Afghan Delegation visits Azerbaijan to cooperate in the field of ICT

02 Sep 2012

Baku, Azerbaijan’s success in the field of E-Governance attracts many developing countries to benefit from it. As the Government of Afghanistan considers Azerbaijan’s success exemplary, UNDP Country Offices in Azerbaijan and Afghanistan have agreed to facilitate Azerbaijan’s assistance to Afghanistan in the field of E-Governance. A visit of high level Afghan officials led by H.E. Mr. Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan organized with the Government of Azerbaijan and UNDP assistance during 09 - 15 June this year was one of the most important steps in this direction.

As a result of this visit, a Working Group consisting of MCIT Azerbaijan and Afghanistan, AIDA, and UNDP Country Offices in both countries has been established. From this point, a delegation of the Government of Afghanistan headed by Mr. Barialai Hassam, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technologies visits Azerbaijan for the 1st Meeting of the Working Group on cooperation in the field of ICT between Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. The purpose of the meeting which will take place from 29 August to 03 September is to discuss Azerbaijan’s potential involvement in the development of Afghanistan’s ICT sector, Afghanistan’s current needs in ICT field, identification of focus areas and projects to be implemented in Afghanistan. In the framework of the visit, Afghan Delegation will meet with the Mr. Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister of the MCIT, Mr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Director of AIDA and Ms. Nato Alhazishvili, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Azerbaijan.

It must be noted that AIDA allocated 150.000 USD in support of development assistance to Afghanistan through UNDP in 2012. This initiative highlights Azerbaijan’s commitment as an active participant in the solution of regional and global challenges. This cooperation helps Azerbaijan play a significant role in promoting stability and economic development in Afghanistan.

On 30 August, first meeting of Azerbaijan – Afghanistan Working Group held at MCIT Azerbaijan under the project on “The establishment of E-Governance in Azerbaijan”. The issues related to cooperation between two countries were discussed, Afghanistan’s current needs in ICT field were determined, focus areas and future events on related issue were identified in the meeting.

Contact Information

Ruslan Ismayil-zada, Communications Officer ruslan.ismayilzada@undp.org