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Development of agriculture main target of Azerbaijan’s economic policy

“We aim at making the non-oil sector the locomotive of our economy,” minister says

FAO Director-General with Azerbaijan's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

9 October 2014, Rome - Development of agriculture is the main target of Azerbaijan’s economic policy, the country’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, said today during a visit to FAO headquarters in Rome.

Azerbaijan has made great progress in reforming and developing its agricultural sector and improving national food security, an effort for which FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised President Ilham Aliyev during his visit to FAO in July.

“We consider FAO a strategic partner,” Mammad-Guliyev said following his meeting with Graziano da Silva, noting the “significant role” agriculture plays in his country.

Agriculture amongst top priorities

Agriculture and food security have been placed among the key priorities of the national development concept, "Azerbaijan Vision 2020: outlook for the future," said Mammad-Guliyev.“Our target is to fully ensure food security, achieve self-sufficiency and fulfill all the economic potential agriculture has to offer, including exports in the future,” Mammad-Guliyev added.

The FAO chief and the Deputy Minister also discussed the existing framework of cooperation between FAO and the country and its future prospects, including collaboration on regional issues such as trans-boundary diseases, locusts and water management.

Economic diversification

Mammad-Guliyev referred to oil and gas as Azerbaijan’s current main commodities and expressed his hope for “economic diversification”. “We aim at making the non-oil sector the locomotive of our economy,” he said.

Support to third countries and South-South Cooperation

Today's talks also touched on the opportunities for joint work with Azerbaijan as an emerging donor for third countries.

Since 2001, Azerbaijan’s International Development Agency (AIDA) has provided humanitarian and technical assistance as well as training to countries around the world.