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Azerbaijan confirms 845 more COVID-19 recoveries

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Azerbaijan has detected 322 new COVID-19 cases, 845 patients have recovered and 11 patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.

Up until now, 227,273 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 215,268 of them have recovered, and 3,009 people have died.

Currently, 8,996 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 6,776 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 2,318,193 tests have been conducted so far.

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Enterprises of Russian Bryansk region may start exporting goods to Azerbaijan

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With the support of the Trade Mission of Russia in Azerbaijan, online events will be held within the framework of the business mission of enterprises in the Russian Bryansk region on March 5-25, Trend reports citing the Trade Representation of Russia in Azerbaijan

According to the representation office, the events organized under the auspices of the Department of Economic Development of the Bryansk Region and the Bryansk Regional Center ‘My Business’ will unite companies interested in cooperation with entrepreneurs from Azerbaijan.

“The Trade Representation of Russia in Azerbaijan and the representative office of the Russian Export Center will hold consultations for the participants of the business mission on March 5, provide enterprises with practical recommendations on finding counterparties in Azerbaijan and doing business in the country. Bryansk commodity producers will present their products and discuss further steps to interact with the Russian Export Support Group in Azerbaijan. Subsequently, in the period from 9 to 25 March, individual negotiations will be organized between the interested parties from Azerbaijan and the Bryansk region,” the message reads.

According to Ruslan Mirsayapov, Trade Representative of Russia in Azerbaijan, enterprises of the Bryansk region have every chance of conquering the Azerbaijani market, and this business mission will allow Bryansk exporters to objectively assess their capabilities and prepare the most attractive offer for Azerbaijani partners.

The government of the Bryansk region consistently supports and develops the export activities of enterprises in the region. Thanks to this support, the Bryansk export practically did not decrease in 2020, despite serious quarantine restrictions on the activities of enterprises. The region's main exports are railway equipment, meat, oilseeds, paper and cardboard, and timber industry products.

The Bryansk region is in the top 20 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, which provide the largest increase in exports of products of the Russian agro-industrial complex. Over the past 6 years, the share of agriculture in the gross regional product has grown from seven to almost twenty percent.

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MasterCard working on developing QR payments in Azerbaijan

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MasterCard will be developing the QR payments in Azerbaijan during 2021, MasterCard Country Manager for Azerbaijan, Erdem Chakar said during an online conference, Trend reports.

According to the MasterCard representative, with the help of a mobile device and a corresponding application, customers in stores can pay for services and goods through POS terminals.

"At present, clients of the Kapital Bank OJSC can make payments via a mobile device using a MasterCard card. I'm sure that a number of Azerbaijani banks will join this project," Chakar said.

He further noted that MasterCard will soon implement a project related to payments for travel in Baku metro, using MasterCard cards.

“We’ve already launched a pilot project of this solution in Shamakhi,” Chakar added.

MasterCard will continue to implement its solutions and incentive campaigns in Azerbaijan's online payment systems in 2021.

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UN, Azerbaijan sign new Cooperation Framework for 2021-25

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Azerbaijani and the United Nations have signed a Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2021-2025, the Economy Ministry’s press service has reported.

The document was signed between Azerbaijan’s Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Ghulam Isaczai on March 1.

The report said that four framework documents have been implemented between the UN and Azerbaijan as a result of successful cooperation so far. “Framework Document on Cooperation between the UN and Azerbaijan on Sustainable Development in 2021-2025” has been prepared as a continuation of this cooperation.

The Cooperation Framework, fully compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is based on the principles of human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, resilience and responsibility, including the priorities of socio-economic development, and will cover entire Azerbaijan’s territory.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Economy Minister noted that Azerbaijan effectively cooperates with carious specialized UN agencies. He added that as part of such cooperation a number of documents have been signed, and joint projects were implemented.

Moreover, the minister noted that the Cooperation Framework will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, ongoing reforms and implementation of projects, the development of human capital within the “Azerbaijan 2030: national socio-economic development” program.

Jabbarov also stressed the importance of cooperation with specialized UN agencies in the framework in ensuring the great return to the liberated territories, stating that the relevant steps have been already taken in this direction.

In turn, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan underlined that the main goals of the Cooperation Framework are to transform the economy, meeting the needs of vulnerable groups of population, minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and eliminate the consequences of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, emphasizing the role of the document in accelerating the implementation of the SDGs.

The document signing was followed by a meeting between the minister and resident coordinator, at which the parties discussed the cooperation with specialized UN agencies.

The UNSDCF is the fifth UN-Azerbaijan cooperation framework and is based on an analysis of Azerbaijan’s progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The implementation of the Cooperation Framework puts the UN development system reform into practice, emphasizing transparency, accountability and joint action in the delivery of all development results.

Ayya Lmahamad is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @AyyaLmahamad

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