Azerbaijan: state securities market up

The total turnover of exchange transactions on all instruments at the Baku Stock Exchange exceeded 2.94 billion manat in January-August, down 2.5 times YoY. The volume of the state securities market totaled 350.6 million manat (up 18.3 times), while the turnover of corporate securities market reached 75.21 million manat (down 22.2 times). The volume of…

Azerbaijan: SOCAR to ensure stable revenue

Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR was focused on diversification of its investments even when the oil prices were high, and this strategy would ensure stability of the company’s revenues, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev said. “As a result of the right investment strategy, the value of SOCAR’s total assets increased from 9 billion manats to…

Azerbaijan: SOCAR sticks to DESFA deal

Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR is not going to abandon the purchase of a share in the Greek gas operator DESFA, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev said. “We won the tender and we’re not going to abandon the deal [with DESFA]”, Abdullayev said. “We don’t talk about appealing to a court, but we will defend…

Azerbaijan: SOCAR to export LNG

The Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR is supplying liquefied natural gas to new buyers. “SOCAR will possibly start “pure trading” in the next five years”, Arzu Azimov, chief executive officer of Geneva-based Socar Trading, said. “Until then it will focus on projects that involve using LNG to generate power in nations from Africa to Southeast…

Azerbaijan: new Lifan cars to be assembled

New Lifan cars will be assembled at the Nakhchivan Automobile Plant (NAZ), the plant’s Director Musa Abdullayev said. This issue was discussed during the talks in Baku between the plant’s Director Musa Abdullayev and Director General of Lifan International Sun Zejun. Four-wheel drive Lifan X7 sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a minivan for 11 people…

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…

Azerbaijan ahead of schedule on TANAP

The work within the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project is underway in accordance with the plan, President of the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev said. He said that there were no problems with the implementation of the project. “Partly, we are even ahead of schedule and 850 kilometers of pipes have been…

Azerbaijan invites Iranian businessmen for active co-op

Azerbaijan invites Iranian entrepreneurs to actively cooperate with local businessmen, said Azerbaijan’s Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov. Mammadov made the remarks during the Azerbaijani-Iranian business meeting in Baku. The meeting, organized by Azerbaijan Export and Investments Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO), was attended by more than 80 local and Iranian businessmen. Azerbaijani deputy minister said that Azerbaijan…

Azerbaijan: Chinese companies invited to intensify co-op

Azerbaijan invites Chinese companies to intensify cooperation with local businesses, in particular, in industrial sphere, Chinese media reported citing Azerbaijan’s Deputy Economy Minister Niyazi Safarov. Safarov made the remarks at a session of the Azerbaijan-China Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Safarov said that Chinese companies participated in Azerbaijan’s 12 projects worth over $640…

Azerbaijan to transport gas from Iran and Iraq to Europe

Azerbaijan is considering the possibility of transporting Iranian gas through its territory to Europe, said Azerbaijan’s Deputy Energy Minister Natig Abbasov. He noted that it would become possible through Iran’s joining the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project. Abbasov didn’t exclude possibility of transporting Iraqi gas through Azerbaijan to Europe. TANAP project envisages transportation of…