Bulgaria Announces Focus on Asia as Export Destination
Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister, Dragomir Stoynev, has announced that the State was going to focus on directing its exports to Asia.
He grounded the idea, voiced in an interview for TV7, on economic growth across Asia and designated as potential trade partners Vietnam, the Emirates, Qatar and the former Soviet Republics, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
"We must export. In recent years our policy was focused only on the European Union. Yes, this is our main partner, but my task from now on is to direct our exports towards Asia because where there is economic growth, there is money," said Stoynev.
He stressed the change was going to happen with the help of State.
"For this reason, we are withdrawing our trade representatives from Europe and are relocating them to the above mentioned countries where we will be opening trade representations," the Minister explained, adding he was very pleased by recent negotiations with Iraqi Ministers, which have led to inked export contracts.
Stoynev further pointed out that the State must help private business with concrete destinations, where there is demand, by opening Consular offices and trade representations and by alleviating visa regimes.
According to him, this policy has already yielded positive results - 5% increase of exports; 4% increase of trade turnover, while the trade deficit of Bulgaria, since the government of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski took office, has decreased by approximately 13%.
Stoynev further informed that he has asked large retail and supermarket chains in the country to provide more flexible conditions for local producers, and pledged to continue close cooperation with the biggest retailers.
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Finally some rational thinking and approach.
Also you shouldn’t overlook and bypass the conveniently located (just on the other side of Black sea) Ukraine and Russia.
Make no mistake; pretty much whatever Bulgaria can produce those two countries can buy and consume. No intent to insult but my Ukrainian and Russian friends are a little bit old fashioned so the percentage of smokers there is probably the highest in Europe. Outdated and poorly planned crops (which should be banned and replaced) like the Bulgarian tobacco can be sold easily in those two countries. Also the Bulgarian wine and all types of agriculture products Bulgaria can produce these days like apples, tomatoes, cherries, peaches and etc. would sell pretty well in the cold climates of those two countries. Just like the old days.
Bulgaria should have never destroyed its old trade relations.
Diversity, tolerance, cooperation, flexibility and trade with all are needed, East and West.
(this should pretty much be the EU logo)