Azerbaijan plans to benefit from agro experience of Belarus
By Nigar Abbasova
Azerbaijan, which seeks to diversify its economy, is interested in studying the experience of Belarus in the creation of agro-towns and development of food industry.
The issue was high on agenda at a meeting of Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusy and the Azerbaijani delegation led by Mayor of Ganja City (the second biggest city of Azerbaijan) Elmar Valiyev on November 16, Belta reported.
Rusy, addressing the meeting, said that Belarus is ready to provide information about the latest achievements of the country in the sector, namely in the establishment of agro-towns, as well as share experience in the provision of relevant infrastructure.
Agriculture is considered to be among promising sectors for cooperation between the two sides, while one of the most perspective spheres is food industry. Azerbaijan is interested in Belarusian confectionery, alcoholic beverages and other goods, as well as in the Belarusian know-how in the sector.
The Deputy PM went on saying that Belarus is also ready to cooperate in the processing industry, creation of joint production facilities, as well as manufacturing of agricultural equipment.
Rusy said that the projects discussed between the sides would become a good platform for further talks during the visit of the president of Belarus to Azerbaijan in late November, mentioning that the visit will become the next weighty step to boost relations between the two countries.
The Azerbaijani delegation also held meeting with Deputy PM of Belarus Vladimir Semashko, where the sides discussed prospects of bolstering cooperation.
Valiyev said that a store of Belarusian goods is expected to be opened in Ganja by late 2016, while similar sale points are already operational in the capital city Baku.
The mayor praised the high quality of the Belarusian food, adding that Azerbaijan is ready to supply products which are in demand in the Belarusian market.
Semashko, in turn, said that the countries have a great potential to enter a qualitatively new level of the economic cooperation.
The trade turnover between the countries totaled $28.81 million manats ($ 16.99) in January-May 2016, with some 20.83 million manats ($ 12.28) accounting for the import of Belarusian goods.
Nigar Abbasova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @nigyar_abbasova
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