Wednesday, June 14 2017 16:32
Naira Badalian

First Armenian-Tajik business forum started in Yerevan

ArmInfo. Chairman of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia Arsen Ghazaryan on the margins of the first Armenian-Tajik business forum, held in Yerevan on June 14 as part of the visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan to Armenia, urged the participants- partners of the forum to be more active. "Taking into account the simultaneous visit of President Emomali Rahmon to Armenia, the Tajik side attaches particular importance to this event," he said in an interview with journalists.

According to him, about 30 entrepreneurs from Tajikistan, representing light industry, construction and jewelry business with local business will discuss the prospects for cooperation on 130 initiatives. "The main priority of the ongoing business forum is the convergence of markets and the expansion of exports of countries," he said.

Along with the development of business ties, as Arsen Ghazaryan noted, activation of logistics between the countries is expected. To date, there are appropriate ways, systems for delivering goods to Tajikistan through the territory of Iran and Uppers Lars checkpoint, bypassing the Caspian Sea. "Thus, the system has been worked out, the business is behind the business, which can go hand in hand with concrete agreements," he said, adding that if the necessary volumes are provided, it may also consider the prospect of establishing direct air service between Yerevan and Dushanbe.

In Yerevan, on the eve of the visit of the President of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon, to Armenia, the third meeting of the intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation was launched the day before.  Today, the first Armenian-Tajik business forum is held. The agenda includes discussion of the prospects for cooperation in the fields of engineering, energy, agriculture, health, science and education, culture, transport and communications. According to the statistical data for 2015-2016, the annual trade turnover between Yerevan and Dushanbe is at the level of $ 350-380 thousand. Armenia exports mainly medicines used in veterinary medicine and jewelry to Tajikistan.

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