USAID’s Socio-Economic development activity program concludes

At today’s Fifth Conference on Community Development, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its decade-long partnership with the people and the Government of Azerbaijan in the context of USAID’s Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA).  The 10-year SEDA program has contributed to the strengthening of citizen participation and the partnership between citizens and public …

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USAID supports citizen engagement in improving infrastructure in Balakan, Gakh and Zagatala

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Azerbaijan Dr. Jaidev Singh joined citizens of Balakan, Gakh and Zagatala to inaugurate projects supporting their communities funded by USAID. Citizens in these communities contributed significant time and money to improve community infrastructure by improving non-potable water supply and building a safe playground for children. These …

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Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku

Last week Officers from the U.S. Embassy’s Economic team visited the Port of Baku. The Economic Section’s visit to the Port of Baku helped to illustrate the important role the port plays in Trans-Caspian trade. Did you know that Baku Port was named the first Green Port in the Caspian region in 2019 by the …

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Ambassador Litzenberger delivered keynote remarks at the 2021 Naval Postgraduate School Regional Energy Security Symposium.

The Symposium, held by the Center of Excellence in EU Studies at ADA University in partnership with the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, the Naval Postgraduate School, BP in Azerbaijan, and State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) brought together high-caliber professionals and decision-makers from ministries, foreign missions, and experts of academic …

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID/Azerbaijan water project in Gakh

Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID/Azerbaijan water project in Gakh that is providing much-needed clean water to more than 400 residents of Garadolag village. The Embassy is delighted to play a role in helping improve the quality of life for Azerbaijan’s rural citizens.

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Members of the Embassy’s alumni community met Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Members of the Embassy’s alumni community – including several who had studied in Oklahoma – enjoyed the opportunity to meet Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt at a special reception the Embassy hosted to bring them together. Governor Stitt remarked on how he had been told that Azerbaijanis contributions had enriched the classroom atmosphere at his state’s …

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Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt met with Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov

Oklahoma’s friendship with Azerbaijan grew new roots in 2019 with the Oklahoma-Azerbaijan Agricultural Forum. Today, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur met with Azerbaijani Minister of Agriculture Inam Karimov to explore new ways to help Oklahoma’s and Azerbaijan’s farmers learn from each other and work together.

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USAID Baku and the Azerbaijan Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Today, USAID Baku and the Azerbaijan Small and Medium Business Development Agency (SMBDA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost bilateral cooperation to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Azerbaijan. Ambassador Litzenberger and USAID Mission Director Jay Singh participated in the ceremony. SMEs, including many small family-owned businesses, are …

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Ambassador Litzenberger delivered remarks at the first session of a three-day “Connecting Eurasia: Smart Ports and Rail Forum”

Ports and rail networks play an important role to keep the economies running, particularly for countries like Azerbaijan and the United States. Yesterday, Ambassador Litzenberger delivered remarks at the first session of a three-day “Connecting Eurasia: Smart Ports and Rail Forum” to highlight the important role American companies can play to promote Azerbaijan as a …

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U.S. and Israel Announce Partnership to Support Azerbaijan’s Agricultural Sector

The United States and Israeli Embassies in Baku are excited to announce the launch of an innovative collaboration with Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU) to develop Azerbaijan’s agricultural potential. The project will establish five orchard demonstration plots to model 21st century apple, cherry, nectarine, plum, and pomegranate production practices at the university’s research station outside …

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Coca-Cola Wins U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for Women’s Economic Empowerment Efforts in Azerbaijan

Coca-Cola Azerbaijan has won the 2020 U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its work promoting women’s economic empowerment. The Secretary’s annual Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) is one of the U.S. Department of State’s most prestigious international awards, given to three U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities and represent American values in …

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U.S. Embassy extends our hearty congratulations to Coca-Cola Azerbaijan for winning the 2020 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

The U.S. Embassy in Baku extends our hearty congratulations to Coca-Cola Azerbaijan for winning the 2020 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence! The Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) is one of the U.S. Department of State’s most prestigious international awards, annually given to three U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members …

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Remarks by Ambassador Litzenberger For the BakuTel Reception

Ladies and Gentlemen: good evening, and welcome. I’m so glad to have you all here tonight to recognize our second annual U.S. Pavilion at BakuTel.  Earlier today, I toured the U.S. Pavilion at the BakuTel Expo and had the pleasure to meet the representatives of our participating American companies.  I’m glad to see many of …

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Ambassador Litzenberger toured the BakuTel Exhibition

Ambassador Litzenberger toured the BakuTel Exhibition, visiting the pavilion organized by technology companies from the United States, including Avigilon, Avirtel, Oracle, and Seabak. President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva also stopped by to see the U.S. pavilion, which won first place among all the collective exhibitions! Later the Ambassador hosted a reception …

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DCM Michael Dickerson met with chairman of Azerbaijan’s Innovation Agency

This week we are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week! As part of this DCM Michael Dickerson met with Tural Kerimli, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Innovation Agency, to discuss ways to promote entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan and expand exchanges with the United States. The two discussed Azerbaijan’s plans to establish a “start-up” visa to bring more entrepreneurs and start-ups …

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo’s letter on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the “Contract of the Century

Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the United States of America, I would like to extend greetings and congratulations to you and to the people of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the “Contract of the Century.” This year’s 25th anniversary commemoration comes at a time when Azerbaijan continues …

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Ambassador Litzenberger joined USAID Mission Director Jay Singh on a visit to Zaqatala

Ambassador Litzenberger joined USAID Mission Director Jay Singh on a visit to Zaqatala this week. The trip highlighted U.S. support for women entrepreneurs and emphasized our assistance to the development of Azerbaijan’s agricultural sector. During the trip, the Ambassador met with local business leaders and discussed the role of women in the workforce, agricultural sector …

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Letter from President Trump to President Aliyev on the 26th Anniversary of the Caspian Oil and Gas Show

Dear Mr. President: Please accept my best wishes as you celebrate the 26th anniversary of the International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition. Azerbaijan is more prosperous and connected to the global economy than at any time in its history. Oil and gas production from Azerbaijan continues to increase stability in world energy markets, including through …

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Ambassador Litzenberger and PDAS Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition

Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon attended the 26th Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and met with U.S. companies interested in investing in Azerbaijan. At the exhibition, Ambassador Litzenberger and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Logsdon greeted President Aliyev at the Halliburton booth.

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Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID-supported demonstration orchard and training facility in Guba

Ambassador Litzenberger visited a USAID-supported demonstration orchard and training facility in Guba that teaches local farmers how to maximize their fruit production. The orchard has provided over 85 farmers with virus-free fruit saplings which will grow into disease-free Guba apples, cherries, plums and pears.

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov met at U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission

“Mr. Peter Haas, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, joined Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov today for the U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission. This is the first time since 2012 the two countries have held these discussions. The two sides discussed ways to increase bilateral trade and investment, including through economic diversification, protection …

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U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger visited the Caspian Agro Exhibition

U.S. Ambassador Lee Litzenberger visited the Caspian Agro Exhibition on Wednesday, which featured nine U.S. companies exhibiting their products and services. The nine companies include Brandt, Soil Biotics, Trece, Grow More, DTN, Nelson & Pade, Inc., Valent BioSciences, Harvest Right, LLC and WCC International. Expanding links between Azerbaijani and American companies provides valuable technology and …

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Office of Defense Cooperation organized a workshop on water security issues

The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation organized a workshop on water security issues earlier this week. Experts from the Oklahoma State Partnership Program, the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and the U.S. Institute for Defense Analysis shared ideas and experiences with counterparts from a range of Azerbaijani ministries and other entities dealing with water …

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Azerbaijan Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires William Gill emphasized the key role women play in economic growth and diversification in Azerbaijan, during his opening remarks today at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored conference on “Developing Women’s Entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan.”  The conference was organized by USAID’s implementing partner, Entrepreneurship Development Foundation, as part of Global Entrepreneurship …

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U.S., Azerbaijan help farmers make affordable animal feed in Imishli

Today, thanks to joint efforts between the governments of the United States and Azerbaijan and local citizens, residents of the villages of Nurulu and Shahverdili in the district of Imishli celebrated the completion of feed and seed-grinding centers that allow local farmers to make their own affordable animal feed for their cows and poultry. Even …

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USAID Transforms lives in Jojug Marjanli village

As of today, more than 3,000 people from Jojug Marjanli and three nearby communities will improve their livelihoods thanks to a new feed grinding facility. The facility will help save the time, money, and energy of residents by providing access to affordable feed for their animals in their own community. The project was co-financed by …

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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Regional Commercial Rail Security Training

On October 30 – November 3 the U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) office will hold Commercial Rail Interdiction Training.  Experts from the United States will share inspection techniques and best practices, including the use of non-intrusive inspection equipment, with frontline Azerbaijani and Georgian customs officers who process both passenger and freight …

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U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at AmCham Luncheon

Good afternoon.  Welcome to all of you here today, and a special welcome to the members of the largest trade delegation ever to visit Azerbaijan from the United States. Since Azerbaijan’s renewed independence, the United States policy toward Azerbaijan has been consistent:  we are committed to a strong, stable, prosperous, democratic, independent Azerbaijan.  We are …

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U.S. Trade Mission brings 14 U.S. Companies and 27 Participants to Azerbaijan

From October 16-18, The United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce will lead a trade mission of 14 U.S. companies to Azerbaijan.  There are 27 participants on the mission, making it the largest trade mission of U.S. companies to Azerbaijan ever.  The companies represent a broad swath of commercial sectors, and …

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Ambassador Cekuta participated in OTC event

An Azerbaijani delegation led by the Energy Minister Natiq Aliyev participated in the The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). 16 participants from Azerbaijan had a chance to meet energy professionals from other countries, to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. Ambassador Cekuta also participated in the …

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U. S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Bridget Brink’s Remarks after June 23-24 Trip to Azerbaijan

I am really pleased to be back in Azerbaijan. During this visit, I have had the chance to meet the President, Foreign Minister, opposition groups, and recently released political prisoners. My goal has been to institutionalize the deepening cooperation with Azerbaijan across the three aspects of our relationship: security, economy and energy, and democracy and …

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