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Netherlands-Azerbaijan Business Forum

Event date: April 23, 201509:30u
End date: April 23, 2015

Maastricht School of Management (MSM) | Endepolsdomein 150 | 6201 BE | Maastricht

Maastricht School of Management (MSM), the Province of Limburg, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) and the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH) are delighted to invite you to the first Netherlands-Azerbaijan Business Forum on Thursday, 23 April at the Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht.

In recent years, Azerbaijan’s economy grew rapidly, and has become the largest economy in the South Caucasus. The backbone of the Azerbaijani economy is formed by the energy sector. One of the main objectives for Azerbaijan today is to reduce the dependency of its economy on oil and to ensure expansion of the economic development to rural areas. Due to this strategic decision to diversify its economy, Azerbaijan offers opportunities to Dutch entrepreneurs in the Agriculture and Food sector, Horticulture, Transport and Logistics, Water and Waste Management and in the Oil, sustainable Energy and Maritime sector. Currently, the Netherlands is the second investor, after Turkey, in the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan.

We are honored to inform you that a high-level delegation with prominent companies from Azerbaijan is expected to visit the Netherlands. The Minister of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Shahin Mustafayev,invited by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, Mr Henk Kamp, will lead the delegation.

The goal of the event is to support the business relations between the Netherlands and Azerbaijan, as well as to intensify actual business contacts between companies from several sectors in Azerbaijan and the Netherlands.

Sectoral Workshops & Matchmaking 
Several workshops will be organized during the business forum.
The following sectors provide the best opportunities for mutual cooperation:
1) Agro-Food and Logistics
2) Chemicals and Advanced Materials
3) Healthcare and Life Sciences
4) Water Management, Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development 

Following the forum, matchmaking between Dutch and Azeri companies is scheduled to take place.

Draft Program Netherlands-Azerbaijan Business Forum
09:30 – 10:00 Registration, Coffee & Tea
10:00 – 12:00 Opening, Keynote speeches and presentations
12:00 – 13:00 Networking lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Workshops
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 B2B meetings

Registration 
Please register before April 10 via the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion. Registration for the business forum is mandatory including an indication of your preference for the sectoral workshops. Please click here for the registration form. Participation is free of charge. Your participation is only considered definite after you have a received a confirmation from the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH).

Click here for more information.

Opening Azerbaijan Business Hub in Venlo, Friday April 24 
To give more structure to the business relations between the Netherlands and Azerbaijan, a business hub will be established  at the "Innovatoren” in Venlo. The representative office of Azerbaijan in the Netherlands will start its activities on 24 April, the day after the Business Forum. The high-level delegation from Azerbaijan will be present during the ceremony. If you are interested to take part in this opening event of the Azerbaijan  Business Hub at the "Innovatoren”, please indicate your interest on the registration form. The event will start at 17:00 hours.

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