APEDA organises virtual buyer-seller meet with Azerbaijan to push rice exports

APEDA in association with Indian Embassy in Azerbaijan on Friday organised a virtual buyer-seller meet (BSM) that brought together key stakeholders from the respective governments and trade on a common platform for strengthening strategic cooperation between India and Azerbaijan in export of Basmati Rice.

With the Covid-19 pandemic adversely affecting all physical export promotion programmes, APEDA took a lead in organising virtual BSM to provide a platform to the exporters and importers of India and Azerbaijan.
This Virtual-BSM with Azerbaijan is the 16th in the series of such events organised by APEDA with various countries as part of its efforts to boost export potential of India’s agricultural and processed food product exports.
Earlier such virtual virtual-BSM was first organised with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) followed by Kuwait, Indonesia, Switzerland, Belgium, Iran, South Africa, Germany, the United States, Canada, Australia, Thailand and Nepal.
During the virtual-BSM, presentations were made by leading Basmati rice exporters. The National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers’) Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASK) explained their requirement or standards for Basmati rice imports from India.
The virtual BSM was attended by B Vanlalvawna, ambassador of India to Azerbaijan, senior officials of  APEDA and Embassy of India in Azerbaijan, The National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers’) Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Indian Basmati rice exporters and rice importers of Azerbaijan.
Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increased shift of focus towards CIS trade partners by India for creating new opportunities for exports in the agricultural and processed food sector.