Second France–Azerbaijan Business Forum to be held in Paris

Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) will organise the second France–Azerbaijan Business Forum, the only major event aimed at fostering bilateral business network creation between both countries, on 13 May 2015 in Paris, at the Hôtel de l’Industrie – Siège de la Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale. The forum is organised in collaboration with Business France – a government agency promoting the international development of the French economy – with the support of André Reichardt, Senator of Bas-Rhin Region and President of France-Caucasus Friendship Group at the Senate and Mrs Nathalie Goulet, Senator of the Orne Region.

This year, the France–Azerbaijan Business Forum will explore the following topics:

  • doing business in Azerbaijan
  • diversification of the Azerbaijani economy, including transportation, ICT, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and food-processing
  • energy co-operation, ranging from oil and gas to renewables.

This flagship event will aim to:

  • outline the opportunities and risks of undertaking economic and commercial co-operation in Azerbaijan
  • disseminate the most recent data regarding the Azerbaijani investment climate and investors’ concerns, together with identifying the potential areas of economic and industrial co-operation
  • discuss the possible policy reforms that could help strengthen economic co-operation between Azerbaijan and European countries, and exchange best practice information aimed at increasing the level of internal and foreign investments
  • present the opportunities arising from economic diversification in Azerbaijan, thereby reducing overreliance on hydrocarbons, and identifying the strategic sectors for future economic and industrial development, particularly in the private sector.

The TEAS France–Azerbaijan Business Forum is expected to attract a wide-ranging and well-informed audience, including diplomats, politicians, investors, bankers, journalists, experts, NGO representatives and French and Azerbaijani experts from the public and private sector.