ArmInfo. Minister of Agriculture of Armenia Ignaty Arakelyan received the French Ambassador to Armenia Jean-Francois Charpentier on September 20 in connection with the completion of the diplomatic mission in our country.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia, Arakelyan thanked the French ambassador for effective and active work, noting that over the years of his activity the Armenian-French relations in the agro-sphere were deepened and expanded.
During the meeting, the programs implemented in Armenia with the support of the French side were discussed. Speaking about the new state programs of assistance in the sphere of agriculture, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture stressed that for their successful implementation, the consulting assistance of experienced specialists is necessary. The importance of forming close cooperation between the state and the private sector in the process of implementing state-level programs in the sphere was stressed bilaterally.
The interlocutors also touched upon the issues related to Armenia's participation in the wine conference in November this year, as well as the related visit of French experts to Armenia. Noting that thanks to the active cooperation of Armenia and France it is possible to achieve new successes, the French diplomat assured that the new Ambassador of the French Republic in the Republic of Armenia will continue to develop close cooperation in the agricultural sector.
The Armenian Minister of Agriculture also held a working breakfast with a group of businessmen from France who arrived in Armenia within the framework of the Armenian-French forum. The parties discussed a number of issues of mutual interest. In particular, the prospects of cooperation in the fields of winemaking and organic agriculture were discussed. The interlocutors also touched upon the prospects for cooperation in the light of the expected signing of a new association agreement with the EU. French entrepreneurs expressed their surprise at the increase in the number of producers of quality wine over the past 10 years.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the mutual trade turnover between Armenia and France for January-July of 2017 amounted to $ 37.3 million with an annual decline of 30.2%. In particular, exports fell by 1.1% to $ 1.9, while imports grew by 32.5% to 35.3 million