Azerbaijan businesswomen to get support promoting products in Russia (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, October 2
By Matanat Nasibova – Trend:
The exchange of experience in doing business in women's entrepreneurship in Russia can be useful for cooperation with our colleagues from Azerbaijan, the President of the All-Russian Public Organization "Women of Business" Tatiana Gvilava told Trend.
She was commenting on the agreement signed with the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Azerbaijan, aimed at the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of entrepreneurship.
The agreement was signed within the framework of the 9th Russian-Azerbaijani interregional forum on September 27 in Baku.
Gvilava said the document provides for several important points that stimulate the development of bilateral cooperation in the field of women's entrepreneurship.
"This is a cooperation, an exchange of information on the database of women of business of Russia and Azerbaijan. Next, we will draw up a road map, which has been scheduled for the time of the visit of Azerbaijani women entrepreneurs to Moscow on October 22. On this day, the World Congress of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM, Femmes Chefs D'Entreprises Mondiales) will be held in Moscow, and Azerbaijani women of business as our guests will participate at this event for the first time.
A separate meeting of women entrepreneurs of Russia and Azerbaijan has been planned to be held in the framework of the congress, at which we intend to discuss further directions of our bilateral cooperation and plans for the organization of joint work on doing business in Baku and Moscow," Gvilava said.
She noted that the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Russia is a member of the World Association of Women Entrepreneurs (FCEM), so using this right, Moscow can invite business partners, in particular from Azerbaijan, to participate in the work of the congress.
"Our organization (the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Russia) brings together more than 7,000 women from 53 regions, and soon the number of member regions will increase to 55. We have talked to women entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan and have planned to discuss further cooperation in business, trade, building communications and stuff at the upcoming meeting. I believe that our Azerbaijani colleagues have much to learn from us and adopt the work experience of Russian business women," she said.
"After all, we have gone through three crises, and now we are experiencing a period of sanctions, the strong (almost two-fold) downfall of the ruble has occurred in our country, and it is nowhere near that simple to survive in an environment where the market is diversified. I believe that in the process of communication Azerbaijani women may become interested in various business programs, including those aimed at gaining access to business lending," she noted.
"By the way, among Russian businesswomen, there are those who want to establish a business in Azerbaijan (for example, a women's salon or shop), some of them want to set up a joint sewing production. I think that women themselves will agree on all these business issues during subsequent meetings," Gvilava said.
She believes the similar small and medium-sized enterprises can also be established in Russia with the participation of Azerbaijani business.
"We are ready to support women of business from Baku, help them to promote Azerbaijani products at Russian markets, establish joint ventures in order to create a business climate on a mutually beneficial basis," Tatiana Gvilava said.
She noted that the strategic task of the Russian Association “Women of business” is to build business, to increase turnover of companies, as well as to gain access to various programs and organizations, for example, Sberbank of Russia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
She said the state actively helps the development of women's entrepreneurship, which in turn stimulates Russian women to implement business ideas and projects.