UNDP increases regional cooperation in agribusiness with Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan
21 August, Dushanbe – UNDP Tajikistan hosted a scoping mission of the UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development to define opportunities for enhancing regional cooperation in the field of agribusiness.
In the course of the mission the members held series of meetings with respective government officials, as well as with the representatives of the private sector, civil society and international organizations to get familiar with the current situation in the agricultural sector in general, and agribusiness, business environment, capacity of private sector, as well as existing regional and sub-regional cooperation frameworks. In order to better understand the environment for developing agricultural value chains, the mission members visited production enterprises, agricultural workshops, and dekhkan farms. This enabled identifying opportunities and existing capacities of Tajik manufacturers in exporting the fruit and vegetable products. Among the immediate outcomes of the mission is an invitation of Tajik manufacturers to attend the seventh International Agriculture, Stockbreeding and Equipment Fair which will be held in Bursa, Turkey in October 2014 to attract potential investments for developing agribusiness in Tajikistan.
The mission took place as a follow up to the round table on "Trilateral Regional Agribusiness Consortium" held in April 2013 in Dushanbe and attended by the Governments, as well as the private sector representatives of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The main outcome of the round table was the agreement reached on promotion of Regional Agribusiness Consortium. As a follow up, UNDP Country Offices in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan in close cooperation with the Governments of respective countries initiated consultations to define the opportunities for developing the regional cooperation in the field of agribusiness. As a result of these consultations, the scoping missions were found of high relevance.
As stated by Mr. Said Sharif, Head of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tajikistan, ‘while developing value chains, the focus must be on human development’ and fully supported by Ms. Gulcin Salingan, Deputy Director of UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development further emphasizing the necessity of developing agricultural infrastructure for human development through improving living standards of the poor.
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