Serbia offers Azerbaijan to hold multilateral business-forums
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 28
By Anvar Mammadov - Trend:
Serbia has offered Azerbaijan to conduct business forums between Azerbaijan on the one hand, and a number of Balkan countries, on the other hand, Shahin Mustafayev, the co-chairman of the commission, the Azerbaijani minister of economy and industry, said as part of the fourth meeting of the Azerbaijani-Serbian intergovernmental commission in Baku Sept. 28.
"We have already carried out a similar business forum in Belgrade," he said. "We were offered to conduct business forums between Azerbaijan on the one hand, and Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the other hand. We support this proposal. We hope that this format will be further intensified and these meetings will be held at a higher level in the future."
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajić said that Azerbaijan and Serbia must develop the economic relations, in particular, trade turnover.
"The trade turnover between Serbia and Azerbaijan amounted to 16 million euros in 2014," Ljajić said. "This is a token amount of money. We must continue our work to significantly increase it. We are also very interested in Azerbaijani investments. We invite all companies from Azerbaijan to join the process of privatization of our companies. Currently, more than 500 companies pass through a tender in Serbia. We hope that Azerbaijani companies are interested in investing in Serbia."
According to the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Serbia amounted to 3.22 million manat in January-August 2015, which is 7.3 percent more than in the same period of last year. Virtually the entire turnover accounted for the import of Serbian products to Azerbaijan.
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