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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Success stories

Silk scarves for sale in Baku.
With funding from the European Union under the EU4Business Initiative, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) helped a woman-led accessory and home-care products company in Azerbaijan introduce an effective recruitment and sales system. The EBRD helped ESSE LLC, a woman-managed company distributing a wide range of women accessories and home-care products, to introduce an...
Man at poultry farm.
With funding from the European Union under the EU4Business Initiative, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) helped an Azerbaijan-based poultry company get financing to expand operations. The EBRD helped Nabran-Qusculuq LLC, a poultry breeding company in Azerbaijan to develop a qualified business plan and to receive financing from the EBRD partner bank. Within a year of...
A group of people in a classroom
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,...