The Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) took part in the Global Infrastructure Cooperation Conference (GICC 2017), which took place in Seoul, South Korea between 4 and 6 September. In the BCC delegation was the Chairman of the MB of the Chamber Eng. Nikolay Stankov, Deputy Chairman of BCC and Chairman of the Regional Office of BCC – Burgas Eng. Nikolay Nikolov, Honorary Chairman of BCC and member of the MB of Road Infrastructure Agency Eng. Svetoslav Glosov and Head of Department “International Activity and Project Management” at BCC Eng. Gianni Antova. In Seoul the representatives of the construction organization were accompanied by H.E. Petar Andonov, Ambassador of Bulgaria.
The visit to the South Korean capital was at the invitation from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of South Korea Kim Hyun-mee, to Eng. Nikolay Stankov to participate in the fifth edition of the global forum on infrastructure cooperation GICC 2017. During the visit the BCC delegation met with the Chairman of the International Contractors Association of Korea (ICAK) Kee-Poong Park and discussed opportunities for cooperation on topics of mutual interest.
The forum in Seoul brought together representatives of state institutions and agencies, public organizations, Korean companies, multilateral development banks (MDB), to join efforts to find ways to meet the challenges of infrastructure development. The conference was held on a very high level, including representatives of the governments of South Korea, Ukraine, Armenia, Libya, road agencies and construction organizations from around the world, as well as members of academic communities – the Dean of the Higher International School of Urban Sciences in Seoul Han Man-Hee, Lucio Soibelman, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California, and others.
In Seoul BCC presented its activities, tasks and goals and introduced the delegates to the forum with the current state of the branch in Bulgaria. Information was presented on the development of transport, housing and industrial construction and was shared comparative data on the volume of production. In the presentation of BCC were given results of analyses of the trends and expectations that are observed in the different sub-sectors of the branch. At the forum in Seoul was reported an increase in the Bulgarian construction market.
The exposition of the Chamber emphasized the expectation of more tangible growth in infrastructure development after 2018. Along with the achievements in road construction, which are expressed in the almost doubled network for the last ten years, made possible thanks to the European funds, BCC presented part of the larger projects that are being built or are to be implemented including the separate subsections of the Struma Motorway.