Greetings from the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Washington, DC. In this edition of the Azerbaijan News Digest, you will find articles about Azerbaijan’s cooperation on security issues and non-proliferation, our country’s strong relationship with Israel and the economic benefits of a booming energy industry. We hope you enjoy reading this important edition of the Azerbaijan News Digest.
April 22, 2013
Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director, Azerbaijan Ambassador Discuss Cooperation
American Forces Press Service, April 17, 2013
The director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States met on April 12 to discuss the DTRA's Cooperative Threat Reduction work with Azerbaijan. “Our relationship with Azerbaijan on these projects is very good, [and] we have a long record of success,” DTRA Director Kenneth A. Myers told American Forces Press Service.
Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan to Visit Israel
Arutz Sheva, April 18, 2013
The Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, will lead a delegation to visit Israel from April 21 to 23.
President Aliyev: Diversify for Success
New Europe, April 20, 2013
Political and economic predictability is the key to the success of central Asian and Caucasus countries, according to the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. The president said that his country is now moving away from a strictly energy-based economy to one that embraces a more diverse make-up.
Azerbaijan’s Rising Star
Hürriyet Daily News, April 9, 2013
Azerbaijan is indeed getting more prosperous day by day, thanks to the oil and gas produced and exported by SOCAR. That was mainly possible thanks to the flow of crude oil from a pipeline from the Caspian Sea shores of the landlocked Caucasus republic to Turkey’s Mediterranean Sea terminal of Ceyhan in 2006, the first hydrocarbon transport project not to be controlled by Russians, Iranians or Arabs from the region. The change it brought to Azerbaijan over the past seven years is something physical on the streets and squares, buildings and vehicles and on the faces of people in Baku, perhaps it is that sweet smell of future, which brought the Davos-based World Economic Forum here for a dialogue for South Caucasus and Central Asia conference.
Total Expects First Gas From Azerbaijan’s Absheron Field in 2020
Bloomberg, April 10, 2013
Total SA said it will produce the first natural gas from the Absheron field in the Caspian in 2020, according to Christian Giudicelli, general manager of the French company’s unit in Azerbaijan. The deposit is expected to produce 3 billion to 5 billion cubic meters of gas a year during the initial phase, Giudicelli told reporters in Baku, the Azeri capital.
Statoil Gains Strength Offshore Azerbaijan
United Press International, April 9, 2013
Norwegian energy company Statoil announced it signed a memorandum of understanding to explore for additional reserves offshore Azerbaijan. "This MoU reflects our long-term commitment to Azerbaijan," Statoil Chief Executive Officer Helge Lund said in a statement. "We are pleased that the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan is working closely with us as we progress with our plans for the further development of the Caspian area."
Azerbaijan Economic Growth Accelerates to 3.1% in First Quarter
Bloomberg, April 15, 2013
Azerbaijan’s economy expanded 3.1 percent in the first quarter from 2012 as surging non-energy output outweighed a decline in oil and natural gas production. The non-oil economy grew 11 percent in the first three months.
McMahon: It's Unfair to Hold Azerbaijan to a Higher Standard Than Russia
Roll Call, April 16, 2013
How is it that we have normal trade relations with Russia, while Azerbaijan is subject to restrictions that have to be reviewed annually?
Central Asia's Energy Market: From Moscow to Beijing
Asia Society, April 12, 2013
Moving away from its Soviet hold, Azerbaijan has had great success in using its energy both for economic development and enhancing its sovereignty and international gravitas. Early success with the "deal of the century" and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline permanently connected Azerbaijan to the West. Azerbaijan's President Aliyev has continued this independence from Moscow, making it clear that just as was the case for its oil, Azerbaijan's gas is intended for European markets.
Turkey and Azerbaijan on Converging Paths
GlobalPost – International News, April 12, 2013
I have had the chance to make frequent visits to Baku in recent years. Every time I go there, I find a more developed Baku with an ever-changing appearance. The last time I was there was on the occasion of a meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on April 7-8, and I left the city with the same sentiments. The tremendous energy provided by the abundant oil and natural gas resources and the transformative effect of dynamism can be felt everywhere. The 2020 Vision, implemented by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, in addition to ongoing investments, is a strong sign of the country's bright future.
Azerbaijan’s Role in Future Development of Afghanistan Mulled in Washington
AzerNews, April 10, 2013
Counsellor of the Embassy Gurbanova spoke about the leading role of Azerbaijan in the ongoing confidence-building measures as part of the Istanbul process, particularly in regional infrastructure, emphasized the importance of the economic development of Afghanistan, integration of this country into the world market through regional transportation network. "If we want to see Afghanistan mature, stable and independent, we need to support the economy of the country," she said, noting the importance of the establishment of the regional trade and transportation links of this country after 2014.
Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington Hosts Rumsfeld Foundation Fellows
News.Az, April 20, 2013
The Embassy of Azerbaijan to the United States hosted a reception for participants in the Central Asia, Caucasus and Afghanistan Fellowship Program, established by the Rumsfeld Foundation at Johns Hopkins University.