Zangezur corridor to increase region’s transit, logistics potential – Azerbaijani minister

In accordance with the new reality that has emerged after the liberation of Azerbaijani territories from Armenian occupation, the Zangezur corridor, which connects the main part of Azerbaijan with the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, will increase the region’s transit and logistics potential, Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov wrote on Twitter, Trend reports.

According to the minister, the realization of this potential will lead to the launch of new transport routes, further increase the economic power of Azerbaijan, as well as strengthen regional cooperation and stability.

Earlier, Mikayil Jabbarov stated that the strategic location of Azerbaijan at the intersection of international corridors allows the implementation of large-scale transport and infrastructure projects in the country.

 

Source: TREND News Agency

Trade turnover between Russia’s Ulyanovsk region, Turkmenistan increases

The trade turnover between Russia’s Ulyanovsk region and Turkmenistan amounted to $3.3 million in 2020, the press service of the governor and the government of the Ulyanovsk region told Trend.

The import of cotton amounted to $1.2 million, the report said.

“In 2019, the trade turnover amounted to $403,700, including exports – $60,100, imports – $343,600,” the report says.

“The companies of the Ulyanovsk region supplied the foreign partner with sliding bearings for the shafts of vehicles and UAZ cars,” said the press service.

As earlier the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Trend, The positive dynamics in Russian-Turkmen trade continued in 2020 – the trade turnover increased by 39.6 percent, compared to 2019 and reached $970.2 million (excluding Turkmen gas supplies).

The message said that the volume of exports increased by 19.6 percent (to $649.5 million), imports – by 11.6 percent (to $320.6 million).

“In 2020, Turkmenistan mainly exported metals and products made from them; food products and agricultural raw materials; chemical industry products; machinery, equipment, and vehicles,” the ministry noted.

The main items of import from Turkmenistan were: chemical industry products; textile, products made from it and shoes; food products and agricultural raw materials; mineral products.

 

Source: TREND News Agency

NATO Reaffirms Strength of Alliance, Calls Out Russia, China

BRUSSELS – The 30 member states of NATO ended their Monday summit in Brussels, reaffirming the military alliance with a strong statement against Russia and to a lesser degree, China.

Both countries were called out as “challenges to the rules-based international order.”

In the final communique, leaders agreed to “open a new chapter in transatlantic relations,” as they face an “increasingly complex” security environment.

The alliance adopted “NATO 2030”, a consultation mechanism to prepare for its next Strategic Concept, a document intended to guide the alliance to growing global competition and more unpredictable threats.

NATO 2030 included recognition of a “more assertive Russia,” “more brutal form of terrorism,” ongoing instability, increasing cyber and hybrid threats, new technologies, pandemics, and climate change as its new threats.

NATO 2030 also acknowledged that “China’s rise fundamentally shifts the balance of power.”

“By agreeing (on) the NATO 2030 agenda, leaders have taken decisions to make our alliance stronger and better fit for the future,” said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a press conference at the end of the summit. Moscow denies any wrongdoing, but allies are increasingly concerned given Russia’s recent aggression on the eastern flank and its covert and cyberattacks to undermine Western states.

In another direct reference to Russia, NATO members agreed on a new cyber defense policy.

“It recognizes that cyberspace is contested at all times, and ensures that we have strong technical capabilities, political consultations and military planning in place to keep our system systems secure,” said Stoltenberg.

On the sidelines of the summit, U.S. President Joe Biden met with leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – countries that won independence from then-Soviet Union in 1991. While they are now full members of NATO and the European Union, these Baltic countries are wary of Kremlin’s regional ambitions.

In a recent interview with NBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO “a Cold War relic.”

“I’m not sure why it still continues to exist,” said Putin.

Biden will meet with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. In a press conference after the summit, Biden said at least 10 NATO leaders with whom he has spoken thanked him for meeting Putin.

In Washington, some Republicans had criticized the president for agreeing to meet with Putin with no preconditions.

Biden said that there was “a consensus” in Brussels and that leaders appreciated his willingness to speak to them about what he will discuss with the Russian leader.

China

Stoltenberg said China’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Africa means NATO has to be prepared.

“China is coming closer to us. We see them in cyberspace, we see China in Africa, but we also see China investing heavily in our own critical infrastructure,” the NATO secretary general said.

China is “the new the new kid on the block,” said Alice Billon-Galland, a research fellow at London-based Chatham House, and one of the NATO Young Leaders selected to advise the NATO 2030 process.

Billon-Galland said European allies need to work with both the U.S. and China but ultimately want to avoid being dragged into a binary Washington versus Beijing confrontation.

“European allies are quite careful in terms of how they approach this and a bit reluctant for NATO to get too involved in China-related issues or Indo-Pacific issues,” she said.

A day earlier many of the same leaders now meeting in Brussels issued a statement at the conclusion of the G-7 Summit in Cornwall, U.K., calling out China’s human rights abuses. Beijing has accused the group of slandering its reputation.

Afghanistan withdrawal

After 20 years of military operations, NATO and the U.S. had agreed that they will withdraw forces from Afghanistan. Biden had set September 11, 2021, as the pullout deadline.

“NATO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to continue to stand with Afghanistan, with training, international support for Afghan forces and institutions, and funding to ensure the continued functioning of the International Airport,” said Stoltenberg.

NATO has about 10.000 troops in Afghanistan, from countries including Germany, the U.K., Turkey, Georgia, Romania and Italy.

Allies are concerned about security at their embassies as well as the Kabul airport. Turkey, a NATO member, has offered to secure the airport in a bid to increase its role in the alliance.

“The question is whether Turkey’s willingness to do this, which is clearly welcomed in Washington, would be sufficient to overcome the other issues in the relationship,” said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There are serious doubts about that,” he said.

Guarding and operating the Kabul airport issue is among the many security topics discussed by Biden in his Monday bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The U.S.-Turkey relationship has been problematic, particularly after Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system, its military offensive in Syria and support for Azerbaijan in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war with Armenia.

Ukraine 

After the summit, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy tweeted that leaders have confirmed his country will become a member of NATO, something that was not confirmed by the alliance.

Asked about Ukrainian membership in NATO, Biden said, “It depends on whether they meet the criteria.” Biden cited corruption as one of the issues that Kyiv must deal with in order to be part of the group.

Ukraine applied for membership in 2008 and is seeking more support from Western governments as it tries to deter any new aggression from Moscow. The Ukrainian government earlier criticized the bloc’s decision not to invite it to the NATO summit.

America is back

Biden took his “America is Back” message to Brussels, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the alliance’s collective defense principle.

“I just want all of Europe to know that the United States is there. The United States is there,” Biden said in his meeting with Stoltenberg.

Biden’s visit sets a new tone on relations with the military alliance. His predecessor, former President Donald Trump once called NATO obsolete and complained that the U.S. was paying an unfair share in the organization.

Asked by a reporter if he is concerned that the return of Trump or a Trump-like figure might swing U.S. posture back away from the alliance, NATO’s Stoltenberg said the past four years had underscored the importance of strong multilateral institutions.

“There will be different political leaders elected in many allied countries in the years to follow,” he said. “I’m confident that as long as we realize that it is in our security interest to stand together, national security interest to stand together, we will maintain NATO as the bedrock for our security.”

NATO’s last Strategic Concept was in 2010. Allies were reluctant to renew it during the rocky years under Trump.

 

Source: Voice of America

Biden Takes ‘America Is Back’ Message to Brussels

BRUSSELS – Joe Biden took his ‘America is Back’ message to Brussels, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in his first NATO summit as U.S. president Monday.

“I just want all of Europe to know that the United States is there. The United States is there,” Biden said in his meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Biden said that he takes Article Five, which enshrines the military alliance’s collective defense principle, “as a sacred obligation.”

“I constantly remind Americans, that when America was attacked for the first time in its shores since what happened back – it began in World War II, NATO stepped up,” Biden said referring to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

Stoltenberg said he will consult with Biden on how to address the rising threat of China and Russia, noting that there is “a convergence of views among allies.”

“I know that we can count on America and that America can count on Europe,” Stoltenberg said Monday.

Biden’s visit sets a new tone on relations with the military alliance. His predecessor, former President Donald Trump once called NATO obsolete and complained that the U.S. was paying an unfair share in the organization.

So far, the meetings have been “good optics,” said Alice Billon-Galland, a research fellow at London-based Chatham House, and part of NATO Young Leaders selected to advise the NATO 2030 process.

“What we’ve seen is allies recommitting to the core values, democratic values, wanting to work together,” Billon-Galland said. “There are still contentious issues on the table and this summit is the starting point of the reflection process that will lead to allies agreeing on renewing their strategic concept.”

The strategic concept outlines NATO’s purpose and fundamental security tasks, identifies current security environment elements and provides guidelines for the adaptation of its military forces.

Threats of climate change, Russia, China

While the alliance is not intended to be the main platform to discuss climate change, there is renewed focus on the security implications of climate change and how NATO should respond.

“NATO forces in Iraq were suffering from extreme heat,” said Dan Hamilton, director of the Global Europe Program at the Washington-based Wilson Center. Militaries must adapt to climate change and at the same time reduce their massive carbon footprints, he added.

China is part of the discussion and called out as a security threat. Stoltenberg said China’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Africa meant NATO had to be prepared.

“China is coming closer to us. We see them in cyber space, we see China in Africa, but we also see China investing heavily in our own critical infrastructure,” the NATO secretary general said.

European allies need to work with both the U.S. and China but ultimately want to avoid being dragged into a binary Washington vs Beijing confrontation, said Chatham House’s Billon-Galland.

“European allies are quite careful in terms of how they approach this and a bit reluctant for NATO to get too involved in China-related issues or Indo-Pacific issues,” she said.

A day earlier many of the same leaders now meeting in Brussels issued a statement at the conclusion of the G-7 Summit in Cornwall, U.K., calling out China’s human rights abuses. Beijing accused the group of slandering its reputation.

As with past NATO summits, Russia will be high on the agenda. Moscow denies any wrongdoing, but allies are increasingly concerned given Moscow’s recent aggression on the eastern flank and its covert and cyberattacks to undermine Western states.

In a recent interview with NBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin called NATO “a Cold War relic”. “I’m not sure why it still continues to exist,” Putin said.

Biden said both Russia and China were not acting “in a way that is consistent with what we had hoped.” The U.S. president was referring to the West’s decades-long efforts to bring the two countries to align closer with liberal democracies.

On the sidelines of the summit, Biden met with leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – countries that won independence from then-Soviet Union in 1991. While they are now full members of NATO and the European Union, these Baltic countries are wary of Kremlin’s regional ambitions.

Biden is also meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a NATO ally with problematic relations particularly after Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system, military offensive in Syria and support for Azerbaijan in the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war with Armenia.

Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday.

 

Source: Voice of America

Baku Higher Oil School hosts Graduation Ceremony of School of Project Management

Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) hosted a graduation ceremony for students of M7 and M8 groups of the School of Project Management (SPM), a joint initiative of BHOS and the British company TwentyEighty Strategy Execution (STRATEX).

 

This time, about 30 specialists from more than 14 organizations and companies graduated from the School of Project Management, which conducts training based on the curricula of the George Washington University (USA). 

 

Among the SPM graduates were senior and responsible employees of such organizations and companies as the Ministry of Economy, SOCAR, AQŞ, Karabakh Operating Company, Umid-Babek Operating Company, SOCAR Polymer, SOCAR STP, Pasha Holding, ABB, the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, BP, Xalq Həyat Sığorta, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Azercell, Agro Dairy LLC. 

 

In his speech, BHOS Rector Elmar Gasimov congratulated the graduates of the School of Project Management on the successful completion of the program. He emphasized the important role of the project in training world-class specialists.

 

“Many graduates of the School of Project Management, which has been functioning at Baku Higher Oil School for 5 years, have achieved significant success in their careers. The new knowledge gained by the graduates contributes to their professional advancement,” the rector added.

 

In his speech, BP’s Vice President for Communications and External Relations in the Middle East and the Caspian region Bakhtiyar Aslanbeyli said that BHOS is successfully implementing the personnel training process within this program.

 

At the end of the ceremony, the SPM graduates received Master’s Certificates of the George Washington University.

 

It should be noted that in recent years, companies and organizations operating in both the public and private sectors have been paying more attention to the professional development of their employees. Notably, they prefer that their employees undergo training at the School of Project Management.

 

The number of graduates of the Project Management School of Baku Higher Oil School has already exceeded 100 people.

 

Source: Baku Higher Oil School

Event on topic “University-Industrial cooperation: the experience of the OSTIM Technical University” held

On June 10, with an organizational support of the Ministry of Economy and the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC an event on the theme “University-Industrial cooperation: the experience of the OSTIM Technical University” was held.

Representatives of the relevant state structures of Azerbaijan and Turkey, residents of the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park took part in the event held at the Center for Professional Education at the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC.

The purpose of the business event is to ensure sustainable cooperation between higher education institutions and industrial enterprises, the wide application of scientific potential in industry, the expansion of research and innovation activities of residents of industrial parks.

Director of the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC, Elshad Nuriyev, informed about the favorable conditions created for entrepreneurs in industrial parks and industrial districts in accordance with the industrialization policy implemented in our country. Elshad Nuriyev stressed that the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park LLC attaches great importance to cooperation with scientific and educational institutions for the training of professional personnel in the field of industry, as well as the fact that relations are established with many domestic and foreign educational institutions.

Head of the Department of Science, Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Ministry of Education, Nijat Mammadli, shared his opinion on the importance of university-industrial cooperation, the need for practical programs for training personnel, Vice-Rector for Science and Innovation of Ganja State University, Parvin Karimzade, in her turn, shared her opinion on cooperation between the state and business.

Chairman of the Board of the Turkish Center for Industry and Trade in the Middle East (OSTIM) Orhan Aydin spoke about the activities of the organization. Note that OSTIM is a network that cooperates with the industrial sector through technology parks located in the regions. Orhan Aydin drew attention to the importance of establishing cooperation links between OSTIM and industrial zones operating in Azerbaijan.

Rector of the Azerbaijan Technical University, Vilayat Valiyev, spoke about the cooperation between the higher educational institution and the OSTIM Technical University in the field of student exchange and new opportunities arising from the university-industrial cooperation formed against the background of the development of the innovative industry in our country, noted that every year several students of the Azerbaijan Technical University undergo practical training in the OSTIM industrial region.

Rector of OSTIM Technical University Murat Ali Yolek spoke about the opportunities for cooperation with Azerbaijani universities and the importance of university-industrial relations. He stressed that the OSTIM Technical University is the first higher education institution established in the territory of OSTIM.

Residents of the Sumgait Chemical Industrial Park “Azertechnoline” LLC, “SOCAR Polymer “LLC and” STP ” LLC informed about the cooperation of their enterprises with many higher educational institutions.

At the event, videos were shown about the activities of the industrial parks operating in Azerbaijan, the OSTIM Technical University, and discussions were held on this topic.

 

Source: Azerbaijan Technical University