Azer­bai­jan, Arab coun­tries es­tab­lish as­so­ci­a­tion to deepen ties

Azer News - - Business - By Amina Nazarli

Anewly cre­ated “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion was pre­sented to pub­lic in Baku on April 22.

The aim of es­tab­lish­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion, in which, along with Azer­bai­jani busi­ness­men, en­trepreneurs from Arab coun­tries will also be rep­re­sented, is the strength­en­ing of eco­nomic part­ner­ship be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Arab coun­tries through the pro­mo­tion of mu­tual trade and in­vest­ment, de­vel­op­ment of friendly re­la­tions be­tween the states.

As­so­ci­a­tion’s Chair­man El­shan Rahi­mov, addressing the cer­e­mony, noted that high-level re­cip­ro­cal vis­its in re­cent years be­tween Azer­bai­jan and Arab coun­tries, ex­pan­sion of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween busi­nesses, in­creas­ing tourist flow to Azer­bai­jan cre­ate fa­vor­able con­di­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of the re­la­tions.

He em­pha­sized that the de­ci­sion to cre­ate the “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion and its state regis­tra­tion are timed to Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev’s ini­tia­tive on an­nounc­ing 2017 the Year of Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity in Azer­bai­jan, and Baku’s host­ing the Is­lamic Sol­i­dar­ity Games in May.

“The As­so­ci­a­tion in­tends to use var­i­ous meth­ods, in­clud­ing: en­sur­ing di­a­logue be­tween po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners, an­a­lyz­ing and in­form­ing about in­vest­ment prospects, pre­par­ing busi­ness projects, as­sess­ing the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment, or­ga­niz­ing ed­u­ca­tional work among busi­ness­men on ad­van­tages and ben­e­fits, or­ga­niz­ing spe­cial­ized exhibitions, busi­ness fo­rums, busi­ness events, re­cip­ro­cal vis­its, to achieve its goal,” he said.

The “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion by es­tab­lish­ing close co­op­er­a­tion with sim­i­lar or­ga­ni­za­tions, es­pe­cially with the Turk­ish-Arab As­so­ci­a­tion for Eco­nomic and Strate­gic Co­op­er­a­tion, will pro­vide its mem­bers with an even wider range of ser­vices, Rahi­mov added.

Rahi­mov stressed that the cur­rent eco­nomic con­di­tions in­crease com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the coun­tries in terms of at­tract­ing in­vest­ments and ex­pand­ing trade ties.

He noted that from this point of view, the goals set by the Azer­bai­jani pres­i­dent are taken as a ba­sis in at­tract­ing in­vest­ments to the coun­try, adding that the newly cre­ated or­ga­ni­za­tion will make ef­forts to be­come a party to this process.

Close con­tacts will be es­tab­lished with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of busi­ness cir­cles of Arab coun­tries that have rich financial re­sources, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion will play the role of a busi­ness plat­form.

In the end, Rahi­mov in­vited en­trepreneurs and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of busi­ness cir­cles to join the “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion.

“We will build our ac­tiv­i­ties on the prin­ci­ples of high pro­fes­sion­al­ism and jus­tify the trust of the mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion,” he said.

Then, the Chair­man of the Turk­ish-Arab As­so­ci­a­tion for Eco­nomic and Strate­gic Co­op­er­a­tion Muhammed Al Adil said that Azer­bai­jan, be­ing a broth­erly coun­try, is a very im­por­tant part of the Tur­kic world.

He noted that the time has come to build new bridges be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the Arab world.

“We in­tend to pro­mote all the op­por­tu­ni­ties of Azer­bai­jan, in par­tic­u­lar its busi­ness, in­vest­ment, tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Arab coun­tries,” he said. “I there­fore con­grat­u­late you on the cre­ation of the “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion. This will be a very im­por­tant and strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion for us.”

He went to add that Azer­bai­jan causes in­ter­est in the Arab world, first of all, that is due to the ex­is­tence of com­mon his­tory and cul­ture.

“Sec­ondly, dur­ing the Soviet pe­riod, Azer­bai­jan was kept away from the Arab coun­tries, we lived in com­plete es­trange­ment,” he said. “Now we must strive to fur­ther ex­pand the ties be­tween our peo­ples. From this point of view, the cre­ation of the “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion will be a great start.”

A mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the “Co­op­er­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan and Arab Coun­tries” Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion and Turk­ish-Arab As­so­ci­a­tion for Eco­nomic and Strate­gic Co­op­er­a­tion was also signed at the event.

Rahi­mov fur­ther said that a mis­sion of Azer­bai­jani busi­ness­men will visit Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia and the UAE in July to es­tab­lish busi­ness ties.

He said that the vis­its, which will be or­ga­nized by the Pub­lic As­so­ci­a­tion, will not be lim­ited to these three coun­tries, and it is also planned to visit other Arab coun­tries in the fu­ture.

“We have no plans to hold fo­rums within the frame­work of these vis­its,” Rahi­mov said. “In this case, our task is to or­ga­nize meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of cham­bers of commerce and busi­ness cir­cles of Arab coun­tries.”

“In gen­eral, we want not only to at­tract the at­ten­tion of Arab in­vestors to Azer­bai­jan, but also to en­sure our en­trepreneurs’ ac­cess to the Arab coun­tries,” he added. “At the state level, good re­la­tions have been es­tab­lished be­tween Azer­bai­jan and the Arab coun­tries, but our task is to es­tab­lish di­rect con­tacts with the busi­ness­men of these coun­tries.”

In ad­di­tion, in Oc­to­ber Baku will host the first Azer­bai­jani-Arab busi­ness fo­rum, with par­tic­i­pa­tion of more than 300 en­trepreneurs from Arab coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to Rahi­mov, who added that the As­so­ci­a­tion plans to hold such events an­nu­ally.

At­trac­tion of in­vest­ments and ex­pan­sion of trade in the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion con­trib­utes to in­creased com­pe­ti­tion be­tween states, he said.

Rahi­mov noted that guided by cer­tain goals of the head of state on at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ments, the new or­ga­ni­za­tion will make ef­forts to be­come a part of this process, es­tab­lish close con­tacts with busi­nesses of Arab coun­tries that have big financial re­sources.

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