Azerbaijan to support all North-South corridor members

The Azerbaijani government is ready to assist all participants of the international North-South transport corridor in every way possible, Sahil Babayev, Azerbaijan’s deputy economy minister, said. “Azerbaijan, being a member of such multimodal projects as North-South and West-East transport corridors, sees itself as a regional hub. Logistics and infrastructure development is necessary for development of…

Azerbaijan: railways on priorities until 2019

Addressing the International Rail Business Forum titled “Strategic Partnership 1520: Caspian region”, Head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov spoke about priorities of the company’s activities. The priority directions of the activity of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC for 2017-2018 includes the development of the North-South transport corridor, renewal of infrastructure from Yalama to Astara in order…

Azerbaijan: foreign debt exceeds $7.6 billion

As of October 1, the volume of Azerbaijan’s foreign state debt amounted to $7.651 billion (12.403 billion manats), that is, 20.1% of the country’s GDP, Azerbaijan’s Finance Ministry said in a message. The statistics on borrowings includes Azerbaijan’s direct obligations and contingent obligations on the loans, drawn under state guarantee. As of October 1, the…

Azerbaijan: privatization in investment tenders gives $1.1 billion

$1.1 billion have been invested in Azerbaijan’s economy through investment tenders, Rafig Jalilov, deputy chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Property Issues, said. Volume of the domestic production rose by 1.5 billion manats thanks to these investments, according to him. Around 47,000 industry, trade, transportation and other state facilities, as well as non-residential facilities and…

Azerbaijan: no need to rush in privatizing large enterprises

Privatization of Azerbaijan’s large state enterprises, including state oil company SOCAR, requires time and such issues must not be hurried, Rafig Jalilov, deputy chairman of Azerbaijan’s State Committee on Property Issues, said. “It is needed to be consistent in such issues, since the privatization of large enterprises touches the issues of Azerbaijan’s economic independence”, Jalilov…

Azerbaijan and Iran to launch new passenger train

A passenger train will be launched between Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan and Iran’s Mashhad before late November, Javid Gurbanov, head of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, reported. Gurbanov said the train would start running either on November 27 or November 30. The Nakhchivan-Julfa-Tabriz-Tehran-Mashhad passenger train will run twice a week. Renewed cars will be used for the trips. (Trend/Business…

Azerbaijan: Norwegian energy companies to enter market

Norwegian energy companies are interested in entering the Azerbaijani market, Norwegian ambassador to Azerbaijan Bard Ivar Svendsen reported. “Norwegian energy companies have a great interest in Azerbaijan”, he added. “Norwegian companies, which have not started to work in Azerbaijan yet, but considering such an opportunity, appeal to us almost every three months”. He said that…

Azerbaijan: Iran minister to mull issues of mutual interest

Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi will visit Azerbaijan, Shahin Mustafayev, Azerbaijani minister of economy, said. Mustafayev made remarks at the meeting with Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Javad Jahangirzadeh. “The issues of mutual interest will be discussed during the visit”, the minister said. Mustafayev and Jahangirzadeh also discussed the issues to be…

Azerbaijan to supply wine to China

Azerbaijan will supply 500,000 bottles of wine to China, the Economy Ministry said. The ministry said that the agreement on the supply was reached during the visit of an export mission of Azerbaijani entrepreneurs to Hong Kong and Guangzhou on November 9-15. During the visit, the Azerbaijani entrepreneurs took part in two international exhibitions of…

Azerbaijan: Azeri Light production at 2015 level

Total production at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) was on average 644,000 barrels per day (b/d) (over 176 million barrels or 24 million tons in total) in January-September, same as in January-September 2015, BP Azerbaijan has said. According to the BP Azerbaijan report, 53,000 b/d of that volume accounted for Chirag platform, 149,000 b/d – Central…

Azerbaijan important for Northern Cyprus

Azerbaijan is one of the important countries for Northern Cyprus in the field of tourism development, Fikri Ataoglu, Cypriot minister of tourism and environment, said. Ataoglu is expected to visit Azerbaijan on November 29. Northern Cyprus’s potential for tourism will be presented as part of the visit. The minister will be accompanied by a delegation,…

Vietnam interested in Azerbaijani investments

The administration of Ho Chi Minh intends to draw Azerbaijani investments in infrastructure projects. Vietnam urges Azerbaijani investors to work over the subway construction project in Ho Chi Minh, as well as invest in tourism, information and communication technologies and services. The prospects of cooperation were discussed at the meeting of Azerbaijani ambassador to Vietnam…

Azerbaijan to increase energy efficiency by 2020

Azerbaijan intends to increase energy efficiency by 20% till 2020, Director of the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER) under the Ministry of Economy of the country Vilayat Veliyev said. He said that these objectives were described in “Azerbaijan 2020: Look into the Future” concept of development adopted by the country’s president. “In…