Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az Georgia records increase in money transfers from Kyrgyzstan World news Thu, 26 May 2022 23:21:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia recorded a significant increase in money transfers from Kyrgyzstan in April 2022, Trend reports via National Bank of Georgia (NBG).According to the report, money transfers from Kyrgyzstan to Georgia in April 2022 amounted to $3 million, which is an increase, compared to $1.2 million in the same month of 2021.Kyrgyzstan ranks 13 among the TOP-20 countries with the largest money transfers to Georgia in April 2022.Meanwhile, Russia is first on the list with $132.9 million, followed by Italy with $33.4 million and the US with $25 million.The overall volume of money transfers to Georgia amounted to $308.1 million in April 2022, which is an increase of 58.8 percent, compared to $114.1million over the same month of 2021. First Eurasian Economic Forum kicks off in Bishkek World news Thu, 26 May 2022 22:54:00 +0400 By TrendThe opening of the First Eurasian Economic Forum was held in Bishkek with the participation of Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov and Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich, Trend reports citing Kabar.The chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, in his welcoming speech, pointed out that the Eurasian Economic Union is able to be transformed into a major subject of the world economy and help to eliminate those distortions and imbalances that have developed over the past decades in world economic relations.“Back in 2021, I spoke about the transition of the national currency in mutual payments. The past events have critically exposed the unique opportunities for the transition to the economy of the 6th Kondratiev cycle, where nano-biotechnologies and new energy, new information technologies and, of course, human resources will be at the forefront.There is a civilizational shift from West to East. The economic center of gravity is shifting to the Asian continent. If the window to Europe closes, then the window to Asia opens! We are witnessing unprecedented changes, where our Union must take its dominant position,” he said.The main topic of the forum is “Eurasian economic integration in the era of global changes. New opportunities for investment activity”. In an era of change and global upheaval, Eurasian integration creates a successful foundation for economic growth and development. Tajik, Turkish entrepreneurs to enhance economic cooperation World news Thu, 26 May 2022 22:16:00 +0400 By TrendTajik entrepreneurs held talks with Turkish company representatives to enhance economic cooperation, Trend reports via the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tajikistan.The business forum brought together 21 Turkish companies from various industries including, machine and agricultural machinery production, furniture production, light industry, agricultural products manufacturing, as well as more than 100 Tajik business entrepreneurs.Chairman of Tajikistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jumakhonzoda Jamshed Jurakhon noted the importance of small and medium-sized businesses in strengthening and developing trade and economic relations between the two countries.While, Turkey's Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, Cetin Ali Donmez, underlined the Turkish industry's openness to collaborate with Tajik enterprises. Russia, Iran agree on developing Bushehr nuclear power plant World news Thu, 26 May 2022 21:37:00 +0400 By TrendA spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said that Iran is holding consultations with Russia for developing Phase 2 and 3 of the Bushehr nuclear plant, Trend reports citing Mehr.Kamalvandi made the remarks on the sidelines of the meeting of Iranian oil minister Javad Owji with Russia's deputy foreign minister Alexander Novak.He went on to say that Iran-Russia relations are very good, especially on nuclear issues.Noting that Novak and his accompanying delegations' visit to Iran is aimed at developing Iran-Russia's relations in the economic field."Iran and Russia have good nuclear relations and we want to negotiate for the development of nuclear relations," Kamalvandi stated. Iranian currency rates for May 26 World news Thu, 26 May 2022 21:18:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced the official rate of foreign currencies on May 26, Trend reports referring to CBI.According to the currency exchange rate of the Central Bank of Iran, 10 currencies have grown and 27 have decreased in price, compared to May 25.According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 44,773 rials.CurrencyIranian rial on May 26Iranian rial on May 251 US dollarUSD42,00042,0001 British poundGBP52,67152,6651 Swiss francCHF43,59343,7681 Swedish kronaSEK4,2494,2981 Norwegian kroneNOK4,3644,3881 Danish kroneDKK6,0196,0651 Indian rupeeINR5425421 UAE dirhamAED11,43711,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD137,261137,343100 Pakistani rupeesPKR20,94020,886100 Japanese yensJPY32,98633,1851 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,3515,3521 Omani rialOMR109,232109,2351 Canadian dollarCAD32,71732,7001 New Zealand dollarNZD27,13227,0571 South African randZAR2,6702,6831 Turkish liraTRY2,5632,6131 Russian rubleRUB6987371 Qatari riyalQAR11,53911,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD2,8782,8781 Syrian poundSYP17171 Australian dollarAUD29,68229,7381 Saudi riyalSAR11,20011,2011 Bahraini dinarBHD111,701111,7041 Singapore dollarSGD30,50530,623100 Bangladeshi takasBDT47,85048,06910 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR1,1611,1691 Myanmar kyatMMK2323100 Nepalese rupeesNPR33,81733,8461 Libyan dinarLYD8,8098,7831 Chinese yuanCNY6,2766,313100 Thai bathsTHB122,317123,2391 Malaysian ringgitMYR9,5589,5541,000 South Korean wonsKRW33,09033,2561 Jordanian dinarJOD59,23859,2391 euroEUR44,77345,117100 Kazakh tengeKZT10,10110,0791 Georgian lariGEL14,76214,6871,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,8732,8691 Afghan afghaniAFN4744711 Belarus rubleBYN12,43212,4331 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,72124,721100 Philippine pesosPHP80,20380,2651 Tajik somoniTJS3,3603,3631 Turkmen manatTMT11,98712,023In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for the import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 272,109 rials, and the price of $1 is 255,254 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export.The price of 1 euro in this system is 261,061 rials, and the price of $1 is 244,890 rials.On the black market, $1 is worth about 298,000-301,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 320,000-323,000 rials. Oil production in Russia to decline to 480-500 mln tonnes in 2022 World news Thu, 26 May 2022 20:43:00 +0400 By TrendOil production in Russia may go down from 524 mln tonnes in 2021 to 480-500 mln tonnes in 2022, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters, adding that the government expects a gradual output recovery after its decrease in April 2022 by around 1 mln barrels per day, Trend reports with reference to TASS."I think the decline will be far lower. The decrease was slightly over 1 mln barrels per day for only one month. Consequently, I think a recovery will follow, from 524 mln tonnes last year to probably 480-500 mln tonnes this year," he said, noting that "those are (estimates) for today, everything may change depending on the situation."Russia’s average daily oil and gas condensate production amounted to 1.398 mln tonnes from May 1 to 15, 2022, up by 1.7% compared with April when average daily production of crude oil totaled 1.374 mln tonnes, a source familiar with official oil production statistics told TASS earlier.The decrease in output reached 6% in first ten-day period of April compared with March, accelerating to almost 9% by the end of the month. Russia has mainly increased the production of crude oil gradually since last spring. However, the country faced massive international sanctions due to the situation in Ukraine in March 2022. In particular, sanctions prohibit investments in exploration, production and refining of crude in Russia. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said earlier that Moscow might lose up to 17% of oil production in 2022 due to sanctions. Apple to increase starting pay for U.S. workers World news Thu, 26 May 2022 20:11:00 +0400 By TrendApple Inc will raise the starting pay for its U.S. employees, the iPhone maker said on Wednesday, as companies face a tight labor market and a surge in unionization efforts amid rising inflation, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.The starting pay for the company's U.S. team members will rise to $22 per hour, or higher based upon the market, a 45% jump from 2018 levels, Apple said in a statement to Reuters."This year as part of our annual performance review process, we're increasing our overall compensation budget," a company spokesperson said.Apple has informed some workers their annual reviews would be advanced by three months and the new pay will take effect in early July, the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the changes in compensation, said.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for further details on the compensation changes.Cupertino, California-based Apple is known for its reticent culture, but last year some current and former workers began criticizing the company's working conditions online.In April, workers at Apple's Atlanta store filed a petition to hold a union election, seeking to become the company's first U.S. store to unionize amid a wave of labor activity at other major firms.Google and Microsoft are among other tech companies that have revised performance reviews or adjusted pay this year as they fight to retain workers. UK regulator suggests simpler listing rule for London World news Thu, 26 May 2022 19:49:00 +0400 By TrendBritain's twin-track company listing regime could be simplified into a single entry point to the London Stock Exchange to attract more startups, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Thursday, Trend reports with reference to Reuters.Britain wants to bolster London's attractiveness as a global location for listings as it continues to trail New York in bringing tech companies to the market, and faces added competition from Amsterdam since Brexit.The FCA said in a discussion paper on Thursday that one suggestion was companies wishing to list in London would no longer have to choose between two different options, standard and premium, with their different branding and standards."Instead, all listed companies would need to meet one set of criteria and could then choose to opt into a further set of obligations," the FCA said in a statement."Companies and their shareholders would decide for themselves whether these additional obligations were right for them."The discussion paper takes a broader look at Britain's listings regime following changes to current rules.In July 2021, the FCA eased rules for so-called special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) to attract more listings to London following a surge in activity in New York and Amsterdam of these "blank check" companies.In December, the watchdog said it would allow a targeted form of dual class share structures, a feature of the New York market which has attracted many tech company listings. Russia records 4,700 daily COVID-19 cases World news Thu, 26 May 2022 19:17:00 +0400 By TrendRussia’s COVID-19 case tally rose by 4,700 over the past day to 18,310,673, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Thursday, Trend reports with reference to TASS.In relative terms, the growth rate reached 0.03%.As many as 2,060 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Russia over the past day, down 17.7% from a day earlier. The number of hospitalized patients decreased in 45 regions, while in 36 regions the figure increased. The situation remained unchanged in four regions. A day earlier, 2,503 people were rushed to hospitals.Moscow’s COVID-19 cases surged by 368 over the past day versus 370 cases a day earlier, reaching 2,769,315, according to the anti-coronavirus crisis center. St. Petersburg’s COVID-19 cases increased by 293 over the past day versus 326 a day earlier, reaching 1,528,152.Russia’s COVID-19 recoveries rose by 6,455 over the past day, reaching 17,713,532, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday.The share of patients discharged from hospitals has risen to 96.7% of the total number of those infected.A day earlier some 6,705 patients recovered.Russia’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 91 over the past day, reaching 378,700, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Thursday.A day earlier 93 COVID-19 deaths were registered.The average mortality rate remained at 2.07%, according to the crisis center. TEKNOFEST Int'l Aviation, Space & Technology Festival continues in Baku Society Thu, 26 May 2022 18:41:00 +0400 By TrendThe TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space and Technology Festival continues in Baku, Trend reports.The festival participants have reacted to the festival’s opening ceremony with great interest.Following the opening ceremony, various air shows and attractions have been organized.TEKNOFEST in Baku is being held on May 26-29 by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku. The full staff of the office consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been held annually since 2018, with the joint organization of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is managed by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology and the technical director of Baykar Makina, in partnership with more than 60 Turkish state institutions, universities and private companies.The goal is to popularize such areas as aviation, space industry and digital economy, to encourage entrepreneurship in these areas, to identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions organized within the framework of the festival, as well as to present national technologies to the general public.Trend News Agency, Day.Az, Milli.Az, Azernews, Eastweststream, Today.Az and Turkic.World are official media partners of TEKNOFEST. Azerbaijan to hold new privatization auction Business Thu, 26 May 2022 18:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe State Service on Property Issues under the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy will hold a privatization auction on June 14, 2022, Trend reports via the ministry.According to the ministry, 43 state property facilities, including 30 vehicles, 12 small state-owned enterprises and one unfinished building will be put up for the auction.All those wishing to partake in the auction on the official website of the committee ( or on the privatization portal ( must, after registering, pay a deposit of 10 percent of the initial auction price of the state property.Interested participants can also observe the auction online.On the day of the auction, bidding can be joined by selecting the section ‘Electronic auction’ on the e-services portal ( Central Bank of Azerbaijan holds regular currency auction Business Thu, 26 May 2022 18:06:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) held another currency auction with the participation of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ), Trend reports referring to the CBA.According to the CBA, the demand of local banks for foreign currency amounted to $24 million and was fully met.The average weighted exchange rate of the manat to the US dollar amounted to 1.7 AZN/1 USD based on the results of the auction.The CBA started holding foreign exchange auctions through the unilateral sale of foreign currency in competitive conditions from mid-January 2017. Azerbaijani enterprises within SMBDA participating in TEKNOFEST - board chairman Business Thu, 26 May 2022 17:52:00 +0400 By TrendA total of 11 enterprises within the Azerbaijani Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) are participating in the TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space and Technology Festival, the SMBDA Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov told reporters on May 26, Trend reports.According to Mammadov, start-up projects at the festival are being presented mainly in wind and hydropower."The main goal of the participation of our enterprises in TEKNOFEST is to demonstrate their capabilities and attract potential investors. In 2021, one of the Azerbaijani IT startups attracted an investor from the US. Our agency implements and encourages start-up projects both at the international and local levels," he said.TEKNOFEST in Baku is being held on May 26-29 by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku. The full staff of the office consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been held annually since 2018, with the joint organization of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is managed by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology and the technical director of Baykar Makina, in partnership with more than 60 Turkish state institutions, universities and private companies.The goal is to popularize such areas as aviation, space industry and digital economy, to encourage entrepreneurship in these areas, to identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions organized within the framework of the festival, as well as to present national technologies to the general public.Trend News Agency, Day.Az, Milli.Az, Azernews, Eastweststream, Today.Az and Turkic.World are official media partners of TEKNOFEST. Thousands of participants attending TEKNOFEST festival in Baku - minister Business Thu, 26 May 2022 17:41:00 +0400 By TrendOver 50 teams with thousand of participants from 25 countries participate in the TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space and Technology Festival in Baku, Minister of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan Rashad Nabiyev told reporters, Trend reports.Participation of investors and heads of venture capital funds in the festival will provide an opportunity to attract investments in these projects, the minister noted."Today's participants of the TEKNOFEST festival will gain not only cash prizes but also a great experience. The festival will also allow the teams to set up their technology companies in the future," Nabiyev added.The upcoming festival will be held in Azerbaijan on May 26-29, 2022. TEKNOFEST in Baku is held by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku. The full staff of the office consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been held annually since 2018, with the joint organization of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is managed by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology and the technical director of Baykar Makina, in partnership with more than 60 Turkish state institutions, universities and private companies.The goal is to popularize such areas as aviation, space industry and digital economy, to encourage entrepreneurship in these areas, to identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions organized within the framework of the festival, as well as to present national technologies to the general public.Trend News Agency, Day.Az, Milli.Az, Azernews, Eastweststream, Today.Az and Turkic.World are official media partners of TEKNOFEST. SOCAR clarifies smoke conditions in gas flares of Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery Business Thu, 26 May 2022 17:28:00 +0400 By TrendModernization and reconstruction works of the Heydar Aliyev Baku Oil Refinery nearing completion, Trend reports citing the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).Currently, SOCAR implements the commissioning of refinery process units in accordance with the plan."In order to prevent possible technological downtime while refining crude oil and petroleum products, as well as to bring them to the installed processing capacity, some hydrocarbon mixtures are being directed to the refinery's flare system. As a result, the refinery's flare towers are being filled with smoke," said the statement.These installations can work until the normalization of the refining process, the statement said. Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens Society Thu, 26 May 2022 17:16:00 +0400 By TrendSome 2,933 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on May 26, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected into 354 citizens, the second dose to 268, while the third dose and the next doses to 2,086 citizens. Some 225 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19.Totally, up until now, 13,715,913 vaccine doses were administered, 5,346,872 citizens received the first dose of the vaccine, 4,848,256 people - the second dose, 3,275,580 people - the third dose and the next doses.Some 245,205 citizens were vaccinated with a booster dose after a positive test result for COVID-19. Expert: Turkey owns 73 percent of world’s boron reserves World news Thu, 26 May 2022 17:13:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nur Banu ArasSerkan Keleser, General Manager of Turkey's state-owned mining corporation Eti Mine Works, declared that the country owns 3.3 billion tons (73 percent) of the world's 4.5 billion tons of total boron reserves, Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.Keleser made the statements before the Turkish parliament's state economic commission, saying that the country has entered a high value-added period with its end products thanks to these deposits.“We are the leaders both in terms of boron reserves and manufacturing capacity. The global manufacturing capacity is 5.7 million tons, with about 2.7 million tons belonging to us. We have the largest market share. We achieved the 60% threshold in the boron market for the first time in 2021," he stressed.Keleser stated that by the end of 2022, the company will start trial production at the boron carbide facility in Bandirma, the foundation of which was laid at the end of 2019.The company will produce boron that each ton costs about $40,000 dollars. Additionally, there is a high demand for boron powder, as well as products made from it. Boron is widely used in producing armors for soldiers and policemen and it is more cost-effective compared to other metals. For armoring a tank, 10 tons of steel is required, whereas 3 tons of boron carbide is sufficient for the same purpose, the general manager emphasized.Keleser underlined that boron adds value when it is processed.“The armor costs $400,000 each ton to manufacture. The ore starts at $120 per ton, goes up to $800 per ton when made of boric acid, $40,000 per ton when formed of boron carbide powder, and $400,000 per ton when manufactured of armor material.By the end of 2022, for the first time, the whole value chain will be in Turkey. The boron carbide powder will be made at Eti Mine’s Bandirma factory, while the armor will be made in Ankara,” he stressed.Keleser also made statements about the sectors in which boron is used.“Some 50 percent of our boron started to be used in the glass industry, and about 17 percent in agriculture. Boron outperformed ceramic for the first time in the use of fertilizers. About 15 percent is used in ceramics, 16 percent in other sectors, and 2 percent in the cleaning industry," he said.Furthermore, Kelser underlined that they are working with farmers to increase the use of boron in agriculture. Azerbaijan confirms 3 more COVID-19 cases, 9 recoveries Society Thu, 26 May 2022 17:02:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected three new COVID-19 cases, nine patients have recovered, two patients died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 792,735 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 782,978 of them have recovered, and 9,712 people have died. Currently, 45 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 2,692 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 6,883,123 tests have been conducted so far. Europeans seek healing in Turkey as country turns into health tourism destination World news Thu, 26 May 2022 16:58:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Yasemin AsanEuropeans are flocking to Turkey in search of healing, as the country develops as a health tourism destination, Yeni Shafak daily has reported.Turkey has established itself as a major hub for health tourism. In 2021, 642,000 individuals came to the country for treatment, with 400,000 of them from Europe.The county received full marks at the Amsterdam Health Tourism Fair, Netherlands on 20-21 May. TOBB Turkey Fair Organization Sector Assembly President Cihat Alagoz said that they attracted the attention of Europeans at the fair in Amsterdam.In view of the modern infrastructure of the medical industry, trained staff, hospitality, and Turks' entrepreneurial drive, Alagoz believes that health tourism has a large foreign currency earning potential. He added that in 2022, they will also participate in health tourism fairs, slated to be held in Germany, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina.Alagoz stated that Turkey holds a significant position in the global health tourism market, which includes countries such as India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, and Malaysia. He added that Turkey has recently become one of the leading countries, thanks to recent breakthroughs in the health tourism sector.“According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) data, the number of people coming to our country for health tourism in 2020 was 388,150, and tourism income was $550 million. In 2021, these numbers nearly doubled, and tourism revenue exceeded $1 billion,” Alagoz stressed.However, considering the difficulties of fully recording health tourism data, it is estimated that health tourism revenues are between $2.5 and $3 billion together with the unregistered figures, he added.Alagoz underlined that the visitors mostly prefer Turkey for aesthetic/hair transplants, cardiac surgery, orthopedics, oncology, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and dental treatment.According to the expert, Turkey’s specialized skilled human resources and world-class technology and medical equipment, the simplicity in proving visas, the ease of transportation, geographical structure, seasonal benefits, and the high-quality healthcare provision are very appealing to foreigners.“In addition, our favorable price advantage of up to 60 percent compared to Europe, our thermal underground resources, which are among the first in the world, and our traditional Turkish hospitality are among the main reasons why our country is preferred for health tourism,” he emphasized.Alagoz stated that health tourism, which has high added value and high expenditure per tourist, stands out with its return, profitability, and sustainability features in tourism.“While the expenditure of a normal tourist coming to our country in 2021 was approximately $750, it is estimated that the expenditure of those who come for health was around $2,000,” he said. Turkey significantly increases its presence in Africa over recent 20 years World news Thu, 26 May 2022 16:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Necdet Burak OzyurtTurkey's involvement in Africa has grown dramatically over the last 20 years in areas such as diplomacy, trade, humanitarian aid, education, culture, and business, Yeni Shafak daily reports.Throughout this period, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid 53 visits to 32 African countries, trade volume between the parties grew sixfold, the number of Turkish embassies increased to 43 and the flight destinations of Turkish Airlines reached 61 in 40 countries.Africa is a continent made up of 54 nations with a diverse range of ethnic groups, languages, religions, cultures, and traditions. The inhabitants of these lands, whose resources have been colonized by the West for centuries and whose people have been enslaved, now want to stand on their own feet, make their own decisions, and have a prosperous life.The significance Turkey places on Africa may be seen in President Erdogan's statement during his visit to Mauritania in 2018: "We want to walk together with Africa, while the new world order is being built”.Although Turkey's first serious step towards Africa was the “The Action Plan for opening up to Africa" prepared in 1998, the real activity started in 2003 with the "Strategy for the Development of Economic Relations with African Countries".As a result of this effort, 2005 was declared the "Year of Africa", and Ankara was admitted as an observer member to the African Union in the same year, and was declared a “Strategic Partner” in 2008. Moreover, the 1st Turkish-African Cooperation Summit was held in 2008, contacts were made with the presidents and ministers, who came to Istanbul from Africa. The second of Ankara's African summits was held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, in 2014, while the third summit was organized in Istanbul in December 2021.Erdogan became the first foreign statesman, who visited Africa the most during his tenure as prime minister. The Turkish president, who has made 53 visits to 32 African countries to date, is working hard to strengthen Turkey's political and economic ties with Africa. Erdogan made his first visit to the continent in 2004, in Cairo, Egypt, and later to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau on February 20-23, 2022. According to reports, the trips play an essential role in increasing African people's affection for Turkey.Although Turkey's African strategy has long been based on "Soft Power" elements, the military sector has only lately been included in the relationship. Ankara exported defense items worth $288 million to Africa in 2021, a six-fold increase over the previous year, thanks to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sales.Turkey's trade volume with Africa was roughly $5.4 billion in 2003, but this amount has already surpassed $30 billion in 2021, placing it among the top 10 exporting nations to the continent.The market value of Turkey's investments in Africa hit 6 billion dollars in 2021, after an 18-year period, while the size of projects performed by Turkish contractors throughout the continent exceeded 77 billion dollars.The increasing trade volume, growing diplomatic mission network, cultural diplomacy initiatives, and Turkey's role in air transportation connecting the continent to the rest of the world all indicate that ties will continue to expand in the long run.Erdogan’s visit to Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital on August 19, 2011, was one of the important steps taken toward the continent by Turkey. The visit was made when the local population was trying to get rid of the civil war and terror whirlpool while struggling with famine and drought.The establishment of Turkey's biggest embassy in Mogadishu once again demonstrated the significance Turkey places on Somalia and Africa in general.The aid campaigns launched in Turkey after the visit and Ankara's political, economic, and military efforts to restore Somalia yielded very positive results over time. The direct humanitarian nature of the Turkish aid model is today cited as the main reason for Somalias' sympathy for Turkey.Turkey is carrying out education and cultural projects in the continent as well. Turkish will be taught as an elective subject in Somalia as part of the Yunus Emre Institute's (YEE) project together with Somalia’s National Education Ministry.Turkish Education Foundation works with 175 educational institutions in 25 African nations to educate a total of 17,565 students. The Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB), which was founded in 2010, provides scholarships to African youth who wish to study at Turkish institutions. Scholarships were awarded to 12,600 students from 54 African nations between 2012 and 2022.The number of applications submitted from Africa for 2022 has now surpassed 45,000. The Yunus Emre Institute (YEE), which conducts cultural diplomacy efforts on behalf of Turkey overseas, now operates 10 cultural centers in eight African nations, and this number is expected to double by 2022.The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is one of the most important pillars of Turkish foreign policy in Africa. The agency aims to improve the daily lives of Africans with its work on health, vocational courses, agriculture, culture, and arts. TIKA established its first office in Ethiopia in 2005 and now has offices in 21 countries throughout the continent.The growth in the number of flights conducted by Turkish Airlines was one of the most important bridges between Turkey and African countries (THY). The company, which flies to 61 destinations in 40 African countries, works in accordance with Turkish foreign policy aims and makes a substantial contribution to Turkey's African exposure.While there were just 12 Turkish embassies across the continent in 2005, this number has already risen to 43 so far. African countries, on the other hand, did not remain indifferent to Turkey's interests. The number of African embassies in Ankara rose from 10 at the beginning of 2008 to 37. Moreover, as a result of its diplomatic relations with Africa, Turkey was elected as a temporary member of the United Nations Security Council in 2009 and received the support of 51 of the 53 African member states in the voting. Serbian President Aleksandar Vu?i? sends congratulatory letter to President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:32:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vu?i? has sent a congratulatory letter to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.Will be updated EU ready to increase its support to efforts aimed at establishing peace in South Caucasus - ... Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:27:00 +0400 By TrendThe EU is ready to increase its support to efforts aimed at establishing peace in South Caucasus, EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar told Trend in an interview.Klaar noted that the meeting that took place on May 22 was the third such encounter between the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenian and the European Council in Brussels since December 2021.“As noted by President Charles Michel, this meeting allowed for frank and productive exchanges on all issues on the agenda. The EU welcomes the strong commitment of Armenia and Azerbaijan to this format. There is a lot of work to be done over the coming weeks before the leaders again reconvene for another trilateral meeting this summer,” Klaar said.Klaar emphasized that several concrete outcomes were reached on May 22, namely on the organization of the first joint meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani border commissions on the inter-state border – which took place on May 24 between the Armenian and Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Ministers, but also regarding agreements on the principles governing transit between western Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan, and between different parts of Armenia via Azerbaijan, as well as international transport through communications infrastructure of both countries. On the latter, the leaders agreed on principles of border administration, security, land fees but also customs in the context of international transport.On the future peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the leaders tasked their teams to advance discussions and ensure progress in the coming weeks.“Looking at the progress I just referred to, I strongly believe that the leaders share a vision for sustainable peace in the South Caucasus. The Brussels meetings are an important element in helping to create the conditions necessary for the sides to move closer together,” he said.In parallel to the meetings themselves, Klaar said, it is important that the sides, take steps needed to prepare the populations for long-term sustainable peace; this needs to include public communication.“The EU welcomed the remarks made by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in Parliament on 13 April and also recent positions expressed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the need to turn the page of enmity and ensure a safe and positive future for all conflict-affected populations on the ground. Much more can and needs to be done, but I believe that we are on the right track and will see more concrete understandings reached in this area too,” he added.Klaar emphasized that the EU welcomes all efforts aimed at bringing long-term sustainable peace to the region.“In addition to the Brussels format, there are also other parties, other actors, engaged in helping the search for a comprehensive solution acceptable to both sides. We all base ourselves on the conditions established by the Russia-brokered ceasefire statement of November 2020. And I already said in the past that the high-level agreements that were reached in Moscow and Sochi are going in the same direction as we are. Our efforts are not mutually exclusive, quite the contrary,” he said.He pointed out that any peace process tends to be accompanied by speculations - this is normal.“But we also hear some statements that do not contribute to decreasing tensions, which we regret. Memories of the 30-year-long conflict are still alive in both societies, including the war of the 1990s and the more recent one, in 2020. There is a need to heal the wounds and restore confidence between the different communities, which cannot happen at the expense of one side or the other,” he said. First VP Mehriban Aliyeva shares footages from her visit to Zangilan region with President ... Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:17:00 +0400 First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has made a post on her official Instagram account on the visit to Zangilan region.AZERTAC presents the post: “We are heading to Zangilan. May Allah rest the souls of all our martyrs!”.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.75; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:15:00 +0400 President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan.Will be updated Turkic.World int'l media platform is crucial in informing about realities of Turkic-speaking ... Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:11:00 +0400 By TrendA year has passed since Turkic.World media platform was launched.Chief Executive Officer at Media Development Agency (MEDIA) of Azerbaijan Ahmad Ismayilov answered Trend's questions about Turkic.World project.- How do you assess the activity of the project during the past year, and its significance in general?- Turkey's political and moral support for Azerbaijan during the 44-day second Karabakh War played an invaluable role, as in all areas, also in media, leading to an even greater strengthening of our information front-line. This experience testifies to the importance of a joint coordinated response of our states to influence and pressure, in summary, the importance of developing our ties in the sphere of media. We can say with confidence that the Turkic.World media platform, implemented with the aim of creating a unified communication platform for the Turkic world based on our common historical, religious, cultural and linguistic values, is already yielding important results. The further development of relations between Turkic-speaking countries is the focus of attention of both the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the leaders of other Turkic-speaking countries. The accession of other Turkic-speaking states to this platform for a short time indicates the successful continuation of relations of the Turkic world in the sphere of media, which are being strengthened, guided by the idea of ??unity, solidarity and cooperation. Presently, fraternal peoples living hundreds of kilometers apart receive information about their compatriots on such topics as culture, society, language, and education. Turkic.World also publishes its news in Russian and English. That is why we consider the activity of the first joint digital media platform of Turkic-speaking countries Turkic.World created by Azerbaijani Trend News Agency and Turkish Albayrak Media Group to be extremely important, and we believe that it will continue to fulfill its mission at the highest level.- What role does this project play in expanding the information exchange between the Turkic states and bringing Azerbaijani realities to the Turkic world?- Undoubtedly, this media platform plays an important role in information exchange between Turkey and Azerbaijan, also other Turkic-speaking countries are represented in the project. Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, located in a large geographical area, based on common historical, cultural, and religious values, successfully cooperate in various spheres, and mutual strategic partnership reaches the highest level. According to the Memorandum of Understanding "On strategic cooperation in the field of media between Azerbaijan and Turkey", the main goal of the joint media platforms is to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation in the field of media and communications and create a strategic media partnership. Therefore, the mentioned project is of particular importance in terms of sharing knowledge and experience in the field of media, jointly fighting misinformation in the international arena and reliably informing the world community, and building a communication bridge between the opinion leaders of two countries. The resistance of public opinion to harmful influences is also strengthened as a result of the educational activities of media.Our victory in the 44-day Second Karabakh War was gained thanks to the determination and dedication of the Victorious Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the valor of the heroic Azerbaijani Army, who made a fundamental turn in the work of the media community, as in all areas. The main theme of Azerbaijani journalism is highlighting, bringing to a wide audience the life story of every person who showed dedication both at the front-line and in the rear in achieving Victory, his contribution to our victory. Now the Azerbaijani media agencies are demonstrating a new conceptual approach to bring their work in line with the pace of the country's development and modern challenges. Representatives of fraternal country (Turkey) media, who went through the hardship of the war together with us, tirelessly conveyed our fair voice to the world, preparing reports from the battlefields. This solidarity inspired us even more. With the deeper and more comprehensive development of our media relations, new projects and platforms have become our main priorities in the military, political, economic, cultural, educational, and trade areas.-What contribution do such projects make to the integration of Azerbaijani media into the international information space?- Such projects play a special role in bringing our fair voice to the world, and also in integrating the Azerbaijani media into the international information space. The Turkic.World media platform has become an important means of conveying the realities of Turkic-speaking countries to the world community. We need strong media to bring the truth about our countries to an international audience. We, representatives of the media, must further increase our professionalism and vigilance in order to highlight the realities of Azerbaijan, Turkey, and all Turkic-speaking countries and to convey objective information to the world. Germany's President Frank-Walter Steinmeier sends congratulatory letter to President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 16:03:00 +0400 President of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier has sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.Will be updated SOFAZ warns citizens about phishing attacks Business Thu, 26 May 2022 16:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has warned citizens about phishing attacks, Trend reports via SOFAZ.According to the fund, the information which has been spread in recent weeks on behalf of SOFAZ and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) about the individual activities of citizens in the oil and gas trade isn’t true, and the presented corresponding online platform is fake.The spread of information has no relation to the activity of SOFAZ, the fund said."We call on citizens to follow only the official information of SOFAZ," the fund stressed.A phishing attack is carried out using mass mailings of emails on behalf of popular brands. The email often contains a direct link to a fake brand website that doesn’t visually differ from the real one. On such a site, the users can provide scammers with valuable information enabling them to gain access to their accounts and bank details. Turkish official: Teknofest bright example of Azerbaijani-Turkish brotherhood Business Thu, 26 May 2022 15:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsTEKNOFEST is not only a festival but also a bright example of the brotherhood between Azerbaijan and Turkey, Turkey's Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said at the opening ceremony of the festival on May 26.According to him, the festival should be regarded as a historic event for Turkey and Azerbaijan."The two fraternal countries are joining forces in the name of technological development. We hope that the TEKNOFEST festival will offer new opportunities for the development of technologies in Azerbaijan. TEKNOFEST is not only a festival but also a bright example of the brotherhood between Azerbaijan and Turkey," Varank said.Speaking at the ceremony, Azerbaijani Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev noted that the holding of the international TEKNOFEST festival in Baku once again testifies to the fraternal ties between Azerbaijan and Turkey."Our youth liberated our lands from the occupation in 44-day second Karabakh war. Our victory in the war will continue in the technological arena. We will hold an award ceremony for all participants on May 28," Nabiyev noted.Nabiyev also noted that one of the most spectacular boards is the 'Smart Karabakh' contest.Further, the minister pointed out that investors and heads of venture funds also take part in the festival, which indicates the possibility of attracting an investor to your project.Additionally, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Turkish Baykar Technology Selcuk Bayraktar noted that the two countries are witnessing the importance of high technologies for the protection of independence.According to him, the brotherhood of the two countries underwent many trials, but this only contributed to an even greater rapprochement between them."Even in the most difficult days, we have always been together, and it’s natural that Azerbaijan became the first country where we are holding TEKNOFEST. The young people of Azerbaijan and Turkey will show to the whole world what they are capable of with the conduct of this festival," he stressed.The country will host the TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space, and Technology Festival from May 26 to 29.The event will feature air shows, demonstration flights by Azerbaijani Air Forces Su-25 attack aircraft, and MiG-29 multi-role fighter aircraft, as well as Turkish Stars F-5 fighter planes and Solo Turk F-16 aerobatic demonstration teams, Hurkush Fighter trainer aircraft, and ATAK helicopters.The festival is organized by the Azerbaijani Digital Development and Transport Ministry. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku, of which full staff consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been organized yearly since 2018, with the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is controlled by the Turkish Industry and Technology Ministry and Baykar Makina's technical director in cooperation with around 60 Turkish state institutions, universities, and private firms.The festival's goal is to popularize areas like aviation, space industry, and the digital economy, encourage entrepreneurship in these fields, identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions held within the festival's framework, and present national technologies to the general public.Trend News Agency, Day.Az, Milli.Az, Azernews, Eastweststream, Today.Az and Turkic.World are official media partners of TEKNOFEST. Estonian companies keen on implementing projects in Azerbaijan's Karabakh Business Thu, 26 May 2022 15:44:00 +0400 By AzernewsEstonian companies are interested in participating in projects being realized in Azerbaijan's liberated territories, Azernews reports.The remarks were made by visiting Estonian Parliament Speaker Yuri Ratas at a meeting with Azerbaijan's Deputy Economy Minister Sahib Mammadov.Emphasizing that Estonia is interested in expanding the partnership with Azerbaijan, Ratas shared his views on the development of cooperation and opportunities for joint initiatives.For his turn, Sahib Mammadov mentioned the role of mutual visits and meetings for the development of cooperation, noting the work being done to improve the contractual and legal framework for expanding relations.He stressed that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the development of trade and economic relations with Estonia. He added that over 30 Estonian companies operate in Azerbaijan in various sectors of the economy.Speaking about the favorable business and investment climate available in Azerbaijan, the deputy minister invited Estonian entrepreneurs to active cooperation. The two men also discussed promoting new business initiatives, investments, and the expansion of ties between the business communities.On the same day, Azerbaijan's Export and Investment Promotion Foundation organized a meeting between Estonian businessmen and representatives of Azerbaijani companies working in agriculture, railroads, logistics, digital solutions, and packaging, holding discussions on expanding cooperation and establishing new business contacts.Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Prime Minister Ali Asadov, Digital Development and Transport Minister Rashad Nabiyev, and Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov met Yuri Ratas.Azerbaijan and Estonia cooperate in different sectors of the economy and 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two nations.The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $6.1 million in 2021. Restoration center to be opened in Baku's Icherisheher Society Thu, 26 May 2022 15:27:00 +0400 By TrendRestoration center will be opened at the Icherisheher State Historical Architectural Reserve Department in near future, Head of Administration of Icherisheher State Historical Architectural Reserve Department Riyad Gasimov told reporters, Trend reports."Our goal is to attract young professionals, who received higher education in Azerbaijan, to this center so that they can gain invaluable experience in the sphere of restoring historical monuments," Gasimov said. Uzbekistan Airways to increase frequency of flights to Baku Business Thu, 26 May 2022 15:11:00 +0400 By TrendUzbekistan Airways JSC will increase the frequency of return flights on the international route from Tashkent to Baku,Trend reports via the company’s statement.As per company, to date, flights are regularly operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from June 5, 2022, they will also be operated on Sundays.The cost of an air ticket in the direction from Tashkent to Baku starts from 2,024,036 soums ($183.62) (without baggage) and from 2,260,765 soums ($205.10, with baggage). Humbled in Brussels, Pashinyan retaliates in his own backyard Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 15:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Orkhan AmashovArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan epitomises the excruciating sufferings and morbidity of a multitude driven by tempestuous urges. He is cracking under the strain of the ungrateful task incumbent upon him. On 25 May, whilst addressing the Armenian National Assembly upon his return from the third EU-mediated trilateral convocation, the Armenian leader was again compelled to engage in prevarication, bordering on what Winston Churchill would have called “terminological inexactitude”."The ethnic Armenian population of Karabakh" - the expression used by Charles Michel, European Council President, in his post-meeting press statement – has not gone unnoticed in Yerevan. In fact, it has caused significant perturbation, compelling the prime minister, if not to denounce the phrase, but distance himself from it, in his "parliamentary hour" speech on 25 May.To be blunt, the third Brussels-mediated trilateral meeting was a reasonably satisfactory success for Baku and a perfectly digestible defeat for Yerevan. It has reinvigorated the slackened negotiations and re-emphasised the warp and weft of the peace agenda.The general practice suggests that a post-meeting statement made by a mediator is not a mere observation by its announcer, but a document to which parties sign as indicative of their acquiescence. Therefore, the language of such a communication is usually declarative and measured, yet sufficiently clear upon what has been agreed.The same applies to Charles Michel's post-meeting statement. The phrase “the ethnic Armenian population of Karabakh” is indicative of how the matter is viewed through the prism of Brussels. Pashinyan claims that he and President Aliyev did not concur on any formula and the EU chief simply developed a compromise construct.It is perfectly true that it was incumbent upon Charles Michel to phrase his conclusive statement in such a way as to render it inclusive, to a reasonable extent, of both sides’ concerns. The truth of the matter is that, by mentioning the importance of “addressing the rights and security of the ethnic Armenian population of Karabakh”, he has incorporated the point, which constitutes the dominant Armenian concern, into the statement; but he did so in such a manner that neither cast an aspersion on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, nor deviated from the logic of post-conflict normalisation.The revenge-driven Armenian opposition claims that this formulation is a blow to Yerevan, as it downgrades what they still view as “a territorial entity” to “a certain ethnic population residing in a particular geography”. In principle, they are right. This is exactly what the construct denotes. The problem is that the revanchist forces find it abhorrent, whereas Pashinyan has not yet grown the backbone to call a spade a spade.In his address, Pashinyan referred to the “six-point package” of his government, submitted in response to Baku’s five points, as Yerevan’s “observation and agenda”. This was, one can tentatively assume, an indirect reply to just criticisms levelled against Armenia’s so-called peace offer, which was neither “principle-based”, nor constructive.It behoves one to recall that none of the points of the belatedly resurfaced document that were inadmissible to Baku made it to Michel’s post-meeting statement. That is what matters at present, not Pashinyan’s contrived insinuations aimed at expostulating the brunt of his displeasure.In an attempt to repost some of the attacks engineered by the opposition, he took recourse to a technique over which he gained mastery during his years in power - he blamed the previous administrations for the hopelessness of the present state of affairs.Pashinyan claimed that, by agreeing to the now-archaic Madrid Principles, Robert Kocharyan, the former President, effectively de-legitimised the 1991 so-called “referendum”, and by agreeing to work with Baku on the principles of a future referendum, discredited his own claim that “Nagorno-Karabakh” had never been part of independent Azerbaijan.Pashinyan also maintained a hard-line on the subject of enclaves, stating the matter was not discussed in Brussels. Here, there is a room for toughness, as enclaves do not constitute an immediate agenda and one can do a bit of shilly-shallying. Such a contrived form of uncompromising tone would not go amiss when one thinks of the pressure being exerted upon the incumbent government in the light of the ongoing protests.Pashinyan went on reasserting that Bashkend (Artsvashen) is a de jure Armenian exclave inside Azerbaijan, whereas there is no legal ground to assume Azerbaijani exclaves exist inside Armenia. Here, Pashinyan imitates the negotiating technique of saying that "what is mine is mine, what is yours is a subject for discussion". The snag here is that he can only imitate this in his backyard, and not truly practice it.After the second Brussels-mediated trilateral meeting that took place on 6 April, Pashinyan stunned the National Assembly, stating that not recognising the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, a first-rate ally of Turkey, is dangerous and that the international community expects Yerevan to act accordingly.On this occasion, his post-Brussels "parliamentary hour" did not entail anything akin to crossing the liminal line. Evidently, he felt this juncture was unsuitable for a "shocking admission". Yet, time moves on and his task has not changed - he has to say to his people, in a language that the audience will understand and accept, that Karabakh is Azerbaijan and it cannot be helped. TEKNOFEST in Baku is another evidence of brotherhood between Azerbaijan and Turkey – minister Business Thu, 26 May 2022 14:57:00 +0400 By TrendHolding of the international TEKNOFEST festival in Baku once again testifies to the brotherhood of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Minister of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan Republic Rashad Nabiyev said at the opening ceremony of TEKNOFEST, on May 26, Trend reports."Our youth liberated our lands from occupation in 44-day second Karabakh war. Our victory in the war will continue in technological arena. We will hold an award ceremony for all participants on May 28," Nabiyev said.He also added that the board of 'Smart Karabakh' contest is one of the most spectacular."Investors and heads of venture funds also take part in the festival, which indicates the possibility of attracting an investor to your project," Nabiyev said.TEKNOFEST International Aviation, Space and Technology Festival will be held in Azerbaijan from May 26 through May 29.TEKNOFEST in Baku is held by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku. The full staff of the office consists of Azerbaijani specialists.The event has been held annually since 2018, with the joint organization of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is managed by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology and the technical director of Baykar Makina, in partnership with more than 60 Turkish state institutions, universities and private companies.The goal is to popularize such areas as aviation, space industry and digital economy, to encourage entrepreneurship in these areas, to identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions organized within the framework of the festival, as well as to present national technologies to the general public.Trend News Agency, Day.Az, Milli.Az, Azernews, Eastweststream, Today.Az and Turkic.World are official media partners of TEKNOFEST. Azerbaijan brings number of legal acts into line with amendments made to Law on State Duty Society Thu, 26 May 2022 14:41:00 +0400 By TrendNumber of legal acts have been brought into line with the amendments made to the Law "On State Duty", stated in clarification to resolutions 204 and 205 of Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers, Cabinet told Trend.The amendment to the Law "On State Duty" of Azerbaijan Republic stipulates that the state duty paid for the services and legal actions, provided for in this law, is transferred in full to the state budget.In this regard, changes have been made to the relevant legal acts. 16 teams of Baku Higher Oil School reach finals in Teknofest Society Thu, 26 May 2022 14:25:00 +0400 By Trend16 teams of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) have reached the finals in Teknofest, Turkey's largest aviation, space and technology festival. The BHOS representatives reached the finals in 8 competitions.The BHOS teams will compete in the finals of Teknofest as follows: 8 teams will take part in the “Green technologies” competition, 2 teams - in the “Agrarian technologies” competition, 1 team - in the “Bakuskills” competition, 1 team - the “Robotics” competition, 1 team - the “Socially oriented technologies” competition, 1 team - the “Unmanned aerial vehicles” competition, 1 team - the "Cansat" competition, 1 team - the "Planer" competition.It should be noted that Baku Higher Oil Schools’ "Hakari" team qualified for the finals in the two competitions on "Agrarian Technologies" and "Socially Oriented Technologies", and the "Oguz" team - in the two competitions on "Robotechnics" and "Planer". Eight of the 10 teams advancing to the finals of the Green Technologies are represented by BHOS, and this indicator has been achieved only by BHOS among universities.The teams that advance to the finals are:1. “Green technologies” - “Murov”, “Khudayar”, “Ateshgah”, “Gulustan”, “Khazri”, “Turan”, “Topkhana”, “Gizilagaj”2. "Agrarian technologies" - "Hakari", "Khamsa"3. "Bakuskills" - "Shusha Tower"4. "Robotics" - "Oguz"5. "Socially oriented technologies" - "Hakari"6. "Unmanned aerial vehicles" - "Murov eagles"7. "Cansat" - "Istiglal"8. "Planer" - "Oguz"The Teknofest festival held in Baku has been organized annually by the Turkish Technology Team (T3 Foundation) and the Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey since 2018. The fact that Teknofest, Turkey’s largest aerospace and technology festival, will be held for the first time outside Turkey in Azerbaijan once again testifies to the friendly, fraternal and strategic alliance existing between the two countries. Step towards greener future: country recycles batteries Society Thu, 26 May 2022 14:08:00 +0400 By Sabina MammadliBatteries are an essential part of our everyday life. And while throwing them away may seem harmless, it can have dire effects on the environment. Cleaner electricity should be the ultimate goal of modern society.In this regard, a project called “Give away batteries, protect nature”, dedicated to collecting unusable batteries was launched by the Red Hearts Foundation, in cooperation with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Bravo supermarket chain.Special boxes to collect batteries were installed in Bravo supermarkets, located in the Ganjlik Mall, 28 Mall, Daniz Mall, Zefir Mall, Ahmadli village, near 20th January, and Koroglu metro stations.The project aims to separate used batteries from other waste in order to minimize their negative impact on the environment and human health. In the future, similar boxes are planned to be placed in other cities and regions. The project has a very important environmental and educational value in terms of protecting the environment, restoring the ecological balance, encouraging recycling, reducing waste, preventing and effectively managing the harmful effects of battery waste.The gathered old batteries will be sent for recycling to the Hazardous Waste LLC.Red Hearts was founded in December 2019 on the initiative of Kapital Bank employees. The organization, which currently operates like a foundation, mainly provides assistance to orphanages, shelters, and people in need.Moreover, a reminder that one discarded AA battery pollutes about 20 square meters of land. Each battery contains hazardous, toxic, and corrosive materials like mercury, cadmium, lithium, and lead.The coating of the discarded batteries is destroyed, and their contents end up in soil and groundwater, after which these metals can get into rivers and lakes or into artesian waters.The good news is that according to the Battery Council International, 99% of lead-acid batteries, the most widely used batteries, are recyclable.Considering the importance of the carbon footprint of transport, it is important to note that the recovery of old batteries for recycling is coupled with the delivery of new batteries.As with all the other products we consume that have a significant carbon footprint, such as smartphones, in order to reduce our carbon footprint, we must try to make the batteries last as long as possible. Young talents perform at Baku Piano Festival Arts & Entertainment Thu, 26 May 2022 13:49:00 +0400 By Laman IsmayilovaYoung talents have partaken in the first Baku International Piano Festival, Azernews reports.The participants in the "Youth support" project are Huseyn Niftaliyev, Omar Hasanli, Turan Jafarzada, Nil Mursalova, Humai Ibrahimli, Rinat Sharifli, Inji Hasanli, Fidan Nagiyeva, Askarli Igan Umid, Aylin Babayeva, Ali Valiyev, and Mirsamad Novrasli performed works by Azerbaijani and foreign composersThe musicians were accompanied by the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra conducted by conductor Valid Aghayev.The participants in the evening were awarded diplomas by the organizers of the project.The concert took place at the Hall of Chamber and Organ Music. The host for the evening was Tofig Hasansoy.Recall that the "Youth Support" project has been held since 2016 to discover and support young talents in Azerbaijan.The project is headed by the director of the State Philharmonic Hall, People's Artist of Azerbaijan Murad Adigozalzada, and the project coordinator is Ayla Karimova-Zakariyya.Within the project, concert programs are traditionally held several times a month at the State Philharmonic Hall.The programs presented within the project are designed for a wide audience with different musical tastes, including connoisseurs of high academic performance, mugham, jazz, etc.Students of the Baku Music Academy, the National Conservatory, the Republic Art Gymnasium, Bulbul Secondary Special Music School, and many others are taking part in the concerts held as part of the project.Over the past years, the "Youth Support" project has joined many festivals and competitions such as the New Way International Summer Festival 2019 in Germany, and the 2020 World Harmony International Contest of Young Performers.Founded by the Honored Artist Shahin Novrasli, the first Baku International Piano Festival will run until May 27.Photo and video credits: Kamran BaghirovFor more information, please visit the festival's website. Tickets are available here.Media partners of the event are,,,</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.75; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" src="" width="670" style="box-sizing: border-box; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial;" /></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.75; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" src="" width="670" style="box-sizing: border-box; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial;" /></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1rem; font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.75; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Roboto; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><br /></p> </body> </html> Tajik President congratulates President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 13:42:00 +0400 Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.Will be updated Ahmad Javad: Poet of unbending lofty spirit in defense of independence Society Thu, 26 May 2022 13:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovMay 2022 marks the 130th birthday anniversary of Ahmad Javad, a prominent representative of the Azerbaijani literature, great poet, renowned educator, and public figure.Ahmad Javad, born on May 5, 1892, lived and created at a time when he was destined to serve his nation, the national statehood, and he never hesitated to sacrifice his life for the happiness of the Azerbaijani people.The anniversary of Ahmad Javad, independence poet, and author of Azerbaijan's national anthem, is being marked across the country, with several memorial events as envisaged in the April 20 presidential decree to this end.Ahmad Javad's legacy played an exceptional role in the formation and shaping of the idea of ??national independence in the early XX century, in cementing devotion to the national statehood during the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918-1920), for the survival of the idea of ??independence in the Soviet era, when Azerbaijan lost its independence under the coercion of the Russian red army.He is a poet with a unique place in the independence history of Azerbaijani literary and creative philosophy. The poet is rich in patriotic motives since he spent his entire life upholding the national independence beliefs.The poet's literary works, which describe Azerbaijan’s state symbols with high poetry and instill love for independent statehood, are an excellent lyrical expression of passionate patriotism. He devoted a poem to the flag of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1919 and wrote the lyrics of the young state’s anthem.The poem's ideological and aesthetic force is such that it has become the contemporary republic's anthem as well. It is as if the poet's blood, rather than ink, was used to write the words.Ganja, where Javad lived and worked, was the first capital of Azerbaijan's first democratic state. His poetry from that time clearly demonstrates what this new, independent state meant to the patriotic, progressive intellectuals who had struggled and endured inconceivable hardship to succeed in it.Ahmad Javad was an expressive voice in Azerbaijan's literary, artistic, and public thinking history, marked by his own style as an independent poet in the enlightenment of the Azerbaijani people, with an outstanding position and resolve.As one of the most prominent figures of his time, Ahmad Javad was always in the swirling uncertainty, reverse of a fortune, and of public and political events, for, he was subjected to terrible repressions in the 1930s and became a victim of the Soviet tyranny.Ahmad Javad is also regarded as one of the greatest Turkic writers. Azerbaijan's famous poet played a pivotal role in the formation and spread of Turanism ideology in the early XX century.The renowned poet's historical contributions and poetry are significant for the entire Turkic world. A number of his works, especially "The Black Sea Flickering" (or "Give way to the Turkish flag") and other poems are very famous today.The great poet has always been in the whirl of public and political events and fought side by side with the Turkic people for the integrity of the Turkic world.Therefore, the poet's 130th anniversary is being commemorated throughout a number of Turkic-speaking countries, including Turkey and Kazakhstan, as a sign of tribute to the Turkic world's great son.A statue of Ahmad Javad, a patriotic poet, and public personality, who made a significant contribution to the Turkish and Azerbaijani peoples’ struggle for independence, has been erected in Ankara, Turkey, in appreciation of his merits.The Turkish History Museum and Park in Istanbul hosted the monument's opening ceremony, which was attended by officials and notable members of the Turkish public.Addressing the event, the chairman of the Etimesgut district municipality of Ankara, Anvar Demirel? stated that Ahmad Javad is a well-known figure both in Azerbaijan and in the Turkic world at large.He recalled that Ahmad Javad stood side by side with the Turkish people in the struggle for national liberation, as well as in the Balkan wars, and it is a national duty not to forget the historical services of the prominent person. The erection of Ahmad Javad statue in the Turkish History Museum and Park in Ankara is a tribute to the great poet.The statue of Ahmad Javad now stands next to the statues of Abay Kunanbayev, the founder of Kazakh written literature, Chingiz Aitmatov, the great Kyrgyz writer, Abdulhamid Suleyman Cholpan, the prominent Uzbek poet, and Ismail bey Gaspirali, the prominent thinker of the Turkic world.Ahmad Javad was a true fighter for his homeland, people, and the Turkic world as a whole, and his devotion to Turkism was viewed as a major threat by Soviet ideologues. For this reason, the patriotic poet was a victim of the ruthless repression of 1937.The diversity of Javad's creativity, in terms of ideas and problems, and the development of national citizenship reflects more clearly his place in the history of Azerbaijan, as well as literary thought. National GM ranks fourth in Italy Sports Thu, 26 May 2022 13:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani chess player Eltaj Safarli has ranked fourth at the Grandiscacchi Challenge 2022 held within the Italian Summer Chess Tour 2022. The chess player scored 3.5 points after five rounds.The Italian Summer Chess Tour 2022 features six open tournaments that will run until June 1.Some 15 chess players from 10 countries are taking part in the chess tournament.The 9 rounds Swiss event is named GrandMaster Grandiscacchi Chess Festival 2022.The Grandiscacchi Challenge 2022 was the second event of the tour. The chess tournament featured four sections: A (2300+), B (2000-2300), C (1700-2000), and D (U1700).The Grandiscacchi Rapid and Blitz Chess Tournaments 2022 involved over30 entries from 11 countries, including the participation of 12 grandmasters.Notably, Eltaj Safarli won the Azerbaijan Championships in 2010 and 2016. Safarli played in the silver medal-winning Azerbaijani team at the European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras in 2011 alongside Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Teymur Rajabov, Vugar Hashimov, and Qadir Huseynov, previously winning a bronze medal in 2007 and gold in 2009.Chess for centuries has been a popular game in Azerbaijan with ancient roots closely related to traditions. The country could preserve these traditions as chess remains to be a crucially popular sport for now.The first references to chess in Azerbaijan can be found in the works of the XII century poets such as Khaqani and Nizami as well as in the works of one of the nation’s most respected literary personalities Fuzuli.The 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku is an excellent example of the great attention paid to the development of chess games in the country. Nearly 2,000 chess players from 175 countries took part in the tournament.The national chess players have always taken high places in top-ranked tournaments.Shahriyar Mammadyarov is a three-fold European Team Champion (2009, 2013, and 2017) and gold medalist at the 2012 Chess Olympiad on the third board.He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 2003 and repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only two-time champion, achieving a 2,953 performance rating after eight rounds. Shahriyar has become popular after winning the Essent Tournament in 2006.In June 2016, Mammadyarov won the 3rd Shamkir Chess Tournament, the Vugar Gashimov Memorial. He defeated Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri in the last two rounds, which put him in a tie-break situation with Caruana. He defeated Caruana in the tie-break, thus giving him tournament victory.In 2021, Mammadyarov defeated the 13-time world champion, Garry Kasparov, at the Grand Chess Tour in Zagreb (Croatia).Another Azerbaijani grandmaster Teymur Rajabov defeated Kasparov back in 2003. Teymur Rajabov earned the title of a grandmaster at the age of 14, making him the second-youngest grandmaster in history at the time.In 2003, Rajabov gained international attention after beating the then world No 1 Garry Kasparov in the Linares tournament, followed by victories over former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov all in the same year.He also won the European Team Chess Championship with Azerbaijan in 2009, 2013, and 2017. His major individual achievements include joint first place at the 2008 Elista Grand Prix, the 2017 Geneva Grand Prix, and the 2019 FIDE World Cup.Despite his short life, Vugar Hashimov had made a remarkable contribution to the chess history of Azerbaijan. He played for Azerbaijan's national team in the Chess Olympiads in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008.Hashimov won a bronze medal in the European Team Championship in 2007 and became the European Champion with the national team in 2009. He was the European vice-champion in the national team in 2011, and the winner of the Reggio Emilia tournament from 2010 to 2011. President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visit Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan regions Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 13:07:00 +0400 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have today visited Fuzuli, Jabrayil and Zangilan regions.The President and the First Lady viewed the construction of Horadiz-Jabrayil-Zangilan-Aghband highway in Fuzuli region.President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva were informed that the construction of a 123.6-km long road the foundation of which was laid by the Azerbaijani and Turkish presidents is progressing rapidly.Being a part of the Hajigabul-Horadiz-Aghband-Zangazur corridor highway, the road is of crucial importance in terms of connecting Zangilan with other regions of Azerbaijan and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.They also attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Soltanli station of Horadiz-Aghband railway, and the 330/110 kV “Jabray?l” energy junction owned by AzerEnergy OJSC.President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva then arrived in Zangilan region.The President and the First Lady viewed the construction work of Zangilan International Airport, and the Zangilan Mosque constructed by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of the Pasha Holding LLC, as well as attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Occupation and Victory museum complexes.The master plan of the city of Zangilan then was submitted to President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva.Will be updated Bilateral agreement between EU and Azerbaijan to open doors for new co-op opportunities - ambassador Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 12:53:00 +0400 By TrendThe new comprehensive bilateral agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU will give us new opportunities for cooperation, EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan Peter Michalko told Trend in an exclusive interview.“The negotiations are ongoing intensively. They have to be finalized to have the agreement ready,” Michalko noted.Our most important cooperation priorities with Azerbaijan include the development of renewable energy sources, digital transformation, and the transport sector, he said.Regarding the cooperation in the energy sector, the ambassador noted that there are bright prospects for further increasing the supply of Azerbaijani gas to Europe. He mentioned that the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) project made it possible to directly supply Azerbaijani gas to the EU countries.“There are many opportunities to increase exports, which, in turn, require new steps. The EU counties are definitely interested in increasing energy products imported from Azerbaijan. We hope to achieve this in the nearest future,” Michalko said.Further speaking, the ambassador noted that companies from the EU are very interested in implementing projects in Azerbaijan’s renewable energy sector.Renewable energy is a very perspective area of cooperation for several reasons. This is of course a priority for the EU in support of “green” transition, and also an important objective in our cooperation with Azerbaijan,” Michalko said.In regard to participation in particular projects in the sector, the ambassador said that the auctions system will be very helpful for the development of renewable energy and bring more investments from abroad for the benefit of Azerbaijan.According to the ambassador, recently it was announced that the EU can mobilize up to 2 billion euros under this investment plan for Azerbaijan. This also includes the support for the renewable energy sector.He also noted that the support that the EU is offering for Azerbaijani governmental institutions includes preparing the legislative framework for a “green” energy transition.“We have supported several projects in this regard that strengthened the authorities and their capacity in the preparation for the implementation of the laws that are related to energy efficiency. It is important for this prepared framework to bring adequate benefits,” Michalko added.Regarding the trade between Azerbaijan and EU countries, the ambassador noted that it has a huge potential for growth.According to Michalko, the new comprehensive bilateral agreement will create additional opportunities for increasing Azerbaijani exports to the EU.“We would like to see more Azerbaijani products in Europe. We also see the growth of Azerbaijani non-oil products on the EU market, which is a successful step towards increasing bilateral trade. Moreover, the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and the EU in 2021 even exceeded the pre-COVID-19 pandemic level,” he said.“The trade turnover between the EU and Azerbaijan in 2019 amounted to nearly 12 billion euros, and 15.5 billion euros - in 2021. This once again indicates that the EU is the main trading partner of Azerbaijan with a 45 percent share in the Azerbaijani foreign trade turnover. The EU is also the largest export destination for Azerbaijani products. The EU countries account for 51 percent of Azerbaijan's total exports,” Michalko noted.Besides, according to the ambassador, the EU supports several initiatives toward improving the business environment and reforms to allow Azerbaijani companies to increase their production capacity and export potential.“We are preparing the sixth edition of the EU Business Climate Report in Azerbaijan. It will be presented at the EU-Azerbaijan business forum scheduled for May 17. I’m sure that this will help attract potential investors to Azerbaijan, and increase current investment and production,” he said.He said that the annual EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum will be held in a hybrid format. “We hope that this format will help expand the list of its participants,” Michalko added.Among other initiatives of the EU regarding Azerbaijani investment climate development, the ambassador mentioned the support that will be provided for 25,000 small and medium-sized enterprises in the country.According to the ambassador, the EU has expressed readiness to be a part of the restoration works in Azerbaijan’s Karabakh. “Our sectors of possible cooperation include the renewable energy sector, infrastructure, transport connections, and any other areas that will need additional support,” Michalko said.As Azerbaijan is implementing the “smart” villages and cities project in Karabakh, Michalko said this sector is also among the EU’s priorities, as well as rural and regional development in general.Further speaking, the ambassador noted that the EU supports Azerbaijan’s priority to turn Karabakh into a “green zone”, and is eager to participate in renewable energy projects.“We are interested in knowing the priorities of the Azerbaijani side. We have our experts that would also see the need for reconstruction work in Karabakh. Now we expect project ideas that could be supported from the EU side,” the ambassador said.The ambassador also spoke about current EU programs carried out in Azerbaijan. “As I have already mentioned, we have entered our new annual budgetary cycle. Now we are in the phase of planning and programming. Again, recall, that under this support 2 billion euros have been announced. However, there are also other parts of the program from which Azerbaijan can benefit. Some of them are bilateral, some are regional, and event global funds of the EU,” Michalko said.According to the ambassador, there are programs, such programs as ERASMUS+, from which thousands of Azerbaijani students benefited from the opportunity to study in the EU universities. Another program is Horizon Europe, which supports research and scientific cooperation.“Other programs support companies and local development. “Mayors for economic growth” is one of these programs. “EU4Lankaran” is another program that is financed by the EU and implemented by the UNDP. There is a big number of possible projects from which Azerbaijan, its business, and civil society, can benefit. Azerbaijan is also a front-runner in the “twinnings”, and a leader among the countries of the Eastern Partnership,” he added.The EU will continue providing support and increase the involvement in projects implemented in the country to increase and further enhance the cooperation with Azerbaijan, the EU Ambassador Michalko concluded. Central Bank of Azerbaijan puts notes up for auction Business Thu, 26 May 2022 12:38:00 +0400 By TrendThe Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) has hosted an auction for notes of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) worth 30 million manat ($17.6 million) with a circulation period of 168 days, Trend reports citing the BSE.According to the CBA, five investors submitted eight bids during the auction.The total amount of the bids at nominal prices reached 89.5 million manat ($52.69 million).The average weighted price of one bond made up 98.6285 manat or $58.05 (2.98 percent) in accordance with the decision of the CBA.The maturity date of the bonds is November 9, 2022. Expert upbeat about Azerbaijan’s energy potential amid upcoming Baku Energy Forum Business Thu, 26 May 2022 12:21:00 +0400 Azernews' exclusive interview with leading energy expert Ilham Shaban on the upcoming Baku Energy Forum, Azerbaijan's energy potential, and its role as a gas exporter to the world market.- Baku Energy Forum will be held in Azerbaijan on June 2-3, what should be expected from the forum, and what issues will be discussed?The detailed agenda of the forum can be seen on the website of Iteca Caspian, but I will describe it briefly. Usually, there are Russian and Kazakh guests here. It is very rare when someone from Turkmenistan arrives to join the forum. It is the same with Iran, I rarely saw anyone coming to the forum and talking about their projects. Usually, 90 percent are Azerbaijani projects.On the other hand, at the conference, the service companies make presentations on their achievements - how to increase oil and output, how to extract hydrocarbons from difficult formations, or reduce the cost of underground workover. There are a couple of presentations of this kind.The main thing is the promotion of Azerbaijan - its role, projects, etc. So here the main sponsors are always Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Energy, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, and the golden sponsor BP. Now what can be expected to be discussed at this forum is gas issues. In this background, everyone will be saying something- the state department representative from the U.S., British guests, a European guest, and others. Additionally, we will see two new participants, Masdar and ACWA Power, who will set a new tone for the green energy industry, because they have projects here, as this year, they started building plants that will generate electricity by the end of next year or early 2024.- Against the background of the recent events in the world, how is Azerbaijan's role in the world market changing? In addition, Europe is now looking for ways to diversify gas supplies, to what extent is Azerbaijan ready to increase gas supplies to Europe?In 2021, if we don't count the last day of 2020, Azerbaijan proved itself to be a very disciplined supplier and player in the world market. Azerbaijan sent more gas to Europe than it was planned. In the first year, Europe planned to import only 5 billion cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan but ultimately received 8.1 billion cubic meters. And Azerbaijan is going to increase the volume by some 25 percent this year. If we take into account the latest statement of Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, it is more than 10 billion cubic meters. It shows how much Azerbaijan contributes to the energy security of Europe in really difficult moments.Europe, especially the countries that are now most exposed to the crisis, e.g., Bulgaria, may be able to cope fully with Azerbaijani supplies as early as next year.Already in February, the European Commissioner for Energy announced in Baku that by the middle of this year Europe will indicate what volumes European countries need and will sign a long-term supply contract with Azerbaijan. And this is what Azerbaijan needs to form a project on what capacity to build platforms for the second phase of Absheron field development. It is possible to build platforms with a capacity of 5 billion, 7 billion, and even 10 billion cubic meters, it all depends on how much Azerbaijani gas the European importers will be ready to import under the long-term contracts, and whether they are ready to import exactly Azerbaijani gas at the expanded volumes of the TAP pipeline. As, that would contradict the third energy law, i.e. the European legislation. According to that act, only 50 percent of the expandable part of TAP may be Azerbaijani gas, and the other 50 percent must come from other sources.That's why Azerbaijan and Europe are now clarifying these points. To decide how much Azerbaijan should invest in the development of its fields, it needs to know how much Europe will import. It's clear that the pipeline will be expanded by 10 billion cubic meters, but will Europe be ready to import all 10 billion cubic meters from Azerbaijan, or will Europe keep insisting that a maximum of 5.5 billion cubic meters can come from Azerbaijan and the remaining volumes should come from different sources? And where the rest of the volumes will come from, whether it will be Iranian or Turkmen or Russian gas, is up to the Europeans.-Again, against the background of gas shortages and tensions between Europe and Russia, can Iranian and Turkmen gas go to Europe through the Azerbaijani infrastructure?The transit of Iranian gas to Europe via Azerbaijan does not sound very logical. Why should Iran send its gas to Europe through Azerbaijan, thereby increasing the length of supply? That is, they have to lay a new pipe through Astara for about 5 billion cubic meters to join the Southern Gas Corridor in the territory of Azerbaijan. And the fact that the Iranian gas can join the territory of Turkey is not a question for Azerbaijan, it is already a transit of Turkey. Iranian gas can be sent through Turkey because there is a pipeline with a projected capacity of 14 billion cubic meters from Iran to Turkey. But again, Iran is subject to sanctions, both European and American. This is a question for importers whether they will want to buy Iranian gas or not.As for the Turkmen gas, Azerbaijan can transport about 1 billion cubic meters through its territory, and there is a relevant pipeline with a capacity of 1 billion cubic meters for that. Let’s assume Azerbaijan will be able to upgrade it to 2 billion cubic meters. So it will be a pure swap deal, which means that there will be no molecular Turkmen gas in the pipeline, but it will be only on a juridical level. But who needs to want it? Not us but the seller Turkmenistan and the buyer Europe. We are making a purely technical issue. So far we do not see any negotiations between the seller and the buyer, these are purely political statements.-Now Azerbaijan is aimed at the transition to green energy - how do you assess the progress already achieved in this sector also what are the prospects for the development of this sphere in Azerbaijan?To judge the progress in the green energy sector now is possible only by looking at the statistics of the State Statistics Committee. If we compare the statistics since 2020, of course, there is little progress, which is good. In Azerbaijan, if counting as alternative energy - the sun, wind, and household waste of Balakhani Tamiz Shahar, a little more than 350 million kWh of electricity is generated. And the volume of commercial energy in the country is 24 billion kWh, i.e. at the moment, the production of alternative energy is very small. But we can expect real growth in this sphere in 2024 when the first large power plants from alternative sources will produce electricity at full capacity. It is said that these plants will produce billions of kWh of electricity, I do not know how true this will be, it will depend on the situation because neither the sun nor wind can be ordered.Interviewed by Ayya Lmahamad King of Sweden sends congratulatory letter to President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 12:16:00 +0400 King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Independence Day.His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of AzerbaijanOn the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I wish to convey to Your Excellency my sincere congratulations and my best wishes for your health and happiness and for the prosperity of the people of Azerbaijan.Carl Gustaf,King of Sweden Turkmen President sends congratulatory letter to President Ilham Aliyev Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 12:15:00 +0400 President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedow sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Independence Day.Will be updated Interest of children in aerobic gymnastics huge in Azerbaijan - Azerbaijani athletes Sports Thu, 26 May 2022 12:03:00 +0400 By TrendThe interest of children in aerobic gymnastics in Azerbaijan is huge, participants of the 6th Azerbaijan Championship in aerobic gymnastics, athletes Vladimir Dolmatov and Medina Mustafayeva, who perform as part of a mixed pair, told Trend on Wednesday."For us, the championship of Azerbaijan in aerobic gymnastics is also a control training before an important start - the world championship in Portugal. And for young gymnasts, such competitions are a very useful practice, and we hope that such tournaments will be held at least every six months. After all, children need constant competitive practice, it is also useful for them to watch the performances of adults, experienced gymnasts and take an example from them," Dolmatov noted.According to Medina Mustafayeva, now their couple is conducting intense training and honing the program before the World Championships."Now we are holding two training sessions a day, soon we will go to the training camp in Yardimli, there will be three training sessions daily. At this international start, it is important for us to win a license for the European Games," Mustafayeva added.The 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics among Age Categories were held at the Baku Olympic Sports Complex on May 25. Azerbaijan sets tariffs for use of electronic signature Society Thu, 26 May 2022 11:44:00 +0400 By TrendThe Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan has approved "Tariff for the use of electronic signature for users of electronic systems of internal management processes", Trend reports.The tariff for the use of electronic signature for users of electronic systems of internal management processes will be 16 manat (almost $10). Gold medal won at Baku Aerobic Gymnastics Championship to be incentive for future - young athlete Sports Thu, 26 May 2022 11:29:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani participant of the 6th Baku Championship in Aerobic Gymnastics Madina Ibrahimli from the “Ojaq” Sport Club said she was happy to win a gold medal among youngsters at the competition, Trend reports citing the athlete.“This award will be an incentive for me for future trainings and competitions. I prepared hard for the championship. I wanted to show a good result, and I did," she said.Ibrahimli said she didn’t worry about the competitions and fully concentrated on her performance.“I don’t get excited. If I worry, I can get off track, so I try to concentrate on my program. It’s nice that a lot of spectators came to support the participants of the competitions, it always helps the athletes,” added the gymnast.The 6th Azerbaijan and Baku Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics is being held at Baku Olympic Sports Complex. King of Netherlands congratulates President Ilham Aliyev on Independence Day Politics Thu, 26 May 2022 11:28:00 +0400 The King of Netherlands Willem-Alexander sent a congratulatory letter to President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Independence Day.Will be updated