Working visit of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, to Sofia, Bulgaria, 15 November 2017
Mr. Asaf Hajiyev, PABSEC Secretary General, met with Mr. Dimitar Glavchev, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, in Sofia, on 15 November 2017. Mr. Hajiyev informed Mr. Glavchev about the current PABSEC activities, about the forthcoming 50th PABSEC General Assembly that will be held in Kiev, during 28-30 November 2017, and also about the Declaration on the 25th Anniversary of the Assembly. Mr. Hajiyev presented the Draft Plan of events dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the PABSEC and underlined that the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation has brought a substantial contribution to the activities of the Assembly. The PABSEC Secretary General also informed about the ongoing activities with other international organizations (the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the PABSEC and the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) and about awarding the PABSEC with the Associate Member Status to the IPU).
Mr. Glavchev underlined the active and effective role of the Assembly in finding solutions in order to ensure the security, the economic development and the multilateral cooperation in the Black Sea Region. The President of the National Assembly pointed out that among the priorities of the forthcoming Bulgarian Presidency in the European Union Council will be to find a sustainable approach for the Black Sea Region. Mr. Glavchev expressed his confidence that the Bulgarian Parliament will continue to be a reliable partner for the PABSEC. The sides exchanged views on expediting the process of enhancing the PABSEC status. Mr. Petar Kanev, PABSEC Vice-President, Head of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation, also participated in the meeting.
On this occasion, Mr. Hajiyev met also with Mr. Petar Kanev, PABSEC Vice-President and Head of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation, and informed him about the documents to be discussed during the Fiftieth PABSEC General Assembly.
In addition, Mr. Hajiyev had also the opportunity to meet with the Chairman of the Confederation of the Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria, Mr. Kiril Domouschiev. Ambassador Evgeni Ivanov, Executive Director of the Confederation also took part in the meeting.
Mr. Hajiyev informed the leadership of the Confederation about the history, structure, and the activities of the Organization, underlying the importance of the Black Sea Region which is on the crossroad of the main energy, transportation and logistics projects. Mr. Hajiyev also presented the future PABSEC activities and the forthcoming Business Forum between the business community of the BSEC Member States and the Republic of Belarus, as well as the Silk Road Conference which will be held in Minsk in 2018.
The sides exchanged their views on the possibility of strengthening the cooperation between the business communities in the Black Sea Region for the further economic development of the BSEC Member States. They agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the PABSEC and the Confederation, where specific goals will be stipulated in the fields of transportation and logistics.
In the framework of his working visit, Mr. Hajiyev also met with the President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Julian Revalsky. Mr. Petar Kanev, PABSEC Vice-President, Head of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation, also participated in the meeting.
During the meeting, the sides tackled several topics of common interest and especially, the ways of developing a closer cooperation in the fields of science, education and culture. The PABSEC Secretary General informed the President of the Academy about the current PABSEC activities and about the preparatory events dedicated to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Assembly. He also underlined the possibility of organizing a conference, with the participation of the Presidents of the Academy of Sciences of the Black Sea Region. The sides exchanged views about the organization of a competition among the scientific societies, in the framework of the 25th PABSEC Anniversary events. The PABSEC Secretary General also met with Academician Blagovest Sendov, former Member of the PABSEC Bulgarian Delegation.