Bulgaria and Azerbaijan have taken measures that will most likely boost the existing friendship between the two nations. During an official visit to Bulgaria, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov who discussed a range of subjects including their respective tourism industries & the sectors of agriculture and finance. Hand-in-hand, Bulgarian and Azerbaijani officials also announced that Bulgaria will be the first European Union member to receive gas from Azerbaijan.
Moreover, high ranking Bulgarian officials including the Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport, Information, Technology & Communications along with the Minister of Agriculture and Food have returned the favor of Aliev’s visit with an official visit to the Central Asian country.
As part of the countries’ efforts to develop closer ties in balanced ratio to the level of political amenity, there will be a business meeting between Azerbaijani and Bulgarian businessmen in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku.
The meeting will have businessmen from multiple sectors, such as agriculture & construction, to make contact with their counterparts which will hopefully lead to future projects.
While Azerbaijan is open to delivering gas to Bulgaria, it also wants a return of food supplies from its trade partner so that it can avoid future food shortages.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov indicated that his country will be very inclined towards exporting eggs, vegetables, dairy products and other items of interest to Azerbaijan.
In the area of transportation, a railway line stretching all the way from Baku to the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia will be completed in 2013. Meanwhile, highway construction projects are underway in both countries along with other transport projects which aim to use the cooperation of the two countries to its maximum effect.