Azerbaijan, Baku, 27 March / Trend I.Khalilova /
The regular Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey business forum will be held in Azerbaijan's Gabala city on May 21 with participation of ministers and business circles of these countries, the statement of the Ministry of Economic Development published on Wednesday on its website said.
Previous meetings were held in Tbilisi and Kars.
'The trilateral business forum organised for the third time, will discuss the prospects of expanding economic cooperation and relations', according to the statement.
The event will present the economies of the three countries, their business and investment opportunities and hold bilateral meetings between the entrepreneurs.
According to the 2012 results, trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Turkey amounted to $2.12 billion. In this case, Turkey ranked first among foreign trade partners of Azerbaijan for the volume of imports ($1.520 billion) with a weight of 15.75 per cent of Azerbaijani imports.
Mutual investments between Azerbaijan and Turkey amount to more than $10 billion. SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) is involved in a number of major investment projects in Turkey, including the construction of the TANAP pipeline, Star refinery and others. The volume of Azerbaijan's investments to Turkey in the coming years is estimated at $21 billion.
The number of companies with Azerbaijani capital in Turkey reached 1100 by the end of 2012.
Export-import operations between Azerbaijan and Georgia in the last year amounted to $700.66 million.
To date, SOCAR's investment in Georgia's energy sector plays a very important role. Azerbaijan ranks second in terms of foreign direct investment in Georgia and its investments make up 12 per cent of all direct investments in Georgia. Last year, 134 enterprises backed by Azerbaijani capital were registered in Georgia with their total number exceeding 500.
Foreign direct investment of some $2 billion is expected this year in Georgia, mainly from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia.