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Baku to welcome athletes from 50 countries during Islamic Solidarity Games

With over 50 participating countries, from across four continents, the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Azerbaijan to become a part of a major international sporting event, said Azad Rahimov.

The Youth and Sport Minister made the remark at a meeting with members of American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham), supported by PwC Azerbaijan.

Rahimov shared the information about the upcoming grand sporting events such as the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games scheduled for May 12-22 and 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix to take place on central streets of Baku on June 23-25.

He emphasized that the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games will see over 5,000 athletes to compete in 20 sports disciplines, while 16 sporting arenas are ready for hosting the competitions.

The minister also highlighted the Athletes Village, which meets all the international standards, and ready to receive the athletes.

“I am convinced that we will witness a grand sporting event,” Rahimov said. “Azerbaijan, as a country that has held a number of significant international sporting events such as the First European Games and Formula 1 at the highest level, will also demonstrate the top level of professionalism during hosting the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games.”

Finally, he mentioned that Azerbaijan will host the European Trampoline Championships in 2018 as decided by the Executive Committee of the European Union of Gymnastics.

Rahimov also thanked AmCham members and guests, voicing his willingness for the further cooperation with the Chamber.

In turn, AmCham Azerbaijan Executive Director Natavan Mammadova updated the participants about the latest and upcoming events, also announced new Tax & Customs and Travel, Hospitality & Tourism committees’ chairmen.

Olga Grygier, PwC leader in Central and Eastern Europe delivered a speech about the economic situation in Europe and Azerbaijan.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan is a leading private, non-profit business association supporting and promoting the interests of foreign and local businesses in Azerbaijan. Established in 1996, AmCham is composed of over 250 Regular and Associate Member Companies active in every sector of the Azerbaijani economy. AmCham Azerbaijan represents nearly 80 percent of all foreign investment, as well as a significant portion of local investment, in Azerbaijan.

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Azerbaijan is becoming one of the popular tourist destinations

BakuOldCityLand of Fire becomes attractive destination for travelers.

Azerbaijan, a South Caucasus country located at the junction of the two world civilizations, is becoming one of the popular tourist destinations of the region.

The land rich with historical, cultural and natural heritage attracts visitors from all over the world. Untouched nature, mineral springs, the world’s only oil field treatment – naphthalene, a unique ancient architecture, unique culture, cuisine, and many more enable Azerbaijan to create all types of tourism, including business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting, exotic, beach and even gastronomic.

With its towering Caucasus ranges, fertile valleys, thick forests and beautiful Caspian Sea coast, Azerbaijan is home to a remarkable natural diversity. Huge part of Azerbaijan’s territory is preserved as national parks and reserves, ranging from desert to highlands, to rolling fertile valleys, and marshlands. These landscapes offer a range of unusual flora and fauna, including ancient mountain villages.

In addition to the natural and rural attractions, Azerbaijan has a rich cuisine, changing from region to region. ‘Tasting’ Azerbaijan means enjoying juicy apples, pomegranates, grilled meats, kabab, dolma, bozbash, all perfumed with the herbs of untouched woodlands and the spices of the Silk Road.

There are ample of things to do in Azerbaijan, be it exploring the country on a horse back or simply savoring the delicious cuisine. The country offers something for every traveler. History lovers can see Gala Fortress, Gobustan, Icherisheher, etc. Adventure seekers can indulge in hiking, horse-riding hunting, etc in Guba, Shamakhi, Lankaran and other regions, or check out the nightlife of Baku.

The modern face of the city is of equal interest for the visitors. Buildings of Flame Towers, the sport and entertainment complex Crystal Hall which held a Eurovision contest in 2012, the cultural center of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and others are the unique characters symbolizing Baku.

A favorite place for walks for residents and guests of the capital remains transformed and shining by neon lights city Seaside park (Boulevard).

The flow of tourists is increasing every year, so in the capital and other tourist areas there is growing number of hotels with the highest level of service.

One of Azerbaijan’s strongest assets for tourism development is its service culture – Azerbaijanis are famous for their hospitality. This culture is best reflected in the hotel and restaurant sectors.

Last year, 35 hotels were built in the country, while 25 are under construction. In general, there are more than 500 hotels in Azerbaijan.

In 10 years, foreign tourists in Azerbaijan will spend $6 billion a year, according to the report of the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC.

The report says that in 2016 the tourism industry of Azerbaijan provided 2.285 billion manats ($1.437 billion) or 4.1 percent of the country’s GDP.

The WTTC forecasts says that in 2017 tourism will provide 7 percent or 2.446 billion manat of GDP, in 2017-2027 the sector’s share will grow by 6.5 percent to 4.581 billion manats ($2.881 billion) or 5.9 percet of GDP.

In 2016, some 479.5 million was invested in the tourism sector of Azerbaijan, according to the report, which predicts growth by 6.2 percent in 2017, and by 4.9 percent in the next 10 years.

In connection with March holiday – Novruz Bayram, a large number of tourists came to Azerbaijan mainly from Iran, Russia and Arab countries who spent more than a week in the country.

By Aminda Nazarli

AzerNews

 

A growing number of people keep joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, created by Azerbaijan to accelerate the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the people’s diplomacy

A growing number of people keep joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, created by Azerbaijan to accelerate the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the people’s diplomacy.

President of the International Sustainable Energy Organization (ISEO) Gustav R. Grob made a statement on March 30 about his joining the Platform.

“After centuries of hatred and wars it is time for world-wide peace, tolerance and fruitful cooperation,” his statement reads.

Grob expressed his respect and support to territorial integrity, sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of the conflicting countries and added that he believes in peaceful solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

He also emphasized the necessity of implementation of resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, as well as resolutions and decisions of different international organizations.

“I would like to note the importance of efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group regarding the settlement of the conflict,” Grob stated.

Referring to the long tradition of coexistence of the peoples of Azerbaijan and Armenia, he noted with regret that the young generations in both countries have formed their perception about each other in the context of war resulting from the unresolved conflict.

“Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform” is a unique opportunity to a fast peaceful resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Grob stated.

The Armenia-Azerbaijan Peace Platform was founded on December 6 in Baku 2016 by a group of Azerbaijani and Armenian public figures and peacekeepers. It was created to bring together representatives of civil society of the two countries for creating dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the sides to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

However, this initiative was negatively perceived by the Armenian government, which started persecution of those Armenians who joined the Platform.

Chairman of Arabian Platform for Renewable and Efficient Energy and of Tunisian organization Women for Sustainable Development, Kamel Esseghairi also made a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace.

He also highlighted the necessity of implementing the resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council and other international organizations and recalled the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.

“I believe that this initiative will contribute to the solution of the conflict. Therefore, I make a statement about joining the Armenia-Azerbaijan Platform for Peace, which is aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and restoring and preserving peace in South Caucasus,” Esseghairi writes.

Thus, the Platform for Peace is gaining strength as increasing number of people from around the world, including Armenia, joins it. Apart from the official negotiations of the presidents and foreign ministers of the conflicting countries, the people’s diplomacy is of high importance, and this has been stated by many international experts.

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Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan and the U.S. Secretary of State had an exchange of congratulatory letters on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries

elmarmamediyarovForeign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and the U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson had an exchange of congratulatory letters on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In the letter addressed to the U.S. Secretary of State Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stated that throughout the past 25 years the relations between our two nations has transformed into strategic partnership with a distinct peculiarity devoted to development of our collaboration in political, economic and security areas.

Minister mentioned that nowadays, Azerbaijan closely cooperates with the United States on energy issues by contributing to energy security and energy diversification in Europe. Noting the successful cooperation of the two countries on counterterrorism and non-proliferation issues, Foreign Minister also added that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries that provided multifaceted support for the United States operations in Afghanistan.

Minister Elmar Mammadyarov stressed that Azerbaijan relies on honest mediation of the United States on the settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh conflict and reiterated that the conflict must be resolved by peaceful means on the basis of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

In his letter addressed to Elmar Mammadyarov the U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson stated that the United States has worked closely with Azerbaijan on energy. He also mentioned that the United States supports Azerbaijan’s efforts to diversify its economy and increase its economic opportunity.

Secretary of State noted that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to offer support after 9/11. He also added that the United States remains committed to facilitating a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Rex W. Tillerson congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on behalf of the American people for 25 years of friendship and cooperation.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s Folk Dances and Traditions in Alaska, USA

Laman Hendricks – Azerbaijani dancer and her tireless effort to promote Azerbaijani national dances and traditions in USA.

Laman Hendricks is an Azerbaijani dancer, choreographer and teacher of Azerbaijani, Georgian and other dance styles, currently living in USA. She also coaches rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics.

Laman Hendricks frequently performs beautiful dances of Azerbaijan and Georgia in various local and international cultural events, festivals and other community festivities where she also promotes the culture, history and traditions of Azerbaijan. She also promotes Azerbaijani culture when she visits middle and high schools where she performs and informs students about Azerbaijan’s history, rich musical and cultural heritage.

Laman was born in Ganja, Azerbaijan where she started classical ballet training at age three.  At age 11 she moved to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Along with gymnastics and classical ballet she studied the national dances of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia, India, and many more. In 2012 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she founded Danced of Caucasus.

 

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Laman continued her tireless, valiant effort to promote Azerbaijani national dances in Alaska, USA.

Past Performances:

2016 Fundraising for DeeDee Ann Jonrowe

2016 Fundraising for CRAFT Russian Organization

2016 STAR Fundraising

2016 Bridge Builders Fundraising

2017 Beyond Borders Storytelling

2017 Anchorage Senior Center Performance

2017 Martin Luther King Junior Performance

2017 Chugiak High School Concert for Seniors

2017 Bridge Builders International Day Celebration Performance

2017 Various school performances, lectures, and teaching the Koceri Azerbaijani line dance to students.

2017 Anchorage School District Russian Olympiad

2017 Persian Event by Simourgh  

2017 Sisters Cities Food and Arts Gala

 

 

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The Governor of the State of Nebraska has signed a proclamation on Azerbaijan National Day

The Governor of the State of Nebraska, the U.S., Pete Ricketts has signed a proclamation on Azerbaijan National Day.

The proclamation reads: “On May 28, 1918, Azerbaijan declared its independence establishing the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which became the first secular parliamentary democracy in the Muslim world and was recognized by other democratic states, including the United States of America. During the short period of independence Azerbaijan granted all people the right to vote regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and religion, becoming the first Muslim nation to grant women equal political rights with men, an accomplishment preceding the United States.”

“Azerbaijan’s independence was interrupted in 1920, when it invaded by Bolshevists and forcefully incorporated into the USSR in 1922 to restore its independence only in 1991.”

Over the last two decades the Republic of Azerbaijan has consolidated its sovereignty and independence and has become a staunch ally and strategic partner of the United States of America in the critically important Caspian region, the document reads.

“Every year for the last 99 years, millions of Azerbaijanis around the globe, including tens of thousands in the United States of America observe May 28th as Azerbaijan National Day and remember the contribution of their forefathers to the spread of democracy to the regions of Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East,” the proclamation says.

The proclamation was also signed by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale.

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State of Nebraska Proclamation May 28

Azerbaijan is in a strategic partnership with the US

Azerbaijan is in a strategic partnership with the US, said Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the US, in an interview posted on the kgou.org website.

“We’re allies in many ways. We have common goals, common visions,” the envoy said, adding he believes that focusing on small irregularities is a mistake.

Suleymanov, speaking of Azerbaijan’s history and culture, noted that geography plays a key role in understanding the country.

He said Azerbaijan is a bridge connecting cultures as it borders Russia, Iran, Turkey, Middle East.

Influence of different cultures provides for a very secular, very modern and extremely diverse and inclusive society, according to him.

The diplomat noted that Azerbaijan has an excellent relationship with the neighbors, excluding Armenia.

“Unfortunately, as a result of the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the occupation of Azerbaijani territories, the relationship between Azerbaijan and Armenia is non-existent. I am hoping that we will see an improvement in this area. But, of course, that conflict needs to be resolved.”

Speaking about development of the oil industry in Azerbaijan, the envoy noted that oil helped to make the country’s capital Baku a cosmopolitan international city and Azerbaijan invests in infrastructure development.

He said Azerbaijan is considered to be among the best countries for investments by the World Bank.

The country’s economy grew enormously and the GDP growth in 2008-2009 was the fastest in the world, which is certainly energy related, the envoy said, adding energy resources cannot solve everything and it is necessary to invest in infrastructure.

Suleymanov noted that the oil price falling decreased Azerbaijani revenue significantly.

“At the same time, I think, overall, we managed to maintain normalcy, the social payments, maintain the salaries. People are understanding that there is a difficulty but it is difficult to relate it to the global shocks.”

The envoy further noted that people’s attempts to impose their own vision of what democracy should look like are a mistake, he said, adding that democracy is different everywhere.

“I would say Azerbaijan is an emerging democracy, but it’s a democracy which takes into account its own pace of development. It focuses on the building blocks of democracy. I would even say civil society,” Suleymanov said.

Inclusiveness, diversity, and respect for women, respect for minorities – those are important factors and without that there can be no democracy, he added.

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Элин Сулейманов: Отношения Азербайджана с США носят характер стратегического партнерства

AZERBAILANUSA FlagsОтношения Азербайджана с США носят характер стратегического партнерства.

Как сообщает Day.Az со ссылкой на Report, об этом в интервью американскому радио KGOU сказал посол Азербайджана в США Элин Сулейманов.

По его словам, две страны являются союзниками по многим вопросам. “У нас общие цели, общее видение”, – добавил посол.

Говоря о развитии Азербайджана с момента обретения независимости, Э. Сулейманов отметил, что Азербайджан является молодой демократией и было бы неправильно делать акцент на некоторые недочеты: “В Америке можно получить большинство голосов избирателей, но не стать президентом, но это не означает, что Америка является менее демократической. Демократия везде разная”.

Отвечая на вопрос об экономическом развитии страны после падения цен на нефть, азербайджанский посол признал, что снижение цен на нефть определенно было шоком, что повлияло на доходы бюджета. При этом, Э. Сулейманов добавил, что в Азербайджане удалось сохранить нормальную ситуацию, выполнить все проекты и преодолеть трудности.

В интервью радио посол также рассказал о географическом расположении страны, культуре, истории Азербайджана.

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US Secretary of State congratulates Azerbaijani people on Nowruz holiday

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson congratulated Azerbaijani people on the occasion of Nowruz, official site of State Department reported.

“I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year.

Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and many other peoples of South and Central Asia and the Persian Gulf celebrate this time of the year with their families and friends. Today, many Americans will join in this celebration, sharing with a new generation the cherished traditions of their ancestors.

Nowruz is a time to look toward the coming year with hope and optimism. We look forward to celebrating this new spring together, and hope that this Nowruz brings peace and prosperity to all.”

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CNN : Азербайджан – одно из самых популярных туристических направлений в мире

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Азербайджан является одним из самых популярных туристических направлений в мире.

Как передает Day.Az со ссылкой на Trend, об этом пишет авторитетное издание CNN Money.

Директор по исследованиям Всемирного совета по туризму и путешествиям (WTTC) Рошель Тернер отметила, что в последние годы Азербайджан заработал на иностранных туристах 4,6 миллиарда манатов (2,7 миллиарда долларов), почти столько же, сколько и Кипр.

Диверсификация экономики Азербайджана и уменьшение зависимости от цен на нефть способствуют развитию туризма в стране, отметила она.

Директор по исследованиям добавила, что Азербайджан вкладывает огромные средства в развитие инфраструктуры и упрощает для иностранцев процедуру получения виз.

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