Ambassador: “We are going to develop the institutional framework of decentralized cooperation with the French partners”

Paris: “The Azerbaijani Embassy in France has been developing the decentralized cooperation between France and Azerbaijan since 2012. Today, we are developing the cooperation between 12 cities of our countries in the economic, cultural, educational, sports and other fields. We have already signed an agreement on brotherhood and friendship between these cities and regions.”

Azerbaijan’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to France Elchin Amirbayov delivered the remarks at the 2nd France-Azerbaijan 2015 Business Forum organized by the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) in Paris on May 13, APA’s Europe bureau reports.

“Being one of the main topics of today’s forum, “Towards diversified and decentralized economy” is a very important subject. Diversification of our economy and development of Azerbaijan’s regions are top priorities for us”, he stressed.

The Ambassador said that they are going to develop the cooperation between the cities and regions and develop the institutional framework of the decentralized cooperation with the French partners in the coming months: “Taking into account that today, most French companies are interested in taking part in mostly infrastructure projects and exporting their goods to Azerbaijan, I once again urge them to regard Azerbaijan not only as a great market in the South Caucasus but also a suitable place in terms of investing in the non-oil sector. I urge French companies to join the France-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce which is one of co-organizers of this forum and promotes the cooperation between the two countries’ companies in the non-oil sector.”

The diplomat also mentioned that Azerbaijan has done preparatory works for the first European Games to be held on June 12-28 in Baku. Nearly 6,000 athletes from 50 European countries are expected to attend this historic event. On this occasion, I would like to invite all of you to Azerbaijan to see this beautiful country which brings together different cultures and civilizations and plays an important role in promoting the intercultural dialogue that all we need”, said the Ambassador.

SOURCE: Azeri Press News Agency