BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 22
By Nargiz Sadikhova – Pattern:
The bilateral relations of Azerbaijan and Slovakia are pleasant with a constructive perspective, Head of mission of the Slovak Embassy in Azerbaijan Milan Lajciak instructed Pattern.
“We do not need any burdens or open points in our bilateral context. Lately we now have loved intensive political dialogue that was the final 12 months briefly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he stated.
He stated the precedence of bilateral relations of two international locations belongs to the sphere of financial cooperation.
“We had a document of rising commerce quantity over the past interval. The commerce quantity in 2019 represented 24.44 million euros. Azerbaijan export stands for 9.68 million euros (primarily mineral fuels, mineral oils, fruits and nuts) and Slovak export for 13.25 million euros (primarily automotive elements, logistic containers, cables and uninsulated wires),” Lajciak defined.
Nonetheless, throughout 2020 commerce quantity between the international locations went down attributable to COVID-19 pandemic just like majority of different international locations, Lajciak stated.
“Commerce quantity statistics for the final 12 months (January by November 2020) present a sure decline to 18.84 million euros. We’re at the moment engaged on identification enterprise areas that may contribute to extend our bilateral commerce,” he stated.
Lajciak added that Slovak financial actions to Azerbaijan within the current previous included participation of Slovak corporations in freeway building, locomotives restore, railway containers supply, and so on.
“It might be mutually advantageous to go additional and to discover alternatives in manufacturing cooperation, restructuring of Azerbaijani enterprises and modernizing transport infrastructure,” he stated.
Speaking the funding cooperation between the 2 international locations, Lajciak stated that Slovakia doesn’t have any tangible funding tasks in Azerbaijan from final 12 months and the key focus is at the moment going alongside two vectors.
“The primary is creating the right authorized bases for financial cooperation. We intensively work on finalizing three fundamental financial agreements with Azerbaijan that characterize the required authorized assist for financial actions between our international locations. We imagine the entire course of goes to be finalized this 12 months. This may inspire Slovak entrepreneurs to be extra energetic to select up financial alternatives in Azerbaijan,” he stated.
He stated the creation of frequent financial fee will contribute to identification financial areas of frequent pursuits.
“The second vector is specializing in the creation of the bases for cooperation amongst SMEs that want governmental assist and help,” Lajciak stated, including that this was one among matters of the current assembly of with the Minister of Financial system of Azerbaijan Mikayil Jabbarov.
“This sort of cooperation represents a extra sustainable foundation,” Lajciak stated.
Switching to the subject of cooperation at Azerbaijani liberated territories Lajciak stated that Slovakia identical to many different international locations is excited about participation in tasks on Azerbaijan´s liberated territories.
Following over a month of army motion to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation from late Sept. to early Nov. 2020, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to signal the give up doc. A joint assertion on the matter was made by the Azerbaijani president, Armenia’s PM, and the president of Russia.
An entire ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities within the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh battle was launched on Nov. 10, 2020.
Lajciak particularly famous the Slovakia’s curiosity within the strategy of demining and constructing good cities and in addition to in infrastructure tasks.
“We contemplate the world of demining as the place to begin. Safety is the precursor for any additional improvement of liberated territories. That includes above all cleaning these areas from mines and different explosive units,” he stated.
He famous that Slovakia has huge expertise in protection trade and lengthy custom in manufacturing of demining tools including that Azerbaijan’s ANAMA has optimistic expertise with Slovakia’s demining programs.
In flip, turning to the subject of cooperation in vitality sector, Lajciak stated that Azerbaijan represents for EU with the crude oil and gasoline deliveries an vital a part of EU vitality safety.
“With this, it’s nothing greater than totally to agree with President Ilham Aliyev´s speech through the current seventh Ministerial Assembly of the Southern Gasoline Hall Advisory Council. He talked about that the Southern Gasoline Hall undertaking is a undertaking of vitality safety, of vitality diversification and that vitality safety right now is a matter of nationwide safety of all international locations in addition to vitality diversification is vital for shoppers and producers,” Lajciak stated.
He famous that Slovakia is a rustic with very big density of transportation crude oil and gasoline pipelines from the East to EU member states.
“Now we have East – West and North – South pipeline connections going by Slovak territory. Although at the moment we’re not receiving Azerbaijani crude oil both gasoline, the Southern Gasoline Hall represents a dependable contributor to the Slovak vitality safety with regard to the longer term vitality wants,” Lajciak added.
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