This September we had the pleasure of welcoming Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Tomislav Donchev in the Rakovski Industrial Zone, part of the Trakia Economic Zone. The reason for the visit was the official opening ceremony of the Vocational Training Center Trakia.
At the official event the Deputy Prime Minister shared: “Trakia Economic Zone is one of the economic centers of Bulgaria without exaggeration. It is something unique. First in scale: almost 11 million square meters, over 2 billion investments since its launch. There are 180 companies represented here, such as non-random companies – electronics, automotive components and more. The area is unique and in other words, here we have a model of cooperation between business and municipalities, here we have happened things that have not happened anywhere else before. In addition to being proud of this economic center we are doing something else, we are trying to learn from the experience here, to some extent even to copy everything that has happened.”
We are extremely happy that our joint work with institutions and businesses which started 2 years ago, shaping something so necessary to Plovdiv, namely the Vocational Training Center Trakia. The Center is proud not only because it is the first training center in the country in an industrial area, but also because of its scale. The project uses the high-tech machines of the global companies such as SMC, Schneider Electric, Millara International and ABB. You can read more about this in the article here Plovdiv’s first industrial training center hopes to revolutionize.
The Vocational Training Center Trakia is part of the Trakia Economic Zone integrated development plan and its mission is to provide the necessary skilled force to manufacturing companies in Plovdiv and the region. When we work together, in collaboration, and we look in one direction, our work does more than good. Therefore the promotion of such projects in the country is of great importance.
Regarding innovation and investment in Bulgaria, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev commented on the morning block on BNT 1: “Bulgaria has many well-functioning industrial zones – both private and public. At least 10 more are needed. Location is not a matter of playing with the card – it implies good transport connectivity, potential, staff, as well as active local institutions. We have a concentration of such zones in the south – the largest is the Trakia Economic Zones which is in the area around Plovdiv.”
You can check the highlights from the Deputy Prime Minister’s interview on innovation and investment in Bulgaria on 20th minute of the following video: