Following the launch of its White Paper for 2014 White Paper, AmCham Bulgaria is pleased to announce its first meeting with one of the parties which will take part in the upcoming elections on October 5, 2014. On September 23, AmCham Board members met with representatives of the political party GERB. The party was represented by Ms. Rumyana Buchvarova and Mr. Tomislav Dontchev, members of GERB Executive Committee. The following AmCham Board members took part in the meeting: Peter Lithgow, president, Alex Nestor, vice-president, George Brashnarov, Nemetschek Bulgaria, Diana Pazaitova, Fama Consulting, Solomon Passy, Atlantic Club Bulgaria, and Valentin Georgiev, executive director.
During the meeting Mr. Tomislav Dontchev, GERB stated that there are no conceptual differences between his party’s political program and the AmCham White Paper policy recommendations. He shared some of the key priorities and measures for economic growth and institutional reforms outlined in the GERB political platform. Both, Mr. Dontchev and Ms. Rumyana Buchvarova agreed that a lot has to be done in order to improve the investment climate in the country.
AmCham and GERB representatives discussed the need of comprehensive reforms in key sectors of the economy. The implementation of e-government and related services was mentioned as a key prerequisite for any future reform.
Mr. Peter Lithgow and Mr. Valentin Georgiev underlined the importance of open dialogue and cooperation between business and government for promoting economic growth and achieving more predictable and stable regulatory environment. Mr. Alex Nestor added that AmCham member – companies have significant expertise in different policy areas and are ready to offer advice and assistance to the next government.
Further to these statements, Ms. Buchvarova expressed an opinion that there is a need of a structured and sustainable form of interaction between the government, business, and civil society organizations in order to improve decision-making processes in the country.