Azerbaijan agrees on cooperation in ICT within GUAM
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 17 / Trend H.Valiyev /
The IT Working Group of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM agreed to cooperate in training of staff and experts in information technology, the Azerbaijani Communications and IT Ministry reported.
The issue is addressed within the next GUAM IT working group meeting in Kiev on Dec. 16-17.
The working group meeting, chaired by the Azerbaijani side, brings together representatives of relevant ministries and agencies of the GUAM member states.
Ministry's Scientific Capacity and Strategic Planning Department head, Isfandiyar Aliyev, represented Azerbaijan at the event.
The working group decided to conduct a systematic exchange of information on improvement of legislation, statistics, macro data and ongoing projects in the IT sphere, as well as present proposals to establish a draft strategy for the formation of a common information space of the GUAM member countries.
The parties also decided to hold a joint meeting of the Working Group on Culture, Science and Education and Information Technology on the development of distance education in the GUAM member states, and strengthen the coordination of the harmonization of positions during participation in international industry events.
The next meeting is scheduled for the first half of 2011. The venue and date of the next meeting will be determined through diplomatic channels.
GUAM was established by Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in 1997 during the EU presidential summit in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the organization, and four years later left. A decision was made to announce GUAM as an international organization under the new name, "Organization for Democracy and Economic Development - GUAM," at the organization's first summit in Kiev in 2006. The organization's secretariat functions in Kiev.