AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez at the III International Black Sea Economic Forum (Source: Black Sea Economic Forum Office)

Hosted by the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the III International Black Sea Economic Forum took place on October 4-5, 2012. Venue was the historic Livadia Palace in Yalta (Crimea, Ukraine), where Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met in February 1945 and it is considered to be the start of the Cold War.  The topic of the Forum was “Reinforcing Competitiveness of the Black Sea Region: Joint Efforts and Projects”

More than 120 high-ranking guests from around the world discussed projects and actions aimed to increase the level of competitiveness of the Black Sea Region. The agenda covered a wide range of important topics, e.g. effective trade, transport industry and export-import operations in the region; investment policy and strategic points of growth; energy efficiency and energy saving policy; mechanisms to attract investment flows into the agricultural sector; attractiveness and competitiveness of the tourism sector. Additionally, the Forum was also a good opportunity to discuss crucial questions of regional economic development and creation of effective partnerships.
AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez participated in the panel discussion on “Local Tourism Resources as a Keystone for Competitiveness of the National Tourism Product”, which took place in the morning of the second day of the forum. Participants of this panel discussion shared views on how the different neighbour countries define its regions’ and cities’ priorities with regard to the travel & tourism policy. 

Martín Guillermo Ramírez presented the main objectives of the AEBR and stated i.a. the need to have a common tourism concept for the Black Sea that can be taken into account in the general development strategy for this macro-region. Infrastructures, networking, business opportunities and other aspects, can be reinforced through the development of a common strategy for the countries involved.

More information about the III International Black Sea Economic Forum can be found in the official website http://www.blackseaforum.com.ua/

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