permanent work positions in companies which work closely with NCIZ.

The main aim of this partnership between NCIZ and the Industrial academy is to overcome the youth unemployment and labour shortage among some qualified young people in some of the key sectors.

The purpose of the initiative by NCIZ - Fast Tracking Success was to support some present investors as well as some new ones in the public industrial zones and in this way the challenge-the shortage of qualified specialists that the investment projects face, will be overcome.

Up to this moment, NCIZ has signed memorandums for cooperation with a lot of universities in the whole country, among which are the Sofia University, University for National and World Economics, New Bulgarian University, Univercity of Forestry, Todor Kableshkov University of Transport, The University of Ruse Angel Kunchev, The University of Shumen Episkop Konstantin Preslavski etc.

In April this year one professional high school - The Professional High school for transport and energetics Henry Ford in Sofia took part in the project Fast Tracking Success. 

In the zones included in the portfolio of the NCIZ there are some already working factories, storage spaces, logistic centers, high-tech business firms from Germany, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Turkey and Israel as well as some that are about to be built.

The total sum of all of the negotiated investments in the industrial zones from the very first beginning until now exceeds 410 million leva, there are over 2100 new work positions and more than 130 Bulgarian and foreign firms – investors and people, who have leases over different industrial areas, have received support for further development of their businesses.

On 18th May NCIZ received permission from the Ministry of the regional development and infrastructure for building a trace with a surface cover with cables going along  two districts in order to to supply additional energy for investors in the Economic zone Sofia-Bozhurishte. The trace will be built in the next three months so that the investors should not be worried about the supply of the necessary amount of electricity in the zone. That was confirmed by the executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares in an interview for the Darik radio show "The Week”.

NCIZ negotiates with the supplier for expanding the capacity of the electricity, that will be required by the investors for their work in zone of Bozhurishte, from the middle of November 2017.

The negotiated agreement is 30 MW, as 13 MW will cover the needs of the zone on Step 1. On step two 7 MW will be joined through the building of a station that will be used as a binding connection, step three- 10MW that will be supplied by substation "Bankia’’.

The reason for the increase of the usage of electricity is the growing interest towards the zone in Bozhurishte, where 22 foreign and Bulgarian companies have chosen to make their investment projects. NCIZ works hard to build infrastructure and two days ago two new streets have been made available for use.

The executive director of NCIZ claimed that in that moment the company intends to cooperate with the Municipality of Stara Zagora for development of new industrial zone in the city. The process will follow the same method of building that was used by the Industrial and logistic park Burgas. "Up to this moment we have over 45 applications from companies that have expressed their intentions for investments and which are looking for areas in our zones. That has never happened before", added Antoaneta Bares.

The executive director of NCIZ said that it is time to go back in time and think what we managed to achieve - pointing out the government, the public companies including NCIZ. "Today is that time, because it is almost a year since the new government is in charge and one year, which was marked by the numerous achievement by NCIZ’’, said Mrs Bares and she did not forget to say that since the foundation of the company the projects that have been contracted for have been priced for over 410 million leva.

 


n 18th May NCIZ received permission from the Ministry of the regional development and infrastructure for building a trace with a surface covered with cables along two districts. In this way NCIZ will supply additional energy for investors in the Economic Zone Sofia-Bozhurishte. The trace will be built in the next three months so that the investors should not be worried about the supply of the necessary amount of electricity in the zone. That was confirmed by the executive director of NCIZ- Antoaneta Bares in one of her interviews for the Darik radio show ‘’The Week”.

NCIZ negotiates with the supplier for expanding the capacity of the electricity, that will be required by the investors for their work in zone of Bozhurishte, from the middle of November 2017.

The negotiated agreement is 30 MW, as 13 MW will cover the needs of the zone on Step 1. On step two 7 MW will be joined through the building of a station that will be used as a binding connection, step three- 10MW that will be supplied by substation’’Bankya’’.

The reason for the increase of the usage of electricity is the growing interest towards the zone in Bozhurishte, where 22 foreign and Bulgarian companies have chosen to make their investment projects. NCIZ works hard to build infrastructure and two days ago two new streets have been made available for use.

The executive director of NCIZ claimed that in that moment the company intends to cooperate with   Stara Zagora municipality for development of new industrial zone in the city. The process will follow the same method of building that was used by the Industrial and logistic park Burgas. ‘’Up to this moment we have over 45 applications from companies that have expressed their intentions for investments and which are looking for areas in our zones. That has never happened before’’, added Antoaneta Bares.

The executive director of NCIZ said that it is time to go back in time and think what we managed to achieve - pointing out the government, the public companies including NCIZ. ‘’Today is that time, because it is almost a year since the new government is in charge and one year, which was marked by the numerous achievement by NCIZ’’, said Mrs Bares and she did not forget to say that since the foundation of the company the projects that have been contracted for, amount to over 410 million leva.

In its desire to maintain the cooperation between Iran and Bulgaria regarding the investment process, NCIZ signed a memorandum for agreement with the Supreme Council for free trade, industrial and special economic zones of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The ceremony on Sunday was part of the visit of special delegation in Teheran, which was under the command of the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov.

The memorandum was signed by the executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares and Mohamed Reza Abdul Rahimi, director of the department for planning, budget and investments in the Supreme Council. The two Ministers of Economy of Bulgaria and Iran - Emil Karanikolov and Masud Karbasian subsequently were invited at an official ceremony.

The memorandum aims to strengthen the economic and business relations between the two countries and to increase the amount of investments in the free trade, industrial and special economic zones. The Islamic Republic of Iran exercises its control over seven likewise projects whereas the Bulgarian public industrial and free zones even though at a different stage of their development are ten in total.

The recently signed memorandum embodies the partnership between the countries that aim to maintain and to stimulate the cooperation in various sectors such as high-tech, biomedicine, electronics and electrotechnics and machinery construction.

A couple of meetings with different representatives in the field of politics and business including the Iran-Bulgarian business forum were part of the visit of the Bulgarian delegation.

NCIZ was presented at the international forum ’’Turkish-Bulgarian business - good practices, opportunities and perspectives.’’

In front of entrepreneurs from Bulgaria and Turkey Antoaneta Bares presented the work of the company and the advantages of investing in public industrial zones here in Bulgaria. She did not miss the chance to mention as well as the good mutual work with the Municipality of Burgas. The purpose of their co-work is to develop the Industrial and logistic park- Burgas, which was co-host of the forum.

On this event took part the regional director Vulcho Cholakov, Nurai Iniontene- a consul general of Turkey in Burgas, the vice -major of finances, budget and economics in Burgas – Krasimir Stoichev, the executive director of the Bulgarian agency for investments Stamen Ianev, the representative of the Confederation of the employers and factory-owners in Bulgaria, responsible for the district of Burgas- Pavlin Ivanov and the representatives working in the sector of business in both countries.

“Such good relations between Bulgaria and Turkey has never existed before. To see that two adjoining countries have such a good exchange is really satisfying. What drawn my attention were the numbers mentioned by the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov 20 days ago. The investments in Bulgaria that have been made by Turkey are over 1 billion leva and the Bulgarian export for Turkey exceeds 2 billion leva for the last year, whereas the import was 1,9 billion leva- excellent indicators’’, emphasized Vulcho Cholakov at the forum.

Krasimir Stoichev mentioned that the local authorities are trying with different financial approaches to stimulate business projects in the town- one of which unprecedently is the good connection between the airport in Burgas and the capital city as well as with other leading airports in Europe. Until this moment that was an issue for the mass business, relying mainly on regular air lines.

Guests and participants in the business forum embraced the opportunity for organizing meetings, which aimed to strengthen the position of Bulgaria as a business partner with Turkey.

 

 

 

The memorandum for cooperation was signed both by NCIZ and the regional administration in Lovech today. The agreement was signed under the supervision of the Minister of the Economy Emil Karanikolov in the meantime while the forum ‘’Industrial zones- the key to the economic growth of the industrial regions ‘’ took place.

The regional director of the district of Lovech- Georgi Terziiski and the executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares, who made a presentation about the work of the company and the industrial zones included in the NCIZ’ portfolio, laid their signatures down.

The Minister Karanikolov pointed out that the memorandum is a means which will support the policy for overcoming the imbalance in those regions by creating new industrial zones in the whole country. According to the memorandum, the regional administration in Lovech and NCIZ will work together as their aim is to attract more investments and to form an economic zone in the town if the investors show an interest in it.

The local authorities offer three terrains for development of the industrial zone which are located in Lovech, near the place called ‘’Telezhene’’and cover 74 877 square meters of land. Those terrains are state-owned, but they are not serving their purpose, so that is the reason why their status will be changed – will be public-private estates, under the control of the country.  A couple of years ago those terrains were used to satisfy the needs of NCIZ, primarily regarding the selection process and the reproduction of the animal kind.

The estates are located 200 km far away from the route Lovech-Levski-Ruse, near the cargo rail way station in Lovech and connected with electricity station. Intentions for making investments in relation to those three properties have been already expressed several times.

During the meeting, the local authorities along with some local business representatives discussed the questions that concern the shortage of qualified people, working in the field of business.

The Minister of Economy emphasized that the government works hard to solve this issue. The temporary solutions that could be offered are making the process for obtaining work visas and receiving citizenship by qualified people living abroad a lot easier and simple. ‘’We are considering the idea of building new centres which will aim to give those people a chance for further qualification and education but taking into account the needs of the business’’, added Mr Karanikolov.

 

 

It is as important to attract new investors as to make them continue with their investments. This is a sign that the investing company has found good work conditions and further investors will follow them if they see that we offer the necessary conditions for making business here. That were some of the comments regarding the future development of the industrial parks according to Mrs Antoaneta Bares – executive director of NCIZ in her interview on one of the local TV programs.

She gave an example that was about the first company which launched an investment project on the territory of the Economic zone Sofia- Bozhurishte. It was a German company that was a manufacturer of air conditioners, produced for the car industry. At this moment the firm plans to expand their manufacturing place. The project with its monetary value for over 50 million euro will be put into practice on one of the terrains placed in the industrial zone in Bozhurishte.

‘’The interest towards the investments in Bozhurishte is not only shown by foreign companies, but also from small and medium-sized Bulgarian firms. There are a lot of good innovative factories. Besides, the business in the industrial zones is growing even more - first comes one company, then follows another one afterwards comes a third one until that moment when the business gets concentrated in one place’’, that was the statement made by the director of NCIZ.

Mrs Bares gave some clarification about the Economic zone of Bozhurishte, which up to now is the zone with the fastest rate of development from all of the industrial parks. What emphasized the executive director of NCIZ was that the good infrastructure is what really matters”.

‘’There are several important steps that should be made in order for the industrial zone to work better- supplementary entrances and ways out should be provided that means better transport connection, why not even a subway connection that will lead directly to the area, as well as the construction of a transportation network that will allows the use of diverse transport means. This could be explained with the fact that the European policy in field of the railway transport requires that this way of transport to be the cheapest one for long distances’’, shared her point of view Mrs Bares.

She did not forget to mention that the most successful project in the industrial park in Bozhurishte is the Danish company Jusk. Only at the first stage of the investment plan, the Danish company took the responsibility to invest 100 million euro, that was promised to the Bulgarian government. ‘’The logistics base of Jusk will be ready until the end of the year. Besides this fact, a new factory owned by the German company named Multivak, placed in the zone near Sofia, will be launched in June’’, clarified Bares.

The answer provided by the executive director of NCIZ to the question what are the advantages of the public industrial terrains was that the most remarkable benefit of the industrial zones of NCIZ is the fact that the investor has a particular plan in mind for building infrastructure – that includes the route, electricity, water, gas, transport connection and good location.

NCIZ took part in the Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai- investment conference on a multinational level, an event that gathered together a hundred of attendants from over 140 countries.

The three-day forum is a platform for promoting opportunities for investments in Bulgaria. On this event annually took part some leading business leaders, directors and international institutions and representatives from some of the top companies in the world.

 

The Henry Ford Professional High School for Transport and Energetics took part in the project. The head of the school -the engineer Tanio Stoichev and the executive director of NCIZ signed a memorandum for cooperation on 4 April (Wednesday). The purpose of this partnership is to achieve accelerated educational preparation of students, who have just finished high school. Both parties agreed to put some effort and to fight with the youth unemployment and shortage of qualified young people.

The Fast-Tracking Success project aims to offer greater employment among the youth by offering the students various internships and permanent work positions in companies that cooperate with the industrial zones.

The purpose of the initiative by NCIZ - Fast Tracking Success was to support some present investors as well as some new ones in the public industrial zones and in this way the challenge-the shortage of qualified specialists that the investment projects face, will be overcome.

Up to this moment, NCIZ has signed memorandums for cooperation with a lot of universities in the whole country, among which are the Sofia University, University for National and World Economics, New Bulgarian University, Technical University, University of Forestry, the University of Transport, ‘’Angel Kanchev’’ University of Ruse, ‘’Episkop Konstantin Preslavsky” University in Shumen etc.

In the zones included in the portfolio of the NCIZ there are some already working factories, storage spaces, logistic centers, high-tech business firms from Germany, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Turkey and Israel as well as some that are about to be built.

 

 

NCIZ was presented in front of more than 150 Bulgarian and Turkish firms including the Bulgarian Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov and his Turkish colleague- Nihat Zeibekji at the Bulgarian-Turkish business forum, which took place in Istanbul on Monday.

The executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares presented the work activities and the method of work of the company, as well as the portfolio composing terrains that are offered to potential investors. Recently, new pieces of land covering 100 decares near Kurdjali, really attractive destination for the representatives of the Turkish business, were added to the portfolio of the company.

Thanks to the business partnership with the local authorities and the memorandums signed recently with the municipalities in the whole country, NCIZ has now more areas in more locations with logistic and infrastructure benefits. One of the last signed memorandums was with Stara Zagora municipality, another attractive destination for business in Turkey because of the geographic location.

Due to the exceptional interest shown by the Turkish firms as well as the perspectives for further investments in Bulgaria and their desire to make their business available to the trade market of the European Union, a couple of meetings were organized between NCIZ and the Turkish firms.

The present forum demonstrated that the common will and desire for more dynamic and intensive development of the relations between Bulgaria and Turkey, claimed the minister at the beginning of the event. He emphasized that Turkey is one of the leading trade partners, because the Turkish firms take fourth place in the Bulgarian export and fifth in import. Karanikolov commented that the geographic location and the potential of the trade markets are the pre-condition for the co-work between the Bulgarian and the Turkish firms.

‘’The trade between both countries is balanced, it amounted to nearly 4 billion euro in 2017. The Bulgarian export for Turkey exceeds the sum of 2 billion euro, whereas it forms 7,8% from the export of the whole country and a 10% increase was marked. The import of Tukey amounts to 1,9 billion euro, whereas it forms 6.3% from the import of the country and a 17.3 % increase was recorded, emphasized Karanikolov.

 

 

 

NCIZ is working with a group of municipalities among which is Municipality of Gorna Oryahovitsa The executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares and the mayor of the district -engineer Dobromir Dobrev signed a memorandum for cooperation on Thursday (29Th March) in the presence of the Minister of the Economy- Emil Karanikolov.

Gorna Oryahovitsa municipality has already identified their terrain, that is suitable for their industrial plans. It is about a piece of land that covers 300 decares of land with a new detailed construction plan and water and electricity/power supply. The land is with good technical infrastructure, but fact that it is suited near the international airport in Gorna Oryahovitsa and the freight station is even more appealing. 

All of the terrains in Gorna Oryahovitsa will be offered by NCIZ to investors. During the meeting, when the memorandum was signed, it was clarified that a French company, working in the field of plane manufacturing, will be the first investor that will be offered the terrain located near the airport.

‘’The wish of the French firm is to start part of their business here in Bulgaria. The region of Gorna Oryahovitsa satisfies all of the conditions and the Ministry of Economy will do their best to attract that firm as the first investor in your new industrial zone and the Ministry will make sure that other companies will follow the example made by that French firm’’, added the minister Karanikolov.

 

 

Antoaneta Bares expressed her admiration to the municipality for the workload they managed to do in advance and that was in relation to the development of the industrial zone- as they have provided a construction plan, plan for further development processes, infrastructure in a good condition.

Most of the municipalities offer an area without the necessary infrastructure, the highly demanded power and water supply, whereas here the only thing left to be done is the inner infrastructure/connection among the different parts in which the zone is divided’’, claimed the executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares after she signed the memorandum.

The mayor Dobrev explained that the whole administration in the town-hall has been working hard for the last two years until they have signed the memorandum. He said that he and his colleagues from the town-hall are ready to welcome the new investors and in this way to bring back the previous reputation of Gorna Oryahovitsa as the heart of the industrial business in this region’’.

As per words of the minister- Mr Karanikolov, with the building plans for industrial zones the country counter acts towards the imbalances in some regions. According to him, the new part of the Hemus motorway is a solution for preventing the disproportionality and attracting more investors.

                                 

 

 

 

 

The Bulgarian public industrial zones were offered as a business opportunity to some leading representatives from the car industry in Europe. The executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares participated in the second edition of the Automotive Leaders Summit  Europe that took part on 13th and 14th March in Vien. 

Managers working in some of the biggest companies in the car industry attended the forum, which was hosted by NCIZ and Automotive Cluster Bulgaria. Some of the latest news such as Brexit, Industry 4.0 and the new logistic technology and the so-called ’’smart’’ infrastructure were discussed on the event. The participants in the meetings of the leaders spoke their minds about the fact that Bulgaria’s effort to fasten its position as a key player in the car industry, especially in the manufacturing process of different kits. 

At the grand opening of the forum, the Vice- minister of Economy Luchezar Borisov presented the main opportunities and challenges, which define the future development of the sector: the positive dynamics of the global economy, the risk of protective measures, imposed by third parties, as well as the expansion of the technologies supplying information.

 

 

Private meetings with some leading companies took place during the event as well. Particular opportunities for business and investments in Bulgaria were also discussed. Some separate meetings between the Bulgarian delegation with LKW Walter and Robert Bosch AG were held, as the main focus was on the potential of Bulgaria in the field of logistics and transport and in the construction of R&D centres for the car industry.

During the meeting, LKW clarified that they have plans for building new intermodal terminals for transport in Bulgaria and that they are working on such a project for that kind of transportation in Vidin. If their plans are successful, they will continue their work also in Sofia and Svilengrad. The executive director of NCIZ Antoaneta Bares offered certain methods for building those intermodal terminals on suitable pieces of land in the Economic Zone Sofia-Bozhurishte and in Svilengrad Free Zone. She gave further explanation that the building of that kind of terminals on the territory of the industrial zones or near them will be extremely suitable, because of the access to various suppliers from the car industry. In the public industrial zones manufacturers from all over the world whose business is connected with the car industry are already operating or about to begin their work soon.  New logistic projects- that means that there are real customers which will be using the future intermodal terminals, have been already launched. What could be said about Svilengrad Free Zone is the fact that it has an attractive location-suited near the national boundary of our country with Greece and Turkey. LKW Walter is going to send their own group that will visit Bulgaria with working purposes, so that the firm will be informed about all of the available options for building those intermodal terminals.

 On the event it was discussed that what really matters for the development of the logistic sector, concerning the online trade and the use of new models of operation, is digitalization. Th development of technology defines the use of electric cars and autonomous transport means. What draws the attention of the other countries during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union were the initiatives undertaken by our country regarding the strategy for united industrial policy of the Council.

The car industry without any doubt is part of that strategy. Around 170 companies, manufacturing systems and kits for some of the main car manufacturers are generating 4% of the GDP and over 40 000 people have been hired. All of the projects are certified by the Statute for Encouragement of Investments. Those projects amount to 80 million leva and have made near 13 000 work positions available.

 

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