Politics | October 19, 2001, Friday // 00:00

As the trade representative of British Trade International, Prince Andrew visited two companies with British investments in Bulgaria. British Trade International is a governmental organization, responsible for the promotion of British trade and investment overseas. Prince Andrew visited the copper mine, situated in the Bulgarian town Chelopech and owned by Navan Mining. The Executive Director of the mine John Gardner acquainted the royal official with the strategy of the mine management. His Royal Highness was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Economy Kaloyan Ninov and the Environment Deputy Minister Fatme Iliyaz. The Chelopech citizens waited for more than an hour for the arrival of the prince. Later, the prince visited the cleaning station `Sofiiska Voda` in Bistritsa. The British company `International Water` owns 75% of the station while the Sofia municipality owns 25%. Prince Charles was welcomed by the Managing Director Robert Gallienne and Sofia Mayor Stefan Sofiyanski. The guest showed interest in how the concession works, the company`s structure and the way the investment will be used, Sofiyanski told journalists. `This large investment will considerably improve the city`s water
and sewerage networks,` the Mayor added. Prince Andrew met members of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum for lunch. The forum is part of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum. The Bulgarian chapter of the NGO was established on the initiative of the Prince of Wales during his official visit here in the autumn of 1998. In the evening of October 18, Prince Andrew dined at the British ambassador`s residence with Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Nikolay Vassilev, Finance Minister Milen Velchev and other economic experts.

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