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Azerbaijani minister denies possibility of selling SOCAR’s shares

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There are no plans to sell stakes in state companies this year, including in the state oil company of Azerbaijan SOCAR, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov said in an interview with Bloomberg, Trend reports.

“But Azerbaijan intends to adopt a privatization program that will include “new assets that haven’t been offered until now,” the minister said, without offering a timeframe for sales.

“We don’t believe it’s correct to do privatization for the sake of privatization or to do privatization within a certain deadline,” Jabbarov said. “That’s why our choice was to set up an investment holding company, giving it a chance to work and increase shareholder value.”

“As part of efforts to boost growth, the Caspian Sea nation is moving 21 major government-owned companies to a new state holding company tasked to improve efficiency and corporate governance as well as prepare them for possible privatization,” the minister said.

“The end of the conflict over the occupied territories will improve stability in the Caucasus and boost Azerbaijan’s role as a regional hub, with more trade and transit of goods and people contributing to prosperity,” Jabbarov said.

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Azerbaijan shows footage from Aghdam’s Suma village

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The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense has shared video footage from Suma village of the Aghdam district liberated from Armenian occupation, Trend reports on Mar.7 referring to the ministry.

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Azerbaijan confirms 127 more COVID-19 recoveries

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Azerbaijan has detected 403 new COVID-19 cases, 127 patients have recovered and three patients have died, Trend reports on Mar. 7 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.

Up until now, 236,768 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 229,718 of them have recovered, and 3,241 people have died. Currently, 3,809 people are under treatment in special hospitals.

To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 8,169 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 2,653,375 tests have been conducted so far.

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WHO official advises against introducing ‘immunity passports’ for travelers now

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The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend using the so-called "immunity passports" with COVID-19 vaccination data for the time being, WHO Representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic has told TASS, Trend reports.

"At this stage, WHO does not recommend the use of ‘vaccination certificates’ for travelers as there are many factors that have to be considered," she said. "Also, we are still in the early stages of understanding the complete immune response to COVID-19. The immune response will probably be more difficult than what can be determined by individually measures antibodies to COVID-19 at any given time. For that reason, WHO does not recommend the use of the so-called immunity passports."

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen earlier said that the commission was going to present a draft unified COVID-19 vaccination certificate in March. According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU heads of state and government are unanimous about the need to introduce digital vaccination certificates, and the EU members will seek to create them by the summer.

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