awards aim to promote best practices of companies in areas such as ecology, education, employee development, local communities and society as a whole.
Petar Ivanov, Microsoft General Manager for Bulgaria and Macedonia, and Boryana Manolova, CEO of Siemens Bulgaria, are the new members of the BBLF
The winners and the finalists received their awards from Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Sofia Deputy Mayor Doncho Barbalow, Depty Environment Minister Pavel Gudzherov, Deputy Labor Minister Galab Donev, Deputy Economy Minister Daniela Vezieva, interim UK Ambassador to Bulgaria Sarah Riley, and BBLF
Chairman Iravan Hira.
Importantly, the visit includedA direct contacts between Bulgarian and Turkish companies, according to a media statement of the BBLF
The new and the reelected Board members undertook to work for a sustainable society in Bulgaria, improve the business environment by promoting good practices, contribute to a better dialogue between business and the state administration, build a positive image of entrepreneurship and encourage the values of responsible business, according to a media statement of BBLF
"If local companies manage to regain their positions by the end of the term in office of the current government, this will be a major step forward," said Maxim Behar, member of the BBLF
The ambition of BBLF
is to convene all stakeholders: senior government officials and local authorities and top managers of Bulgarian and international companies.
The contest is open to companies from across the country regardless of their size, field or whether they are BBLF
members or not.
Over 80 business people representing BBLF
member companies as well as friends, partners and supporters of the Forum arrived at Sredets Hall of Sheraton Sofia Hotel demonstrating commitment to the event's mission.
Behar bought the racket at a charity auction of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF
), making it the most expensive item sold that evening.
aWe face many challenges a first of all, to restore the economy, a process that will take more than a year, and to normalize the overall social and economic system,a Oresharski said at the meeting with BBLF
Behar has already served as chair of the BBLF
Board for two terms in 2001-2007, and as deputy chair for one term in 2009-2012.