The United States - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce & Illinois Chamber Of Commerce Joint Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C., SPRINGFIELD, IL. On April 4, 2019, The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) and Illinois Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted the inaugural Illinois-Azerbaijan Agriculture Forum in Chicago, IL.

The largest ever Agriculture Mission of over 15 Azerbaijani agriculture companies and R&D institutions headed by the Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Inam Karimov visited Chicago. On April 3, 2019, within the framework of the inaugural Forum, the delegation headed by the minister visited AGCO GSI grain and protein facilities in Assumption and Taylorville, IL.

AGCO GSI, full-range grain, seed-processing and protein-production solutions, acquainted the Azerbaijani delegation with all-encompassing manufacturing processes.

On April 4, 2019, the Illinois-Azerbaijan Agriculture Forum convened with the opening remarks by Mr. Reza Vaziri, Chairman, United States - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Ms. Laura Ortega, Executive Director, International Business Council at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

H.E. Inam Karimov, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Brock D. Bierman, Assistant Administrator, USAID and H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States delivered keynote speeches.

"Big thanks to US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce & Ill. Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Illinois-Azerbaijan Agriculture Fotum. Great launching pad to create lasting relationships between the private sector and govts in the US and Azerbaijan." said Mr. Brock Bierman, Assistant Administrator of Europe and Eurasia, USAID

Minister Karimov highly praised the initiative for establishing direct trade linkages between Azerbaijan and the States. He highlighted the importance of bilateral linkages in enhancing trade volume. 

The three-day program concluded on April 5, with a field trip to Cinnamon Ridge Farm in Donahue, IA and John Deere World Headquarters in Moline, IL. Family owned & operated, Cinnamon Ridge Farm is an American dairy farm with highest efficiency and production records in the Nation. 

Designed to facilitate investment and information sharing, enhance export-import opportunities between the two states, the Illinois – Azerbaijan Agricultural Forum continues to facilitate economic growth. 

Forum made possible with the support of Lindsay Corporation (Gold Sponsor), USAID, John Deere and Brant (Sponsors), in partnership with Illinois Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United States, AmCham Azerbaijan, Association for Community Empowerment, Azerbaijan State News Agency (AzerTag), BrandBuild, CNFA, Dentons, Global Chamber, Illinois Soybean Association, Lu-Mun Holding, WCC International, Inc. 

The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Chamber of Commerce agreed to convene the next forum in 2020, Baku, Azerbaijan. 

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Source: USACC