Azerbaijan, Japan to sign ICT agreement

By: Nigar Orujova

An intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in information technologies will be signed between Azerbaijan and Japan in the near future.

The news was announced by Azerbaijani Communication and High Technologies Ministry.

The issue of developing bilateral relations between the countries was discussed at a meeting of MCHT minister Ali Abbasov with a Japanese delegation headed by Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Takao Makino.

Makino touched upon the preparatory work carried out by the Working Group on concluding the intergovernmental agreement and stressed the prospects for the identification and development of further areas of cooperation.

It is encouraging that Japanese companies are involved in major projects in Azerbaijan in the field of ICT and high technologies, Makino said, expressing confidence in further strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries.

Makino noted the importance of reciprocal visits to intensify ties, saying that the visit of Azerbaijani delegation to Japan has played a positive role in the development of a new stage of cooperation in the fields of ICT and high technologies in Azerbaijani-Japanese relations.

He also appreciated the Japanese companies’ interest in the high technologies sphere in Azerbaijan.

Abbasov, in turn, noted the mutual interest in the development of bilateral cooperation and favorable opportunities to deepen ties between the two countries, and stressed the continuing positive trends in the development of bilateral ties.

Speaking about new opportunities for expanding and developing the ICT and high technologies sector in Azerbaijani-Japanese relations, he recalled the visit of Azerbaijani delegation to Japan in December last year and the successful meetings held as part of the visit with the heads of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, company Mitsubishi, High Technology Center (TEPIA), and other leading companies.

Abbasov spoke about the government’s steps for ensuring a liberal market economy, including creating an attractive, free, and favorable business environment to expand opportunities for attracting foreign investors.

Like other countries, Azerbaijan is interested in expanding the activities of Japanese companies in the country, he said, highlighting three main areas in which cooperation can increase: space technology, nanotechnology and microelectronics, and creation of digital infrastructure.

Earlier, Takao Makino discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.