Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Latvia and Georgia have good prospects for cooperation in know-how - MFA http://www.today.az/news/regions/208524.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 19:05:00 +0400 By TrendCooperation in transport and tourism has been a matter of Georgian-Latvian mutual interest and benefit till now, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia told Trend.According to the ministry, in 2020 there were 80 companies in Latvia with Georgian investments with a total amount of 4.1 million euros."As soon as travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, we shall work together to resume direct flights on the Riga – Tbilisi – Riga route, as well as work on organising seminars for experts and media working in Georgia’s tourism industry that focus on promotion and development of Latvia’s medical tourism," the ministry said."We have discussed possibilities for implementing joint projects with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Georgia’s Investment and Technology Agency (GITA)," said the ministry.The ministry expressed confidence that Latvia and Georgia have good prospects for cooperation in the field of business know-how, technologies, digitalisation, and strategies for business development and marketing. Energy import in Turkey bill up 131 pct in June 2021 http://www.today.az/news/regions/208528.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendTurkey's energy import bill increased by 131 percent to $3.63 billion in June this year compared to the same month last year, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜ?K) on July 30, Trend reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.The overall energy import bill soared last month due to an increase in the country's industrial production.The data shows that Turkey's overall import bill, including energy and other items, totaled $22.62 billion in June, with energy accounting for 16% of the overall import figures.The country's crude oil imports showed a 73 percent increase compared to June 2020.Turkey imported approximately 2.85 million tons of crude oil last month, up from 1.60 million tons in June 2020. Azerbaijan confirms 671 more COVID-19 cases, 202 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/208529.html Society Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 671 new COVID-19 cases, 202 patients have recovered, and four patients have died, Trend reports on August 1 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 344,520 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 333,128 of them have recovered, and 5,027 people have died. Currently, 6,365. people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 9,400 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 4,043,740 tests have been conducted so far. Turkey brings 107 massive forest fires under control http://www.today.az/news/regions/208522.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendTurkish authorities maintain their tireless efforts to contain forest fires that erupted in various parts of the country, particularly the southern regions, Trend reports citing Hurriyet Daily News.Fire brigades took the fire in Mersin province under control according to Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli. The forest fire first emerged in the Silifke district on July 29 and spread to the Gülnar district on July 31due to the strong wind.Intense efforts by the authorities helped contain the fire, which forced the evacuation of surrounding settlements to prevent possible life loss earlier.Meanwhile, the aerial extinguishing operations have started once again in the Marmaris and Köyce?iz districts of the Mu?la province in the southwest.The fire first set ablaze the forest in ?irinyer on July 28 and spread to many other locations due to the wind, while Turkish authorities relentlessly fought against the fire day and night. Iran reveals COVID-19 data for August 1 http://www.today.az/news/regions/208526.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 17:17:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 32,511 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, said the statement of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran, Trend reports.In addition, 366 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.At the same time, the condition of 5,539 people remains critical.So far, more than 25.9 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.A total of 12.6 million people have been vaccinated in Iran so far. About 9.92 million people were vaccinated on the first stage, and 2.74 million people were vaccinated on the second stage.Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from Iranian officials, over 3.9 million people have been infected, and 90,996 people have already died.Meanwhile, over 3.38 million people have reportedly recovered from the disease.The country continues to apply strict measures to contain further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Russia reports 22,804 new COVID-19 cases, 789 deaths http://www.today.az/news/regions/208525.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:50:00 +0400 By TrendRussia reported 22,804 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, including 2,484 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 6,288,677, Trend reports citing Reuters.The government coronavirus task force said 789 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, pushing the national death toll to 159,352.The federal statistics agency has kept a separate count and has said Russia recorded around 290,000 deaths related to COVID-19 from April 2020 to May 2021. Georgia eyes completing construction of all international highways by 2030 http://www.today.az/news/regions/208527.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia plans to complete construction of all international highways, resolved problems with water supply and municipal landfills by 2030, Trend reports referring to Georgian media.According to Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, up to 32 billion lari ($10 billion) is planned to be spent on infrastructure and regional development of Georgia in the next 10 years."Some 32 billion lari ($10 billion) will be spent on the development of regions, infrastructure, roads, bridges, water supply in order to completely change the picture in almost all municipalities of the country. In fact, this should be a plan for renovation and modernization," Garibashvili said.In addition, it is planned to spend 17 billion lari ($5.5 billion) on the development of road infrastructure in 10 years.According to the head of the Ministry of Regional Development Irakli Karseladze, at this stage, intensive work is being carried out at the Rikotsky Pass, where more than 70 bridges and 47 tunnels are being built at the same time. Already in September, the first section of this difficult section will open - 2.5 kilometers long and consisting of six bridges and four tunnels.The road through the Rikotsky Pass is part of the East-West highway, or the European transit road E-60. In general, the length of the new road being built here will be 51.6 kilometers. The project, which costs about $1 billion, should be completed in 2024.As a result, if today the road from the Red Bridge (border with Azerbaijan) to Sarpi (border with Turkey from the side of Adjara) takes eight hours, after the completion of the construction of the highway, the travel time will be reduced to 4-4.5 hours.During his speech, Karseladze also talked about the implementation of the Kvesheti-Kobi project, which is an important part of the North-South corridor highway modernization project.Within the framework of the project, it is planned to build a two-lane asphalt concrete road, as well as five bridges and five tunnels. One of the tunnels - nine kilometers long and 15 meters in diameter - will be dug under the Cross Pass; it should become the largest in Georgia. The work will be carried out by the Chinese company China Railway 23rd Bureau Group Co. Iran's new president to be appointed on August 3 http://www.today.az/news/regions/208523.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 16:15:00 +0400 By TrendIran's new President Ebrahim Raisi will be appointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on August 3, 2021, Trend reports citing Iranian media.According to the report, a group of high-ranking Iranian officials will attend the ceremony dedicated to the appointment of Ebrahim Raisi to the presidency.Reportedly, according to the Iranian Constitution, after the election of a president in Iran, the president is appointed by the Supreme Leader of Iran.The inauguration ceremony of the new President of Iran Ebrahim Raisi will be held in the Iranian parliament on August 5, 2021. The new president will officially take office on August 7.As reported, Ebrahim Raisi won the 13th presidential election on June 18, 2021 with 17.9 million (61.9 percent) votes. Iran MoD helps Turkey in fire control operations http://www.today.az/news/regions/208521.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 15:52:00 +0400 By TrendReferring to the participation of the Ministry of Defense firefighting aircraft in fire control operations in Turkey, the Iranian envoy in Ankara said firefighting helicopters will also take part in the relief operation, Trend reports citing Mehr.Following a fire in the forests of the southern provinces of Turkey, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Farzmand in a tweet on Saturday night announced that the Ministry of Defense's firefighting aircraft participated in fire control operations in southern parts of this country.Ministry of Defense firefighting helicopters will also take part in the relief operation tomorrow, he added."Neighbors will not leave each other alone," the envoy stressed.Iran MoD helps Turkey in fire control operationsIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also expressed sympathy with Turkey over the widespread fire in parts of the forests of Turkey's southern provinces, saying that Iran's facilities will be at the disposal of its brothers and sisters in Turkey. Azerbaijani firefighters extinguishing fires near Turkey’s Marmaris city http://www.today.az/news/society/208520.html Society Sun, 01 Aug 2021 15:38:00 +0400 By TrendThe first group of firefighters of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations, sent to Turkey upon the instructions of the Azerbaijani president to extinguish and prevent the spread of forest fires, is extinguishing fires 11 kilometers from Turkey’s Marmaris city, Mugla province, Trend reports.An Azerbaijani team of firefighters began to work at the checkpoint together with local teams on August 1 at 10:00 (GMT+4). The forest fires began on July 28.A team consisting of 100 professional and experienced firefighters from the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations use every opportunity to extinguish and prevent the spread of fires in the area.The first group, consisting of 100 firefighters from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, left for Turkey on July 30 upon the instructions of the Azerbaijani president.Another team of firefighters and rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations was sent to the fraternal country on July 31 night. The second group includes 220 firefighters and rescuers, 53 fire fighting and special rescue equipment, 1 helicopter, 1 ambulance. More Azerbaijani firefighters, rescuers leave for Turkey http://www.today.az/news/society/208519.html Society Sun, 01 Aug 2021 15:22:00 +0400 By TrendAnother group of firefighters and rescuers of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations left for fraternal Turkey on July 31 evening in accordance with the instruction of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to extinguish forest fires and prevent their spread to a wider territory, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations.The group is currently moving towards Turkey through neighboring Georgia. Combat duty carried out at high level in Azerbaijan`s liberated territories http://www.today.az/news/politics/208518.html Politics Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:52:00 +0400 By TrendThe level of intensive combat readiness of the military personnel of the Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in the liberated territories is being increased, Trend reports citing Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Military service is conducted 24 hours a day in an intensive working mode according to the daily routine and high-level combat duty is organized in the units stationed at the positions in these regions and in high-mountainous areas.Military service and combat activities are being improved in connection with the prevention of possible provocations committed by the Armenian armed forces. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issues note of protest to Russian Charge d'Affaires http://www.today.az/news/politics/208517.html Politics Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:30:00 +0400 The Russian Charge d'Affaires in Azerbaijan was summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on August 1, 2021,  the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported.During the meeting, great concern and protest was expressed to the Charge d'Affaires in connection with the biased and offensive statement of the Russian State Duma member, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky during the Itogi with Zhirinovsky (Outcome with Zhirinovsky) show on July 30 on the Komsomolskaya Pravda radio.The behavior of a person represented in the State Duma of the Russian Federation not only is unethical, but also incompatible with the spirit of friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries, voicing of irresponsible and provocative statements aimed at damaging these relations is unacceptable.The opposite side received a note from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry in connection with this incident. Turkmenistan transferring some fields to gas-lift method of operation http://www.today.az/news/regions/208516.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:15:00 +0400 By Trend In the region, work is under way to drill new, deeper wells, Trend reports citing turkmenian media.At the same time, productive wells are transferred to the gas-lift method of operation. The work carried out significantly contributes to an increase in the volume of oil produced here.The total volume of «black gold» mined in this region in the first half of this year, held under the motto «Turkmenistan – the Homeland of Peace and Trust», has reached 566 thousand tons. NASA sees possibility of using International Space Station until at least 2028 http://www.today.az/news/regions/208513.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 13:55:00 +0400 By Trend NASA believes that from the standpoint of engineering, it can maintain the work of the International Space Station (ISS) at least until 2028, and possibly even longer, NASA spokesperson Stephanie Schierholz said, Trend reports citing TASS.In a statement on Saturday, Roscosmos said its council of chief designers had considered the current state of the Russian segment of the International Space Station and concluded that due to aging of the largest part of the station’s equipment "further exploitation of the Russian segment of the ISS after 2024 creates additional risks." "To prevent termination of continuous exploration of outer space infrastructure it has been suggested to establish a national manned space complex on the low-earth orbit - the Russian orbital service station," Roscosmos added.Commenting on the report, Schierholz said: "From an engineering standpoint, we expect we can support station operations beyond that time [2024] through at least 2028 and very likely longer.""We continue to update our technical analysis of space station life," she added. "Our goal is to have an uninterrupted presence in low-Earth orbit, to be able to transition from the station to other platform(s) where we can continue working in low-Earth orbit." World Heritage Committee closes Fuzhou session, adding 34 new sites to heritage list http://www.today.az/news/regions/208515.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 13:38:00 +0400 By Trend The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO wrapped up on Saturday in Fuzhou, capital of east China's Fujian Province, with a total of 34 new sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The current session's inscriptions, which include 29 cultural sites and five natural ones, bring the total number of sites on UNESCO's World Heritage to 1,154.Among the newly added sites is "Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China" in Fujian, which brings the number of world heritage sites in the country to 56.The Chongqing Wulipo National Nature Reserve officially became part of the Hubei Shennongjia World Heritage Site after a minor modification to Shennongjia's boundaries during the session.The Committee reviewed over 200 state of conservation reports of world heritage properties, and recognized three properties, namely the Great Wall of China, and Tai National Park and Comoe National Park, both in Cote d'Ivoire, as the model cases of conservation and management, said Tian Xuejun, chair of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee.The Committee decided to remove the Liverpool -- Maritime Mercantile City of Britain from the world heritage list. It was the first world heritage site deleted in the past 10 years.The Fuzhou Declaration was adopted during the session, reiterating the principle of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and calling for scaling up support to developing countries, especially to African countries and Small Island Developing States.Tian said the session implemented UNESCO's global strategy of Priority Africa, as two properties from Africa were newly inscribed on the list.The Committee also fully recognized the achievements and progress made by the Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in eliminating threats of war and illegal poaching, and unanimously agreed to remove it from the List of World Heritage in Danger.Tian said the session has made significant headway in the reform of application procedures of properties. Starting in September 2023, pre-evaluation will be required to facilitate the communication between the committee and advisory bodies at an early stage of a nomination. Georgia sees increase in external merchandise trade http://www.today.az/news/regions/208512.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 13:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe external merchandise trade (excluding non-declared trade) of Georgia amounted to $6.20 billion from January through June 2021, 20.7 percent higher than the same period of 2020, Trend reports via the Geostat.The exports equaled $1.88 billion (25.2 percent higher), while the imports stood at $4.32 billion (18.9 percent higher).The negative trade balance was $2.44 billion from January through June 2021 and its share in external trade turnover constituted 39.3 percent.From January through June 2021 the share of the top ten trading partners by exports in the total exports of Georgia amounted to 77.9 percent. The top partners were China ($289.9 million), Russia ($263.7 million) and Azerbaijan ($244.4 million).In the reporting period, the share of the top ten trading partners by imports in the total imports of Georgia amounted to 68.5 percent. The top partners were Turkey ($779.6 million), Russia ($466.1 million) and China ($362.8 million).From January through June 2021 the share of the top ten trading partners in the total external trade turnover of Georgia amounted to 70.4 percent. The top trading partners were Turkey ($944.1 million), Russia ($729.8 million) and China ($652.6 million). Azerbaijani defense minister inspects training programs http://www.today.az/news/politics/208511.html Politics Sun, 01 Aug 2021 12:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Defense Minister, Col-Gen Zakir Hasanov visited one of the military training grounds to inspect the progress of officer training courses, the Ministry’s press service has reported this week.Hasanov was informed that special attention during the lessons has been paid to the use of latest technologies in the educational process. It was noted that the tactical and technical features of modern weapons have been taught to servicemen during the programs.At the same time, servicemen have been acquainted with modern weapons and military equipment in order to improve their tactical and combat skills. It was noted that the young officers involved in the courses are experienced servicemen who participated in the Second Karabakh war.In the end, the Defense Minister watched the training and shooting exercises performed by servicemen in tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.Meanwhile, in line with the "Reconciliation Plan”, training sessions were held with the commanders and deputy commanders of platoons, units, and batteries of the Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan garrison troops on July 29.The trainings mainly focused on the improvement of the professional and commander qualities of the officers.The officers took part in various practical exercises such tactical-special and communication trainings.Along with the practical exercises, theoretical classes on military topography, law and moral and psychological training were held for officers at the Garrison Training Center.At the end of the session, the officers' theoretical knowledge and physical fitness levels were tested and they were assigned new tasks for getting ready for the new training period.  Turkmenistan to hold conference on co-op for Caspian Sea protection http://www.today.az/news/regions/208510.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 12:22:00 +0400 By TrendTurkmenistan will host on the occasion of the Caspian Sea Day on August 12 this year a scientific and practical conference titled "Cooperation in the field of environmental protection of the Caspian Sea," the country’s Vice-Premier Esenmyrat Orazgeldiyev reported to President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov during an off-site Cabinet of Ministers meeting on Friday in Balkan velayat, Trend reports citing Business Turkmenistan.During the meeting, the Head of State noted that the preservation of the ecological safety of the Caspian Sea is an important aspect of the environmental policy of Turkmenistan, the country’s official media reports.In this regard, Turkmen President instructed the Vice-Premier to ensure a high organizational level of the conference dedicated to the Day of the Caspian Sea.At the beginning of July this year in St. Petersburg, Prosecutors general of five Caspian littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Russia – signed a declaration on cooperation on the protection of the Caspian Sea. Pakistani Cultural Center opens in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/208509.html Society Sun, 01 Aug 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaPakistani Cultural Center has solemnly  opened at the Azerbaijan University of Languages.The ceremony was attended by Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly (lower house of the parliament) Asad Qaiser.Rector of the university Kamal Abdulla addressed the event.In his remarks, he pointed out that the opening of the Pakistani Cultural Center will further contribute to cultural ties between the two countries.He stressed that through this center, citizens will be able to get acquainted with Pakistani culture."We have already established relations with the Pakistani University of Foreign Languages ??and we hope that the Azerbaijan Cultural Center will open in Pakistan as well,"  Abdullah added.Pakistanu Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bilal Hayee stressed that the opening of this center is very remarkable event."We want the Azerbaijani people to get acquainted with Pakistani culture through the center. We’ll provide the necessary support in this. Pakistan has always supported Azerbaijan - both during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War and  afterwards," he added. As Qaiser noted, the opening of this center will allow the two peoples to get even closer to the Azerbaijani and Pakistani culture."We intend to develop relations between the two countries in the field of education. We would like to develop cooperation between Azerbaijan and Pakistan in the field of student exchange and mutual recognition of diplomas," he added. Additional Pfizer jabs to be sent to Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/208508.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:54:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia will receive additional 168,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine on Saturday, Trend reports citing 1tv.ge.Amiran Gamkrelidze, Head of the National Center for Diseases Control and Public Health (NCDC) said that Georgia bought the jabs.Gamkrelidze reported during the news briefing that the epidemiological situation worsened in the country. He called on the population for immunization. He claimed that there was no vaccines deficiency in Georgia.Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia added that immunization with Pfizer would be possible both at ambulatories and hospitals. Another group of firefighters leaves for Turkey http://www.today.az/news/society/208507.html Society Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAnother group of Azerbaijani firefighters has left for Turkey to extinguish forest fires and prevent their spread.Some 220 firefighters and rescuers, 53 units of fire and special rescue equipment, 1 helicopter are sent to Turkey.Earlier, about 100 Azerbaijani firefighters have arrived in Turkey`s Mugla provintion.The Ministry of Emergency Situations sent the first group of firefighters to Turkey  in accordance with the instructions of the President  Ilham Aliyev  to extinguish forest fires and prevent their further spread.The plane with the first group of firefighters landed at Dalaman airport at 23:10 Turkish time.Professional and experienced firefighters from the first group are fully equipped with individual firefighting equipment.They have already started extinguishing the fires. Kazakhstan and Brazil Agree to Boost Trade and Economic Cooperation http://www.today.az/news/regions/208506.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 10:42:00 +0400 By TrendA political consultation between Kazakhstan and Brazil was held today via a videolink, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan told Trend.The event was co-chaired by Mr. Akan Rakhmetullin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and Ms. Marcia Donner Abreau, Secretary for Bilateral Negotiations in Asia, the Pacific and Russia at the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil.Parties discussed the wide range of topical issues on the bilateral agenda. In particular, they covered strengthening political, trade and economic, investment, interaction between the parliaments of the two countries, as well as cooperation in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-pandemic recovery. Sides agreed to deepen cooperation in nuclear and mining industries, renewable energy, as well as agriculture. Parties also commended a high level of their collaboration on the platforms of the UN and other international organizations.“Brazil is a reliable partner of Kazakhstan in South America. We intend to further deepen our partnership in the spirit of friendship, mutual respect and trust,” Rakhmetullin underlined in his remarks during the consultation.As a result of the meeting, the parties agreed to continue fruitful cooperation between them and identified the key priorities for the near future. South Korea's july exports set fresh high on chips, autos http://www.today.az/news/regions/208505.html World news Sun, 01 Aug 2021 10:14:00 +0400 By TrendSouth Korea's exports jumped 29.6 percent on-year in July to a record high, extending their gains to a ninth consecutive month as the global economy maintained a recovery, data showed Sunday, Trend reports citing Yonhap.Outbound shipments came to US$55.4 billion last month on strong auto and chip sales, according to the data compiled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.The monthly export volume marked the highest level since South Korea started compiling related data in 1956. The country's exports over the first seven months of 2021 came to $358.7 billion, also setting a fresh high.Imports climbed 38.2 percent to $53.6 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $1.76. It marked the 15th consecutive month for the country to post a trade surplus.The July exports came in line with what the market had been expecting.According to a poll by Yonhap Infomax, the financial arm of Yonhap News Agency, the country's July exports were expected to have risen 29.4 percent on-year.Overseas sales of chips, the mainstay export product of Asia's No. 4 economy, shot up 39.6 percent over the period to reach $11 billion.Exports of automobiles also gathered ground, rising 26.4 percent on-year in July to hit $4.1 billion, the data showed.Other major winners included the petrochemical industry, whose outbound shipments moved up nearly 60 percent to $4.7 billion.Among emerging industries, exports of rechargeable batteries increased more than 30 percent on-year to reach $790 million.The ministry said South Korea's exports are anticipated to maintain their growth down the road, citing the recovery of global trade despite the virus pandemic.Last week, the central bank said South Korea's economy grew 0.7 percent on-quarter in the April-June period, after a 1.7 percent expansion in the first quarter.The bank said South Korea is also on track for a 4 percent expansion this year on the back of the strong recovery of domestic demand and robust exports. MoD: Azerbaijani Army`s positions in Nakhchivan shelled http://www.today.az/news/politics/208504.html Politics Sun, 01 Aug 2021 10:04:00 +0400 Azerbaijani Army`s positions in Nakhchivan have been shelled by the Armenian Armed Forces.On August 1, at about 03:45 am, the Armenian Armed Forces from positions near the village of Arazdeyen in the Vedi region fired at the positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the direction of the Heydarabad settlement of the Nakhchivan`s Sadarak region  from small arms of various calibers, the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry reported."There are no casualties among the personnel of the Azerbaijan Army.The Armenian Armed Forces was suppressed by return fire.At present, the situation in the indicated direction is stable, the operational situation is controlled by the units of our troops," the ministry said. Azerbaijani First VP congratulates winners of Yuksalish competition [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/208503.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 18:52:00 +0400 Azerbaijani First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated the winners of the Yuksalish competition.Dear friends,I sincerely congratulate you, the winners of the “Rise” competition, which was established to identify and support leaders with high intellectual capacity and management qualities, and to establish a human resources bank in the country.In modern times, in addition to the need for new ideas and views in every field of activity, one of the important conditions is the availability of human resources with skills and competences based on scientific knowledge. It is an undeniable fact that professional human resources are the asset for every country.The development of human capital has always been and continues to be a serious priority for us. Our country has always attached tremendous importance to the formation and development of highly intelligent human capital, facilitating the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills and unlocking its potential through the application of the world’s best practices to various fields.Azerbaijan has achieved a number of successes and victories in recent years. Azerbaijan is a country that has managed to turn “black gold” into human capital. According to a report of the Davos World Economic Forum, Azerbaijan is at the forefront of the world in many respects. Our country has initiated and participated in a number of important projects implemented in the region. Today, the independent state of Azerbaijan is going through its most glorious period. The victory of the victorious Azerbaijani Army in the Patriotic War is one of the brightest pages of our modern history. Of course, we have been able to achieve all these successes and victories based on the rich human potential of our people.Dear friends,The “Rise” competition is one of the important steps taken to enrich and improve human resources in the face of challenges of modern times. I am confident that you will always use your inexhaustible energy to contribute to the development of independent Azerbaijan with continuous attention and care of our state. Congratulations again, and I wish each of you good health and new achievements. Mehriban AliyevaFirst Vice-President of the Republic of AzerbaijanPresident of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Azerbaijan confirms 633 more COVID-19 cases, 174 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/208502.html Society Sat, 31 Jul 2021 18:22:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 633 new COVID-19 cases, 174 patients have recovered, and one patient has died, Trend reports on July 31 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 343,849 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 332,926 of them have recovered, and 5,023 people have died. Currently, 5,900 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 10,386 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 4,034,340 tests have been conducted so far.Some 86,790 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on July 31.The first dose of the vaccine was injected to 52,276 citizens, and the second one to 34,514 citizens.Totally, up until now, 4,972,362 citizens have been vaccinated, 2,880,131 of whom received the first dose of the vaccine, and 2,092,231 people - the second dose.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan was launched on January 18, 2021. Azerbaijan conducting large-scale restoration work in Karabakh - former Israeli MP http://www.today.az/news/business/208501.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 18:10:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is carrying out large-scale restoration work in Karabakh, former member of the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel Yehiel Bar told Trend following his visit to the liberated districts of Azerbaijan.According to Bar, the Azerbaijani government is carrying out large-scale reconstruction work in Karabakh.“Today it is unsafe there because of the mines that have been planted throughout the territory of Karabakh. I know that many people have suffered from these mines. Therefore, I sincerely believe that these territories can be cleared of mines as quickly as possible, after which this beautiful land can be revived, to which the Azerbaijani people have been waiting for almost 30 years to return. I hope that soon life in Shusha and other districts of Karabakh will improve,” Bar said.The ex-MP said that this is his first visit to Azerbaijan and he has heard a lot about the hospitality and friendliness of Azerbaijanis.“I am very lucky that the Israel-Azerbaijan International Association (AzIz) invited me here. This won't be my last visit,” Bar said.“It is important to emphasize that strong ties have been established between Azerbaijan and Israel. I hope for an increase in the number of mutual visits of Azerbaijanis and Israelis,” he said. Azerbaijan hosts regular meeting of working group on environmental issues http://www.today.az/news/society/208494.html Society Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:58:00 +0400 By TrendA regular meeting of the Working Group on Environmental Issues of the Interdepartmental Center under the Coordination Headquarters, created with the aim of centrally resolving issues in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from Armenian occupation, has been held, Trend reports on July 31.Representatives of the Ministries of Ecology and Natural Resources, Economy, Agriculture, Emergency Situations and other relevant government agencies took part in the meeting.The members of the Working Group were informed about the comprehensive monitoring carried out by the relevant structures in order to assess the environmental situation in the liberated lands within the framework of the ‘Action Plan for resolving military-political, socio-economic, humanitarian, organizational and other urgent issues in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan’, including monitoring carried out to control pollution of transboundary rivers and assess the radioecological situation.Representatives of the relevant structures also provided information on the implementation of the Action Plan, discussions were held in the direction of resolving issues arising during the events.Damage to the environment and natural resources are assessed in accordance with the legislation. For a legal assessment, the materials of the investigation on the Zangilan and Jabrayil districts have been transferred to the General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan, and a certificate on the Fuzuli district is being prepared.To prepare general plans of cities and settlements in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan in the cities of Shusha, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan, Kalbajar, Gubadly, villages of these districts and the village of Hadrut (Khojavand district), aerial photographs of an area of more than 187 square kilometers were made using drones, orthophoto maps and digital topographic maps on a scale of 1:1000 and 1:2000, which were submitted to the State Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture.The members of the group were informed about the work done by structures, which should connect to the Digital Geological Information System of the State Service for Property Issues under the Ministry of Economy, and the planned trainings in this regard, recommendations were given to eliminate the shortcomings.According to the informational summary of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, during June, 116 fires were recorded in the liberated territories. As a result of the implementation of the instructions of the headquarters and the measures taken, the number of fires in July was reduced to 60.Work continues on the creation of an electronic map of hydrological objects in the liberated territories of Karabakh based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based on images from the Azersky satellite and drones.The clarification of the locations of new automatic hydrological devices to be installed on the rivers has been completed, the measurement of the water content of the rivers and the determination of the degree of pollution, as well as analytical control of quantitative and qualitative indicators on the Okhchuchay river flowing through the territory of the Zangilan district, continue.The group carries out its activities in the format of close contacts and exchange of information with other working groups of the Interdepartmental Center.The Coordination Headquarters, created by the order of the President of Azerbaijan dated November 24, 2020, is headed by Head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Samir Nuriyev. Pakistan always supports Azerbaijan - ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/208495.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendPakistan always supports Azerbaijan, Pakistani Ambassador Bilal Haye said at the opening ceremony of the Pakistani Cultural Center at the Azerbaijan University of Languages in Baku, Trend reports on July 31.The ceremony was also attended by Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Asad Qaiser.Haye stressed that the opening of this center is an extremely pleasant event."We want the Azerbaijani people to get acquainted with Pakistani culture through the center. We’ll provide the necessary support in this. Pakistan has always supported Azerbaijan - both during the war [2020 Karabakh war] and afterwards," added the ambassador. Entire ideology of Armenians rests on hatred, false history - Azerbaijani official http://www.today.az/news/politics/208496.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:32:00 +0400 By TrendThe entire ideology of Armenians is based on hatred and a false history, said Farah Aliyeva, Head of the Department for Humanitarian Policy, Diaspora Issues, Multiculturalism and Religion of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan, Head of the Working Group on Science, Education and Culture of the Interdepartmental Center under the Coordination Headquarters, created with the aim of solving in a centralized manner the issues in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from Armenian occupation, Trend reports.“As soon as the war (44-day Armenia-Azerbaijan second Karabakh war, took place from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020) ended, on behalf of the head of state, large-scale reconstruction work was launched on our liberated territories,” the official said.Aliyeva noted that for a coordinated solution of socio-economic, humanitarian, and other issues, for implementation of construction and restoration work on the liberated territories, by order of the head of state, a Coordination Headquarters was created, under which a Center for more flexible management was formed.“There are different working groups in the center. One of them is a group on science, education and culture. The presidential decree was issued in November, a few days after our victory, and during this period colossal measures were taken to plan and design the work that will be carried out there,” she said.“We are holding meetings of working groups on the liberated lands to carry out this work in more detail. On July 29, we visited Aghdam and collected significant information. We visited the historical sites of the city, examined the cultural monuments. To be honest, what we saw in Aghdam shocked us. Almost nothing is left of one of the most beautiful, prosperous, and developing cities of Azerbaijan. But we believe that the future of Aghdam will be as bright as we remember it," she said."In Aghdam, we visited the Imarat complex, Shahbulag, Giyasli, and Juma mosques. As is known, during his trip to Aghdam, the head of state laid the foundation for many projects and gave special instructions. Among them, I can note the grandiose Victory Park, or the Museum of the Occupation, which will have a very original concept. We looked at everything and exchanged views. The working group includes scientists, experts, representatives of relevant government agencies,” Aliyeva noted.“After Aghdam, we visited the city of Shusha - the cultural capital of Azerbaijan. An urban state reserve has been created there. We have hundreds of cultural and religious monuments in Shusha, and their inventory has already been completed. We examined them, and before that, we visited the historical quarters of Aghdam, where restoration work is already underway,” the official said.“We also visited the Albanian temple in Hadrut. In addition, we visited Uzerliktepe in Aghdam, and excavations will begin there in the coming days. We work not just as officials responsible for the implementation of these tasks, it is our civic duty. On these lands, our martyrs gave their lives, these territories were returned at the cost of their blood. Therefore, our sacred duty is to turn Karabakh into a paradise, as the head of state said,” Aliyeva stressed. Azerbaijani president congratulates Swiss counterpart http://www.today.az/news/politics/208499.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 17:10:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev sent a letter to Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation."Dear Mr. President,I wholeheartedly congratulate you and through you, your entire people on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of your country’s National Holiday.I believe that we will continue to put our efforts to further expand the ties between Azerbaijan and Switzerland and develop the traditional friendly and cooperative relations of our countries.On this festive day, I wish you good health, happiness, successes in your endeavors, and everlasting prosperity to the Swiss Confederation," the letter said. Turkish FM grateful to Azerbaijan for support in extinguishing fires http://www.today.az/news/politics/208492.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:50:00 +0400 By Trend Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed deep gratitude to Azerbaijan for continuous support to Turkey, Trend reports via Turkish television.“I express my deep gratitude to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, brotherly Azerbaijan, for constant support to Turkey, just like today during these fires,” the minister stressed."We are glad that our Azerbaijani brothers think of us and show solidarity in difficult times," Cavusoglu said.He also noted that he personally witnessed how the Azerbaijani people helped their soldiers during the second Karabakh war.The Turkish FM also spoke about contacts with the Azerbaijani side regarding the fires raging in Turkey."First, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov contacted me, then, Minister of Emergency Situations Kamaladdin Heydarov called. They said that they wanted to send aid to Turkey on behalf of President Ilham Aliyev. At that time, our Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli was with me. We expressed our gratitude for that. After this conversation, more than 100 firefighters from Azerbaijan arrived in Turkey. We are glad that our brothers think of us, show solidarity in difficult times. I want to thank them again for this," Cavusoglu said. Azerbaijan organizes trip to liberated Aghdam for graduates of foreign universities http://www.today.az/news/politics/208498.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:43:00 +0400 By TrendA trip for Azerbaijani graduates of foreign universities to liberated (from Armenian occupation) Aghdam district has been organized, Trend Karabakh Bureau reports on July 31.Some 71 people are taking part in the trip.The trip was organized with the support of the Ministry of Education for a group of graduates who were trained in a number of prestigious universities in the world within the ‘State program for training Azerbaijani youth abroad for 2007-2015’ and ‘Intergovernmental scholarship programs’.These are graduates of about 60 prestigious universities in 17 countries (the US, Germany, Australia, the UK, Belgium, Czech Republic, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Lithuania, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Turkey). Currently, they work in public and private organizations in Azerbaijan in leading and managerial positions.The participants of the trip will visit the Panakh Ali-Khan Palace, the Imarat stadium, the Juma Mosque and the Giyasli Mosque, as well as the Aghdam State Drama Theater. MoD: Info about Azerbaijani Armed Forces opening fire, disseminated by Armenia, unbased http://www.today.az/news/politics/208493.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 16:23:00 +0400 Information about Azerbaijani Armed Forces opening fire, disseminated by Armenia, is unbiased, the Azerbaijan Defense Ministry reported on July 3. "We declare that the units of the Azerbaijani army didn’t open fire in the direction of the opposite side," the ministry said. SOCAR Petroleum explains reason of Premium gasoline price hike http://www.today.az/news/business/208491.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:58:00 +0400 By Trend Prices for Premium gasoline (AI-95) rose in Azerbaijan from 1.40 to 1.45 manat from July 31, 08:00 Baku time, spokesperson for SOCAR Petroleum Uzeyir Habibbayli told Trend.“We import AI-95 gasoline primarily from Romania, which increased the import price,” he said.Azerbaijan has also faced AI-98 gasoline deficit for around 20 days due to transportation problems.“We import AI-98 gasoline also from Romania. But we have already ordered imports from Georgia and plan to increase the number of reservoirs to prevent such cases in the future. Hopefully, the AI-98 gasoline will be available from August 4-5”, added Habibbayli. Azerbaijani Parliament to hold extraordinary session http://www.today.az/news/politics/208497.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:42:00 +0400 By TrendA sufficient number of signatures have been collected in Azerbaijan to convene an extraordinary session of the parliament, Trend reports on July 31.The first meeting of the extraordinary session will take place on August 3.Besides, members of the parliament’s disciplinary commission were informed about the holding of its meeting on August 2. Fake information of Armenia aims to hide army losses - Azerbaijani military expert http://www.today.az/news/politics/208490.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:30:00 +0400 By Trend Disinformation of the Armenian side is aimed to hide the losses in its army from the public, Azerbaijani military expert Adalat Verdiyev told Trend.“If the air defense of Armenia could shoot down two Azerbaijani UAVs in a day, then why is our army raising the Azerbaijani national flag in the city of Shusha today?! Why are we in Lachin and Kalbajar today?! It would be good if the Armenian side answered these questions,” Verdiyev said.“The UAVs are assembled from many parts. If this had actually happened [the shooting down of UAVs], then the opposite side should have presented pictures of a lot of the wreckage of the apparatus. And only after that, it would be possible to say something about the likelihood of such a case. However, the wreckage demonstrated by the Armenian side can in no way be considered proof that two UAVs were shot down. This is not the first time that an Armenian propaganda has spread misinformation about events on the border of the two countries, as well as in the war zone. Azerbaijan's side is used to it," he said."It is interesting that the Armenian Armed Forces, unable to withstand the Azerbaijani UAVs during the 44-day second Karabakh war, daily retreating long distances as a result of crushing strikes by our soldiers and drones, unexpectedly, thanks to some miraculous force, recently allegedly shot down two Azerbaijani UAVs and shares this information. Of course, this is not serious. The information has already been denied by the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry,” Verdiyev said. Azerbaijani oil prices rise http://www.today.az/news/business/208489.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 15:14:00 +0400 By Trend The price of Azeri LT CIF Augusta, produced at the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field, increased by 50 cents on July 30 compared to the previous price, reaching $75.86 per barrel, Trend reports referring to the source from the country's oil and gas market.The price of Azeri LT FOB Ceyhan amounted to $75.22 per barrel on July 30, rising by 51 cents compared to the previous price.Azerbaijan has been producing Azeri LT since 1997 and exporting it via the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and Baku-Supsa Western Export Pipeline, as well as by rail to the Georgian port of Batumi.Azerbaijan also sells its URALS oil from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, delivering it through the Baku-Novorossiysk pipeline.The price of URALS with shipment from the port stood at $72.06 per barrel on July 30, having grown by 46 cents as compared to the previous price.Meanwhile, the cost of a barrel of Brent Dated oil, produced in the North Sea rose by 68 cents compared to the previous price, and made up $76.31 per barrel. Uzbekistan starts producing Sputnik V vaccine http://www.today.az/news/regions/208488.html World news Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:52:00 +0400 By TrendUzbekistan has started producing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at Jurabek Laboratories Ltd. in Almalyk, Trend reports citing Kun.uz.This was announced by the head of the Service for Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health, Bakhodir Yusupaliyev.“The first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine has already been produced. It was sent to the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia for quality examination. This is a necessary procedure, it is carried out everywhere, now we are waiting for the results of the check, after which it will be possible to carry out full-fledged production in our republic,” Yusupaliyev said.He also noted that at the first stage, the vaccine will be produced from Russian raw materials, then a full production cycle from local components will be established, for which the construction of a new laboratory has already begun. MFA: Armenia still making territorial claims to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/208500.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:41:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia is still making territorial claims to Azerbaijan, Leyla Abdullayeva, Spokesperson for Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, Trend reports on July 31.According to the spokesperson, the statement of the Armenian Foreign Ministry dated July 30 contains yet another absurd and false accusations against Azerbaijan.“Armenia, which has pursued an aggressive policy towards Azerbaijan for almost 30 years, still demonstrates a position that contradicts international law, rejects the process of delimiting the state border between the two countries, hinders the implementation of trilateral statements,” Abdullayeva said."Why does the country, allegedly striving for de-escalation, constantly bombards Azerbaijani positions on the border? Why does it not respond to calls to resolve the border issue through dialogue?We know the answer," the MFA spokesperson said."This happens because Armenia still makes territorial claims to Azerbaijan, does not want to put up with the fact that Azerbaijan has restored its territorial integrity within the international borders. We draw the attention of the Armenian side to the fact that the establishment of peace in the region is possible on the basis of respect for the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders. Sustainable peace can only be achieved on the basis of respect for international law. Azerbaijan has been declaring this position for 30 years and is guided by it," Abdullayeva said. Israel bans travel to 4 more countries over COVID-19 concerns http://www.today.az/news/regions/208487.html World news Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:32:00 +0400 By TrendIsrael decided to ban its citizens from traveling to Britain, Georgia, Cyprus and Turkey starting Friday for fear of the high level of COVID-19 morbidity there, the Israeli Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport said in a joint statement, Trend reports citing Xinhua.The country has banned its citizens and permanent residents from traveling to Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Spain and Kyrgyzstan unless they can obtain special permission from an exception committee.In addition, inbound passengers from these countries, including recovered and vaccinated ones, must enter an immediate seven-day quarantine.Israel has issued a severe travel warning to 18 other countries, from which passengers are required to enter a quarantine upon arrival as well. Russia authorizes supply of tomatoes from several more Azerbaijani enterprises http://www.today.az/news/business/208486.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 14:21:00 +0400 By TrendThe Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision (Rosselkhoznadzor) has resumed the import of tomatoes into Russia from 34 Azerbaijani enterprises and one cooperative, Trend reports citing Rosselkhoznadzor.The decision was made following the results of a quarantine phytosanitary examination of product samples, as well as under the guarantees of the Food Safety Agency of Azerbaijan.Thus, a total of 187 Azerbaijani enterprises can currently supply tomatoes to Russia. Russia to have 100 pct performance of OPEC+ deal in July — official http://www.today.az/news/regions/208485.html World news Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:51:00 +0400 By TrendRussia will perform its commitments within the OPEC+ oil production limiting agreement’s framework by about 100% in July, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters, Trend reports citing TASS."It will be about 100%. We actually have no strong volatility in this aspect, approximately at the same level on a monthly basis. Companies have responsible attitude towards this case," the official said.Russia will be able to increase oil production by 100,000 barrels daily in August under new parameters of the deal, Novak added.OPEC+ countries decided after lengthy discussions to soften oil production limitations in mid-July and agreed to extend it until the end of 2022. French media representatives horrified by Armenian vandalism in Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/208484.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:39:00 +0400 By TrendFrench journalist, historian Alain Roumestand and French photographer Gregory Herpe, who are on a visit to Azerbaijan, visited Zangilan, Gubadli districts and Shusha city liberated from the Armenian occupation through the support of the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with Diaspora, the State Committee told Trend on July 30.During the trip, they saw the consequences of the vandalism committed by the Armenians in Karabakh within 30 years, as well as the severe pollution of the Okhchuchay River. The French guests stressed in interviews with various media that they were shocked.The guests who visited the Azerbaijan-French University (UFAZ), the Armenian Church and the Kharibulbul Center in the Gobu Park 3 residential complex in Baku expressed admiration for the capital of Azerbaijan in their publications on social networks.They stressed that Baku has greatly changed and the city turned into a beautiful place where antiquity and modernism harmoniously unite. The guests also emphasized the development of the country. Georgia doubles cement imports from Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/208483.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 13:19:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia imported from Azerbaijan 253,300 tons of cement worth $11.575 million in the first half of 2021, Trend reports referring to the National Statistical Office of Georgia.This is 1.7 times in value and 1.9 times in quantitative terms more than in the same period last year.Georgia's trade turnover with Azerbaijan amounted to $493.25 million in the first half of this year, which means an increase of 9.5 percent compared to the same period last year.From January through June this year, Azerbaijan ranked fourth among Georgia's main trading partners with a share of 7.9 percent in Georgia's total trade turnover, after Turkey, Russia, and China.Georgia exported products worth $244.3 million to Azerbaijan during the reporting period, 20.1 percent more than the same period last year. After China and Russia, Azerbaijan ranks third among Georgia's main export partners, with a 13 percent share in Georgia's total exports.Meanwhile, the imports from Azerbaijan decreased by 6.7 percent to $248.8 million. Azerbaijan is the fifth largest importer of Georgia after Turkey, Russia, China, and the United States, with a share of 5.8 percent. Azerbaijan holds meeting of working groups of Interdepartmental Center in Hadrut http://www.today.az/news/business/208482.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 12:53:00 +0400 By TrendA joint meeting of working groups on urban planning, transport, communications and high technologies, science, education and culture of the Interdepartmental Center under the Coordination Headquarters was held in Azerbaijan’s Hadrut settlement, which was created to resolve issues in the territories of Azerbaijan liberated from the Armenian occupation, Trend reports on July 30.The representatives of ministries, agencies and other relevant state structures included in the working groups attended the meeting.The issues of de-mining the territories liberated from the occupation, protection of cultural heritage, historical and cultural monuments, restoration of historical and cultural monuments in Aghdam district and Shusha city, as well as the process of implementation of urban planning, transport, telecommunications and other infrastructure projects were discussed during the meeting. Azerbaijan, as always, close to fraternal Turkey - Speaker of Azerbaijani parliament http://www.today.az/news/politics/208481.html Politics Sat, 31 Jul 2021 12:30:00 +0400 By TrendSpeaker of the Azerbaijani parliament Sahiba Gafarova sent a letter of condolences to chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Sentop on July 30 in connection with the victims among the population as a result of forest fires that broke out in various Turkish regions, the Press and PR department of the Azerbaijani parliament told Trend .Gafarova, on behalf of her own and on behalf of the Azerbaijani parliament, wished healing to the wounded and peace to the souls of the dead."Azerbaijan, as always, is close to fraternal Turkey,” the letter says. “Our prayers are with you." Economic policy aimed at victory and development in Azerbaijan during 10 years http://www.today.az/news/business/208480.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 12:15:00 +0400 By Asif Mehman - Trend:The long-term development prospects of each country depend on its sound and reliable foundation. It is impossible to achieve the radical change in the socio-economic life of the country without the precise definition of goals and objectives, spheres of development in the medium and long terms, without the development of action programs in various spheres.Economic policy pursued by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the past 10 years has strengthened the foundation of Azerbaijan. The period of leadership from 2010 through 2020 was very fruitful in terms of strengthening and developing the Azerbaijani economy.Over the years, strong Azerbaijani economy has formed with a 60 percent share in the economy of the South Caucasus. GDP per capita increased from 4.753 manat ($2.795) to 7.263 manat ($4.272).Production in the non-oil sector increased by almost 1.6 times while in agriculture it increased from 3.9 billion manat ($2.3 billion) to 8.4 billion manat ($4.9 billion). The share of the non-oil sector in export was increased from 7.4 percent to 13.7 percent.The state budget revenues increased by 2.1 times, amounting to 24.7 billion manat ($14.5 billion). The real volume of income of the population increased by 1.3 times while per capita income doubled. Presently, per capita income is 5,587.6 manat ($3,286.8), while in 2010 this figure was 2.866 manat ($1.685).Today, the nominal average monthly wage in Azerbaijan has grown by 2.1 times from 331.5 manat ($195) to 707.3 manat ($416.05). In accordance with this indicator, Azerbaijan ranks first in the CIS. The nominal amount of the average monthly pension increased by 2.7 times from 112.9 manat ($66.4) to 302.2 manat ($177.8).These indicators of economic development allowed Azerbaijan to climb several steps in various international ratings. Presently, in accordance with the Doing Business report, Azerbaijan ranks 28th among 191 countries and is among the ten most reforming countries in the world.Over the years, great development has been achieved in the energy sector, industry, agriculture, transport, information, communications and high technologies, tourism, finance, construction and banking sectors.Energy sector development indicators and achieved progress:- an increase of 27.6 percent has been achieved in electricity production over the past 10 years. So, electricity production increased by 7,134.6 million kW in 2020 compared to 2010, amounting to 25,811.2 million kW;- the country has become an exporter of electricity while the export of these products has tripled from 380 million kW to 1,150.7 million kW;- the stability of work has been increased in the electric power industry, its technological base has been strengthened and the infrastructure has been improved;- production has been modernized for the prospective support of oil and gas production;- the EU and Azerbaijan signed a joint declaration in 2011 supporting the creation of routes transporting gas from the Caspian Sea directly to Europe;- the export of the produced natural gas was ensured initially to Turkey and Southern Europe via the South Caucasus gas pipeline, TANAP and TAP;- an infrastructure for alternative and renewable energy sources has been created for the rational use of energy resources and increasing energy efficiency, cooperation in this sphere with the private sector has been expanded;- a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Turkmenistan on joint exploration, development of hydrocarbon resources of the Dostlug field.Industrial reforms and development indicators:- presently, over 1/2 of the country's GDP, including more than 1/ 4 of non-oil products, is produced in industrial sectors;- the industry has entered a new stage of development, 2014 was declared the "Year of Industry" in Azerbaijan;- The State Program for the Development of Industry in Azerbaijan for 2015-2020 has been developed;- despite the COVID-19 pandemic and external influence, high growth rates were stressed in the non-oil industry (12.5 percent in 2020);- the structure of industrial sites has been modernized and improved, competitive innovative production has been expanded;- diversification of production in industry was expanded, competitive industrial parks and industrial zones based on modern technologies began to operate;- the volume of production in industrial zones (parks and zones) amounted to 1.3 billion manat ($764 million) while 55 percent of the products were exported in 2020;- 35 out of 50 enterprises with resident status began to operate in industrial parks, more than six billion manat ($3.5 billion) were invested and over 9,000 new jobs were created till 2020;- some 17 out of 30 enterprises with the status of a participant began to operate in industrial zones, so far 73 million manat ($42.9 million) have been invested and over 280 jobs have been created;- the space industry has been developed, the state program for the development of services for remote observation of the Earth surface through satellites for 2019-2022 has been developed, the export of orbital services has begun;- new competitive enterprises were established in the field of mechanical engineering, production of equipment and building materials, instrument making, which form the main components of the non-oil industry, including the enterprises for the production of tractors and agricultural machinery in Ganja, cars in Nakhchivan, electronic equipment in Mingachevir, solar panels in Sumgayit, metal structures in Garadagh, ceramic tiles in Hajigabul;- new enterprises operating in the textile sector, in the production of clothing, leather goods and footwear, paper and cardboard, furniture and other spheres of the non-oil processing industry were built and commissioned in Baku and the Azerbaijani districts;- about 50 new production sites were built to create the strong defense industry, along with military products, the production of civilian products was organized;- a sugar production plant in Imishli, a salt production plant in Absheron, a plant for the production of vegetable oils in Sumgayit, a complex for the processing of corn and the production of glucose sugar in Oguz, dairy plants in various districts, canneries and other enterprises were put into operation in the field of food production;- the Alat free economic zone began to operate.Work carried out in the agricultural sector:- on average, up to 1/5 of the added value in the non-oil sector over the past 10 years has been produced in agriculture;- the state attention to the agricultural sector has been increased, the financing mechanism has been improved, agricultural insurance has been developed and a system of incentives has been formed to attract investments;- the management system in the agrarian sector has been improved, the access to environmentally friendly and high-quality agricultural products and services has been expanded;- the level of provision with agricultural equipment has been improved, institutional reforms have been carried out to increase accessibility;- the intensive introduction of modern technologies in the leading spheres of agriculture has been achieved, the growth of yield and export has become a trend;- an increase in the level of self-sufficiency for most of the agricultural and food products was ensured;- information bases on the agrarian sector have been created, work on the electronization of agriculture has begun;- the development of the agricultural processing industry and logistics infrastructure was ensured;- reforms were carried out in the field of quality control and food safety.Key indicators and success in the tourism sector:- over the past 10 years (not taking into account the period of the COVID-19 pandemic), the tourism sector has grown by 3.3 times, the country's potential in this sphere has greatly improved;- the number of foreign citizens who visited the country increased from 1.9 million people to 3.2 million people, the number of people accommodated in hotels increased by more than 4.5 times, reaching two million people;- the tourism management system was improved to form and promote the tourism brand of Azerbaijan, enhance competitiveness in the global market;- the legislation in the field of tourism has been improved, new tourist routes have been created, the spheres of business and cultural tourism have been developed;- the numerous information centers covering the districts to popularize the country's tourism opportunities and implement infrastructure projects were created;- large-scale propaganda and marketing work was carried out, tax free and e-Visa systems were introduced, tourist offices opened in six countries to promote the tourism potential at the international level;- various tourist facilities, including new hotels and hotel-type enterprises, were commissioned.Despite the hard consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy last year, the Azerbaijani economy has been growing. Moreover, Azerbaijan has applied a successful model in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.The country has taken large-scale measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic:- comprehensive measures have been prepared to prevent the negative impact of infection on the socio-economic life of the country;- A Fund to Support the Fight Against Coronavirus was created, for these purposes, 20 million manat ($11.8 million) were initially allocated from the reserve fund of the president of Azerbaijan, 113.8 million manat ($66.9 million) have been collected, of which 7.4 million manat ($4.3 million) were donated by the citizens of the country;- the plan of measures to reduce the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was approved (the plan envisages urgent measures to support the affected spheres, strengthen social protection of the population and transition to a new model of economic growth in the post-COVID-19 pandemic period);Some 610 million manat ($358.8 million) were spent to support employment and social well-being, 754.2 million manat ($443.6 million) were spent on healthcare measures, 1.1 billion manat ($647 million) were spent on supporting economic growth and entrepreneurship, 1.5 billion manat ($882 million) – credit portfolio, 39.3 million manat ($23.1 million) - to support large-scale measures within the fight against COVID-19. Large overstated expenses reimbursed in Azerbaijan after inspections by Finance Ministry http://www.today.az/news/business/208479.html Business Sat, 31 Jul 2021 11:47:00 +0400 By TrendInspection activities of the State Financial Supervision Service under the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan ensured reimbursement of funds worth over 26.8 million manat ($15.7 million) in the first half of 2021, Trend reports citing the data of the Ministry of Finance of Azerbaijan.Reportedly, over 25.3 million manat ($14.8 million) are considered to be reimbursement of overstated expenses, and about 1.5 million manat ($882,350) are unreasonably-made calculations.In addition, in the first 6 months of this year, inspections were carried out in 23 organizations based on requests received from law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor's office, which made it possible to recover approximately 26 million manat ($15.2 million) from those who committed violations.Violations in the amount of 43,900 manat ($25,823) were found in six organizations, and fines totaling 54,400 manat ($32,000) were imposed on 76 officials in budgetary organizations.