Secretary of State for Economic Affairs of the Swiss Confederation, H.E. Mrs Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, will be on an official working visit to Bulgaria from Tuesday to Thursday.
Mrs Ineichen-Fleisch will be accompanied by a Swiss economic delegation in partnership with Economiesuisse, the Swiss Business Federation.
This is the first ever mixed - official and private sector - visit at this political level since the start of the transition in Bulgaria.
The business delegation comes after several business events in Switzerland during the official visits of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in October 2014, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in June 2015 and former Deputy Prime Minister Ivaylo Kalfin in March 2016.
The Head of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will meet with President Rosen Plevneliev as well as Deputy Prime Ministers Tomislav Donchev and Meglena Kuneva.
The delegation will visit leading Swiss companies operating in Bulgaria, as well as IT and outsourcing firms.During her visit, State Secretary Ineichen-Fleisch and Deputy Prime Minister Donchev will open a Business and Innovation Forum Bulgaria – Switzerland organized by the Bulgarian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) in cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland and Sofia Tech Park.
More than a hundred participants from both countries will discuss the business climate in Bulgaria as well as the new potentials for Swiss investments, followed by B2B talks and a visit to Sofia Tech Park labs and innovative companies.
In 2015, Switzerland was the ninth largest investor in Bulgaria with Swiss investments exceeding 1.3 billion euros.
Sofia News Agency