Turkish Transport Minister: Turkey interested in participation in Aztelekom privatization

Business Materials 8 January 2011 16:35 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 8 / Trend A. Akhundov /

Turkey wants Turkish companies to participate in the privatization of Azerbaijan's state-owned operator Aztelekom, Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said in an interview with Trend.

"Turkey always encourages the activity of Turkish entrepreneurs in all world countries and their participation in international projects. We would like Turkish companies to participate in the privatization of Aztelekom," he said.

Azerbaijan is ready to consider the issue of participation of the Turkish Turktelecom Operator in the privatization of the Azerbaijani Aztelekom State Operator, Azerbaijani Communications and IT Minister Ali Abbasov said earlier.

Abbasov said that Turktelecom is interested in joining the telecommunications market of Azerbaijan, and this issue has been discussed with the management of the operator.

Established in 1992, Aztelekom production association, which is a part of the Communications Ministry, provides long-distance and city telephone communications in the territory of the country. It has 54 telecommunication enterprises, Baku city telephone junction, the cable highway technical junction and the repair and construction management.

He said that Turkey is also closely observing the development of the project of transnational information superhighway "East-West".

"We discussed this issue at a meeting with Azerbaijani counterpart Ali Abbasov. Turkey attaches great importance to regional cooperation in all spheres, particularly in information technologies. We are observing the development of the events. We will deal with this issue more thoroughly," he said.

The Transnational Information Superhighway "East-West" means laying cable line from Eastern Europe to China, which will run through the Caspian seabed.

It is expected to sign a memorandum on the establishment of the consortium on the East-West project in 2011 which was supported by the countries of the region.

The resolution put forward by Azerbaijan to create super informational "East-West", was adopted by the UN within the 66-th plenary meeting. The organization expressed support for the project, which aims to eliminate the "informational gap", reduce poverty, increase economic growth and play the role of locomotive for the development of the region. UN urged all regional countries to take the necessary measures for its implementation.

The resolution adopted by the UN is intended to join a total of 20 countries and play an important role in development of the region. Realization of the project will eliminate the "gap" between the countries within the Western European and Pacific basins.