By Amina Nazarli
Azerbaijani entrepreneurs, attending Worldfood Moscow 2017, have signed a number of deals on export of various food products to Russia.
Following the signing of a deal by the national company "Azerstar" with two Russian companies on hazelnut export, Azerbaijani entrepreneurs inked 11 more contracts.
The national hazelnut production company Khanel also signed two agreements on the export of 120 tons of hazelnuts in total to the Russian market.
Russian companies participating in Worldfood Moscow and visitors to the exhibition also showed interest in Azerbaijani confectionery products.
The Azerbaijani company ‘Shirin’ signed major agreements within the framework of the exhibition. Russian company ‘World of Sweets’ intends to purchase 200 tons of confectionery products and the company also agreed on deliveries of 30 tons confectionery products each to Vladivostok, Tyumen, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Irkutsk and Tambov regions, as well as to the Ural region of Russia.
Within the framework of the exhibition, the national company "Əmin qida sənaye" and the Russian distributor agreed on supply of sugar vanilla and baking powder to Russia.
The CIS countries especially Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Belarus are the traditional export markets for Azerbaijani goods, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, fruit, vegetables, nuts, tea, conserve, cotton, oil, sugar, salt and etc. In a bid to expand the export map, the country seeks to broaden the range of products sold under the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand through the high-quality products that have so far been used only in domestic market.
The countries of Western Europe, Far East, including Japan and China, African states and Gulf countries are the target markets, according to the Azerbaijani Economy Ministry. The country has been sending trade missions to various countries since November 2016 to increase its exports. Missions have already been organized to China, UAE, and Germany, Qatar, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, was defined as next destination, where Azerbaijani entrepreneurs will present 'Made in Azerbaijan' brand on October 1-4, according to the Economy Ministry.
Azerbaijan is keen to penetrate widely in the international commodity markets with its products branded ‘Made in Azerbaijan’.
Last year, the authorities of Azerbaijan have launched large-scale reforms and adopted a roadmap program that prioritizes 12 sectors with strategic goals set before the economy to create a new development model basing on short-term (until 2020), medium-term (until 2025) and long-term measures (post 2025). The key insight of the economic reforms that allows to achieve the sustainable development and pervade the budgets, are exports.
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