Between 14-16 December 2011 CBDN organised a second business forum in Gyumri, Armenia, with the aim of promoting Armenian-Turkish business relations and economic cooperation. The forum hosted around 25 Armenian and Turkish companies from various sectors such as cheese-making, beekeeping, wine-making, meat-producing, and hotels, restaurants and tourism.
The programme of the three-day event was designed to bring interested businesspeople from the same Armenian and Turkish sectors to introduce their products, share experiences and provide a space for an open discussion on the potential cooperation.
The exhibition that was organized during the first day brought together representatives of local government, civil society, businesses people and media. It featured various Armenian and Turkish cheese and meat products, honey, teas and wines, including CBDN’s regional Caucasian brands such as Cheese, Tea, Honey and Bouquet (wine).
The event also presented a chance for cheese-makers to visit cheese factories in Ashotsk, Amasia and Sizahovit, while for beekeepers to visit Hatsik and Beniamin villages of Shirak region to explore local beekeeping sector. Winemakers had an opportunity to visit Oshakan wine factory and MAP Company, while others went to visit hotels and restaurants to explore Armenian hospitality sector.
Some innovative plans for the future cooperation was presented during the last day, which included visiting Turkish winemaking sector and exploring technologies, involvement of the new Armenian and Turkish beekeepers in CBDN’s Caucasus Honey projects, and organising an exchange visit to Kars to develop a joint strategy on regional cheese-making to name few.
The event got a large media coverage on both sides.
The Gyumri-Kars Economic Forum was a successful event held in the framework of International Alert’s Economy and Conflict project. It was generously supported by the USAID-funded consortium consisting of the Eurasia Foundation, International Centre for Human Development, Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia, and Yerevan Press Club.