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[February 07, 2013]
Azerbaijan to invest in Afghanistan's ICT sector
Feb 07, 2013 (Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The development of Afghanistan's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, the creation of an "electronic government" system and Azerbaijani investors' investments in the ICT sector of the country are urgent topics in Azerbaijan, and the first steps have already been taken in their direction, head of the UN assistance mission to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis said at a meeting with the Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Ali Abbasov, the ministry said on Thursday.
According to Kubis, the UNDP, with support from donor countries and organizations, is working on a new project for economic development in Afghanistan. Kubis stood for Azerbaijan's accession to the process as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Referring to the recent visit of the Special Representative of the Azerbaijani Communications and Information Technologies Minister in Afghanistan, Kubis said that the development of a special package of proposals was launched after a preliminary analysis and discussions with relevant agencies.
Stressing that as executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, he has had the opportunity to review the achievements of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan at the forum organized by UNECE and Azerbaijani Communications and Information Technologies Ministry within the Bakutel exhibition and conference two years ago. The guest appreciated the ministry's adherence to such initiatives.
According to the UN representative, a global center of UNECE will be established in Azerbaijan for cooperation between the public and private sectors, and all countries of the region, including Afghanistan, that face the problem of a shortage of staff will be able to take advantage of the center.
"If in the future Azerbaijan will attract Afghan experts to the trainings in the areas of ICT, where they have more experience, this will be very productive," Kubis said.
In turn, Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and Information Technologies Ali Abbasov, welcomed the proposal, saying that University of Information Technologies is being created in the country, and experts from India will be able to participate in the courses organized at the university along with experts from other countries. The minister added that cooperation between the two countries will continue in the future, and complex work will be carried out to gain expertise in the ICT field.
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