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Latvia and Uzbekistan agree on cooperation in agriculture, fishery, forestry

BC, Riga, 30.03.2017.Print version
Latvian Agricultural Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers) and Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Zoir Mirzayev in Tashkent signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation between both countries in agriculture, fishery and forestry, the Latvian Agricultural Ministry reported.

The memorandum was signed on March 29.

Latvia and Uzbekistan will cooperate to enhance trade between both countries in agricultural, fishery and forestry sectors. The memorandum also provides for experience exchange both in scientific research and organization exchange of training and consultations.

Duklavs during the meeting with Mirzayev and Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Elyor Ganiyev, discussed opportunities to expand bilateral relations in agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors, and promote export of Latvian-made food products to Uzbekistan.

"Our experts are ready to consult Uzbek colleagues about their experience in certification of agricultural and food products, control of quality requirements, training of farmers. Uzbekistan has been a significant and good cooperation partner for Latvian food producers. Latvian producers are interested in Uzbek market," said Duklavs.

The minister attended opening of international agricultural fair AgroWorld Uzbekistan 2017 and opened an Uzbek-Latvian business forum and agricultural seminar where Latvian experts shared their experience on production of agricultural and food products and harmonization of legislation regarding the industry with the EU requirements.

According to the Central Statistical Bureau, Uzbekistan is Latvia’s 27th largest trade partner with EUR 77.36 million trade turnover. Latvia’s main export products to Uzbekistan are chemical industry products, mostly medicines, while Latvia mostly imports plant products, mostly grapes, from Uzbekistan.

As reported, Duklavs and the sector’s business representatives on March 27-30 are on a working visit to Uzbekistan.

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