Ex­ports of non-oil prod­ucts reach $1.4B

Azer News - - Front Page - By Narmina Mam­madova

The in­tro­duc­tion of lo­cal prod­ucts to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets is boost­ing the non-oil sec­tor of coun­try's econ­omy and strength­ens busi­ness ties with for­eign coun­tries. There­fore, Azer­bai­jan is or­ga­niz­ing a num­ber of ex­port mis­sions to for­eign coun­tries in or­der to pro­mote na­tional prod­ucts.

The Made in Azer­bai­jan brand, launched by the de­cree of Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev dated Novem­ber 5, 2016, en­vis­ages a large-scale pro­mo­tion of lo­cal non-oil prod­ucts in for­eign mar­kets. The brand is highly suc­cess­ful in re­gional and world mar­kets, and Azer­bai­jan’s lo­cal out­put meets all the nec­es­sary stan­dards.

Pos­i­tive re­sults of the mea­sures taken by the state may be seen even now.

In Jan­uary-Oc­to­ber 2018, the ex­port on non-oil prod­ucts amounted to $1bil­lion 351 mil­lion, that is $132 mil­lion or 11 per­cent more than in the pre­vi­ous year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Anal­y­sis of Eco­nomic Re­forms and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in the re­port­ing pe­riod, the most non-oil prod­ucts worth were ex­ported to Rus­sia $467.1 mil­lion (10 per­cent more com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year). Non-oil ex­ports amounted to $293.8 mil­lion (21 per­cent more) to Tur­key, $114.4 mil­lion- to Switzer­land (1 per­cent more) and $38.4 mil­lion to Kaza­khstan (48 per­cent more). Ex­port to Ge­or­gia de­creased to $106.5 mil­lion to (4 per­cent less).

In Oc­to­ber 2018, the ex­port on non-oil prod­ucts amounted to $144 mil­lion. Rus­sia im­ported prod­ucts worth $64.9 mil­lion, Tur­key - $18.2 mil­lion, Switzer­land - $9.2 mil­lion, Ge­or­gia - $9.1 mil­lion, Ukraine - $7.3 mil­lion.

The first place among non-oil sec­tor goods ex­ported in ten months is oc­cu­pied by toma­toes ($ 149.9 mil­lion), sec­ond place - gold ($ 99.9 mil­lion) and third place poly­eth­yl­ene in pri­mary form with a spe­cific weight be­low 0.94 ($ 68.5 mil­lion dol­lars).

The ex­port value of fruits and veg­eta­bles in Jan­uary-Oc­to­ber 2018 amounted to $ 405.5 mil­lion, plas­tics and plas­tic prod­ucts - $ 103.6 mil­lion, alu­minum and alu­minum prod­ucts $ 102.7 mil­lion, elec­tric­ity - $ 60 mil­lion, fer­rous me­tals and prod­ucts from them - $ 72.2 mil­lion dol­lars, cot­ton fiber - $ 64.5 mil­lion dol­lars, chem­i­cal prod­ucts -$ 63.9mil­lion dol­lars, cot­ton yarn - $ 19 mil­lion dol­lars.

Per­sim­mon ($ 23.4 mil­lion) is at the first place in the struc­ture of ex­ports. Peeled hazel­nuts ($ 13.3 mil­lion) and ap­ples ($ 7 mil­lion) are at the sec­ond and third places, re­spec­tively.

Ex­port mis­sions (China, Dubai, Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Qatar, Ger­many, Kaza­khstan) with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers be­gan from Novem­ber 2016. As a re­sult of the first ex­port mis­sions, the ex­port of red wine to China and food prod­ucts to the UAE started in Novem­ber 2016.

Agree­ments were also reached on the ex­port of honey to Dubai, pome­gran­ate juice to Euro­pean mar­kets, fruit juices to Afghanistan and Pak­istan, pipes, and poly­eth­yl­ene prod­ucts to Pak­istan. The sup­ply of street and city fur­ni­ture to Qatar has al­ready be­gun. In ad­di­tion, at ex­hi­bi­tions in Dubai (Gul­food 2017) and Ger­many (Prowein), where Azer­bai­jani com­pa­nies took part in a sin­gle stand, or­ders for ex­port­ing hazel­nuts to Spain were re­ceived. Ne­go­ti­a­tions on the ex­port of fruits and veg­eta­bles, fruit juices, honey, and pow­dered milk, meat, tea, nuts to the coun­tries of the Per­sian Gulf and ac­cess to trad­ing net­works op­er­at­ing in this re­gion were held.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions were also held on the sup­ply of le­mon­ade, min­eral wa­ters and naph­tha­lan oint­ment to Kaza­khstan.

Agree­ments were reached on the ex­port of prod­ucts to Tur­key within the mis­sion of 19 com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in food, con­struc­tion and con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, chem­i­cal in­dus­try, fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing and tourism in Nakhchivan Au­ton­o­mous Repub­lic dur­ing the visit to Is­tan­bul in Oc­to­ber 2018.

On Novem­ber 6-9, 2018, lo­cal com­pa­nies, that vis­ited Sofia as part of the ex­port mis­sion, reached an agree­ment to ex­port pomegranates, pome­gran­ate juices, nuts and other prod­ucts.

The Azer­bai­jani ex­port mis­sion to the cap­i­tal of Ger­many was or­ga­nized by the sup­port of the Min­istry of Econ­omy and Azer­bai­jan Ex­port and In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Foun­da­tion (AZPROMO). The ex­port mis­sion took place on Novem­ber 27-30, 2018.

The ex­port mis­sions of Azer­bai­jan con­tinue to ex­pand with the aim of pro­mot­ing coun­try's non-oil prod­ucts abroad.

As many as 25 ex­port mis­sions are ex­pected to be or­ga­nized in 2019. Lo­cal en­trepreneurs will par­tic­i­pate in ma­jor trade fair in Rus­sia, UAE and Ger­many in Fe­bru­ary. The new mar­ket at which Azer­bai­jan aims is South Ko­rea, Azer­bai­jan will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the food fair there in May 2019.

Ex­port mis­sions to UAE and Saudi Ara­bia will be or­ga­nized by the end of this year.

The ex­port of non-oil prod­ucts will stim­u­late the ex­pan­sion of the Azer­bai­jani prod­ucts and will fur­ther strengthen the non-oil sec­tor's share in the struc­ture of the GDP.

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