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Processes launched in ‘3+3’ format are very important – Russian FM

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The processes launched in the 3 + 3 format [Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran, Armenia and Georgia] are very important because within it prospects for the development of the entire region are discussed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Trend reports.

Lavrov made the remark at a press conference on the results of the activities of Russian diplomacy in 2021.

"Undoubtedly, we support and actively participate in these efforts. They contribute to the normalization of the situation in the South Caucasus and help create conditions for resolving the remaining political problems much more actively and fruitfully,” he noted.

The problems can be also resolved through the development of economic and other cooperation between the three countries of the South Caucasus and their three big neighbors, added the minister.

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Azerbaijan to simplify civil UAV registration procedures

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The Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan will simplify the procedures for registration of civil unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this year, Deputy Minister Rovshan Rustamov said, Trend reports.

Rustamov made the remark at an event entitled "Priorities in the field of digital development and transport in Azerbaijan".

According to him, to simplify these procedures, it’s necessary to create an appropriate infrastructure to digitalize all processes.

"We want to make the process of registering UAVs as simple as possible. First of all, it’s necessary to take a step towards digital transformation," he noted. "Besides, in order to import these devices to Azerbaijan and register them, it’s needed to apply to nearly seven government agencies, three of which are subordinate to our ministry."

"The consent of third-party institutions is also required, and this takes about two-three months. Thus, we have already identified specific areas and steps that can contribute to the simplification of these procedures," the deputy minister further said.

"In this regard, we can talk about a project which will be created based on a single portal accepting online applications. This year, we plan to fully implement this process," added Rustamov.

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CBA hold regular foreign currency auction

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The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) held a regular currency auction with the participation of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) on Jan. 27, Trend reports referring to the CBA.

According to the CBA, the demand of local banks for foreign currency amounted to $84.2 million and was fully met.

The average weighted exchange rate of the manat to the US dollar amounted to 1.7 AZN/1 USD based on the results of the auction.

The CBA has begun to conduct foreign exchange auctions through a one-way sale of currency in a competitive environment since mid-January 2017.

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Finance Ministry to put up gov’t bonds for new auction

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The Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) will hold an auction on the placement of Azerbaijani Finance Ministry’s medium-term government bonds worth 35 million manat ($2.9 million) on February 1, 2022, Trend reports via the BSE.

According to the exchange, bonds with a face value of 100 manat ($58.8) each with a maturity of 1,092 days and a yield of four percent will be put up for the auction.

Interest payment dates are set for August 2, 2022, January 31, 2023, August 1, 2023, January 30, 2024, July 30, 2024, and January 28, 2025 (the principal payment deadline).

Pasha Capital CJSC will be the underwriter of the placement.

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