President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who delivered the closing address during the Bulgarian-Maltese Business Forum which was organised in Sofia as part of her state visit in Bulgaria, said that there was much potential for mutual economic cooperation between the two nations.
President Coleiro Preca said that the Maltese islands connected cultures and continents, between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, while Bulgaria is a strategic hub, which provides perfect access to the Western Balkans and beyond. She explained that mutual cooperation between Malta and Bulgaria can be achieved through trade in services, and the provision of expertise, skills, and training in those areas where both countries required mutual support.
President Coleiro Preca stated that in Malta, “we are at a stage, whereby due to our impressive economic growth, our businesses are seeking new opportunities and avenues for expansion, beyond the Maltese shores,” and said that this is the potential which has been brought to Bulgaria for this State Visit.
She called for collaboration to take place across all levels of engagement – with large enterprises, as well as with small and medium-sized businesses, adding that these links will make a valuable contribution to the multi-level and mutual strengthening of both Malta and Bulgaria, “while also mutually strengthening our nations, and their respective geo-strategic positions as regional hubs.”
The President also urged the Bulgarian and Maltese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Burgas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Gozo Business Chamber, and the Bulgarian and Maltese Business Chambers, the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency, and Trade Malta, to keep the momentum of this visit, and to continue exploring all their mutual potential, “as governments are only enablers.”
“There is no limit to what we can do and achieve together.”
The President encouraged all those present to keep up the “excellent momentum” that had been achieved during this visit, and to take the momentum to the next level.