AFchamber and MEDEF International France-Azerbaijan Business Council Meeting with AFEZ
On 26 November 2021, the Azerbaijan-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AFchamber) together with MEDEF International France-Azerbaijan Business Council organized the online webinar meeting with Mr. Valeh Alasgarov, President of the Alat Free Economic Zone (AFEZ).
Mr. Philip Gautier, CEO of MEDEF International and Teyba Guliyeva, Chair of Board at AFchamber opened the meeting with welcoming remarks. Honored guests – Mr. Zacharie Gross, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan; Mr. Rahman Mustafayev, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to France; both AFchamber member companies and directors of French companies of MEDEF International participated in the meeting.
Mr.Valeh Alasgarov presented very detailed information about how the strategic geographic location of Alat Free Economic Zone (AFEZ) would play a key role to attract foreign investment by including exemptions from taxes and customs duties and intensify internationally competitive economy in the Europe-Caucasus-Asia and North-South transport corridors. The meeting focused on the discussion of the perspectives of this new initiative to stimulate world class business environment for Azerbaijani and French companies and investors, with energy, transport, transit, and logistical infrastructures.
MEDEF International has been active with Azerbaijan since 1992 within its France-Azerbaijan Business Council and is a partner of AZPROMO and CCIAF. The Council’s regular meetings with Azerbaijan’s public decision-makers and the business delegations to Baku have made the Council a recognized and privileged framework dedicated to the business relationship between France and Azerbaijan. During its last mission to Baku in July 2019, MEDEF International gathered around 60 companies interested in developing their activities in Azerbaijan and had the opportunity to meet with HE President and Vice-president of Azerbaijan