Reforms in Azerbaijan’s Telecommunication Sphere Yields Positive Results: Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 24 January /corr. Trend S.Babayeva / Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology is certain of the efficiency of the reforms held in January in the telecommunication sphere, including American Omni Communications Company's privatization of Azerbaijan's State share in Catel JV, local company's privatization of State share in Ultel JV.
"It is the main part of the large-scale reform in Azerbaijan," Azerbaijan's Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Ali Abbasov, reported to Trend on 24 January.
On 29 March 2001, the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, issued an order highlighting the opening of the process to privatize state shares in JVs, including enterprises in the sphere of communications. "Several of them have already been privatized, and consulting companies have been involved to assess the State shares in other enterprises," the Minister said.
The assessment of the State share in all telecommunication JVs, including large mobile operator Azercell, is being made by the Company Ernst and Young.
Karam Hasanov, the head of the State Committee on State Property Privatization, said to a news conference on 16 January that the Azerbaijan Government is considering opportunities to establish a unified enterprise for the international communications relations, using land stations by merging the three communications enterprises - Aztelekom, Baku Telephone Communications and Teleradio. The enterprise will be named as Azertelekom.
The Minister said that as yet no official decision has been made on this issue. "We do not have any official data on the establishment of a large telecommunication company Azertelekom in Azerbaijan," Abbasov said.