EU4BUSINESS IN AZERBAIJAN

Outside the oil sector, doing business in Azerbaijan often remains a challenge – particularly for SMEs. Although they account for over 80% of all registered companies SMEs only contribute around 3% to the country’s economy. International trade is dominated by large companies. EU4business works with the government, associations and SMEs to develop Azerbaijan’s SME sector by improving access to finance and markets, encouraging women entrepreneurs and building business skills. The EU also supports the government in the development of a more coherent policy towards SMEs allowing the country unleash the potential of SMEs for long term socio-economic development.

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Since 2011, the European Investment Bank Group (EIB) and ProCredit have jointly improved access to long term finance for SMEs in Georgia. So far, 872 projects of small and medium businesses received EIB financing, totalling EUR 25 million, through...

Success stories

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Rural tourism entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan’s Northwest are reaping the rewards of cooperation with Italy’s experienced tourism sector. The EU initiative, Ruralis Tornare , roughly translated as ‘returning to rural’, recognises the potential for growth in rural- and eco-tourism in Azerbaijan. Effective digital marketing, competitive prices, local products and tailored services such as fishing,...
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BMI LLC , a copper manufacturer in Azerbaijan, has successfully adapted its financial statements to comply with international standards, all thanks to funding from the European Union (EU) under the EU4Business Initiative, combined with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). BMI LLC has been operating in Azerbaijan since 2005 and specialises in the production of...
By providing female farmers with training in the practical skills of crop care and running a farming business, women in Azerbaijan are leading the country’s many family farms into the black. The LIFE project works to increase the number of women in leadership roles within the farming and agricultural sectors. To accomplish this, and with the support of the European Union (EU), the project...