Protocol of the preliminary meeting of the Joint Conference for economic, scientific, technical and cultural partnership held between the Government of Azerbaijan Republic and the Government of Syrian Arab Republic




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PROTOCOL

of the preliminary meeting of the Joint Conference for economic, scientific, technical and cultural partnership held between the Government of Azerbaijan Republic

and the Government of Syrian Arab Republic

(Baku City, May __, 2010)

The delegation led by Mr. Sufian Allao – the Minister of Oil and Natural Resources of Syrian Arab Republic made a visit to Azerbaijan Republic on May ___, 2010 on the invitation of Mr. Ismat Abasov – the Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Republic.

The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Joint Conference was held on friendly terms and mutual consent on May ___, 2010 in the City of Baku. The Syrian delegation was led by Mr. Sufyan Alao – the Minister of Oil and Natural Resources of Syrian Arab Republic and the Azerbaijani delegation was led by Mr. Ismat Abasov – the Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Republic.

Parties both emphasized the importance of strengthening the extant historical bonds, friendly and fraternal relations between each other.



Both of the parties consented to conducting consultations and discussions on various topics of mutual interest, and investigating the partnership opportunities in the areas below-mentioned:

  1. Partnership in Agriculture

Parties both expressed their mutual interest in the development of partnership in respect of the Agriculture and consented to the following:

  • acceleration of the signing process of the project of “Agreement on plant quarantine and protection made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”;

  • acceleration of the signing process of the project of “Agreement on partnership in the veterinary medicine made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”;

  • investigation of creation opportunities of pedigree poultry farming in Azerbaijan in tandem with Syrian businesspeople;

  • review of sales opportunities of 5000 head of common-woolen sheep and 2000 tons of common wool from Azerbaijan to Syria and sale of 100 head of the Avasi breed sheep from Syria to Azerbaijan;

  • conduction of experience exchange in respect of application of advanced irrigation and soil-cultivation technologies;

  • exchange of experience of the small family and farm households in the cooperation field;

  • to see the import-export possibility of the fruits-berries and grapes in the fresh and canned forms;

  • to learn the best practices in the production sector of the fruits, vegetables, water melon, grape and vegetable oil;

  • establishment of the cooperation relations between Azerbaijan State Agrarian University (ASAU) and the appropriate universities of Syria;

  • informing the Syrian party regarding the education possibility for the Syrian citizens in the ASAU taking into account the educational level agreeable to the up-to-date standards and availability of the necessary conditions in the university;

  • learning, applying of the new technologies and varieties, and exchange of experience in the cotton-growing sector;

  • participation of the specialists in the joint scientific conferences, symposiums and exhibitions with the purpose of studying of the up-to-date technologies and practices in the crop, livestock and agrarian science sector of the two countries;

  • mutual cooperation in the exchange of gene pool materials of the soft wheat, durum wheat, pea and also olive crops, use of selection researches and processing sector of these crops;

  • organization of the personnel training in the international ICARDA center located in Syria for the studying of the new scientific fields, particularly biotechnology, genetic engineering and plant protection.



2. Cooperation in the trade and economic sector

  • accelerating of the preparation and concordance of the draft “Agreement regarding the trade and economic cooperation between Government of Azerbaijan and Government of Syria Arabic Republic”;

  • taking into account a production and export potential of Azerbaijan agricultural and food industry, establishment of intensive relations between Syria and Azerbaijan businessmen, supporting from Syria statistic, trade and other concerning organizations for the definition of the products, which could be exported to Syria;

  • with the purpose of stimulating of the businessmen activities, exchange of operative data regarding the legislation changes and enactments, which could be influenced to the mutual trading;

  • placing information in the Syrian state and private web-sites regarding Azerbaijan business and investment environment and business proposals, and support to the time to time data update;

  • investigation of the possibilities for Syrian businessmen to invest in Azerbaijan;



  • taking into consideration that Azerbaijan possesses rich underground and surface resources for developing construction materials industry, involvement of Syrian businessmen in construction materials’ production with modern technology in Azerbaijan;

  • considering the experience of Azerbaijan in construction sector, getting support from Syria regarding information provision about Syrian real estate market and conditions, legislation and state guarantee for the operation of foreign companies in Syria in order to help Azeri companies operating in this sector to have access to Syrian construction sector and investments;

  • introduce to Azerbaijan the Syrian priority sectors for foreign investment;

  • assess cooperation opportunities regarding the export of Azerbaijan oil engineering industry products to Syria;

  • provide information to Syria about AZPROMO and establish linkages between AZPROMO and relevant agency in Syria;

  • provide information about the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC) and joint projects that AIC is interested to realize;

3. Cooperation in Industrial and Energy Sector

The parties underlined the importance of developing collaboration on industrial and power engineering sector and agreed on the followings:

It was noted that delivery of Azerbaijan natural gas to Syria through Georgia-Turkey and its further export to other gas consuming Arabic countries through Syrian gas supply network are indicated on the Protocol signed between the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan Republic and the Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources of Syrian Arabic Republic on March 01-04, 2010; Syria is ready to sign a contract for the purchase of 1-1,5 billiard m3 natural gas;

Establishment of joint ventures on oil and gas industry in the territory of both countries;

Organizing experience sharing between the research centers and universities of both countries and provision of trainings by Syrian oil and gas specialists in Azerbaijan;

4. Cooperation in Communications and Information Technologies (IT)

Both parties emphasized the importance of collaboration in Communications and IT sector and considered it expedient and relevant to collaborate according to the “Agreement on collaboration in information and communication technologies between the Government of Azerbaijan and Syrian Arabic Republic” signed on July 08, 2009.



5. Cooperation in the Educational Field

With regard to the collaboration in the educational field the parties expressed their interest and hereby agreed to the following:

To conduct the negotiation process on signing of an “Implementation Program on collaboration in Higher Education between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Ministry of Higher Education of Syrian Arab Republic”, which has been proposed by Ministry of Higher Education of Syrian Arab Republic in accordance with the Article 8 of the “Agreement between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Ministry of Higher Education of Syrian Arab Republic regarding to the Collaboration in the Higher Education”, which has been signed on July 08,2009;

To conduct the joint scientific researches in the area of common interest;

To organize scientific symposiums and conferences;

To create favorable condition for the publishing of the scientific articles of scientists from both countries



6. Collaboration in the Scientific Field

According to the “Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Azerbaijan and the Government of Syrian Arab Republic for the collaboration in the economic, scientific, technical, and cultural fields” the parties expressed their ready willingness to collaborate in the following areas:

Collaboration in scientific and technical field;

Collaboration in the filed of information and information technology



7. Collaboration if the Public Health Field

  • The parties have emphasized the importance of collaboration in the public health field and agreed to the following:

  • To organize joint scientific-research works of medical scientists from both countries

  • To widen the collaboration between two countries in the filed of analytical assessment of pharmaceuticals;

  • To jointly participate in the scientific symposiums conferences and exhibitions

  • Extension of information exchange in the areas of public health and science of medicine between the The Ministry of Health of the Azerbaijan Republic and the Ministry of Health of Syrian Arab Republic;

  • Partnership of medical specialists of both countries in the area of combat with infectious diseases.

8. Partnership in the area of Culture & Tourism

Parties consented to the following in respect of the development of the areas of culture and tourism:



  • organization of mutual guest tours and concert programs with the participation of professional creative crews and masters of art;

  • Discussion of ways of increasing the number of Syrian tourists, creation of relations with the tourism companies of both states on this background, realization of info-tour for Syrian tourism companies and media representatives to our country;

  • Mutual participation of crews in international art festivals;

  • Provision of mutual participation at international tourism fairs;

  • Mutual information exchange in the tourism sector between the two states;

  • Partnership between the leading libraries and museums of the two states;

  • Exchange of experience in respect of protection of cultural heritage;

9. In re the Contract-Law basis

Parties pointed up the importance of expanding the contract-judicial basis involving various spheres and consented to the acceleration of the agreement over documentary projects and their co-signing:



  • “Agreement on plant quarantine and protection made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”

  • “Agreement on partnership in the veterinary medicine made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”

  • “Agreement on Emergency Situations made between the ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan Republic and the Ministry of Local Management of Syrian Arab Republic”;

  • “Memorandum of Understanding on settlement and construction made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”

  • “Memorandum of Understanding on protection of populated ancient and their development made between the Governments of Azerbaijan Republic and Syrian Arab Republic”

  • Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan republic and the Ministry of Environmental Issues of Syrian Arab Republic


Azerbaijan Membership of Joint Commission on economical, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation between Government of Azerbaijan Republic and Government of Syrian Arab Republic

Joint commission on economical, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation between Government of Azerbaijan Republic and Government of Syrian Arab Republic was established by the decree of President of Azerbaijan Republic # 453, dated 27 August, 2009 and membership of the Commission was ratified by the decree of President of Azerbaijan Republic # 580 dated 04 November, 2009.



Ismat Abasov -Minister of Agriculture of Azerbaijan Republic, Co-

Chairman of the Commission


Ilgar Fatizade -First Deputy Minister of Finance of Azerbaijan

Republic
Khalaf Khalafov -Deputy Minister of external affairs of Azerbaijan Republic


Sevinj Hasanova - Deputy Minister of Economical Development of

Azerbaijan Republic


Gulmammad Javadov - Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan

Republic
Musa Panahov -Deputy Minister of Transport of Azerbaijan Republic


Teymur Mehdiyev - Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan

Republic
Elmar Gasimov - Deputy Minister of Education of Azerbaijan Republic


Abbas Valibeyov - Deputy Minister of Public Health of Azerbaijan Republic
Elmir Valizade - Deputy Minister of Communication and Information

Technologies



Safar Mehdiyev -Deputy Chairman Minister of State Customs Committee
Rauf Salimov - Deputy Chairman of State Statistics Committee of

Azerbaijan Republic


Aftandil Babayev - Deputy Chairman of Executive Board of Azerbaijan

Central Bank


Akif Alizade - Vice President of Azerbaijan National Science Academy

Mahir Aliyev - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of

Azerbaijan Republic to Syrian Arabian Republic



General provisions

The second meeting of Joint Commission on economical, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation between Government of Azerbaijan Republic and the Government of Syrian Arab Republic will be conducted in Baku at the date which will be agreed with parties by means of diplomatic channels.



Protocol was signed in Baku on “__” May, 2010 in two original copies and in Azeri, Arabian and English languages. All texts have the same power. If there will be any cleavage of opinions in interpretation of provisions of protocol English text will be used.

Ismat Abasov Sufyan Alao

Co-Chairman of Joint Commission Co-Chairman of Joint Commission

on behalf of Azerbaijan on behalf of Syrian Arab Republic


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