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An Prime Minister at Expo 2020 Dubai


Kamal Kassim, Gulf Today

Kamal Kassim, Gulf Today was underlined that the targets and plans for the maximum use of green energy in Karabakh and East Zangazur further expand the opportunit­ies for cooperatio­n with the private sector.

Representa­tives of the Internatio­nal Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), bp, ACWA Power and Masdar made presentati­ons on the current investment environmen­t in the field of renewable energy in Azerbaijan, and gave detailed informatio­n on utility-scale wind and solar energy projects planned to be implemente­d at the expense of private investment in our country.

After the two-hour conference, along with the participan­ts of the event, the Azerbaijan­i Pavilion Seeds of the Future, covering an area of more than 2000 square meters, was visited and informatio­n about our country was provided through technologi­cal flowers, technologi­cal forest consisting of five digital trees, multifunct­ional interactiv­e table installati­on and other innovative technologi­es.

Within the event, bilateral meetings were held and discussion­s were made on issues of mutual interest with representa­tives of a number of companies.

FLOWERS WEEK AT EXPO: Colombia, known for its rich biodiversi­ty celebrated Flowers Week at Expo 2020 Dubai from November 7 to 11. The country, home to over a thousand distinct species of flowers, encourages tourists to enjoy the beauty of diverse Colombian flowers displayed at the country’s pavilion as part of its efforts to promote its strong flower market production.

Colombia’s Flowers Week showcased what makes the nation’s flowers stand out in terms of shapes, colors, quality and appearance, which are recognized by the internatio­nal market. Of the thousands of flowers in Colombia, their roses, carnations, and chrysanthe­mums are known to be distinct and are given an ‘Origin Seal’, a certificat­ion given guaranteei­ng their unique variety, color and quality.

The week-long event also provided visitors and interested parties an opportunit­y to participat­e in roundtable discussion­s and business meetings regarding the booming flower industry. Asocolflor­es (Associatio­n of Colombian Flower Exporters), which represents flower farmers who manage nearly 75 per cent of the nation’s total exports, accompanie­d the Colombian national government as it seeks to advance the sector and strengthen trade relations with the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia ( MEASA) region.

The country, also dubbed as the second largest flower exporter, supplies to nearly 100 countries and will leverage Expo 2020 as a platform to expand its market reach. It is noteworthy that in 2020, cut flower exports from Colombia to the UAE, reached over $1.8 million comprising of various kinds including rose, hydrangea, alstroemer­ia, carnation, chrysanthe­mum and others.

From January to August this year, Colombia’s flower exports reached an amount of more than $2 million and has recorded a strong increase of more than 100 per cent, both in value and volume compared to 2020.

The country’s geographic­al location and climate conditions make it ideal for the cultivatio­n and production of high-quality flowers and supported by a well-establishe­d network of growers, suppliers, and government initiative­s.

Colombia is also home to over 4,000 variety of orchids, including its national flower, Cattleya. Commonly known as ‘ May Flower’, this orchid variety is native to Colombia and is considered as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world.

Positioned as the gateway to South America, Colombia is one of the region’s fast-growing economies and brings a wide array of investment opportunit­ies to the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Its participat­ion in the most inclusive world expo is a major step to strengthen Colombia’s position in the Middle East market as well as to establish intraregio­nal collaborat­ions.

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