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Interview with Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove; Private Secretary to John Haynes MP; and Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – TEAS Business Forum, London, May 2011

Sajid Javid was the youngest Vice-President of Chase Manhattan Bank and was jointly the first Muslim MP to represent the Conservative Party. He is excited by the plethora of investment opportunities in Azerbaijan.

This video interview with Sajid was conducted during TEAS’ inaugural Business Forum, during which more than 200 speakers and delegates from across Europe, the US and Azerbaijan flocked to the IET Conference Centre in Central London on 12–13 May. This was organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the UK and the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO). Forming part of the celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of regaining Azerbaijani independence, the event illustrated the full array of current and future opportunities for western investors, both in the hydrocarbon and non-oil sectors.

The presentations during the Forum highlighted the:
• development of the Azerbaijani economy during the past decade by the new generation of entrepreneurs
• further opportunities in the non-hydrocarbon sector, particularly in ICT, agribusiness, tourism, construction and the capital markets
• central role of Azerbaijan in the proposed Southern Corridor of pipelines, bringing Caspian resources to the EU.

The delegates were updated on all aspects of the Azerbaijani economy, including the prospects for WTO accession; the expansion of the ICT industry, revenues from which are expected to surpass those of oil and gas by 2025; tourism; agriculture; and financial services.

Mark Field MP, Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Azerbaijan observed: “Azerbaijan has a strong economic foundation, and this event has demonstrated the sense of economic diversification, based on a foundation of stability and well-defined government strategy. It represents an attractive prospect for western investment.”

Interview with Tony Adams, Manager, Gabala Football Club – TEAS Business Forum, London, May 2011

Tony Adams is a soccer legend, having spent his entire 22-year playing career at Arsenal and achieving 66 England caps. Since 2009, he has been Manager of Gabala FC and is trying to raise the standard of the Azerbaijani game to make the country a force in the international arena.

This video interview with Tony was conducted during TEAS’ inaugural Business Forum, during which more than 200 speakers and delegates from across Europe, the US and Azerbaijan flocked to the IET Conference Centre in Central London on 12–13 May. This was organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the UK and the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO). Forming part of the celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of regaining Azerbaijani independence, the event illustrated the full array of current and future opportunities for western investors, both in the hydrocarbon and non-oil sectors.

The presentations during the Forum highlighted the:
• development of the Azerbaijani economy during the past decade by the new generation of entrepreneurs
• further opportunities in the non-hydrocarbon sector, particularly in ICT, agribusiness, tourism, construction and the capital markets
• central role of Azerbaijan in the proposed Southern Corridor of pipelines, bringing Caspian resources to the EU.

The delegates were updated on all aspects of the Azerbaijani economy, including the prospects for WTO accession; the expansion of the ICT industry, revenues from which are expected to surpass those of oil and gas by 2025; tourism; agriculture; and financial services.

Mark Field MP, Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Azerbaijan observed: “Azerbaijan has a strong economic foundation, and this event has demonstrated the sense of economic diversification, based on a foundation of stability and well-defined government strategy. It represents an attractive prospect for western investment.”

Interview with Vahid Novruzov, Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors, Baku Stock Exchange – TEAS Business Forum, London, May 2011

Vahid Novruzov joined the Baku Stock Exchange in 2009, having previously worked for JP Morgan Chase. The Azerbaijani banking sector has only evolved over the past 20 years, and Novruzov has a clear view of the processes that need to be implemented to achieve the development into a modern, successful system based on western models.

This video interview with Vahid was conducted during TEAS’ inaugural Business Forum, during which more than 200 speakers and delegates from across Europe, the US and Azerbaijan flocked to the IET Conference Centre in Central London on 12–13 May. This was organised in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the UK and the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO). Forming part of the celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of regaining Azerbaijani independence, the event illustrated the full array of current and future opportunities for western investors, both in the hydrocarbon and non-oil sectors.

The presentations during the Forum highlighted the:
• development of the Azerbaijani economy during the past decade by the new generation of entrepreneurs
• further opportunities in the non-hydrocarbon sector, particularly in ICT, agribusiness, tourism, construction and the capital markets
• central role of Azerbaijan in the proposed Southern Corridor of pipelines, bringing Caspian resources to the EU.

The delegates were updated on all aspects of the Azerbaijani economy, including the prospects for WTO accession; the expansion of the ICT industry, revenues from which are expected to surpass those of oil and gas by 2025; tourism; agriculture; and financial services.

Mark Field MP, Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Azerbaijan observed: “Azerbaijan has a strong economic foundation, and this event has demonstrated the sense of economic diversification, based on a foundation of stability and well-defined government strategy. It represents an attractive prospect for western investment.”

Khojaly Commemoration Concert, London, 28 February 2011

On 28 February, a remarkable concert, organised by TEAS, took place in the prestigious Central Hall, Westminster, just a short distance from the Houses of Parliament. Attended by over 200 people, including MPs, Peers, journalists, classical music aficionados and expatriate Azerbaijanis, the purpose of the evening was to remember the 613 civilian victims of the Khojaly Massacre.

The concert was preceded by an exhibition of graphic photographs taken by international photojournalists after the slaughter, many of which had not been previously exhibited. The faces of the grieving, injured and dead visibly moved all attendees. Lord Kilclooney commented: “I first visited Azerbaijan as an election observer for the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe (PACE) soon after it gained independence from the Soviet Union. I made a point of visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, and also witnessed the terrible living conditions of the internally displaced persons (IDPs), mostly living in ramshackle apartment buildings spread across the country. I have also visited Guba, where the Jewish community is encouraged to live and prosper in this secular Muslim country.”

Chris Pincher MP, member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Friends of Azerbaijan (CFAZ), continued: “During the 19 years since the Khojaly Massacre, Azerbaijan has increased its relevance to the UK. We have a real responsibility to recognise what has happened, and to push for the rights of the people displaced from their homes by the Armenian invasion. These people need their homes back. The west must support the Azerbaijani stance on this issue, and remember the people that have been forgotten for too long.”

The Nagorno-Karabakh region is generally regarded as central to the development and evolution of mugham, the complex and passionate music that is synonymous with the Azerbaijani spirit. The musicians and composers in the region were acknowledged for their talent, and performed across the Caucasus region. The concert comprised a performance by the 22-year-old Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova and her all-female FeMusa String Ensemble. It included works by Elgar, Grieg and Britten alongside a rare chance to hear pieces by the Azerbaijani composers Asaf Zeynalli (1909–32) and Fikret Amirov (1922–84). The Zeynalli piece was a new string arrangement of his Mugham Sayagi, based on mugham themes, which began with the sound of tubular bells, being reminiscent of a death knell. The finale was a chance to experience Amirov’s Nizami Symphony, being performed in London for only the second time in 50 years.

Mark Field Interview

Mark Field MP – Chairman of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)

Mark Field MP is one of the leading backbenchers in the UK Conservative Party. He has been the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster since 2001, and his constituency includes the Bank of England and the world-famous 'Square Mile'. Naturally, many of Mr Field's constituents are involved in one of the world's leading banking and financial services communities. In the past, he has also been Shadow Minister for London.

Mr Field takes a special interest in economic matters, foreign trade and international development. He is currently Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG) on Azerbaijan, in addition to Private Equity and Venture Capital; and Business Services. Given the longstanding and expanding Azerbaijani–UK bilateral economic relationship, Mr Field was the ideal candidate to head the APPG on Azerbaijan, following the UK General Election. He recently visited Baku for the first time, at the invitation of TEAS and the NATO International School of Azerbaijan (NISA). Mr Field has subsequently tabled EDM 408 entitled UN and EU Resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh, which has garnered cross-party support in the UK parliament. TEAS caught up with Mr Field at his Portcullis House office to find out more.

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