Baroness Nicholson: UK, Azerbaijan can work closely on all areas to mutual benefit (Interview)

Baroness Nicholson: UK, Azerbaijan can work closely on all areas to mutual benefit (Interview)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 20

By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:

Trend's exclusive interview with UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, Baroness Emma Nicholson

Question: How has the COVID – 19 Pandemic affected the UK-Azerbaijan trade turnover since the closure of borders?

Answer: The UK-Azerbaijan trade and investment partnership remains strong, in particular the UK’s continued commitment to Azerbaijan’s energy sector and wider economy, with BP continuing to invest in new exploration and development activities during this difficult time.

With Azerbaijan Airlines’ scheduled flights expected to resume at the earliest opportunity, we are looking forward to travelling to Azerbaijan once again, as well as receiving the large number of Azerbaijani students that study in the UK each year, to take up their school and university placements.

During this time, it remains of paramount importance that our two countries continue to explore opportunities in all sectors, not only oil and gas, but also Healthcare, Agriculture, Tourism, Education and Retail, among others. I, together with the British Embassy in Baku, stand ready to help in any way I can to support this and look forward to furthering some of these initiatives in the near future.

Q.: How should the two countries offset their losses if any?

A.: There has never been a more critical and challenging time for the international community to work together to respond to the deep global health and economic crisis.

Such a response includes working together to minimise economic disruption through the development of new sectors, encouragement of further creative thinking and the introduction of improved and more cost-effective methods of working.

This includes a continued focus on environmental issues, improvement in primary healthcare care infrastructure and personnel, more support for the disadvantaged, particularly in areas such agriculture and education, the digitalisation of various industries and the encouragement of more collaborative research and development.

Together, the UK and Azerbaijan can work closely on all these areas to our mutual benefit.

Q.: What are the lessons learned from the outbreak of this disease, which came out to be a test for the world infrastructure? How should UK and Azerbaijan arrange their communications so as to get out of such situations with minimal losses?

A.: The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated that disease outbreaks do not respect borders, therefore we need a fully coordinated international response. It is only by working together that we will prevent future waves of infection and end this pandemic as quickly as possible.

So, I’m proud that the UK is taking a leading role globally, and has committed up to £744 million (AZN 1.5bn) for the international response to coronavirus, including our pledge of £388 million (AZN 800mn) for the vital research and development of vaccines, treatments and tests.

In addition, the UK will be hosting the Global Vaccine Summit in June, which will focus on how we continue to ensure Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has the funds needed to deliver vaccines against diseases in the world’s poorest countries, and how we ensure fair access for all new coronavirus vaccines.

Azerbaijan’s support for the global effort, such as your financial contributions to the World Health Organisation (WHO), is extremely welcome, and I hope that you will also support this vaccines initiative.

We’re also working closely with Azerbaijan on the health response in the country. Last month, together with the WHO, the UK co-funded the development of, an online training platform enabling hospital personnel to access new training resources and interact with fellow professionals. This is helping medical staff quickly acquire the essential skills needed in the fight against coronavirus in Azerbaijan.

Q.: Many experts suggest that the world will not be the same during the post-pandemic period. How do you see the relations between UK and Azerbaijan during the post-pandemic period?

A.: Relations between our two countries are strong and will continue to grow. Just this month, the UK Deputy Foreign Minister Morton and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Mammadyarov discussed a number of key areas for cooperation in the coming months and years, including securing a UK-Azerbaijan bilateral agreement which will further strengthen the excellent ties between our two countries.

As hosts of COP26 next year, the UK will also be working closely with Azerbaijan to find solutions to climate change. The UK and Azerbaijan have strong existing ties in the energy sector and we want to take this cooperation to the next level as we work in partnership to develop renewable energy opportunities. Our diplomatic engagement will also continue and we look forward to the next round of the UK-Azerbaijan Strategic Dialogue and the Joint Inter-government Commission happening at the earliest opportunity.

Working together will ensure that countries can return more resilient, innovative and economically dynamic. As Trade Envoy, I look forward to exploring what opportunities there are to achieve this together.

I wish to finish by bidding all readers good health and happiness.

Turkmenistan increases fruit imports from EAEU countries
Turkmenistan increases fruit imports from EAEU countries
Iran and Russia to lift visa requirements
Iran and Russia to lift visa requirements
OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairman from Russia goes to US Washington for meetings on Karabakh
OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairman from Russia goes to US Washington for meetings on Karabakh
Loading Bars
Stable basic export rate could help boost Iran's exports
Iran to settle all wheat farmers' claims
WB implements new project in Georgia
President Aliyev holds phone conversation with father of National Hero of Azerbaijan Shukur Hamidov
Iran plans to establish trade centers
New company admitted to Baku Stock Exchange
Shukur Hamidov's name will be immortalized in Gubadli district
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 23
Iran increases number of emergency beds in hospitals
Ambassador welcomes liberation of Azerbaijan's Agbend settlement on border with Iran
Turkey hopes for achieving success in Karabakh conflict settlement together with Russia - Erdogan
Putin's comments were response to those taking anti-Azerbaijani position, analyst says
Kazakhstan's postal service operator to buy petrol via tender
Discussions on Karabakh conflict held at UN Security Council 25 years later - Assistant to Azerbaijani president
Export of cars to Kyrgyzstan spiked - Turkish Ministry of Trade
Turkmenistan increases fruit imports from EAEU countries
It's incorrect to talk about CSTO's help, while conflict taking place in Karabakh - Russian MFA
Azerbaijan confirms 212 more COVID-19 recoveries
No objective benefit for NATO's open support to any party of Karabakh conflict - Russian expert
Georgia reveals total projected harvest of grapes in 2020
Gold, silver prices in Azerbaijan down
Armenia carries out eco-terrorism against Azerbaijan
Georgia names number of beneficiaries received discount cards under agro-diesel promotion program
Captured Armenian soldier admits presence of foreign mercenaries in Armenia (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Azerbaijani media working hard in information space, demonstrating objectivity, accuracy - MP
Daimler lifts profit forecast as China snaps up luxury cars
U.N. says Libya sides reach ceasefire deal
Azerbaijan's CBA to hold deposit auction on Bloomberg platform
Turkey's nine-month export of cars to Italy drops
Sulfur output drops in Kazakhstan year-on-year
Azerbaijani army kills Armenian servicemen and destroys military equipment
Production of coal, gas in Uzbekistan down
Georgia talks about tea plantation rehabilitation project
War against pandemic still being waged - Azerbaijani First VP Mehriban Aliyeva
UK's economic recovery fades in October as pandemic flares up
Azerbaijan's insurance market experiencing new dev't stage
Prosecutor General's Office continues to reveal people carrying out illegal activity in occupied Azerbaijani territories
First VP Mehriban Aliyeva: Today, Azerbaijani people, headed by President Ilham Aliyev, writing new history (Interview)
Armenian provocations hinder development of ICT throughout region - minister (PHOTO)
Armenian PM’s all hopes to drag Russia into Karabakh conflict turned out to be futile - Russian political analyst
CIS raises import of Azerbaijani products
Iran interested in constructive work on liberated border lands of Azerbaijan - ambassador (VIDEO)
Kazakhstan’s DAMU supports new terminal construction in Shymkent int'l airport
LUKOIL significantly increases gas production in Uzbekistan
Data for transactions in foreign currency on Turkmen Commodity Exchange for Sept. 2020
Georgia, Turkey have excellent level of cooperation and dialogue in field of economics - Embassy
CSTO activity does not depend on spontaneous momentary desire of member-states - Russian expert
Azerbaijan's Az-Granata hikes 9M2020 revenues from export of its products
Azerbaijan's deputy PM appeals to Russia regarding Russian MP's illegal visit to Karabakh
Namakhvani HPP project - energy project of century, Georgian minister says
Kazakhstan's electric power distributing company opens tender for transformers installation
Azerbaijan destroys another UAV of Armenian troops
Persimmons export from Uzbekistan increases for 9M2020
Georgia reveals volume of exported persimmons
Volume of electricity generated by Turkmenistan’s Mary power plant revealed
Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office gives updates on civil casualties, damages
There is no future for second Armenia within internationally designated borders of Azerbaijan - Azerbaijani FM
Protest rally against Ganja terror was held in Budapest
Prices of Azerbaijani oil continue to grow
The slogan “Karabakh is Azerbaijan” was raised at the rally of the US President
Karabakh conflict will continue until Pashinyan admits reality - Russian general
Uzbekistan, St. Korea to expand effective mechanisms for info exchange in tax area
Georgia reports 1,759 new coronavirus cases, 350 recoveries
Uzbekistan’s Central Bank keeps refinancing rate unchanged
Kazakhstan increases import of cars from Turkey
Armenia must draw conclusions from Moscow's clear position on Karabakh conflict - Turkish government
Co-financed areas to be increased in Georgia
Four more Armenian UAVs neutralized - MoD
Non-resident investors' interest in securities issued by Georgian government grows
Armenian Armed Forces intensively shelling Tartar, Aghdam and Aghjabadi districts - MoD
Azerbaijan discloses information about flora, fauna of occupied territories
Uzbekhydroenergo to directly attract financing in international markets, Fitch Ratings
UK retail sales growth beat expectations in September
Uzbekistan’s 9M2020 volume of financial services revealed
UN Country Office ready to provide humanitarian aid to affected people in Azerbaijan
Emerson gets multi-million dollar contract for Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli
Georgia approves air quality management plan for Rustavi
Turkmenistan names volume of planned rice harvesting in Lebap region
Armenian appeal to NATO is another misleading diplomatic offensive of Yerevan - US expert
A framework agreement of cooperation between IsDB and Standard Chartered Bank
IsDB Group and UAE Ministry of Economy co-organise first digital edition of Annual Investment Meeting on 20-22 October 2020
Oil demand for petrochemicals to decline in advanced world
Famous UK-based poetess of Azerbaijani origin appeals on Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan (VIDEO)
First mobile connection in Karabakh!
Global demand for jet fuel to peak around 2030
Diesel consumption to peak later this decade
Azerbaijani currency rates for October 23
Iran and Russia to lift visa requirements
German Commerzbank ready to expand partnership with Turkmenistan
OSCE Minsk Group's co-chairman from Russia goes to US Washington for meetings on Karabakh
Almost all countries to see lower oil demand in 2021 than in 2019
Iran lifts rice import ban
Timing of US Secretary of State's meeting with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister announced
Members of Nizami Ganjavi International Center send letter President Aliyev
Oil prices to be higher than projected levels in 2020
Uzbekistan reveals its COVID-19 data for October 23
Iran reduces cars imports from Turkey
Azerbaijan's 9M2020 exports to Ukraine increases
Cars export to Georgia decreases, Turkish Ministry of Trade
Processes automation and robotization in digitalization of fuel and energy complex carried in Kazakhstan
All news