Blagoevgrad will host the annual conference of the Association for Innovation, Business Services and Technologies (AIBEST), which will be held on October 21 this year. According to the organizers, this is “the most significant event for the knowledge industry in our country”.
The conference will bring together leaders from the high-tech sector with representatives of local and state governments. AIBEST is partnering in the organization of the event with the Municipality of Blagoevgrad, the theme of which is “Beyond Challenges”.
The forum will discuss the factors and measures that must be taken at the local and national level to attract new investments and to create a favorable business environment for the development of the sector, which according to the latest data forms 5.5% of the GDP of the country.
The forecast for 2024 indicates that the industry will continue to develop and be a main pillar in the Bulgarian economy, with its relative share in the country’s GDP reaching 11.2%.
During the conference, the factors for the development of the knowledge industry in the country and its expansion at the regional level will be outlined, as well as the relationship between the state, large companies and startups as an opportunity to accelerate business transformations – a condition for successful economic development in Bulgaria.
“Blagoevgrad is among the cities where we see great potential for development. Our sector is a talent attraction and an employer of choice because of the development opportunities we provide to young people. This is how we fulfill one of our most important priorities – the retention and return of Bulgarian talents to our country”, commented Iliya Krastev, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AIBEST.
He emphasized that the association continues to develop partnerships with universities, local and state authorities, “because this is the way to preserve our sustainable growth and develop the knowledge economy in Bulgaria”.
“Attracting innovative business to Blagoevgrad is one of our main priorities. The sustainable development of the regions, of the Bulgarian economy as a whole, can be achieved precisely with well-functioning partnerships at the level of the state, municipalities and business”, said Ilko Stoyanov, mayor of Blagoevgrad municipality.
According to him, the city’s universities and colleges can offer educated young people to join the workforce in the fastest growing sectors.