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Bulgarian-Chinese Forum “International Cluster Policies” (BCF 2018), Varna, 18th – 19th May 2018

Confucius Institute at the University of Veliko Tarnovo St Cyril and St Methodius, the Black Sea Cluster Innovation and Development in partnership with the Cluster for Information Assurance of Black Sea Tourism Business and Veritas Consulting Cluster invite the interested clusters, companies, institutions and organizations for participation in the forum, which will take place on 18 and 19 May 2018 in the Festival and Congress Center (FCC), Varna.

The BCF2018 promotes global and regional dialogue on International Cluster Policies. It brings together the two of the oldest civilisations in the world to discuss the business potential of EU-China international cluster policies and to encourage more Europeans and Chinese to visit, discover and appreciate each other's places, cultures, and traditions. The forum marks the beginning of a series of events related to the development of partnership relations between Bulgaria and China in the field of tourism, information and communication technologies, quality of life and education policies. The main focus of the event is placed on the cooperation between Bulgarian and Chinese companies, organisations and institutions through establishment of international cluster links and collaborations. The Forum is held under the auspices of the Governor of the District with Administrative Centre Varna - Mr. Stoyan Pasev.

The forum will be attended by representatives of the state administration, organisations and companies working with Chinese partners, representatives of Chinese business, scientific organisations and universities, experts in tourism, digital technologies and smart education. Some of them include the following: Bulgarian Centre for Development, Investment and Tourism in China, Bulgarian-Chinese Association for Business Development, Thrace Economic Zone Cluster, Tianjin Pharm Culture Group, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.

The particpants will have the opportunity to take part in the plenary session, where good practices of cooperation between Bulgarian and Chinese organizations will be presented, as well as in the discussions in the following panels:
- Tourism Cluster Development Models for Global Competitiveness
- Digitisation Trends in Business: Exploring Innovative Solutions
- Creativity and Collaboration in Education: Meeting the Challenges Ahead,
where the opportunities of collaboration between Bulgarian and Chinese companies will be discussed.

BCF 2018 Matchmaking and Networking Event will also take place to offer an opportunity for discussions aimed at collaborations, projects and businesses in case of specific interest to a certain field or topic.

The forum also offers an opportunity for promotion of companies and / or products at a presentation stand in the FCC lobby or in the area around the entrance of the FCC as well as for participation in BCF 2018 catalog with an advertisement against payment (in Bulgarian, English and Chinese).

Participation in BCF 2018 is free of charge by registration:

For further information about the forum, please visit the official website:


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