Azerbaijan mulls East-West Super Highway project in UN
The United States, Oct. 17 / Trend , N.Bogdanova, H.Valiyev/
The UN highly appreciated Azerbaijan's initiative on implementation of Transnational-Eurasian Information Super Highway project, Trend correspondent reported from Washington.
The issue was discussed at the 16th and 17th meeting of the third committee of the 64th UN General Assembly (UN GA) held on Oct. 16.
Azerbaijan has initiated the discussion of Transnational-Eurasian Information Super Highway issues at UN GA and on Oct. 19, there will be held informal consultations on the draft resolution on building connectivity to the world by Transnational-Eurasian Information Super Highway convened by the delegation of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is recognized throughout the world as an initiator of a number of global energy and communications projects in the South Caucasus. Being the organizer of important global events, Azerbaijan, on the one hand, enhanced the international position and credibility, on the other hand - gained an excellent opportunity for the general promotion of their realities, internal and external policies and socio-economic success. The country became the center of global transportation and communication projects, now seeks to resolve not only their own problems, but also acts as the main partner of energy security and sub-regional integration in Eurasia. The country is currently trying to achieve the establishment of an information superhighway between East and West.
Today, with increasing information flow, Azerbaijan and whole Caspian region face inability of existing data networks to cope with the growing volume of traffic. To overcome the shortage, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has initiated the establishment of a highway between East and West. Negotiations are underway with the project partners in the CIS, European and Asian countries.
Despite its advantageous geographical position, Azerbaijan is far from the world's Internet-centers. Some of them are located in Western Europe, in connection with which Azerbaijan is forced to use the traffic of the transit States, which greatly increases its value.
The most effective way to increase the volume of transmitted traffic and reduce the price of it is laying additional fiber-optical main channels through a transnational pipeline that would connect Europe to Asia.
The "East-West" project is intended to connect a total of 20 countries and play the role of locomotive in the development of the region. The project will eliminate the "gap" between the countries of Western Europe and the Pacific.
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