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Cooperation with international organizations

 

Azerbaijan cooperates with a number of influential organizations. Among them, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),  Universal Postal Union UPU)  and  Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) have their  special place.

 

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations agency for information and communications technologies (ICT), with which Azerbaijan closely cooperates. Thus, the Azerbaijani delegation comprising representatives of government agencies and IT companies  took part in the  international exhibition and forum ITU Telecom World organized on the initiative of MCIT in Geneva on  October 5-9, 2009. And the projects, solutions, services, implemented in the country’s  ICT field were demonstrated in Azerbaijani pavilion.

 

180 m2 stand (twostoreyed) was rented in order to present  Azerbaijan’s  national ICT  pavilion at exhibition forum ITU Telecom World-2011 on October 24-27, 2011. The exhibition was attended by a delegation of the ministry,  led by  Minister Ali Abbasov and more than 20 national ICT companies.

 

Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  Hamadoun Touré during his management at  the organization always had a warm attitude towards Azerbaijan, has repeatedly visited the country and created a solid foundation for new and closer mutual cooperation with ITU. A striking example of the Government’s interest in establishing ties  with ITU  is organizing  meetings  of the Secretary General  with President Ilham Aliyev where they discussed ICT sector in Azerbaijan and development trends and prospects of international cooperation.

 

Universal Postal Union (UPU)  is  a specialized agency of the United Nations with 192 member states, which regulates the international postal service and  determines the development strategy of mail service.

 

Azerbaijan has been  a member of the UPU  since April 1, 1993. Administrative Council (Council of Administration - CA)  is the  main governing body of the organization.

 

The Administrative Council takes control over all action plan of  the UPU, preparation of UPU Acts and their implementation, as well as budget and financial resources.Total 40 members are elected in the UPU Congress on the world’s  five geographical regions.

Azerbaijan was elected to the CA in Bucharest (2004) and Geneva (2008) of the Congress of UPU.

 

UPU Director General Mr. Edouard Dayan visited Azerbaijan in May 2005 and in December 2010, where  he attended  the start  and the end ceremonies  of the project “Development of financial services’, supported by the World Bank in the country’s  postal system. As a result, we can say that  the results achieved  in the country’s  ICT sector  as a result of the  purposeful activity are highly recognized by the world’s influential international organizations, the success of the republic was  cited as an  example for other countries. The country took  part in various international events (exhibitions, conferences, forums, etc.),  held productive meetings, and the results achieved in ICT field are reflected in the annual  reports of the leading institutions.

 

The initiative and  dominant  position of Azerbaijan as a regional leader  in the implementation of projects for the South Caucasus were manifested itself  in the ICT sector as well. The role of the republic in the implementation of projects such as TAE, TASIM, and in the creation of Regional Innovation Zone (RIZ) assumes  importance. the successful implementation of these projects will  eventually create a good opportunity for the development of Azerbaijan and the region as a whole.

 

Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) was established on December 17, 1991 in Moscow by the Heads of Communications Administrations of Independent States. On this day they signed the agreement on the establishment of the RCC  which is aimed at organizing cooperation with  the newly independent states in electronic and postal communications  on the basis of mutual respect principles.

 

Permanent executive body of the RCC, which is composed of different committees, is the Executive Committee in Moscow, and  the supreme body is considered  the Council of Heads of Communications Administrations. The Chairman of the Council is the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Nikolai Nikiforov.