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Bulgarian Ambassador Visits Chamber October 27, 2008

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Dr. Lachezar Matev and Chambner CEO Jack Stopforth

Dr. Lachezar Matev and Chambner CEO Jack Stopforth

The Liverpool Chamber of Commerce received the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Lachezar Matev recently, as part of his visit to Liverpool during the 2008 Capital of Culture year.

Dr. Matev, who is based in London as the Bulgarian Ambassador to the UK, commented that he had “wanted to visit Liverpool for some time”.

The ambassador used his time visiting the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday 16th October to discuss economic issues and possible trade links with Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jack Stopforth.

The two spoke of existing links between the UK and Bulgaria and potential for future collaborations between the two. It was noted that Bulgaria will host a European Capital of Culture city in 2019 and that Liverpool could provide knowledge and expertise to the successful city. Liverpool has already provided such links to the French city of Marseille for its year as European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Conversation also touched on the state of the global economy, as well as that of the UK and Bulgaria, as well as issues such as nuclear power and future trade missions between Liverpool and Bulgaria.

Dr. Matev also used his visit to Liverpool to meet the Lord Mayor at the city hall, see the new Liverpool One development and to attend an event at St. Georges Hall. He commented:

“This is my first visit to Liverpool and I have really enjoyed the opportunity. I have wanted to visit Liverpool for some time. The city is very beautiful and if I were to return here I would like to stay for a few days and have the opportunity to see some more tourist sites.”

Alison Fisher, head of international trade at the Chamber, proposed a seminar on the Bulgarian market to be held in 2009, in order to bring awareness of the opportunities that Liverpool Chamber of Commerce members could take advantage of. The ambassador was invited to return for the event alongside the Bulgarian embassy’s trade and commercial section.

For more information on the work of the Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade department, or for information on future events, contact International Trade on 0151 227 1234.

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