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EBRD supports Azerbaijan’s Ganja in further “green” transition

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has allocated a loan in the amount of 10 million euros for the introduction of smart waste collection and route optimization systems in Azerbaijan’s Ganja city, the Bank told Trend.

The relevant agreements were signed today between the EBRD’s First Vice President Jurgen Rigterink, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov and Head of Ganja City Executive Power Niyazi Bayramov.

According to EBRD, new types of containers, expansion of the existing fleet and the introduction of more environmentally friendly vehicles will be provided under the agreement, which will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of municipal services of the city.

“More than 300,000 people living in Ganja will benefit from improvements in their urban environment. Today’s agreement will also pave the way for a follow-on project that will complete the solid waste management improvements by way of a new modern regional sanitary landfill,” the Bank said.

Meanwhile, the present project is part of Ganja’s engagement in the EBRD Green Cities program and will contribute to the development of a Green City Action Plan (GCAP). Ganja joined the program in 2020.

The EBRD is an important institutional investor in Azerbaijan. To date the EBRD has invested over 3.5 billion euros through 181 projects there. The Bank’s strategy in the country focuses on helping Azerbaijan to diversify its economy and develop the private sector in non-oil sectors.

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Renowned Kharibulbul music festival in Azerbaijan’s historical city wraps up

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World-famous musicians gathered in Shusha to join the 5th Kharibulbul International Music Festival.

The large-scale festival brought together Azerbaijani and international musicians from ten countries in Azerbaijan's cultural cradle, Azernews reported.

The history behind Kharibulbul Festival

The festival was first held in 1989 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the renowned mugham singer Seyid Shushinski.

The folk ensembles from the Netherlands, Germany, Israel, and Turkey were invited to take part in the festival's second edition.

Many concerts during the festival were also held in Barda and Agjabadi regions. In total, the second festival was attended by about 170 delegates from different countries.

The final concerts of the second and third festivals were held at the Heydar Aliyev Palace in Baku.

The event was held annually in May until 1992 when the city was captured by Armenia.

The music festival was resumed last year by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation after Azerbaijan's victory in the Second Karabakh War.

Kharibulbul Festival 2022

In 2022, the festival once again welcomed folk ensembles from Azerbaijan and other countries.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended the opening of the festival.

Azerbaijan held the 5th Khari Bulbul International Music Festival in its cultural capital in the Year of Shusha and was timed to the 270th anniversary of Shusha.

The festival was remembered for its spectacular pop and folk-jazz concert on Jidir Duzu plain.

Well-known mugham singer, Honored Artist Gochag Asgarov, famous tar performer Arslan Novrasli, and his ethno-jazz band as well as Jangi Pop and Folklore Ensemble conducted by People's Artist Mirjavad Jafarov performed at the gala concert.

Young composer and pianist Etibar Asadli and the TRIGAIDA music project (Bulgaria), Colors of Pakistan Dance Ensemble (Pakistan), and the Bahor State Folk Dance Ensemble (Uzbekistan) also left no one indifferent.

At the final concert, the music fans enjoyed the fascinating Ankara Music and Folk Dance Ensemble of the Turkic World, the Melitassi Folk Dance Ensemble (Georgia), and the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble.

Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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Some 24,674 unemployed get jobs in 2022

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The State Employment Agency under the Labor and Social Security Ministry has provided jobs for around 24,674 unemployed and job seekers in January-April 2022, Azernews reports.

Of those involved in the active employment program, 13,736 were provided with suitable jobs, while about 4,325 people were involved in the self-employment program to start small businesses. The ministry is helping them to establish small businesses in accordance with their business plans.

The agency also involved 1,023 unemployed people in vocational training in the first four months of the year. Within the framework of cooperation with employers, these people were provided with advanced training courses in various areas and work was started to provide them with employment.

The ministry takes consistent measures to provide social support to vulnerable groups of the population, including martyrs’ families, war veterans and civilians affected by the war.

Social support measures taken by Azerbaijan’s Labor and Social Security Ministry covered more than 30,000 citizens, including members of martyrs’ families, war veterans and civilians affected by the Armenian aggression since the end of the 44-day war with Armenia in November 2020.

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President of Kazakhstan to attend CSTO jubilee session

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President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in Moscow Sunday evening to attend a CSTO jubilee session, Kazinform has learned from the Akorda press service, Trend reports.

The session dated to 30 years of signing of the Collective Security Treaty and 20 years since the establishment of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) is set to take place on 16 May in Moscow.

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