Uzbekistan seeks to attract Belgian company to its fruit and vegetable market

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TASHKENT (TCA) — As part of efforts to attract one of the leading global players in the market of fresh fruit and vegetable products to Uzbekistan market, the Uzbek Ambassador to Belgium Dilyor Khakimov on December 24 held a meeting at Greenyard headquarters with the group’s CEO Hein Deprez, the Jahon information agency reported.

This Belgian group of companies processes and supplies fresh fruit and vegetables as well as ready-to-eat foods and frozen products with an annual turnover of more than 4.2 billion euros. The company operates in 25 countries, supplying more than 2 million tons of fresh vegetables and fruits, 800 thousand tons of frozen products and semi-finished products, and sells these products in 19 of the 20 European retailer networks.

Hein Deprez emphasized that he watches with interest the fundamental reforms and structural changes implemented in the agricultural sphere of Uzbekistan at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev over the past two years, including on introduction of market relations, development of processing and export infrastructure, resolution of many farmers’ problems.

He was provided with information on the latest changes and decisions of Uzbekistan’s Government in the agricultural sector and explained in detail about the conditions created for foreign companies and partners for doing business, investing in Uzbekistan, as well as the export potential of agricultural products.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, the parties highly assessed the existing business opportunities in the coming 2019 and agreed to organize the visit of the CEO Hein Deprez to Uzbekistan for establishing mutually beneficial cooperation.

In particular, following the negotiations, an agreement was reached on his visit to Uzbekistan from December 26 to 29, 2018. During the trip, meetings and negotiations are scheduled with the leadership of the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan, ministries for foreign trade and agriculture of Uzbekistan.

Sergey Kwan

TCA