IMF's Mission Leader for Bulgaria Jerald Schiff will arrive to Bulgaria on May 9. His visit is connected with the review of implementation of proceeds and expenses in the 2003 budget. Finance Minister Milen Velchev spared almost an hour of his time on Thursday evening to talk with the sports commentators from the Bulgarian National TV Metodi Manchenko. They are both ardent basketball fans and frequently play in amateur matches. On April 25 Mr. Velchev departed for the capital of the Uzbekistan, Tashkent, where the annual general meeting of the EBRD will be held.The Deputy Minister of Economy Kaloyan Ninov was spotted on Monday by a reporter of the BANKER weekly while having dinner with four dealers from First Investment Bank at the posh Sofia restaurant Pri Orlite. Mr. Ninov, who was executive director of First Finance and Brokerage House before assuming his currnet position, was most of the time listening to his former colleagues and enjoying his salad and hors d'oeuvre. The World Bank's Resident Representative in Bulgaria Oscar de Bruyn Kops opened on April 24 an Info Centre of the international financial institution at the Sofia Library. It will offer access to documents about projects, publications, researches, and reports of the World Bank, connected with its operation in Bulgaria and other countries. The Chairman of the Audit Office Georgi Nikolov paid a visit to Macedonia and Albania April 20 - 24 on the invitation of the heads of the supreme audit institutions of the two countries. Mr. Nikolov discussed with his Macedonian counterpart Metodiya Toshevsky issues, connected with the control of expenses of budget organisations and state enterprises. With his Albanian colleague Mustafa Kerchuku he discussed the organization and activities of the controlling institutions in the two countries and the statute of their employees. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Ivailo Mutafchiev, who holds 12.33% of the shares of First Investment Bank, celebrates his 41st birthday on April 30.The Chairman of ROSEXIMBANK's Supervisory Board Yuriy Kyulev treated his friend and colleages on his birthday - April 30.