Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 25
By Huseyn Valiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan and Pakistan have determined priority cooperation areas in the sphere of high technologies, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies said August 25.
Cooperation issues were discussed during a meeting between Ali Abbasov, Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies and Muhammad Irfan Burney, Chairman of the National Engineering and Scientific Commission of Pakistan (NESCOM), the ministry said.
"Azerbaijan is interested in cooperation with Pakistan in the field of nuclear research," Abbasov said.
The minister also proposed the Pakistani side to expand the cooperation in the sphere of high and space technologies.
In his turn, Irfan Burney said at the meeting that he has reviewed the activity of the Azerbaijani "Nuclear Research Center" CJSC and Pakistan's experience in this area may be useful for the development of nuclear technology in Azerbaijan.
Irfan Burney also proposed to consider the possibility of developing cooperation between the two countries in other areas, particularly, in the areas of human resources, working on software solutions and cyber security.
The ministry told Trend earlier that a feasibility study for the "National Center for Nuclear Research" CJSC on the construction project of a research reactor in Azerbaijan has already been prepared and submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In case of successful settlement of issues related to the agreement and security, work on implementation of this task can be started by 2016.
A land area of 15 hectares in the Gobu village of Absheron district (20 km away from Baku) has been allotted for the construction of the research reactor. Administrative buildings, data center and other infrastructure necessary for research and scientific work will be located on the site as well.
"Gamma-radiation complex", intended for the sterilization unit, will be located also located there.
The decree on the establishment of "National Center for Nuclear Research" CJSC at the ministry of communications and high technologies of Azerbaijan for the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes was signed by the head of state May 8, 2014.
Edited by CN