Sofia, 1 April 2019
The General Assembly of the International Coordinating Council of Employers’ Unions (ICCEU) included participation by the following heads of national associations – members of the International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (ICIE): Alexander Shokhin, the President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; Vassil Velev, the Chairman of the Managing Board of the Industrial Capital Association of Bulgaria; Kadyr Baykenov, the Chairman of the Board of the Confederation of Employers of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Elguja Meladze, the President of Georgia’s Employers Association; Vitaly Gavrilov, the President of Latvia’s Employers’ Confederation; Andrzej Malinowski, the President of the Employers of Poland, and official representatives of employer organizations of Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine and Estonia.
The International Congress of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs was represented at this event by the ICIE Vice President, Vyacheslav Pshenichnikov. In his speech, during a general discussion about current issues facing economic cooperation and the need to promote employer unions’ role in every possible way, Vyacheslav Pshenichnikov talked about the substantive work, carried out by the International Congress, in the spheres of digital technologies, modern transportation innovations and other high-value sector wide initiatives, which involve representatives of business organizations from Russia, Canada, Austria, Ukraine and China.
The participants of the meeting were particularly interested in a presentation of the new approach to communication and information-related capabilities of the Congress, which essentially entails a creation of an environment comprising an updated website and online accounts that provide ICIE members and partners with a wide range of opportunities.
The attendees also discussed practical measures applicable to cooperation between the ICIE and the ICCEU, which were defined in the Memorandum signed earlier on by ICIE President Artem Chayka and Chairman of the ICCEU Board Andrzej Malinowski.
The parties agreed on joint actions aimed at actively facilitating strong ties between national organizations of industrialists and entrepreneurs (employers), and at also exchanging experience in the sphere of regulation of social, labor and economic relations, and industrial development in the interests of national alliances and other associations of business circles, which are represented by the ICIE and the ICCEU.