We are pleased to invite you to the Brexit and the Future of Global Trade Conferences, co-organised by the British Bulgarian Business Association, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham), and The Business for Plovdiv. 
 
Brexit and the Future of Global Trade
 
4:30 - 8:00 p.m., October 24                                                                                4:30 - 8:00 p.m., October 25
at History Museum Plovdiv                                                                                             at Grand Hotel Sofia

2018 is expected to mark critical decisions on the future of global trade. The next EU summit is scheduled for October 18-19, 2018, and by this point the plans for a future trade relationship between the EU and the UK need to be announced and approved by the EU Council if there is to be an amicable settlement. Alternatively, we face the prospect of a ‘hard Brexit’ and in the UK contingency plans are being developed for this scenario.

Trade could be further complicated by the recent change in US trade relationships worldwide which potentially will have a greater impact than Brexit in Europe, as well as causing a fundamental shift in international trade relations with traditional suppliers to the US seeking new markets elsewhere.

The joint BBBA, AmCham, and The Business for Plovdiv conferences will seek to analyse the impact of these two disruptive economic factors on trade and the effect that they will have on Bulgaria. It will also seek to advise on measures that companies should be taking now in order to prepare themselves for this rapidly changing environment.

Special guest speaker at the conferences will be Liam Smyth, Director of International Trade Facilitation at British Chambers of Commerce. With his long experience in international trade, Liam has valuable expertise and advice to share with Bulgarian businesses, especially on the brink of Brexit. Invited special guests are Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister, and Emil Karanikolov, Minister of Economy. 

Programme for Sofia: 
16:30 – 17:00  Registration and welcome coffee
17:00 – 17:10         Greeting by BBBA Chairman and AmCham President
17:10 – 17:25  Speech by Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (Invited)
17:25 – 17:55  Discussion Panel on the topic: Brexit and the Future of Global Trade
Participants:          Mr. Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria (Invited)
                          Mr. Liam Smyth, Director of International Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce
                          Representative of AmCham EU in Brussels

17:55 – 18:25  Business Panel
Participants:       Representatives of the pharmaceutical, logistics, outsourcing of manufacturing, outsourcing of services, automotive components, financial sectors from AmCham and BBBA. 

18:25 – 20:00  Networking & Cocktail 

Participation Fee:
-    50 BGN +VAT for members of AmCham and BBBA
-    80 BGN +VAT for non-members

These events are an excellent opportunity for sponsors to reach the wide audience of collectively over 550 member companies of BBBA, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria and The Business for Plovdiv. 

If you are interested in speaker and sponsorship opportunities, please review the sponsorship information following the button below.