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02.05.2014 14:12

Azerbaijan, Japan sign intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in ICT

The cooperation between Azerbaijan and Japan in the field of information technologies will be fixed by an intergovernmental agreement, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies said on April 28.

The issue of developing the bilateral relations was discussed by Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov and Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Takao Makino.

Referring to the preparatory work carried out at the level of the working group, upon the conclusion of an intergovernmental agreement, Makino emphasized large prospects for determining the cooperation areas and their development and expressed confidence in further strengthening the mutual ties.

"The participation of the Japanese companies in Azerbaijan's large projects in the field of ICT and high technologies is an encouraging fact," he said.

At the meeting Abbasov spoke about the Azerbaijani-Japanese relations, stressed the mutual interest in the development of bilateral cooperation, favorable atmosphere created to intensify the relations between the two countries. While recalling Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's visit to Japan, which gave a new impetus to the development of bilateral relations between the two countries, the minister stressed the continued positive dynamics in the mutual relations.

While speaking about the new opportunities for expansion and further development of the ICT sector and high technologies in the Azerbaijani-Japanese relations, the minister recalled the Azerbaijani delegation's visit to Japan in December 2013, successful meetings held with the management of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Mitsubishi, High Technology Center (TEPIA) and other leading companies.

It was stressed that much attention is paid to the development of information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly, high-technologies to diversify the economy in terms of Azerbaijan's economic development.

The government's actions on creating a liberal market economy, including an attractive, free, favorable business environment, expand the opportunities for attracting the foreign investors.

"In such circumstances, Azerbaijan, like other countries, is interested in expanding the activity of Japanese companies in the country," the minister added. He highlighted three main directions (space technologies, nanotechnologies and microelectronics, creating digital infrastructure) of expanding the cooperation between the two countries.

While stressing the importance of mutual visits for intensifying the relations, the head of the Japanese delegation mentioned that the Azerbaijani delegation's visit to Japan played a positive role in the development of a new stage of cooperation in the ICT and high technologies in the Azerbaijani-Japanese relations. The Japanese guest said that the establishment of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communication and High Technologies shows that the goals in the area of high-technologies will be achieved. He also appreciated the interest of Japanese companies in the sphere of high technologies in Azerbaijan.

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