Since its inception in 1997 the CED has positioned itself as a leading economic policy think tank in Bulgaria due to its active role in significant economic processes and the shaping of economic policies during the years of economic reforms and restructuring after the financial and economic crisis of 1996 – 1997. The Center’s goals are to contribute to Bulgaria’s economic development and achievement of sustainable growth, to play a key role in formulating economic policies,to promote public debate on major economic issues; to foster cooperation between the public, private, NGO sector, and educational institutions.
As a policy institute it has been partnering for many years with the Davos World Economic Forum providing the information on the competitiveness of Bulgaria’s economy for the annual World Competitiveness Report. CED continues to focus on competitiveness as a core economic indicator for the overall socio-economic development of the country.
The priority thematic areas of CED include also SME development and promotion, enterprise and innovation policy, high tech development, pension reform, business environment, corporate governance, international development, gender equality in the socio-economic area, etc. For more than ten consecutive years CED has been elaborating and publishing the Quarterly Report on the Bulgarian Economy covering all macroeconomic developments and analyzing the major trends in the main sectors of the economy. CED has also the reputation of hosting the Club of Diplomats Economists in 2002-2015 with the participation of ambassadors, commercial and economic counselors and attaches of foreign embassies meeting high level Bulgarian public figures and state officials.
CED has the experience and the know-how to further advance necessary economic and social reforms in Bulgaria through applied research and evidence based policy analysis and advocacy.