Trade between Bulgaria and France has exceeded 1 billion euro in the past ten years, increasing by 61.2 per cent. French investments have also exceeded 1.3 billion euro, President Rosen Plevneliev said at a meeting with business people which launched his working visit to Paris, the presidential Press Secretariat said on Monday.
France is a strategic trade and economic partner, and Bulgaria considers the development of bilateral relations a priority, Plevneliev underscored.
According to the President, at times difficult for Europe, moments such as the one in which the referendum in Great Britain is shaking the foundations of the EU, it is imperative to recall that successes have been achieved jointly, that everyone benefits from integration and cooperation and populism is detrimental to both present and future generations.
Bulgaria is becoming established as a regional sector in automotive industry, outsourcing and ICT. The latter is showing considerable growth in Bulgaria with 40,000 new jobs in recent years, a figure which is expected to reach 60,000 by 2020. Plevneliev recalled that Bulgaria won Europe's prize for outsourcing destination in 2015 and is one of the top ten in the world outsourcing destinations.