ArmInfo. Armenia and Belgium discuss the opportunities of cooperation in the field of Informational Technologies and chocolate production. This was stated by Hovhannes Azizyan, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments, on the margins of Armenian-Belgian business forum.
According to him, Belgian businessmen were invited to Armenia to learn about the investment possibilities of our country and the projects of Armenian Government. "They came to Armenia on their own initiative and within our support. For instance, yesterday we provided the Belgian business an investment project related documents. The dialogue turned very interesting, many important questions and answers have been voiced. There is a certain interest. We hope to set a cooperation," Azizyan said.
"He reminded also that Belgium is a member of European Union, and in this respect Armenian-Belgian cooperation is implemented within the framework of GSP+, which renders preferences for export. " We presented our investment projects, investment environment, and the representatives of our counterpart, in their turn, raised the issues they are interested in. particularly, the matter is the joint investments in IT sector, production of sweets and chocolate. We presented the opportunities to get an exit to Eurasian market, other GSP projects, as well as the Agreement of Free Economic Zone with Iran, which, in its turn, opens an exit to Iranian market," Deputy Minister said.
According to National Statistics Service of Armenia, the foreign trade turnover between Armenia and Belgium in 2016 formed USD 99,6 mln, with annual growth at 8,4%. The export formed USD 41,6 mln, with annual dropdown for 2%, and import formed USD 58 mln with annual 17,3%.