7th Joint Switzerland-Azerbaijan Commission takes place in Baku
The Joint Chamber of Commerce Switzerland-CIS/Georgia (JCC) joined the Swiss delegation led by Ambassador Livia Leu, Head, Bilateral Economic Relations, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs - SECO, Swiss Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mr. Philipp Stalder and a delegation of Swiss companies in Baku, Azerbaijan. The visit on the occasion of the 7th Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation between Switzerland and Azerbaijan took place on March 9 and 10, 2016.
On March 9, the delegation visited the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation - ASAN, a state-of-the art facility which provides cititzens public services on a fully-automated, unified platform. This was followed by a business lunch with representatives of Swiss companies in Azerbaijan. In the afternoon the delegation toured the Holcim Azerbaijan OJSC facility which has been operating in Azerbaijan since 1999. The day concluded with a dinner reception hosted by Ambassador Stalder at his residence.
The 7th Joint Commission took place the following day. On the Swiss side, Ambassador Leu was joined by Andrea Schmid-Riemer, Country Officer for the Caucasus, SECO, Ambassador Stalder, Simone Haeberli, Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus, JCC represented by Dorit Sallis, Managing Director and a range of Swiss companies. Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Minister of Economy headed the Azerbaijani side. He was joined by Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Sahil Babaev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Switzerland Mr. Akram Zeynalli, Rufat Mammadov, Head of AZPROMO and other Deputy Ministers of Economy and Tourism.
Ambassador Leu observed that although there was a slight decline in bilateral trade and investment in 2015, the tax, trade and investment agreements between Switzerland and Azerbaijan create favorable conditions for cooperation. She and Minister Mustafayev concluded that sectors such as machine-building, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, transportation, logistics and tourism are ripe for such cooperation in the immediate future.