EMBASSY LINE – Baku to hold energy forum

Heads of government institutions, ministries, committees and agencies of Azerbaijan and countries across the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions will attend the event organized by the government and the Caspian European Club.

The club, led by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, is a large and dynamically developing regional organization that brings together over 5,000 member companies and organizations from 50 countries operating in the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions.

The Caspian European Club was established in June 2002 through the involvement of the Caspian Energy International Media Group and with the support of the biggest oil and gas companies operating in the Caspian-Black Sea region.

Dutch Prince to visit Korea

Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands will visit Korea to promote startup business project “StartupDelta2020” on Nov. 21-23, the Dutch Embassy said.

“As the Netherlands is known as a leading startup ecosystem in Europe, Prince Constantijn will promote the Netherlands as the ‘place to be’ and gateway to Europe for Korean companies,” an embassy spokesperson said.

A business delegation will accompany Prince Constantijn and launch the “Startup Mentor Network Korea,” consisting of entrepreneurs and senior executives of Dutch companies based in Korea who are ready to help Dutch startups take a first step here.

The “Get in the Ring Special Edition” will also take place during the visit at the NAVER D2 Startup Factory in Seoul, where Dutch and Korean startups will pitch their products and services to incubators, accelerators and investors, the embassy said.

Portuguese food to tempt Korean gourmets

The Embassy of Portugal will bring representatives from five food and beverage companies to Seoul on Nov. 21-23 to introduce the country’s fine range of products that have gained international attention.

The “Discovering Portuguese Food & Beverage” event, co-organized by Trade & Investment Agency AICEP Seoul and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), will present a range of products _ including canned fish, fruit juices and olive oil by A Poveira, Sumol+Compal, Hit Group, Azcoa and Nutrigreen _ to Korean buyers and media at the KITA office.

“The Korean market is very appealing to Portuguese companies,” Joana Neves, head of mission for trade and investment at the embassy, said. “It’s a demanding market where the quality, sophistication and differentiation of Portuguese products can be valued and recognized. PortugalFoods has the answer to the Korean trends demand, providing buyers a ‘one-stop-shop’ concept, with an approach that enables companies to benefit from strategic synergies.”

PortugalFoods is an association that represents the European country’s food and beverage companies, helping them expand overseas.

“Over the past few years, Portugal has become a reliable and high-quality supplier in the food and beverage sector,” Neves said. “More and more Portuguese companies are launching competitive, innovative and appealing products to international markets, responding to global trends and consumer needs and engaging its tradition with knowledge and innovation.”

India wants to attract Korean investment

Indian Ambassador to Korea Vikram Doraiswami organized an event to promote investment opportunities in his country at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square in Seoul on Nov.9.

“Korea Plus” saw 200 representatives from over 150 companies present information on various opportunities.

According to the embassy, “Korea Plus” is a unique team of handpicked Indian and Korean members working in New Delhi to facilitate joint ventures, new investment and Korean business in India. Korea Plus reports regularly to the highest authorities in the Indian Government, helping fast track important programs, projects and businesses.

At the event, the ambassador encouraged Korean businesses to take the opportunities in India head on, and shared examples of early movers.

He also stressed the “fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment in establishing the ‘Korea Plus’ team, set up to facilitate Korean business in India.”

Nagaraj Naidu, joint secretary of the Investment and Technology Promotion Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, also attended the promotion, highlighting the “sweeping reforms in India and the headline projects currently under way.”

A special guidebook on investment, in Korean, was launched at the event, along with a book on Indian tea called “Chai,” produced by the Tea Sommelier Institute Korea.

A website with information for investors is also set to be launched soon, the embassy said.

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