The event was opened with a cocktail, followed by an official opening by: Mr. Avinoam Katrieli, President of the “Binational Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria-Israel”. He talked about the opportunity for Bulgaria to build on its capabilities, using the potential it holds – the young people. After him, the word was given to Mr. Doncho Barbalov, deputy mayor of Sofia, who shared data from the development and construction of the capital, as well as the investment of the Municipality in kindergartens, schools and training centers, hoping that this trend will increase. There was a welcome speech from the h.e. Irit Lillian, Ambassador of Israel to Bulgaria, who shared Israel's experience with their education system. She pointed out the importance of non-traditional education in Israel and the benefits of an individual approach to each child.
In the following Discussion Panel "The Educational System in Bulgaria as a Preparatory Factor for the Labor Market", the panelists included:
- Mr. Krassimir Valchev, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria;
- Mr. Stamen Yanev, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Investment Agency;
- Mrs. Vanya Kastreva, Head of the Sofia Inspectorate of Education;
- Mr. Nikolay Hadjidonchev, CEO of TEVA-Actavis Bulgaria;
- Mr. Radoslav Nikolov, Executive Director of SAP Labs Bulgaria;
- Dr. Diana Stoyanova, Scientific Secretary of the Institute of Information and Security, UNIBIT
The Panel was moderated by Mr. Robert Djerassi, Adviser at the Commission for Protection against Discrimination, who presented a brief overview of the labor market situation in Bulgaria, including the declining unemployment and the most demanding professions.
In addition, executives of many of the leading companies in Bulgaria from different fields of activity - IT, Pharma, Construction, Agriculture, Mobile Operators, Medicine, Consultants, Services, etc., as well as ambassadors and representatives of state and municipal institutions.
The discussion involved a large number of guests who expressed their impressions from a professional point of view, gave their opinions, recommendations, and asked their questions to which the panelists were responsible.