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Coface Country Risk Conference

Coface country risk conference will be held for the sixth time. This year it is dedicated to the issue of Digitalization, automation and artificial intelligence.

It will be held on April 12 in Sofia Tech Park and is expected to attract many managers, entrepreneurs, financial and risk specialists and representatives of state institutions.

The program includes several plenary lectures and three panel discussions devoted to the digitalization in finances and commerce, the rise of China and India and benefits for Bulgarian exporters and blockchain technology and cybersecurtiy. The Chief Executive Officer of Coface Central and Eastern Europe - Mr. Declan Daly will be special guest. Traditionally, the chief economist of Coface CEE will review and analysis of country-risk and Milena Videnova, manager of Coface Bulgaria will provide hot data risks by sector.
Among the speakers who will participate in the conference and panel discussions are opinion leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials as Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Bulgaria, Iravan hira, Eric Dumas, Tsvetelina Nikolova, Mariana Trifonova, Ivailo Ivanov, Preslav Raykov, Svetlin Penkov,etc.

Coface Country Risk conferences are being organized for over 20 years in over 20 countries worldwide. These events have established themselves as important socio-economic forums that discuss global issues and propose strategic solutions and new ideas in economics. Covered subjects are the important and relevant - role of financial institutions for economic development, growth prospects, global economic trends, export strategies and others. A number of influential personalities, including Jean-Claude Trichet, Christine Lagarde, Erhard Busek, Pascal Lamy, Nouriel Roubini and others have been lecturers.

We expect the conference in Bulgaria this year to attend around 150 opinion leaders - executives and CFOs of leading companies, representatives of institutions, multinational businesses, small and medium-sized companies, industry and employers' organizations, NGOs and media.






Digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence:we take the wheel


6th Coface Country Risk conference – 2018

Sofia, 12 April 2018

Sofia Tech Park





Moderator: Boycho Popov, News anchor – UpDate, Bloomberg TV


12:30 – 13:00. Registration.


13:00 – 13:30

Welcoming speeches

Milena Videnova, Country Manager Coface Bulgaria

Declan Daly – CEO, Coface CEE           

Vladislav Goranov – Ministry of Finance


13:30 – 14:00

Coface country risk panorama

Risks and developments of the countries and worldwide – Grzegorz Shielewicz, Regional Economist of CEE Region  


14:00 – 14:30

Coface sector risk panorama

Overview of the perspective and decreasing sectors worldwide – Milena Videnova, Country Manager Coface Bulgaria




14:30 – 15:30

Panel 1.Digitalization in finances and commerce: risks and perspectives. Artificial intelligence


Svetlin Penkov – Robotics and artificial intelligence specialist, scholar at Edinburgh University

Eric Dumas – CEO Ato strategic

Tsvetan Simeonov – Chairman, BCCI


15:30 – 16:00. Coffee break


16:00 – 16:20

Keynote speech

Telecommunications and digital future – Asen Velikov- Member of the Board of Directors and CFO Vivacom 


16:20 - 16:40.

Keynote speech


16:40 – 17:30

Panel 2.Focus: the rise of China and India and benefits for Bulgarian exporters

Suggested panelists:


Krastio Belev –Bulgarian Chinese Business Development Association

Mariana Trifonova – Senior analyst, Institute for Economic Policy 

Tsvetelina Nikolova – Executive Director, Katarzyna estate 

Dr. Peter Velev – Executive Director, Ecopharm


17:30 – 18:20

Panel 3.Blockchain technology and cybersecurtiy: how the business can benefit from them

Iravan Hira – General manager, HP enterprise

Martin Paev – Sortis Invest

Preslav Raykov – Associate at Forex Capital Markets 

Ivailo Ivanov – Operation director, iuvo group (platform for alternative investments) 


18:30. Cocktail and networking.

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