The Business Year

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey

We have concluded that the basis for cooperation is extending steadily between the two countries, which have a potential foreign trade volume of $15 billion. As expressed by the President, Azerbaijan has really ambitious investment targets in Turkey. Among these, the Trans-Anatolia Pipeline is of paramount importance. I believe that this international project will reinforce our brotherhood even further as of 2018. The political, military, economic, cultural, and commercial cooperation and solidarity between the two countries is the best indicator of the level that our brotherhood has reached. I believe we will make many important investments together. We are taking and will continue to take steps and make investments, particularly in the field of natural gas.

Jose Manuel Barroso

President, European Commission

Azerbaijan is a very important partner for us—we have achieved a reliable partnership in the energy field. We want to build on this, moving to a long-term association grounded in democracy and shared values, in particular human rights and fundamental freedoms. We are both extremely pleased with the progress achieved on the Southern Gas Corridor since our Joint Declaration of 2011. We have both worked hard for the realization of this strategic project for both Azerbaijan and for Europe. I wish to thank President Aliyev for his strong and continued commitment. I remember well our discussions when we met in Baku and, in fact, Azerbaijan has been delivering all the commitments that were taken at that time. And I’m proud that this declaration that I signed together with President Aliyev was at the basis of all these developments.

HE Giorgi Margvelashvili

President, HE Giorgi Margvelashvili

Our states were exemplary in establishing relations leading to the strategic well-being for the future of the country and the region. Our projects create the best opportunities for the future not only of our countries, but also of other regions. Therefore, the exceptional partnership between our countries and the commitment to jointly implement our energy and transport projects provide a better future for millions of people in the region and beyond. At the same time, I want to note that Azerbaijan is extremely important for Georgia not only in terms of large-scale projects and cooperation in the fields of oil and gas and transport, but also in terms of culture, science, and human relations.

HE Vladimir Putin

President, Russia

We have carefully discussed key areas of strategic partnership between Russia and Azerbaijan and outlined plans for its further development, first of all, of course, in the trade and economic sphere. In this regard, I can note that despite the well-known decline in the global economy, our trade relations have developed and are still developing successfully. The increase, according to various estimates, ranged from 37% to 47% last year. Russia has traditionally been one of the leaders in the trade turnover with Azerbaijan. We are in second place. The first place belongs to Italy. But we all know that this is mainly due to the supply of hydrocarbons to the Italian and European markets, whereas the trade between Azerbaijan and Russia is much more balanced and noble, as experts put it. It includes machinery, equipment, and food. In other words, all that is vital to the economy of Azerbaijan and the economy of the Russian Federation.

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