Plovdiv Reception / InnoStart Forum 2019
A day before the InnoStart Forum 2019, on June 19th, 2019, AmCham Bulgaria jointly with the Plovdiv Municipality hosted two events in a sequel with a high emotional charge.
A selected number of people led by the AmCham Bulgaria Executive Director Petar T. Ivanov were welcomed by the Mayor of Plovdiv Eng. Ivan Totev, and the Deputy Mayor Mr. Stefan Stoyanov. The group included Yaniv Garty, AmCham Israel President, and his father – Azriel, who has Plovdiv origins. Both were awarded with the Sign of Plovdiv – a gesture of hospitality and a symbol of long-lasting memories.
Azriel’s speech during the ceremony at the City Hall touched the hearts of all of the thirty people that attended. He said that he is proud of being Bulgarian and a citizen of Plovdiv, and thanked his Bulgarian friends, neighbours and the government officials who saved the Bulgarian Jews from deportation in 1943, during the World War II.
After this emotional moment, the delegation welcomed Plovdiv businesses representatives at the Philipopolis Restaurant where all conversations were held in a non-formal environment for the sake of expanding contacts and future opportunities.