Банкеръ Weekly



The Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was declared economic personality of 2001 by representatives of Greek the business community in Bulgaria. The official award's ceremony was attended by bankers and entrepreneurs from our southern neighbour country actively participating in Bulgaria's business life. On February 11-th they gathered in the Sofia Hilton on the invitation of the Greek Ambassador to Bulgaria H.E. Michalis Christidis. The award representing a copy of an antique statue, was handed to Premier Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha by the Greek Ambassador. This is the first time the Greek community in Bulgaria is conferring the prize. H.E. Michalis Christidis expressed hopes it could turn into tradition. We decided to award the Prime Minister for his dedication to improving the financial and economic situation in the country, the Greek Ambassador said. On receiving the award, Premier Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha pointed out that Greek businessmen in Bulgaria should not be discouraged by corruption, bureaucracy and unfair competition, and reminded that his Government's main task was the overcoming of these problems. Greek investments in Bulgaria have helped the revival of our national economy, especially the foods and textile industries, banking, and telecommunications. We expect considerable Greek investments in ifrastructural projects, in transport and power engineering, the Prime Minister noted. Transport corridors between Bulgaria and Greece should become much more easily accessible and the crossing of the border by people and goods should be as easy as between the EU countries, he added. The Premier did not omit to underline that both Bulgaria and Greece remained zones of stability in the region over the last decade, marked by severe conflicts after the disintegration of former Yugoslavia.

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