Latvia Considers Cooperation with Azerbaijan in IT as Promising: Latvian Ambassador

ICT Materials 1 July 2008 12:23 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 1 July / corr. Trend S.Babayeva / Latvia considers cooperation with Azerbaijani in information technology as promising, Michaels Popkovs, the Latvian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, said in his interview with Rabita Dunyasi newspaper (an official newspaper of the Azerbaijani Communication and Information Technology Ministry).

"The Latvian Minister on Electronic Management visited Azerbaijani twice during the six months and a lot of useful meetings were held with the members of the Azerbaijani Government, including Ministers of Education, Culture, as well as, Communication and Information Technology," the Ambassador said.

He said that the part of issues under discussion were in the stage of realization.

" Azerbaijan was interested in the Latvian experience in the establishment of electronic government, and in our groundwork to upgrade rural post offices and to establish universal posts, uniting the functions of bank, post, communication station and at some degree a library at their base. All these upgraded sections dispose the high-speed Internet connection," Popkovs said.

The Ambassador hopes that the Latvian experience will be useful for Azerbaijan to digitalize library and museum funds, as well as, to organize computer classes at rural schools. "Our companies are prepared to adapt corresponding program developments for need of the Azerbaijani partners," he said.

Goods turnover between Azerbaijan and Latvia grows an average by 30-35% a year over the last years. "Although dynamic of growth is high enough, absolute volume of our mutual trade, which amounted to $15mln in 2007, means that we have a big potential of growth in this direction and we should realize it," the Latvian diplomat said.