Experts from Latin America, Europe and Central Asia met on May 24 and 25 in the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle, Germany, to exchange experience and lessons learned from the implementation of various export promotion programs. Republic of Moldova was represented by Mr. Alexandru Stratan, Director of the National Institute for Economic Research, who made a presentation on the Design of the National Program for the Agri-food Export Promotion in the Republic of Moldova.
During the two day Expert Round Table "Best practices in export promotion: Experiences in Latin America, Europe and Central Asia", organized jointly by FAO and IAMO, the participants discussed the existing evidence and best practices that would contribute to the development of export promotion strategies and plans in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The experts highlighted that exporting agricultural and food products to new destinations requires a thorough analysis of the requirements and consumer preferences in export markets and strengthening testing and certification procedures to ensure the quality of the products. Many countries have specialized agencies for export promotion that have been critical in supporting private sector in exporting activities.
All in all 32 participants from 18 nations presented their insights at the Expert Round Table, among them experts from FAO Headquarters and Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, IAMO, Ministries of Agriculture, Ministries of Economic Development and Trade, associations of exporters and academia from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Moldova, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.