Berlin Mayor Vows to Help Bring German Investors to Sofia

Business | July 21, 2010, Wednesday // 19:36|  views

Berlin Mayor Wowereit is looking at frescos in the ancient St. Sofia Church in downtown Sofia presented to him by Deputy Culture Minister Chobanov (right). Photo by BGNES

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has welcomed her Berlin counterpart Klaus Wowereit in the Bulgarian capital.

Wowereit is on a two-day visit to Sofia, and he is scheduled to meet Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Thursday.

The major topics of his conversations with Mayor Yordanka Fandakova had to do with spurring greater German investment in Sofia, and transferring knowledge to the Bulgarian capital about how to help the city attract more tourists.

“Sofia has seen a lot of foreign investments but generally the German investors are not in the leading spots so we would like to attract more of them, and we have invited investors from Berlin to visit Sofia in the fall. We would also like to present the tourism opportunities that Sofia offers. There has also been a special topic that posed, and we will be relying on getting help from the Berlin Mayor’s Office on that – that is the German experience with respect to the repair of panel apartment buildings,” explained Fandakova referring to the apartment buildings constructed during the communist period in Bulgaria and in East Germany using the same technology.

“Keeping in mind the good relations between the two nations, I think that Germany has to work more on investing in Bulgaria,” said in turn Klaus Wowereit referring to the joint initiative of bringing companies from Berlin to Sofia in the fall. He also did mention that Bulgarian investors would be welcome in the German capital.

Wowereit welcomed a Bulgarian delegation in Berlin, including PM Borisov and Sofia Mayor Fandakova, in January 2010.

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Tags: Berlin, Berlin Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, Yordanka Fandakova, Sofia Mayor, Germany, German investors, panel apartment, tourism, foreign tourists


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