Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources arrives in Baku

Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez arrived in Baku to participate in the first Azerbaijan-Turkey Energy Forum, Trend reports on Dec. 21 referring to the minister’s message on Twitter.

The first Azerbaijan-Turkey energy forum will be held in Baku on December 21-22 under the co-chairmanship of Azerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez.

The documents are expected to be signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey at the forum on Dec. 22.

The first Azerbaijan-Turkey Energy Forum was established within the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between Azerbaijan and Turkey to ensure more flexible and result-oriented strategic energy cooperation.

 

Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan discloses foreign trade turnover in 11M2021

Azerbaijan’s foreign trade turnover increased by 32.85 percent, or $7.5 billion from January through November 2021 compared to the same period of last year from $22.7 billion to $30.2 billion, Trend reports citing a report from the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee.

According to the State Customs Committee, $19.8 billion in the structure of foreign trade turnover accounted for export, which is by $4.6 billion (48.4 percent) more than from January through November 2020.

The share of export in foreign trade turnover reached 65.54 percent compared to 57.42 percent a year earlier.

Azerbaijan’s import volume increased on an annualized basis by $724.3 million or 7.5 percent from $9.7 billion to $10.4 billion from January through November 2021.

The share of import in foreign trade turnover reached 34.46 percent compared to 42.58 percent from January through November 2021.

As a result, while remaining positive, the foreign trade balance increased on an annualized basis by $6.01 billion or 178 percent to $9.4 billion from January through November 2021 compared to $3.4 billion from January through November 2020.

 

Source: Trend News Agency

Azerbaijan reduces export duty rate on leather goods

The export duty rate on leather goods has been reduced in Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.

The resolution was prepared to stimulate the production of competitive non-oil products in Azerbaijan, improve the supply of raw materials and ensure the efficient operation of local industrial and processing enterprises, in which leather and leather goods are used as raw materials.

The resolution envisages the extension of the period until December 31, 2023 by maintaining the current rate of urgent export duties which are applied to leather goods by decreasing the export duty rate which is applied to these goods from $350 to $150 per ton.

 

Source: Trend News Agency

Statement regarding the appointment of the Ambassador (ad hon.) Dimitrios Rallis to the position of Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)

Τhe Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Member States has appointed Ambassador (ad hon.) Dimitrios Rallis to the position of the Deputy Secretary General of BSEC, by a decision adopted at its 44th Meeting.

It is noted that the re-appointment of a Greek candidate to a senior position in the Permanent International Secretariat of this Organization, as a result of months of effort, underscores the special interest our country attaches to BSEC, as well as the overall recognition Greece enjoys within the Organization.

t is reminded that the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) was initiated in 1992 as an informal intergovernmental cooperation and was transformed into an International economic Organization on May 1st, 1999.

The BSEC Organization is composed of 13 Member States in the wider Black Sea region (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine).

 

Source: Hellenic Republic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Prosecutor General’s Office punished a number of media and social media users

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan announced the adoption of measures against a number of media bodies and users of social networks.

The message of the Prosecutor General’s Office said: “Due to the constant dissemination of various biased information for the sake of sensation in social networks, not based on specific facts, on December 16 and 17, Abushov Zamig, Mahmudov Ilgar, Ibrahimov Mehdi, Safarsoy Rza were invited to the General Prosecutor’s Office.

They were warned and instructed that in case of a repetition of such actions, more stringent measures will be taken.”

In addition, journalist Mammadov Sahavat was fined 500 manats by a court decision “for posting information on the activities of the country’s military structures, the publication of which is prohibited by law, in his personal account on social networks.” He was charged with violations under Article 388-1.1.1 (Posting Prohibited Information on the Internet) of the Code of Administrative Offenses.

The sites “olke.az”, “manevr.az” and a number of other online publications were also fined under the Article 388-1.1.1 for 1500 manats for “propaganda, justification of suicide as a way of solving problems”, explanation of the ways of committing suicide.

In addition, Hikmet  Canmirza oglu Aghajanov, the director of a secondary school in the village of Yukhary Zeikhur, Gusar region, was warned for disseminating banned information about suicide.

 

Source: IRFS