Russia: data retention laws to help industry develop

Implementation of Russia’s controversial package of anti-terrorism laws, obliging telecom and Internet operators to store metadata, content of users’ talks and correspondence, will give an additional impetus for development of the domestic industry, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said. “I positively see (the laws), because we will have a stimulus to develop our industries…

Turkey: Baku, Ankara and Ashgabat ink Trans-Caspian route declaration

Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan have signed the Ashgabat declaration to create the Trans-Caspian transport corridor from Beijing to London, Turkey’s Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan reported. Arslan said the document was signed during the first meeting of transportation ministers of the three countries. The declaration was inked by Ahmet Arslan, Azerbaijani Deputy…

Azerbaijan to open new flights to attract tourists

In order to attract tourists to Azerbaijan, the ministries of economy, finance, culture and tourism, the Civil Aviation Administration and Azerbaijan Railways CJSC have been instructed to take measures to organize new advantageous international routes and inform Azerbaijan’s president on the issue. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been instructed to prepare the general…

Azerbaijan: passing through checkpoints to be eased

Azerbaijan will speed up the passage of foreigners and stateless persons through the border checkpoints with Russia, Turkey, Iran and Georgia, according to the decree signed by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev on additional measures for developing tourism in the country. Jointly with the Foreign Ministry, State Customs Committee and the State Border Service, the Ministry…