Knowledge and Technologies Foundation for SMEs “Viktoria” has successfully completed a three-day trade mission to Azerbaijan to explore and expand trade and business opportunities with local enterprises and businesses support institutions. Seven Kaliningrad small and medium companies participated in the mission.
“Azerbaijan is a very important trading partner for Kaliningrad businesses and has the tremendous potential for further development of bilateral commercial cooperation,” Director of the Foundation Viktoria Matukevich said. “The goal of this trade mission is to open doors to new export opportunities which will lead to closer relationship between the economies of Kaliningrad region and Azerbaijan,” she added. The mission brought together leaders in business, local administration and business support institutions presented by Vladimir Varchenko, Head of the Regional Export Support Centre, Marat Musin, the Chairman of the Committee on SME Support of the Kaliningrad Regional Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Mr. Oleg Matukevich, Vice-President of the Baltic Business Club, the leader in producing doors “Vivo-Porte Ltd.” and others.
The trade mission provided a comprehensive program which offered Kaliningrad participants a high market exposure and access to key decision makers in both private and public sectors of Azerbaijan.
The first day of the mission program included visiting the Office of Trade Representative of Russia in Azerbaijan and International Exhibition BAKU BUILD-2015, the largest building event in Caspian region and the leading construction forum for the past 20 years. The huge interest in the exhibition is explained by the fact that BakuBuild creates business atmosphere for socializing with more than 10,000 professionals from almost 30 countries who annually attend this event.
On the second day participants had high level meetings at the Business Cooperation Chamber of Russia and Azerbaijan and Confederation of Employers (Industrialists) of Azerbaijan where the Kaliningrad delegates had the opportunity to listen to market briefings and present their companies.
The third and the last day of mission program incorporated on-site visit to Sumgait Technologies Park (STP), a unique 167 hectare complex which hosts pharmaceutical, construction, and agricultural businesses, in addition to chemical, automotive, and electronics producers. It is meant as a self-sufficient complex, which will include residential facilities, an exhibition center, laboratories, sports center, schools, and hospitals.
The mission is resulted in planned concluding export contracts for delivery of Kaliningrad products to Azerbaijan.
Foundation Viktoria would like to express its deep gratitude to all Azerbaijan partners it met during the mission for their strong commitment in this initiative to strengthen Russia-Azerbaijan trade relations.