February 27, 2019 (MLN): Azerbaijan and Pakistan have resolved to make efforts to increase trade of potatoes, mangoes and citrus from the latter country to the former, by means of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Ambassador of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ali Alizada called on Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan in Islamabad yesterday, where matters relating to increase in agriculture cooperation were discussed.
The relations between the two nations were established with the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the areas of cooperation are expansive including economic, cultural and military.
Both the countries have established Joint Working Group on agriculture cooperation; first meeting in this regard was held in December 2017, the second meeting of JWG is likely to be held this year around.
Federal Minister Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said that we are putting all out efforts for the manifold progress in agriculture sector and looking forward for an increased cooperation with Azerbaijan.
“Since Pakistan is blessed with immense potential hence we could increase trade turnout in agriculture sector,” he said.
. Federal Minister said that much of the potential of agro trade is lost due to the indirect trade and that Pakistan should do away with shadow economy.
The Minister told the honorable guest that and Pakistani mangoes are exported to 58 countries in the world.
Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said that Pakistan is looking forward to increase the potato export to Azerbaijan as it is also exported to Russia and both the countries must deliberate to find out a way for a direct trade.
The Azerbaijan Ambassador also added that Pakistani rice is very famous in his country and they are pleased with the prospect of rice export from a brotherly country, as there is a huge rice demand in Azerbaijan.
The Minister said in the end that he hoped both the countries would keep the current track of cooperation and with sincere efforts promote the friendly relations in all spheres including agriculture. Azerbaijan has a high level of human development that ranks at par with most Eastern European Counties.
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