“The development of these territories is an amazing opportunity for Azerbaijan, one that rarely happens for any country – starting with a blank sheet of paper. Again, we very much support the President’s vision of a green recovery – green cities, renewable energy – and I’m sure BP and UK firms would want to be involved,” Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Azerbaijan James Sharp said in an interview to APA.
“In terms of specific sectors, agriculture, tourism, mining seem to be the most promising ones, and there’s already a UK-listed company – Anglo Asian Mining – which has some long-standing concessions in the territories, and is looking forward to accessing them. Another recent news that a Scottish company is already involved in demining activities in Fizuli.
But it’s worth being aware that this is a risky environment for foreign companies – not just the land-mines, but also uncertainties over things like population changes – so it will be important for the government to recognize that, and provide incentives for investment. Also, it’s not just a question of physical development. It’s important to consider the human element – the role of women, access for disabled people, education, and the role that NGOs and civil society can play. The UK is already helping those affected by conflict, and looks forward to continuing to do so,” said Mr. Ambassador.
Source: Azeri-Press News Agency