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WB to discuss Absheron lakes clean up Environment

Trend: The World Bank’s (WB) Board of Directors will discuss the “Absheron Lakes Cleanup and Rehabilitation” project on July 18, 2017, said the WB. The estimated cost of the project is $100 million, $85 million of which are

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Topaz Energy and Marine Net $ 20.8m Profit Investment

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, today announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2015. Business Highlights   * Net Profit for the period was US$ 20.8m before exceptional items, impairment charge

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Lukoil expands operations in Caspian Sea Energy

Lukoil plans to increase oil production in the Caspian Sea by 7 million tons a year after commissioning the Vladimir Filansky field. Lukoil has already approved all its plans for the Caspian Sea. With the introduction of the full capacity in

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Iran to start issuing electronic visas by 2017 Tourism

Iran will start issuing electronic visas for foreign tourists by the end of 2016, Masoud Soltanifar, Iran’s vice-president said. Soltanifar, who heads Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, added that Tehran also pursues the issue of mutual visa waiver with

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Another reason for an oil roll over Energy

Since writing last week about an impending drawdown in floating storage which would pressure Brent prices lower, front month Brent has fallen by -6.3% (USD -2.6/bbl). However this has had nothing to do with floating storage as the Bloomberg estimate

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Caspian European Club reorganizes activity Investment

Trend: According to the decision of the CEIBC's senior management, the Caspian European Club (Caspian Business Club) will shift to a closed format of activities from April 11, 1st Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Caspian European Club (Caspian Business Club) Telman

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Russia to build 2 tankers for Azerbaijan Investment

Russia to build 2 tankers for Azerbaijan Russia's Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, and Azerbaijan's Caspian Marine Services Ltd. signed a contract for building and delivery of two RST27 tankers, said Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard on its

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Russian oil CEO: We won't do deals with OPEC Energy

Russian oil CEO: We won't do deals with OPEC MOSCOW (CNNMoney) —A top Russian oil executive may just have killed off any lingering talk of an agreement among producing countries to freeze output. The world's top exporters, including Russia,

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Craze for LNG Energy

Craze for LNG Pricing policy of only one man, John D. Rockefeller, led to a decrease in the cost of kerosene in the US oil products' market of the late 19th century from 26 cents to eight cents per gallon

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Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Tourism

Next Big Travel Destination: Iran? Global hotel companies are establishing new beachheads in Iran, betting that lifted sanctions against the Middle East nation will spark a jump in tourism and business travel after decades of economic isolation. Spanish operator Melia

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Caspian Sea Yard to Build Persian Gulf Jack Ups Investment

Caspian Sea Yard to Build Persian Gulf Jack Ups   The Red Barricades shipyard in Astrakhan, Russia, has finalized a contract for the construction of five $200 million jack up rigs for Iranian firm SADID Industrial Group.  SADID and Red Barricades said that

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Barter Enables Iran-Turkmenistan Gas Trade Energy

Iran will import gas worth $30bn from Turkmenistan over the next ten years in exchange for engineering goods and services of the same value. Oil ministry representative Mohammad Taqi Amanpour said June 27 that the two countries had finalized $2.5bn of

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SOCAR's Azneft to introduce SCADA system Energy

SOCAR’s Azneft production unit is planning to develop SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system to create virtual form of the oil and gas fields of the country, SOCAR reported. SCADA system will allow visualization of oil and gas fields operations,

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Iran, Turkmenistan to launch banking ties Investment

Iran, Turkmenistan to launch banking ties   Iranian Commercial Attaché to Ashgabat deemed direct banking relations and facilitated visa issuance as two means of boosting trade ties with the Central Asian country. Rahmatollah Khormali said “facilitating commuting between

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Azerbaijan open seventh international airport Tourism

Repairs in Naftalan airport, which will be the seventh international airport in Azerbaijan will begin in 2017, director of the Depatment of Culture and Tourism of Naftalan Zohrab Adigozalov told Trend. Adigozalov said that it gets international airport status after the

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Iran, Turkmenistan to launch banking ties Investment

Iranian Commercial Attaché to Ashgabat deemed direct banking relations and facilitated visa issuance as two means of boosting trade ties with the Central Asian country. Rahmatollah Khormali said “facilitating commuting between countries as well as banking relations

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Saipem and Topaz secure Caspian contracts Energy

Saipem and Topaz secure Caspian contracts   Vessel owners have secured a series of contracts and charters to support offshore projects in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. A Saipem-led consortium received another contract from BP for the Shah Deniz Stage 2 project. Saipem will

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railroad from Russia to Iran Investment

railroad from Russia to Iran   The ambitious North-South Transport Corridor can allow us easy access to a vast region, boosting trade and diplomacy   The commencement of operations on the International North-South Transport Corridor project — connecting Bandar Abbas

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Iran self-sufficient in wheat for 2nd year Agriculture

Iran self-sufficient in wheat for 2nd year   Iran expects its state-sponsored purchases of wheat from domestic farmers to surpass 10 million tonnes this year, Agriculture Minister Mahmoud Hojjati says. Harvests in the 2016/2017 crop season are on track to make

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Lukoil Provides Update on North Caspian Fields Energy

Lukoil Provides Update on North Caspian Fields   Russia’s Lukoil is on schedule to begin phase one production at its Filanovsky oil field this autumn and expects to begin phase two production in late  2017. It is also keeping an eye open to

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SOCAR to up capacity of gas storages Energy

SOCAR to up capacity of gas storages   Azerbaijan’s state energy company SOCAR announced about plans to increase capacity of its underground gas storages. The decision was taken during a panel meeting of SOCAR’s Azneft Production Union dedicated to the results of works

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Socar Joins New Adriatic Pipe Project Energy

Socar Joins New Adriatic Pipe Project   Four western Balkans nations signed a memorandum of understanding with Azerbaijan state Socar on co-operation on building the Ionian Adriatic pipeline (IAP) on the sidelines of a Dubrovnik forum 25-26 August. The

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Bumi Q2 earnings decline Energy

Bumi Q2 earnings decline   Malaysian FPSO player Bumi Armada reported 12.2% lower revenue of RM402.9 million and net loss of RM518.3 million in Q2 2016 due to lower income from its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO), and floating gas

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Kashagan to boost world oil production Energy

Kashagan to boost world oil production Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev has said that the official launch of Kashagan is scheduled for October 23 The Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) can pump about 1.2million tonnes of crude oil from the giant oil field

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Iran interested in Russian tourists Tourism

Iran interested in Russian tourists   Russia plans to develop tourist relations with Iran, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said. The advisor at the Iranian embassy in Russia, Hassan Saleh Majd, said that Russia and Iran currently operate 8-9

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Kashagan oil maybe transported via Azerbaijan Energy

Kashagan oil maybe transported via Azerbaijan   Energy-rich Kazakhstan may start oil export from its large Kashagan field through Azerbaijan in 2017.  Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said that the country does not exclude the possibility of transporting oil through Azerbaijan,

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Iran to host IASP innovation conf. in 2018 science

Iran to host IASP innovation conf. in 2018   Iran will host the largest global innovation conference, IASP, in 2018, director general of Office for Technology announced on Friday. Khosro Piri, director general of Office for Technology at the Science,

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Putin and Berdimuhamedov meet in Moscow Investment

Today, the Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in Moscow. The two leaders discussed key issues of bilateral cooperation and exchange views on important regional issues during the talks. Russian President noted that

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Development of alternative energy in Kazakhstan Energy

IIKSS - Kazakhstan develops alternative energy, actively applying new technologies which allow rational use of natural resources. For instance, the first wind farm is successfully operating in Akmola region. Since the launch, the farm generated 193 million kilowatts

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Baku, Astana mull legal status of Caspian Sea Legal Issues

IIKSS - Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have held consultations on the legal status of the Caspian Sea in Baku. Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov represented Azerbaijan, while ambassador-at-large at the Foreign Ministry Zulfiya Amanzholova attended the consultations on behalf

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Azerbaijan brands to hit Pak markets Investment

IIKSS - Azerbaijan’s Economy Ministry has announced that he will send an export mission to Pakistan next February. The export mission will include companies specializing in the production of fruits, vegetables, mineral water, fruit juices, sugar and confectionery,

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Russia, Azerbaijan, OPEC cut oil production Energy

IIKSS - Agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, including Russia, on oil production levels cut, aimed at stabilizing world oil market, will be implemented starting from today. In total, OPEC cuts oil production by 1.2 million barrels per

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Iran sells crude oil at $52.16 in a week Energy

IIKSS - Iranian light crude oil price continued its upward trend in the week ended on December 23, increasing 30 cents per barrel (pb) to reach $52.16, IRNA reported on Saturday. The country’s light crude price stood at

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Fire at Azerbaijani gas pipeline extinguished Energy

IIKSS - The fire that broke out following an explosion at a gas pipeline in Sangachal settlement, Azerbaijan’s Garadagh district on Monday morning has been extinguished, the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations informed. A fire erupted after an

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SOFAZ unveils preferred property markets Investment

IIKSS - The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) is interested in the acquisition of high-quality real estate assets in European, Asia-Pacific and the US markets, SOFAZ Executive Director Shahmar Movsumov said in an exclusive interview with Trend.

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ADIF authorized capital to be increased Investment

IIKSS - Authorized capital of the Azerbaijan Deposit Insurance Fund (ADIF) will be increased in 2017 in line with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s decree on approval of the state budget. According to the decree, Azerbaijan’s Finance Ministry is

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Tehran, Baku Boost Transport, Trade Ties Investment

IIKSS - Iran and Azerbaijan are boosting trade and transportation ties, following the new agreements reached during a joint intergovernmental commission held in Baku and Nakhchivan last week. The two sides agreed to reduce transit fees to $100

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Azerbaijan increases gas supply to Turkey Energy

IIKSS - Azerbaijan supplied 5.31 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas to Turkey in January-October 2016 as compared to 5 bcm in the same period of 2015, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority said in a report on its

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Azerbaijan plans export mission to Germany Investment

IIKSS - An export mission of Azerbaijani entrepreneurs to Germany is planned for January 2017, hoping to boost exports. The mission, which is scheduled for January 23-26, will represent such local products as fruit and vegetables, mineral water,

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Turkmenistan builds hugel complex Energy

IIKSS - Ninety percent of the work has been completed at the polyethylene and polypropylene production complex, which is being built in Turkmenistan’s Balkan region, the Neutral Turkmen newspaper reported. A reservoir park for water, hydrocarbon storage tanks,

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Kazakhstan to cut uranium output Energy

IIKSS - Kazakhstan plans to reduce uranium production by 10 percent in 2017, Kazakhstan’s National Atomic Company Kazatomprom reported on January 10. This decision was made considering current oversupply in the uranium market. The target uranium production for

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New chairman appointed in Turkmengas Energy

IIKSS - President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has decreed to appoint Maksat Babayev as the chairman of the Turkmengas State Concern. Babayev previously served as the deputy chairman in Turkmengas. Turkmenistan is currently eyeing to construct a pipeline

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Iran-Azerbaijan Rail Linkup in a Month Investment

IIKSS - The railroads of Iran and Azerbaijan will be connected in a month, according to Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi. The two country’s rail networks will be linked via a 10-km route connecting the

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French author visits Azerbaijan`s Parliament cultural

IIKSS - French author Gerard Cardon, who plans to write a book about Azerbaijani women, has today met Deputy Speaker of Azerbaijan`s Parliament, chairperson of the parliamentary committee on human rights Bahar Muradova. Bahar Muradova hailed development of

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Iran, Germany ink transportation deals Investment

IIKSS - Iran, Germany ink transportation dealsThe agreements were signed by Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and German Minister of Transportation Alexander Dobrindt here in Tehran. They also agreed to form a work group

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Turkmenistan eyes export of electricity via Afghanistan Energy

IIKSS - Turkmenistan says there is a plan to build a power transmission line along the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, which is being constructed since December 2015, reports Trend. “In addition to providing electricity to all the infrastructure

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Iran welcomes deepening ties with EU Investment

IIKSS- President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran would stay committed to its obligations under any deal as long as others do not breach it. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will stay committed to its obligations as long as

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Azerbaijan, Iran discuss cooperation Investment

IIKSS- Azerbaijan`s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev has met Chairman of Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran Valiollah Seif. They discussed cooperation in financial field. The sides also exchanged views on the current state of cooperation

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Azerbaijan’s GDP increases Investment

IIKSS - The volume of Azerbaijan’s GDP reached 5.23 billion manat (official exchange rate on Feb. 18 is 1.7352 AZN/USD) in January 2017 that is by 0.8 percent more than in the same period of 2016, according to

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan Discuss TAPI Project Energy

IIKSS-  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmenian counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov have discussed on the phone implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Both the leaders on Thursday also discussed further development of bilateral relations and regional

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Azerbaijan Delegation Attends Joint Business Forum Investment

IIKSS- Azerbaijan’s Minister of Economy Shahin Mustafayev entered Ardebil Province in northwest Iran on Wednesday to take part in a business forum. Heading a 50-member economic delegation, the minister discussed ways of expanding transactions with Iran, particularly in

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Turkmenistan to further consider joining WTO Investment

IIKSS- Turkmenistan will further consider the prospects of joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), the ‘Neutral Turkmenistan’ newspaper quoted President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov as saying Feb. 21. President Berdimuhamedov made the remarks at a meeting of the Cabinet of

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Turkmenistan seeks expanded trade ties with Iran Investment

IIKSS- Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed the importance of developing the trade and economic relations with Iran for the strengthening of mutually beneficial partnership. Berdimuhamedov said about this in his message to participants of the specialized exhibition of Iran, which

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Azerbaijan, Qatar sign 6 documents Investment

IIKSS- A ceremony to sign documents between Azerbaijan and Qatar has been held with participation of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Emir of the State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Qatari Minister

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Iran means business Investment

IIKSS- A team at International Research Networks (IRN) organised an excellent Iran Business Symposium on Feb. 21+23, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam. It was attended by Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and many other EU countries and

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Iran means business Investment

IIKSS- A team at International Research Networks (IRN) organised an excellent Iran Business Symposium on Feb. 21+23, 2017, at the Renaissance Hotel in Amsterdam. It was attended by Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and many other EU countries and

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Kazakhstan to develop banking ties with Iran Investment

IIKSS- The Vice-Governor of Iran’s Central Bank for Foreign Exchange Affairs, Gholamali Kamyab, met with Kassymbek, the Kazakh Minister of Investment and Development on Thursday in Astana. Gholamali Kamyab, the Vice-Governor of Iran’s Central Bank for Foreign Exchange

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Work on TAPI pipeline begins in Pakistan Energy

IIKSS- After being in the works for the past 22 years, the multibillion-dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) gas pipeline project got under way on Friday. The pipeline will serve as an energy corridor between Central and South Asia. The inaugural

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Iran-Azerbaijan railway construction launched Investment

IIKSS- Iran has started laying rail tracks on the rail section Astara (Azerbaijan) - Astara (Iran), which is constructed in the framework of the North-South international transport corridor. Governor of Iran’s Astara Port Yunes Ranjkesh said that operations

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Turkmenistan hosting seminar on Caspian Sea issues Investment

IIKSS-The International Ocean Institute (IOI) with the support of Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry and the State Enterprise on Caspian Sea Issues under the President of Turkmenistan is holding a seminar in Avaza, titled “Caspian Sea – sustainable development and

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Italian Snam to invest 270m euros in TAP Energy

IIKSS- Italian natural gas firm Snam has revealed plans to invest 270 million euros in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project. Snam`s 2017-2021 Plan says that company will invest 5 billion euros to further develop the Italian gas

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Miankaleh: A Heavenly Sanctuary in Iran Environment

IIKSS- Miankaleh peninsula is a narrow but long peninsula (48km long and between 1300-3200 meters wide), in Mazandaran Province, north of Iran, situated in the extreme southeastern part of the Caspian Sea. It is spread over 68,800 hectares.

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Delegation of Russian Navy arrives to Azerbaijan cultural

IIKSS- A delegation of the General Command of the Russian Navy has arrived in Azerbaijan, where together with colleagues will discuss preparations for the organization and conduct of the "Sea Cup-2017" contests, RIA Novosti reported citing the Russian

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Transcasipan cargo logistics Investment

IIKSS- Over the recent years, the Caspian Sea Basin of Russia has been showing a downward cargo transshipment trend while the throughput of other basins is permanently growing. The weakness of transcaspian logistics is in its customs administration,

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Political weight Political and military events

Political weight   The Political weight (وزن سیاسی) or PW index is an index that shows the geopolitical and eco-political situation of a country. A political index is a tool used to study country economic factors (especially government budget) with

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Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan long-term partners: ambassador Investment

IIKSS- Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are partners and the two countries’ economic systems complement each other, Rashad Mammadov, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Kazakhstan, said in an interview with Trend. "Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan didn’t become rivals despite

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Baku : A city of contrasts Tourism

IIKSS- Baku is  a city of extremely sharp contrasts. Every step taken out the front door guaranteed to be an adventure. Wonderful parks and alleys, wide avenues, majestic and modern buildings, squares and bridges are today the essential

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Iranian, Kazakh provinces ink agricultural MoU Investment

IIKSS- Head of Gorgan Chamber of Commerce said a cooperation agreement has been inked in agriculture sector between Iran’s Golestan province and Kyzylorda Region of Kazakhstan. Ramezan Bahrami said the newly-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) pertained to extra-territorial

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China’s strategy in the Caucasus Investment

IIKSS- When leaders of Azerbaijan and Georgia took part in a session titled “The Silk Road Effect” at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, they were predictably eager to promote the importance of the China-led Silk Road

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Fluctuations in variables of political weight and government weight - The share of variables of political weight and government weight of the United States of America in the structure of political wei Political and military events

Fluctuations in variables of political weight and government weight - The share of variables of political weight and government weight of the United States of America in the structure of political weight of this country International Institute

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Nazarbaev's clenched fists: For Cossacks or economic reforms - (analysis of fluctuations in the Republic of Kazakhstan's ability (government weight) index) Political and military events

Nazarbaev's clenched fists: For Cossacks or economic reforms???!!!! (analysis of fluctuations in the Republic of Kazakhstan's ability (government weight) index) International Institute of Khazar Sea Studies (IIKSS) - Kazakhstan's government weight indexes show that this country despite

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Oil, gas production up in Kazakhstan Energy

Kazakhstan increased oil, gas and gas condensate production by 6.4 percent in January-May 2018 compared to the same period of the previous year. This was stated by Kazakh Deputy Energy Minister Makhambet Dosmukhambetov at a government meeting on June

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Ukraine's imports of Kazakhstan LPG up Energy

Kazakhstan exported to Ukraine 8,000 tonnes of liquefied gas in January-May 2017. The supplies of Kazakhstan’s liquefied gas to Ukraine increased by 11.5 times and amounted to almost 87,700 tonnes in January-May 2018, UPECO consulting company said in a

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Gazprom, SOCAR mull issues of gas supply to Azerbaijan Energy

Russian company Gazprom and the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR discussed the issues concerning gas supplies to Azerbaijan. These issues were discussed during the meeting between Chairman of the Board of Gazprom Alexey Miller and SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev,

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Azerbaijan to send export mission to Poland soon Investment

The introduction of local products of Azerbaijan to international markets is boosting the non-oil sector of the economy and strengthens business ties with foreign countries. Therefore, Azerbaijan is organizing a number of export missions to promote national products under the Made

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