By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan and Turkey discussed cooperation issues in cybersecurity, government cloud and human capital development sectors, reports Azernews.
The discussion took place during a meeting between Azerbaijani Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev and Chairman of the Digital Transformation Office of the Turkish Presidency Ali Taha Koch, who is visiting Baku.
Speaking about the organization of the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival in Azerbaijan in 2022, the parties noted that it is another successful example of historical friendship, brotherhood and strategic partnership between the two countries.
The parties stressed that the participation of President Ilham Aliyev and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the festival and the personal awarding of the winners of the competitions are an indication of the highest level of support for the Teknofest Azerbaijan event, as well as the activities of young people people in technology.
Noting the successful cooperation between the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport with the Office of Digital Transformation, the parties added that the legal basis for this cooperation is the Roadmap of the Azerbaijani-Turkish Working Group on Digital Transformation, signed in Baku last September.
It should be noted that the agreement on the creation of the Azerbaijani-Turkish working group on digital transformation was reached at a meeting held on February 18, 2021 in Ankara between Rashad Nabiyev and Ali Taha Koch.
Azerbaijan and Turkey collaborate in various economic sectors and have carried out major energy and infrastructure projects such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars and TANAP.
Turkey imports Azerbaijani natural gas through the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline (Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum) and TANAP. Azerbaijan only supplies gas to Turkey from the Shah Deniz field.
In 2021, Azerbaijan and Turkey signed the Shusha Declaration on Allied Relations, which emphasizes defense cooperation, promoting regional stability and prosperity, and establishing new paths transport.
The two countries have set a goal to increase mutual trade turnover to $15 billion by 2023. In 2021, the trade turnover between the two countries was $4.6 billion. So far, Turkey is the second largest investor in Azerbaijan, followed by the UK.
In addition, Turkey was one of the first countries to express its interest and willingness to participate in the restoration of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan.
Ayya Lmahamad is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad
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