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Bulgaria celebrates national day

Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—Ambassador and Mrs. Aneta Antonova of Bulgaria hosted reception at their residence in the Diplomatic Enclave in the federal capital to celebrate national day of their country. A large number of guests graced the celebrative event. They included diplomats of foreign missions, officials and prominent people from various segments of the society. Federal minister Khurram Dastgir was the Chief Guest who cut the ceremonial cake along with the hosts.
Khurram Dastgir and the ambassador during their chat, touched on possibilities of expanding cooperation between Pakistan and Bulgaria. Bulgaria is a European country in the Balkan. Though it has a small population around eight million, it has made its mark as an emerging economy. Bulgaria is among leading countries of Europe in the fields of information technology and manufacturing. Bulgaria holds third place in Europe and tenth position worldwide with respect to absolute number of certified IT professionals, third place world-wide according to certificates per capita.
One important factor for progress in Bulgaria is its focus on education. Both secondary and higher education are highly developed. According to a World Bank report Bulgarian secondary education is among the best in the world. This country ranks fifth in the world in sciences. Bulgarians represent second largest foreign student community in Germany after the Chinese. Pakistan can learn many lessons from Bulgaria in its quest for rapid progress and prosperity of its people.
Bulgaria is rich in landscape and natural fauna and flora. Its Black Sea coast offers pleasant temperatures and many sunny days from May till October. Its mountains offer attractive ski opportunities in winter. Bulgaria has also reputation of being a country enjoying social and cultural harmony. Bulgarian capital Sofia is among the oldest cities in Europe and the only city besides Jerusalem with an Orthodox church, a Catholic cathedral, a mosque and a synagogue within a square kilometer. Many countries in the world are incapable of making social and economic progress because of religious and sectarian divides.

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