® Azercell presents its first ESG report at ‘GSMA M360 2024’ conference


‘GSMA M360 2024’, supported by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and hosted by ‘Azercell Telecom’ LLC, concluded in Baku.

In anticipation of COP29 in Azerbaijan, the second day of the conference featured a session dedicated to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) principles. During this session, Azercell’s Chief of Legal, Ethics, and Compliance, Shirin Aliyeva, presented the company’s ESG strategy. Shirin Aliyeva highlighted key aspects of Azercell’s activities in these areas.

‘During the conference, using Azercell as an example, we informed the international community about the measures taken in our country to ensure a more stable, healthy, and green future. The company’s report reflects our efforts as a socially responsible corporate citizen, focusing on improving the environmental situation, expanding digital access, and enhancing public welfare,’ noted Shirin Aliyeva.

Azercell’s ESG report, covering the company’s activities in 2023, outlines efforts
to reduce environmental impact and uphold social responsibility. Shirin Aliyeva discussed the company’s initiatives for efficient use of energy, water, and fuel consumption. The report highlights the deployment of solar-powered base stations in Gobustan, Tovuz, Gubadli, and Jabrayil. She emphasized that the number of these base stations has increased to 17 in 2024. Thus, the new ‘green’ base stations operate in Zangilan, Fuzuli, Agdam, and Lachin. Azercell plans to deploy 37 solar-powered base stations across the country by the end of the year.

The report also details Azercell’s social initiatives in education, sport, healthcare, protecting women’s and children’s rights, and increasing digital inclusion. It underscores the company’s projects for employee development, reflecting the value placed on human capital.

‘Azercell’s activities are annually recognized with various international certificates and awards, clearly demonstrating the effectiveness of our work,’ emphasized Shirin Aliyeva.

The company holds
the ISO 14001:2015 certificate for ‘Environmental Management Systems’ among many other international certifications.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

ICYF-ERC appeals to 10th Kazan Forum’s participants on COP29


On May 18, the 10th Kazan OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum concluded in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. The event was organized by the Eurasian Regional Center of the Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF-ERC), the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, the “Selet” Youth Foundation of Tatarstan, and the Academy of Youth Diplomacy, with partnership from Sabah.Hub, Kazan IT Park, and other organizations.

At the closing ceremony, several dignitaries delivered congratulatory speeches, including Rinat Sadykov, the Minister of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rafig Ismayilov, the Director of the ICYF-ERC, Damir Fattahov, the Deputy Head of the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation, Timur Suleymanov, the Assistant to the Rais (head) of the Republic, Irada Ayupova, the Minister of Culture of Tatarstan. They highlighted the Forum’s significant contribution to networking among young entrepreneurs in the OIC domain and expressed hope that new ideas and
initiatives would be realized in the future.

Rafig Ismayilov, Director of the ICYF-ERC, thanked the organizers and praised the Kazan event. He noted that the Center would continue to cooperate with partners from Tatarstan. Ismayilov informed the participants about the upcoming COP29 event, scheduled for November in Baku, and expressed his desire for authors of startup projects focused on the environment, renewable energy, and climate change to participate. He also reaffirmed his commitment to the Memorandum of Cooperation signed at the opening ceremony between the ICYF-ERC and the Ministry of Youth Affairs of Tatarstan.

During the Forum, ICYF-ERC representatives held important meetings, including a session with the ICESCO Director-General, a meeting with Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, participation in the 8th OIC Young Diplomats Forum, and an official dinner as part of “Russia – Islamic World: KazanForum 2024”, which included representative from international organizations and officia
ls from various countries.

At the end of the Forum, a jury of experts evaluated startup project presentations, awarding prizes to the most highly regarded projects.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan represented at 79th General Assembly and Congress of International Military Sports Council


A delegation led by Chief of the Central Army Sports Club of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Lieutenant Colonel Ramig Orujov attended the 79th General Assembly and Congress of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The session, chaired by Colonel Nilton Rolim, CISM President, and with the participation of representatives from 82 countries, discussed the organization’s mission, its objectives, and the main issues aimed at the development of military sports on a global scale. In addition, detailed reports on the activities and achievements of the organization over the last years were presented.

As part of the session, the formation of the CISM Sports Policy, including the approval of the sports calendars for 2024, 2025 and 2026, and a comprehensive 5-year plan were worked out, and experience was exchanged on joint activities for the development of military sports.

The Central Army Sports Club of the Defense Ministry has been an active member of CISM since 1995. Th
e servicemen of the Azerbaijan Army successfully participated in the World and European championships held by this organization and took 78 gold, 66 silver and 103 bronze medals.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Azerbaijan represented at 79th General Assembly and Congress of International Military Sports Council


A delegation led by Chief of the Central Army Sports Club of Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Lieutenant Colonel Ramig Orujov attended the 79th General Assembly and Congress of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The session, chaired by Colonel Nilton Rolim, CISM President, and with the participation of representatives from 82 countries, discussed the organization’s mission, its objectives, and the main issues aimed at the development of military sports on a global scale. In addition, detailed reports on the activities and achievements of the organization over the last years were presented.

As part of the session, the formation of the CISM Sports Policy, including the approval of the sports calendars for 2024, 2025 and 2026, and a comprehensive 5-year plan were worked out, and experience was exchanged on joint activities for the development of military sports.

The Central Army Sports Club of the Defense Ministry has been an active member of CISM since 1995. Th
e servicemen of the Azerbaijan Army successfully participated in the World and European championships held by this organization and took 78 gold, 66 silver and 103 bronze medals.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Foundation stone was laid for internal road and communication network of Zangilan city VIDEO


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev laid the foundation stone for the internal road and communication network of the city of Zangilan.

Saleh Mammadov, Chairman of the Board of the State Agency of Azerbaijan Automobile Roads, briefed the head of state on the upcoming developments.

The total length of the inner city roads in the project is 31 kilometers. In the first phase, 17.14 kilometers of roads will be constructed. These roads, with two and four lanes, will range in width from 18 to 34 meters. Bicycle and pedestrian lanes will be created along these roads, and greenery will be planted.

The head of state was also informed about the major repair works carried out on the Horadiz-Zangilan highway.

The major repair of the 61-kilometer Horadiz-Zangilan highway was carried out based on the relevant order of the head of state.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended inauguration of Zangilan Mosque VIDEO


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the Zangilan Mosque.

Anar Alakbarov, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, informed the head of state and the First Lady of the completed work.

The foundation of the new mosque in Zangilan was laid by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on April 26, 2021, following the liberation of the city. The construction of the mosque was carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation with the support of PASHA Holding LLC.

During the occupation period, the historic mosque in the city of Zangilan was used as a stable. Built in the 19th century and designated as an architectural monument, the mosque was demolished, losing up to 70 percent of its original appearance.

Following the liberation of the territories, restoration and construction works commenced on the Zangilan Mosque as part of projects aimed at restoring historical, religious, and cultural monuments in Karabakh. A te
am of local and foreign experts assessed the existing building of the mosque, leading to a decision to proceed with its conservation.

Adjacent to the historic mosque, which underwent conservation, a new mosque was constructed. The mosque includes prayer halls accommodating 220 and 100 worshippers, respectively.

At the site of the historic Zangilan City Mosque, destroyed during the occupation, an open-air exhibition has been established. This exhibition portrays the comprehensive vandalism inflicted upon numerous religious monuments in Karabakh and East Zangazur territories.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

President Ilham Aliyev inaugurated ‘Zangilan’ and ‘Shayifli’ hydroelectric power plants VIDEO


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev participated in the inauguration of the ‘Zangilan’ and ‘Shayifli’ hydroelectric power plants operated by the AzerEnerji OJSC.

President of AzerEnerji, Baba Rzayev, provided an update on the completed work.

In line with President Ilham Aliyev’s directive to create a green energy zone and transform the liberated areas into carbon-free zones, AzerEnerji designed and swiftly constructed a series of ‘Zangilan’ hydroelectric power plants along the Okhchuchay river in the Zangilan district.

These plants, with a total capacity of 42 megawatts and each boasting 10.5 megawatts, include the “Jahangirbeyli” HPP, which was commissioned in 2023 with President Ilham Aliyev’s participation. The ” Shayifli” and “Zangilan” HPPs were prepared for inauguration, while the “Sarigishlag” HPP was completed.

The construction of the HPPs on the Okhchuchay was evaluated through public hearings organized by the State Environmental Expertise Agency, involving state agencies, scien
tists, media, and NGOs, which highly rated the project.

In line with the green energy zone concept, the “Zangilan” and ” Shayifli” HPPs will produce environmentally friendly energy. They are equipped with digital systems for remote control and data transmission to the center via a micro SCADA system. New high-voltage transmission lines spanning 25 kilometers and a 24-core optical cable line were installed. The “Zangilan” and ” Shayifli” HPPs will generate a combined 60 million kilowatt-hours of green energy annually, saving 14 million cubic meters of gas and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 28,000 tons.

The head of state watched a video presentation about the construction and conditions of the “Zangilan” and ” Shayifli” HPPs and then officially launched the plants.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency