Azerbaijani IT sector (January-April 2014)

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree approving "National Strategy for Information Society Development in Azerbaijan for 2014-2020". The president ordered to determine the Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High Technologies as a coordinating body for the national strategy implementation, approved by Part 1 of this order.

The Cabinet of Ministers was instructed to prepare a draft of the state program for the national strategy implementation for 2014-2017 for four months, submit it to the Azerbaijani president and resolve other issues arising from this order. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Communications and High-Technologies was charged with informing the president on the work of the national strategy implementation at least once a year.

The Azerbaijani information and communication technology sector (ICT) is one of the most dynamically developing sectors of the national economy due its profitability and total profitability of this business. Although the main catalyst for the growth of Azerbaijan's economy is the oil and gas sector, the ICT sector also increases its capacity every year.

Information and communication services worth 468.9 million manats were rendered for Azerbaijan's population and organizations in January-April, 2014, according to a report from Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee.

This figure is 12.3 percent more than in the same period of 2013.

The statistics committee said some 72.4 percent of information and communication services were rendered for the population, while 60.5 percent of the total income was received from mobile services.

Total revenues from mobile services rendered in Azerbaijan stood at 283.8 million manats in January-April, which is 9.6 percent more than the figures for same period of 2013.

e-signature

The total number of electronic digital signatures (e-signatures) issued by the Azerbaijani National Certification Services Center in April 2014 increased by over 1.3 percent and hit 18,704 units as of April 1, 2014, according to the Data Processing Center of the Azerbaijani Communication and High Technology Ministry.

The state bodies were provided with 12,798 e-signatures, 808 e-signatures were issued to the legal entities and 5,098 to citizens.

There were 48,483 appeals in April. There were 623,078 appeals from December 2012 to March 31, 2014.

The electronic services available on the portal were used 1,084,452 times over the past period.

Some 253 services of the total number of approved electronic services (428) are available on the "electronic government" (e-gov.az) portal. The total number of e-services placed on the websites of Azerbaijani state organizations is 453.

The 'Electronic Government' website is a key tool for supporting work with citizens and businesses, belonging to the state and private sectors. It aims at reducing the number of documents required by the citizens, with the help of an electronic interaction among different bodies.

The access to the portal is conducted with the help of e-signature, the identity data of the private entrepreneurs and citizens, verification data (login and password), as well as mobile authentication system, which can be obtained in an electronic form after registering on the portal.

e-commerce

As of January-April 2014, the volume of e-commerce market in Azerbaijan stood at 901,400 manat. The total volume of retail e-commerce in Azerbaijan rose by 25.5 percent compared to the same period of 2013.

E-commerce market participants are legal and physical entities who are buyers of goods and services and engaged in e-commerce.

Some 80.5 percent of goods purchased in electronic form by the population of Azerbaijan during reporting period, was bought by legal entities and 19.5 percent - by physical entities. Non-food products accounted for 91.1 percent of e-commerce market turnover.

The total volume of retail commerce in Azerbaijan amounted to 6.6 billion manat in January-April 2014. The sale of consumer goods increased by 9.1 percent in the country, compared to the same period of 2013.

About 3.4 billion manat fell to consumer goods (food, beverages and tobacco), and 3.2 billion manat - to non-food products. The share of non-food products has increased by 3.9 percentage points during the reporting period.

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