March 1, 2013 – Investment and Business Opportunities in South Eastern Europe Forum

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Investment & Business Opportunities Forum in South Eastern Europe March 1, 2013

Conference starts at 9:00 am Ontario Investment and Trade Centre

250 Yonge Street, Toronto

Welcome to the home page of the Investment and Business Opportunities in South Eastern Europe Forum. On behalf of the organizing body, the NATO Council of Canada I have the honour to invite you to participate in this initiative, which will be held on Friday, March 1st 2013 at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (OITC), in Toronto. That is only 2 days before the PDAC! The Forum is an initiative taken by the NATO Council of Canada, organized in cooperation with the Embassies of Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and the Consulate of Turkey in Toronto and in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Strategic partners in this initiative are: The Albania Canada Business Council, the Canadian Turkish Business Council and the Brampton Board of Trade.

WHEN, WHERE, WHICH COUNTRIES

Within the above framework, the NATO Council of Canada is organizing a Forum, titled: Business and Investment Opportunities in South Eastern Europe. The Forum, which will be a one, whole day event, will be held on Friday, March 1st 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. Ten countries of South Eastern Europe have expressed interest in participating: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

FOREIGN PARTICIPATION AND SECTORS

On the occasion of the Forum, senior representatives from both public and private organizations in the region will be invited to highlight trade and investment potential by identifying specific projects opportunities. The presentations will focus on the following sectors: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources, Mining and Resources, Construction – Infrastructure and Tourism. Presentations will also be delivered on Public- Private Partnerships (PPP), followed by testimonials of Canadian companies that invest in the region. The main goal of the event is to promote the region as a platform of investment for Canadian businesses. The Forum will feature presentations on specific / existing projects by the representatives from the participating countries. Also after the presentations, the companies that would like to get further information about the projects will have the opportunity to conduct Business-to-Business and Government-to-Business meetings. Please also note that this initiative is being planned in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

WHAT IS THE PDAC AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

The date of the event was carefully chosen to take place only two days before the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Exhibition. This year, PDAC will be held from March 3-6, 2013 in Toronto (Metro Toronto Convention Centre). The PDAC exhibition represents the mineral exploration and development industry, which attracts exhibitors and attendees from all over the word. In short, PDAC is where the world’s mineral industry meets. Last year it was attended by over 30,000 people and it featured over 1,000 exhibitors and 125 countries. The PDAC exhibition and trade show, offers the opportunity to attend technical sessions, short courses as well as social and networking events. PDAC presents with a unique opportunity to develop domestic and international business contacts, gather marketing intelligence, learn about innovation and technologies and get insight on industry trends. Exhibitors include: Exploration/Mining Companies, Exploration/Mining Equipment & Supplies, Geophysical Services & Equipment, Air Transportation Services, Foreign Governments, etc. For more detailed information on the PDAC Exhibition, please visit: http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/conv/index.aspx Within this framework and bearing in mind the significance and the opportunities that PDAC offers, the Forum on Investment and Business Opportunities in Southeastern Europe will be annexed to PDAC. Participating at the Forum will give you an excellent opportunity to also visit PDAC, gain further visibility and conduct strategic networking. Please note that the NATO Council of Canada is in touch with the organizers of the exhibition and the Business Forum will be listed under affiliated events on the PDAC website. After the presentations, representatives of the participating companies will have the opportunity to conduct Business-to-Business and Government-to-Business meetings with Canadian businesses that would like to get further information about the projects. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Forum coordinator Richard Mabley, at: Richard.mabley@atlantic-council.ca or at: 416-979-1875.

**Take a look at our Investment & Business Opportunities in South Eastern Europe PDF, for the conference program and sponsorship opportunities.
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