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11 Jun - 13 Jun Azerbaijan and Armenia

Business Delegation to Azerbaijan and Armenia

Business Sweden in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Sweden in Baku and Yerevan invite you to participate in the inauguration of the Embassies of Sweden in Baku and Yerevan by Dr Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade. In conjunction with the inauguration we invite you to participate in the business delegation to Azerbaijan and Armenia, June 11-13.

The Delegation

The business delegation is designed to explore business opportunities for Swedish companies in Azerbaijan and Armenia, as well as to promote and facilitate business contacts between Sweden and the countries in general, both business to government and business to business.

The programme starts June 11 in Baku, where Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Baku arrange joint and individual business meetings and site visits in accordance with the interest of the participating companies.

The official part of the programme takes place June 12 with Dr. Ewa Björling, Minister for Trade and continues to Yerevan on the13th.

In parallel on June 12, Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Yerevan also arrange joint and individual business meetings and site visits in accordance with the interest of the participating companies.

Due to parallel programs on June 12 and travel limitations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Business Sweden will have a dialogue with companies interested in visiting both countries in order to find possible solutions for participation.

To see the preliminary program, please click here.

Azerbaijan, June 11-12, 2014

Azerbaijan has made it through the global crisis better than many other countries. Living standards have risen and poverty has declined. The relative prosperity, however, is based on the oil and gas industry and the country needs to diversify and develop its industry, expand health care and modernise agriculture. Education is another area that needs improvement.

With a population of 9,2 million, Azerbaijan serves as natural bridge between Europe and Central Asia. The country is the logistics hub for the Caspian region. Azerbaijan saw a sharp revival in GDP growth in 2013, with the economy expanding by 6 percent during the year, up from just 2.2 percent in 2012. Investments worth $28.0bn were made in Azerbaijan in 2013. One of the key improvement areas is government services for improved business performance. Oil and Gas sector is by far the largest sector in the Azeri economy, standing for more than 90 percent of the exports.

Prioritised areas in Azerbaijan are:

  • Oil and gas
  • ICT 
  • Energy and environment (waste management, water, district heating, wind and solar)
  • Health care
  • Agriculture
  • Infrastructure and transport

For more information about prioritised areas, please click here.

For information about the situation regarding human rights and democracy, please click here.

Armenia, June 12-13, 2014

Armenia is a country on the southern side of the Caucasus plateau at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Armenia neighbors Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. Armenia covers a territory of 29,800 square km and its population is about 3,1 million.

Armenia’s economy has undergone a profound transformation since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Sustained growth, ambitious reforms, and external inflows of capital and remittances have created a market-oriented environment. Double digit growth rates of the pre-crisis period were replaced by a 4.3 percent rate after the crisis. GDP growth in 2013 was 3.2 percent. Armenia’s economic freedom score is 68.9, making its economy the 41st freest in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom.

Armenia continues to face significant transitional challenges, which present business opportunities for Swedish companies in different sectors. International financial institutions like EBRD, World Bank, IFC etc. are committed to ongoing financial support in different sectors of the economy of Armenia.

Prioritised areas in Armenia are: 

  • Finance
  • Power and sustainable energy 
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Energy efficiency
  • ICT and media
  • Health care 
  • Mining

For more information about prioritised areas, please click here.

For information about the situation regarding human rights and democracy, please click here.

Registration of Interest

To register your interest in the delegation, please fill in your details in the form below. We will get back to you with more information.

Please register no later than April 20th, 2014.

More Information

For questions about Azerbaijan please contact:
Teo Vares, Project Manager, Moscow, Russia
T +7 495 785 45 85
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teo.vares@business-sweden.se

For questions about Armenia please contact:
Olena Grankina, Project Manager, Kiev, Ukraine
T +380 44 496 0626
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olena.grankina@business-sweden.se

For genreal questions and questions about registration please contact: Cajsa Johansson, Project Manager, Stockholm, Sweden
T +46 8 588 661 22
E cajsa.johansson@business-sweden.se

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CONTACT

Azerbaijan 
Teo Vares, Project Manager
Business Sweden Moscow, Russia
T +7 495 785 45 85
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eo Vares

Armenia
Olena Grankina, Project Manager
Business Sweden Kiev, Ukraine
T +380 44 496 0626
E O
lena Grankina

Registration / Sweden

Cajsa Johansson, Project Manager
Business Sweden Stockholm
T +46 8 588 661 22
E Cajsa Johansson