Mission Possible: Kyrgyz products are in the Japanese market

Oct 14, 2016

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4 Kyrgyz companies will take part in a trade mission to Japan - in the exhibition “Asian Food Show – 2016” in Osaka. During 15-22 October 2016 there will be held business meetings with Japanese trading companies in Tokyo.

The selection of companies for participation was organized by the State Enterprise “Center of single window”, which is the authorized agency for export promotion. As a result of competitive selection there were selected 4 companies. Among them are “Vega Plus” LLC walnut processing company, “Kapchygai Too Baly” – smallholding of beekeepers, “Alysh-dan” LLC - the dried fruits manufacturer, “Bishkek Expo” LLC oil extracting company, as well as “Center of single window” expert on export promotion is representing the products of the “Naryn Uyuk” Beekeepers Association of Naryn oblast.

At the present time, employees of “Center of single window” conducted work on search of potential partners in Japan for their clients and have found a number of companies importing food. They invited them to participate in the exhibition “Asian Food Show”.

According to the trade statistics for 2015 imports of honey to Japan amounted to 117.6 million US dollars, dried apricots - 3.5 million US dollars, dried prunes 35.5 million US dollars. That is to say there is a significant demand in the Japanese market for the products produced in the Kyrgyz Republic.

As a result of the mission it is expected to increase exports of Kyrgyz goods to Japan.

For implementation of this initiative it has been used experience of JICA expert Mr. Kumakiri Sun with technical support of the GIZ “Promoting sustainable economic development”.

This work became possible within the framework of the UNDP project “Aid for Trade”, funded by the Government of Finland in cooperation with the State Enterprise “Center of single window” in the area of foreign trade and the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic. The mission is also the result of the joint efforts of “Single Window Center”, which had submitted an application for participation in the program “Business matching in Central Asian countries” to the ROTOBO Japanese Agency.

Urmat Takirov, "Aid for Trade" UNDP Project Coordinator

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