The Association of Travel Agencies of Azerbaijan (ATAA) has prepared a service procedure consisting of instructions for regulating tourism companies’ activity during the coronavirus pandemic, Report informs, citing the Association.
According to the instructions, the tourism companies have to post a board of information on their entry doors, provide sanitizer, protective masks, and medical gloves to citizens entering the company, measure their temperature.
Inside the office, the instructions offer companies to have signs showing social distance, render the services through a window, and make the staff wear protective masks and gloves.
Along with this, the payment is recommended to be done through POS-terminals.
The ATAA will also send enlightening videos to tourism companies. It recommended tourism companies to obey the new rules during the pandemic.
Public Relations Department of the State Security Service (SBS) of Azerbaijan has commented on the operation, conducted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Report informs citing the SBS’s website.
Some officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Azerbaijan Republic (MFA) intentionally abused their powers and committed numerous unlawful activities causing damage to the state’s interests protected by law. Investigative and operational measures were taken to this effect.
Data was studied on the appropriation of state funds intended to support the activities of specific structures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, receiving bribes, including in connection with visa applications from foreign nationals, as well as information on the commission of other illegal actions.
Suspected officials, Chairman of the Tender Commission of the Ministry Farhad Mollazade, Head of the Economics Department Salim Alizade, and Head of the Consular and Legal Department Nurupasha Abdullayev were detained.
Farhad Mollazade and Salim Alizade accused on the facts of abuse of power, misappropriation, bribery, Nurupasha Abdullaev – on the fact of receiving bribes.
Preventive measure in the form of arrest was chosen in respect of them.
Investigative and operational measures are ongoing.
The military units of the Azerbaijan Army stationed in the frontline zone conducted live-fire tactical exercises, Report says, citing Defense Ministry.
In the course of the exercises, the units fulfilled various combat missions at nighttime.
The units involved in the exercises carried out firing from various types of weapons and destroyed the targets of the imaginary enemy.
Today, the Caspian Policy Center (CPC), in coordination with the embassies of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan, convened senior experts from the Department of State, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the economic policy officials from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan to discuss the current COVID-19 pandemic in the Caspian region and its potential implications for the economic policies of regional governments.
CPC’s Executive Director Efgan Nifti opened the event with welcome remarks that were followed by introductory comments from the panelists.
“Strong cooperation, coordination, and assistance on both global and regional scale will be important to the Caspian region’s recovery – as will policies based on sound economic principles,” said Mr. Nifti.
David Meale, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations at the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs in the U.S. Department of State; Caleb McCarry, Counselor to the Chief Executive Officer at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation; Ajmal Ahmadi, Acting Governor of Central Bank and Senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan; Rovshan Najaf, Deputy Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan; Beka Liluashvili, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia; Baur Bektemirov, Chief Economist at the Astana International Finance Center in Kazakhstan; Fuat Kasimcan, Deputy Director-General at the Ministry of Trade of Turkey; Shukhrat Vafaev, Deputy Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan; Natalia Tamirisa, Advisor for Middle East and Central Asia and Mission Chief for Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan at the International Monetary Fund; and Esmira Jafarova, Deputy Chairman of the Center of Analysis of International Relations in Azerbaijan were among the webinar panelists who talked on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caspian region, a range of policy actions to support enterprises in dealing with the impacts of the pandemic and response measures, and actions to enable business continuity and assist enterprises in laying the grounds for recovery.
“Do supply chains evolve in a way that gives rise to the fair and value-added economic development of countries that have the most to offer to them? In the United States, we’re looking ahead to emerging technologies, and we know that the way countries approach to trade and investment will shape access to those chains and how those chains are developed,” said David Meale, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations at the State Department.
“Our interests move forward when they’re connected with shared interests,” said Caleb McCarry, Counselor to the CEO at the DFC. “Sustainability and having a good chance for the investment to yield returns are important aspects for the DFC and any other finance and development institution,” he added.
“We quickly created a food distribution program that partners with local bakeries. Rather than supplying the bags of wheat ourselves, we came up with a relatively innovative approach where we partnered with wheat wholesalers to provide flour to these bakeries and then ask them to cook for people on the distribution list. This allowed us to go from project conception to project implementation in only two weeks and helped to make sure that food security issues are being dealt with during the early stages,” shared Ajmal Ahmadi, Acting Governor of Central Bank and Senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan.
Many countries in the Caspian region managed to contain the spread of the virus by implementing strict social-distancing measures and introducing a comprehensive multi-sector program to address any negative externalities resulting from these measures. The webinar, moderated by the CPC Board Member Ambassador (ret.) Robert F. Cekuta, promoted fruitful exchanges amongst the webinar speakers on the COVID-19 recovery and mitigation efforts, specifically on the local economic policies in the Greater Caspian Region, to mitigate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Construction, mining, petrochemicals, digital economy, transportation and logistics, telecommunication, agriculture and agribusiness, and domestic and regional tourism are our main priorities for economic policies in dealing with the pandemic’s impacts,” said Rovshan Najaf, Deputy Minister of Economy of Azerbaijan.
“The current situation in the Georgian tourism industry affects other sectors of our economy, including construction and real estate,” said Beka Liluashvili, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia.
“Agriculture is becoming increasingly important. It is about food security, new opportunities for growth and trade, and diversification of our economies,” said Baur Bektemirov, Chief Economist at the Astana International Finance Center in Kazakhstan.
Many countries in the Caspian region launched new initiatives to help with cash burdens and support enterprises struggling from quarantine regulations due to the pandemic. Several countries implemented tax breaks and holidays, utility subsidies, and interest rate subsidies to ensure that businesses can cope with a decline in economic activity spurred by the pandemic. During the webinar, the speakers highlighted the importance of regional collaboration among the Greater Caspian Region countries and the United States to support these initiatives designed for economic relief. Several panelists highlighted the efforts to maintain cross-border trade while instituting new regulations to mitigate the spread of the virus, utilize international institutions, facilitate regional cooperation, and ensure essential supply lines remain open throughout the pandemic. The speakers also talked about the digital space and how it can be used to facilitate beneficial trade negotiations, secure supply lines for essential products, and sustain economic activity despite the current quarantine regimes in many countries in the Caspian region.
About Caspian Policy Center
The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy, and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center. CPC aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the Caspian region with relevant publications, events, projects, and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of the Caspian region.
With an inclusive, scholarly, and innovative approach, the Caspian Policy Center presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business, and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the Caspian region.
Heyder Mirza, Program Author & Host of Weekly RADIUS Military Analysis Program on Azerbaijan Public Television & Radio Broadcasting Company, ICTIMAI TV gave an interview to CGSS on the Azerbaijan- Pakistan Military Cooperation.
The interview also covers the impacts of Military Cooperation on Regional Stability and its prospects.
UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Gulam Ishaqzai has addressed a virtual appeal “Do it for Azerbaijan” amid COVID-19 pandemic, Report says.
“Do it for Azerbaijan.”
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us.
Globally, we have over 9 million cases and reaching half a million deaths.
In Azerbaijan too, the number of cases is rising every day. So are the number of deaths, sadly.
Recently, I also lost a member of my family because of this virus.
Trust me, the threat is real, and it is here!
We shouldn’t wait for COVID-19 to knock on our door.
I appeal to you and request you to follow these simple steps, to defeat this calamity and to return to a normal life quickly:
Keep a physical distance;
Wash your hands regularly;
Wear a mask where necessary and wear it properly;
Do not leave the house unless necessary.
Comply with Government’s lockdown measures.
Do this for yourself! For your family! And For Azerbaijan!
In accordance with the combat training plan for 2020, a live-fire training was conducted to test the weapons and technical means of the modernized Patrol Boat of the Naval Forces of Azerbaijan, according to the press service of Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan.
The crew that was put on the alert has prepared the ship for battle and a sea campaign within the shortest possible time.
During access to the sea, the updated mechanism of the ship was tested, and artillery firing and bombing were also carried out. The military personnel who successfully completed all the tasks destroyed the targets with precision fire.
A superseding US indictment of Julian Assange broadens the charges against the WikiLeaks founder by accusing him of conspiring with a hacker affiliated with the groups Anonymous and LulzSec – who turned out to be an FBI informant.
The US Department of Justice revealed the new indictment on Wednesday, intended to “broaden the scope of the conspiracy” Assange was accused of in May 2019, shortly after he was hauled out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and imprisoned by UK authorities.
Assange was originally charged for conspiring with US Army analyst Chelsea Manning to hack a US Department of Defense computer to obtain classified information in 2010.
On Wednesday, the indictment was expanded to accuse him of conspiring with a hacking collective known as LulzSec in 2012, which was “cooperating with the FBI” at the time, directing them to hack specific targets.
While WikiLeaks and Assange himself have been demonized by the US establishment since the 2016 presidential campaign – when they published internal documents of the Democratic National Committee, as well as private emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta – the charges are entirely unrelated to that episode, at least for now.
Washington has been after Assange for almost a decade, since he published the Iraq and Afghanistan war diaries, as well as State Department cables, from the cache obtained by Manning.
He sought asylum in Ecuador in 2012, after Sweden sought his arrest on vague charges of sexual impropriety. Assange claimed at the time – correctly, as it would later emerge – that this was a pretext to have him arrested and extradited to the US. A secret indictment dating back to 2010 was leaked several months before his arrest, amid a campaign by the Trump administration to get Ecuador to revoke his asylum, which culminated with his expulsion and arrest in April 2019.
A parade formation consisting of 75 servicemen of the Azerbaijan Army took part in the military parade dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory over fascism in the Great Patriotic War held on June 24 in Moscow.
Russia celebrates its biggest public holiday, Victory Day, with a military parade that was meant to be held on 9 May.
President Vladimir Putin reluctantly postponed the big annual celebration because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It is 75 years since the then USSR defeated Nazi Germany. World War Two cost more than 20 million Soviet lives.
Moscow’s lockdown has eased this month, enabling the parade, featuring tanks and long-range missiles, to go ahead.
The annual parade – starting this year at 10:00 (07:00 GMT) – is always an occasion for President Putin to harness Russian patriotic feelings, in a way reminiscent of Soviet times.
He has restored Cold War-era Soviet symbols, and in 2008 he reintroduced heavy weaponry in the parade. The black-and-gold wartime St George’s ribbon is especially ubiquitous.
Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies – Britain, the US and USSR – on 8 May 1945. But traditionally Russia and the other ex-Soviet republics mark the victory on 9 May.
Holding the delayed event on 24 June commemorates the victory parade staged by the USSR back in 1945.
This year’s parade is special for Mr Putin because in a week’s time Russia will hold a nationwide vote on constitutional amendments that are expected to pave the way for him to stay in power beyond 2024, when his current term expires.
Technically mass gatherings are still banned in Moscow, which continues to record a stubbornly high number of new Covid-19 cases each day – more than 1,000 were reported on Tuesday, the eve of the parade.
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has urged residents to stay at home and watch the parade on TV.
War veterans invited to attend will be spaced apart on the viewing stand, and the authorities believe this enforced social distancing means they can watch without wearing masks. All those invited have been required to be tested for the virus.
The military units taking part have been in quarantine during weeks of rehearsals, avoiding contact with anyone not directly involved in the event.
The parade will feature about 13,000 military personnel, 234 armoured vehicles, and 75 aircraft performing the traditional flypast.
It will include units from most of the ex-Soviet republics, as well as from China, Mongolia and Serbia.
Russia’s “hero cities”, which saw the heaviest fighting in the Soviet “Great Patriotic War” against the Nazis, will hold military parades too. However, this year 13 cities and big towns opted not to stage parades.
Mr Putin identifies on a personal level with the sacrifices made in the war: his father was seriously wounded in combat and his infant brother Viktor died in the siege of Leningrad – today’s St Petersburg.
Some major world leaders were to have attended the cancelled 9 May parade, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko are expected to attend this year, but few other European leaders will.
Denis Daniilidis has been the deputy head of the European Union delegation to Azerbaijan for four years and heads the diplomatic mission’s politics and press department. In 2016, he was sent to continue his foreign activities after working in Turkmenistan. The diplomat had extremely intense work and life in Baku. In addition to his political contacts, he contributed to the establishment of cultural ties and interhuman bridges between people from different countries. This festival in this format was the first in the world to be funded by the EU Delegation.
Before completing his diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan, D. Daniilidis told Report in an interview what he liked the most in Azerbaijan and how he would remember the capital city.
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message for World Refugee Day, observed on 20 June:
Nearly 80 million women, children, and men worldwide have been forced from their homes as refugees or internally displaced people. Even more shocking: 10 million of these people fled in the past year alone.
We pledge to do everything in our power to end the conflict and persecution that drive these appalling numbers on World Refugee Day.
Today, we also recognize the generosity and humanity of host communities and countries that often struggle with their own economic and security concerns. We owe these countries our thanks, our support, and our investment.
We must all work to re-establish the international refugee protection regime’s integrity and implement the pledges made at the Global Refugee Forum so that refugees and host communities receive the support they need.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic poses an additional threat to refugees and displaced people, who are among the most vulnerable. My recent Policy Brief on COVID-19 and People on the Move called on Governments to ensure that they are included in all response and recovery efforts.
Refugees and displaced people are also prominent among those who are stepping up to make a difference on the frontlines of the response. From camps in Bangladesh to hospitals in Europe, refugees are working as nurses, doctors, scientists, teachers, and others in other essential roles, protecting themselves and giving back to the communities that host them.
On World Refugee Day, we thank refugees for their resourcefulness and determination to rebuild their own lives and improve the lives of those around them. Today and every day, we stand in unity and solidarity with refugees and recognize our fundamental obligation to shelter those fleeing wars and persecution.
The Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers held a press conference.
Kamran Aliyev, the head of the Public Relations Office of the State Traffic Police Main Department, Ulvi Mehdiyev, Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (“ASAN Service”) and Yagut Garayeva, head of the department of the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units in Azerbaijan (TABIB) attend the press conference.
The national air carrier Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) continues to operate special flights on the Baku-Istanbul-Baku route on June 17 and 18 with reference to AZAL.
Flights take off as scheduled, said the company.
According to the new rules, only passengers who were tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) in special laboratories accredited by the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) and got negative test results are allowed to board the Baku-Istanbul flight.
When departing from Istanbul at the check-in counter, the passenger will need to present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test result. In this case, citizens of Azerbaijan arriving by the Istanbul-Baku flight are exempted from quarantine. However, if COVID-19 symptoms are found, the passengers of this flight may be sent for further medical examination.
Sale of ticket for the Baku-Istanbul-Baku flights was opened on the website of the airline (www.azal.az). For the Baku-Istanbul flight, citizens of Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries eligible to enter this country were able to purchase tickets for the flight. Only citizens of Azerbaijan are allowed on the Istanbul-Baku flight.
Over the weekend, a large Black Lives Matter mural was painted on a section of Fulton Street outside of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Restoration Plaza, all in all, a 114-meter stretch. The piece mirrors the mural that went up in Washington D.C. recently near the White House, with bold yellow lettering that’s particularly striking when seen from above.
The project was a joint effort between the Billie Holiday Theatre and Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., who had reached out to artist Dawud West for the project.
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Bed-Stuy block would be pedestrians-only all summer, and the city is “working with the MTA to coordinate nearby transit.”
The police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, sparked protests across the United States and worldwide.
A video of the incident shows Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded: “I can’t breathe.”
Following the killing, protests erupted in at least 140 US cities, with thousands of people taking to the streets against police violence.