Azerbaijan taking serious steps to become regional transit center: deputy minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
By Huseyn Veliyev - Trend:
Important steps are being taken in Azerbaijan to ensure and establish legal regulation in e-commerce, Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Elmir Velizade said at an e-commerce forum in Baku Sept. 24.
Velizade noted that one of the important components is to ensure the possibility of bringing local products to international markets, and in this aspect, serious steps are being taken to turn the country into a regional transit center.
"The legal and regulatory acts adopted in the country, including the Law on E-commerce, the National Strategy for the Development of the Information Society for 2014-2020, and strategic road maps for the main sectors of the economy, as well as other legal documents create opportunities for implementation of the goals in this area. The initiative to form a digital trade hub in the country is also playing an important role," Velizade said.
The deputy minister said currently a joint project of Azerpoct LLC and SilkWay Group on e-commerce is successfully implemented in the country. The project provides for delivery into the country of the goods ordered through electronic trading platforms in China. The ordered products are processed and forwarded to other countries.
The deputy minister also stressed the importance of joint activity with international organizations. Azerbaijan is taking an active part in the unification of digital markets in the Eastern Partnership program, Velizade said.
"One of the seven directions of this initiative is the full digitization of relations between the Eastern Partnership and the EU in trade, logistics, customs, etc. Jointly with the EU, the ministry has been since 2017 implementing a project for development of e-services and e-commerce," Velizade said.
Transformation of the country into a transport and transit center of the region, development of the transport infrastructure at a high level create an excellent opportunity for Azerbaijan to become a logistics center, Velizade said.