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Bulgarian Nat'l Assembly head
"Bulgaria Eager for Economic Cooperation"
Amb. Savov Hosts Reception for Speaker Gerdjikov
By Oxana Davydenko
Staff Reporter
Amb. Alexander Savov of Bulgaria (left) is holding a reception for visiting Bulgarian National Assembly Speaker Ognian Gerdjikov at his residence in Hannam-dong Jan. 5, 2005.

Amb. Alexander Savov of Bulgaria hosted a reception for President and Speaker of Bulgaria's National Assembly Ognian Gerdjikov and his 50-member delegation who are on a four-day visit to South Korea. The cocktail reception was held at the ambassador's residence in Hannam-dong Jan. 5, 2005.

The Bulgarian press corps members included Mr. Yuri Lazarov, deputy director general of the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

The Bulgarian parliamentary speaker and his delegation — comprising five lawmakers of the Bulgarian National Assembly, 15 business leaders, 18 journalists, and others — arrived in Seoul Jan. 3, 2005.

Assembly Speaker Ognian Gerdjikov

Over 30 local and foreign guests including officials of the Korean International Trade Association (KITA), people of the Korea-Bulgaria Friendship Association, and local businessmen were also present at the reception which started at 7 p.m. KITA Director Nam Jin-Woo escorted the Bulgarian delegation in Seoul. Among the local guests were President of Choi Cho-Hyun of the Korea-Bulgarian Friendship Association, President Choi Rak-Won of the Korea Neurological Practitioners' Society, Mr. Choi Kang-Yong, CEO of a local company. President Choi runs Vital Food Co.

Speaker Gerdjikov, an eminent Bulgarian scholar-turned politician, exchanged his view on bilateral relations including North Korean nuclear issue with a number of local politicians during his stay in Seoul.

He met with his counter National Assembly Speaker Kim Won-Ki, Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan, Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, and Seoul City Mayor Lee Myung-Bak for a wide range of talks on enhancing mutual ties including economic cooperations. Speaker Kim held a dinner party for the Bulgarian parliamentary leader and his delegation at a hotel in Seoul.

President Choi Cho-Hyun of the Korea-Bulgaria Friendship Association (second from left) is posing for a camera with others in the reception.

The Bulgarian National Assembly speaker showed a keen interest in drawing investment from South Korean corporations and North Korean nuclear issues in an interview with The Seoul Times.

"We discussed with South Korean leaders an opportunity of new Korean investment in Bulgaria and how to expand business contacts with Korean partners," Mr. Gerdjikov said. "international issues including ways of resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, and how to stop the development of nuclear program were the major topics and concerns in our conversations."

"Bulgaria is deeply concerned about North Korean nuclear issue, and IAEA is trying hard to stop North Korean nuclear program," he added. "We hope that North Korean could become a responsible member of international community and eventually a democratic country,"

Amb. Alexander Savov of Bulgaria (left) enjoys evening with a noted local surgeon , President Choi Rak-Won of the Korea Neurological Practitioners' Society.

In particular, the top Bulgarian politician stressed that South Korean is a top priority country in Asia for business cooperation as Bulgaria is on the verge of joining EU.

He said his visit is the first official visit to Seoul by Bulgarian National Assembly speaker. He is now returning a visit to Sophia made by South Korean National Assembly speaker two years ago.

Mr. Gerdjikov and his delegation visited Samsung Electronics Co. in Suwon, Kyonggi Province. He said that he wanted to find out how "the leader of the high tech industry in the world" is managed. "Samsung is very popular among Bulgarian people."

Bulgarian National Assembly Speaker Ognian Gerdjikov (left) poses with Mr. Yuri Lazarov, deputy director general of the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

The speaker voiced confidence that it is necessary to promote economic cooperation between two countries. "Korea is a very considerable country in Asia and displays big potential especially in economic development,"

Mr. Gerdjikov and his delegation also visited some landmark places in Seoul including traditional royal palace of Changdeok-gung and Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and Namsan Tower.

Mr. Gerdjikov was serving as a prominent professor before he was elected president of the 39th National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria July 5, 2001. Prof. Gerdjikov was an eminent scholar in commercial law.

Counselor and deputy head of Bulgarian Mission Ivan Stamatoff (left) shakes hand with a local businessman.

Since 1979 he had been a faculty member at the Law School of the St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He also taught at the University of Vienna and the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg.

He had guest-lectured and delivered reports at the Jagielonski University in Krakow, the Europa Institute in Saarbruecken, the Geneva University, the Max Planck Institute, and the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg. He has authored a large number of monographs and scientific articles in Bulgarian and international journals.


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Ms. Oxana Davydenko serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She covers foreign embassies in Seoul with a particular focus on Russia, and Eastern European embassies. Davydenko also covers international cultural events including business. Previously she worked as a journalist for Kommersant business daily in Russia. She majored in journalism at the Voronezh State University.

 

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  Other Articles by Oxana Davydenko
Amb. Umana’s Daughter Weds Rontgen
Egyptian Soccer Team Beats Korean Team 1- 0
First-Ever Hungarian Lace Exhibition in Seoul
EKF Helps Needy, Estranged Kids
Australia Showed It All on Australia Day
S. Korea, Israel Sign R&D Accord
Canada-Korea Symposium Planned in Toronto
Amb. Jerandi Hosts Reception for Women
It's Vacation Time for Most Embassies
SAIT Hosts X-Mas Party for Alien Scientists
"South Korea to Import Algerian Wine"
Malaysia Hosts Party on Han River Boat
"SIFF 2004" Held Successfully in Seoul



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