Azercosmos to attend 73rd International Astronautical Congress in Paris

The Space Agency of Azerbaijan (Azercosmos) will represent the country at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) to be held in Paris, on September 18-22.

This year, 4,800 abstracts and presentations from 97 countries have been submitted to the Congress.

With the theme “Space for @ll, the 73rd edition of the IAC, will be an outstanding occasion to bring together all space communities, alongside the burgeoning global ecosystem and start-ups, entrepreneurs, laboratories, research scientists and manufacturers that could get involved in space activities or benefit from them. Special attention will be paid to students and young professionals, who will be closely associated through dedicated events. And the general public will not be forgotten, as space-themed conferences and exhibitions will accompany IAC.

Azercosmos will host the 74th International Astronautical Congress in Baku in 2023.



Prime Minister Ali Asadov chairs discussions about existing problems and challenges in production of food-grade wheat

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ali Asadov, held a working meeting dedicated to the existing problems and challenges in the production of food-grade wheat in the country as part of his visit to Aghsu district on 12 September. He also familiarized himself with the activities of Aghsu Agropark Closed Joint-Stock Company.

Issues related to the implementation of Decree No. 1754 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated 19 July 2022 “On a number of measures to improve the level of self-provision with food-grade wheat” were discussed at the working meeting, which was also attended by heads of the respective government authorities and private businesses involved in the agrarian sector.

The meeting focused on the global calls for food safety, the existing problems and challenges in the production of food-grade wheat in Azerbaijan and the government support mechanisms in line with the decree.

The participants in the meeting heard speeches from the heads of the respective government authorities and listened to the problems and proposals of food-grade wheat producers and farmers who are applying or plan to apply modern irrigation systems.

The Prime Minister said that the government would provide support for food-grade wheat producers in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and stressed that the key challenge was the expansion of the stock of farmable lands, the increase in the productivity in wheat production, the improvement of the quality of food-grade wheat, the application of modern technologies and the economical utilization of water resources.

At the end of the meeting, appropriate instructions were given to the respective government authorities to speed up the activities related to the implementation of the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.



Ferry vessel “Nakhchivan” overhauled

Ferry “Nakhchivan” owned by the Maritime Transportation fleet of “Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” company CJSC (ASCO) was overhauled.

Maintenance works were performed at the “Zigh” Ship Repair and Construction Yard was carried out with high quality and on time.

Main and auxiliary engines, pumps and refrigerators have been overhauled. Necessary works have been carried out on auxiliary steam boiler and auxiliary boiler of the vessel. Renovation of hull welding, piping, automation and electrical facilities as well as new compressors installation works have been completed.

Communication and electro radio navigational equipment has been repaired, defective spare parts replaced with new ones.

In addition, the living quarters and service spaces of the vessel have been renovated according to current requirements.

The underwater and surface parts of “Nakhchivan” as well as the main deck were painted after sand sweeping with abrasive sand.

After successful sea trials the vessel was returned to operation.



® Agil Mamiyev: Our main goal is to invest in projects in Azerbaijan, to contribute to the development of tourism and our economy

Azerbaijani businessman, founder and chairman of the global Millionaire Concept and Reputation Group Agil Mamiyev responded to questions about the future projects of the platform, and the work done related to the representation of Azerbaijan in the international arena.

AZERTAC presents the interview.

-How did the idea of building the Millionaire Concept Network business platform come about? What was the first step?

– First of all, let me say that no idea comes suddenly, and after many business trips, I came up with the idea of creating this platform. The point is that, I attended prestigious conferences and summits in the countries I visited. At those events, I met successful businessmen and company leaders. Each was a member of a different business club. I thought, why not create such an international business platform in Baku, which will bring together the heads of large companies, investors and businessmen, and thereby create successful partnership relations. As a first step, we launched the Millionaire Concept Network business platform to organize a big event in 2019. Well-known and influential influencers and successful businessmen came to Baku from different countries of the world. In that project, we were closely supported by state institutions. I think that the event of “Millionaire Concept” was very successful for our country from the point of view of tourism and economy.

-What advantages do entrepreneurs who are members of the business club get?

– Entrepreneurs who are members of “Millionaire Concept” get great advantages. This includes promotion in the business world, the chance to appear in front of a wide audience, personal branding, the opportunity to participate in local and international prestigious events, conferences, successful and beneficial collaborations and other advantages.

-In which country do you have official offices? Are you thinking of conducting any projects in those countries?

– First of all, let me say that the head office of “Millionaire Concept Network” is in Rome, the capital of Italy. We have already acted as an official partner of a global event in this country. We were one of the partners of the project organized under the banner of UNESCO in Venice. The night was attended by successful businessmen, investors, architects, influencers and other well-known people from all over the world. As for our official offices, they operate successfully in big cities such as London, Paris, Prague, Dubai, Istanbul, and Moscow. It is true that we invest in our country by carrying out projects in Azerbaijan and contribute to the development of our economy and tourism. We are thinking of holding our next project in United Arab Emirates and Great Britain.

-Some time ago, a well-known British publication wrote about your business club. You would talk about it…

– Yes, the London publication prepared material from the 10 best business clubs in the world. The name of “Millionaire Concept” was also on that list. As soon as we read this, we were very happy, because it is a great pride for our country that the institution representing Azerbaijan is among the most business clubs in the world.

-Recently, you have been making business trips to the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates. What is the purpose of these visits? What’s new?

– I visited the UAE several times in the last year. My trips were related to both business and leisure. I became a jury in the international project that took place within the framework of the Dubai EXPO 2020 project. Later, I took part in a project with the participation of well-known businessmen and influencers. In that project, I was awarded a prize in the nomination “Successful businessman”. In addition to all this, we opened our official representative office in Dubai and signed cooperation agreements with large companies.

-What are your future plans?

– Plans change all the time. What remains unchanged is my goal – to further develop the “Millionaire Concept” and constantly maintain our reputation.



New priorities for SGC and renewable energy cooperation discussed with EBRD President

A meeting was held with a delegation led by President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Odile Renaud-Basso at the Ministry of Energy.

At the meeting, the projects implemented and planned in the energy sector, which play an important role in long-term and broad cooperation with the EBRD, as well as new partnership opportunities, were evaluated.

Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov reviewed the development of cooperation with the EBRD within the priorities of the global energy agenda and stressed the importance of the Bank’s participation in the expansion of the Southern Gas Corridor. Stressing that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Azerbaijan and the European Union on strategic partnership in the energy sector formed the basis for the expansion of the project, the minister said that more than 10 countries are interested in partnership with Azerbaijan in the supply of natural gas. Financial support for the SGC is necessary in order to extract rich natural gas resources and transport them in larger volumes to European countries: “Financing the Southern Gas Corridor will contribute to the energy transition. This will prevent a return to coal, which is the result of the energy crisis with the supply of more natural gas. At the same time, SGC resource sources will be diversified in the example of hydrogen transportation.”

During the meeting, the Bank’s support for the development of Garadagh Solar Power Plant and Khizi-Absheron Wind Power Plant was highly appreciated. The progress of projects to support the holding of renewable energy auctions, the implementation of the necessary regulatory framework for small-scale renewable energy projects and the activities of the Energy Regulatory Agency was reviewed. Also, the steps to be taken within the cooperation on low-carbon solutions in the energy sector, on the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) were discussed. It was noted that the plans for the creation of larger production capacities in the field of renewable energy in Azerbaijan and the implementation of 6 thousand MW projects in the Caspian Sea at the initial stage actualize the improvement of the network, and this is one of the main conditions for the future development of the renewable energy sector.

The EBRD President said that investment opportunities for cooperation in the listed areas will be evaluated and they are ready to support the strengthening of the network.

The Ministry and the EBRD plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on technical support for the development of the energy sector. The document covers a new cooperation agenda, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, development of the low-carbon energy sector, reduction of methane emissions and hydrogen technologies.