First con­test of in­no­va­tive projects held

Azer News - - Nation - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

An event ded­i­cated to sum­ming up the re­sults of the first con­test of in­no­va­tive projects, which was or­ga­nized by the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram and the Min­istry of Econ­omy of Azer­bai­jan.

Four state struc­tures have con­cluded an agree­ment to en­sure sus­tain­able ac­tiv­ity in the in­no­va­tion sphere: the Min­istry of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies, the Min­istry of Econ­omy, Azer­bai­jan Na­tional Acad­emy of Sciences and the State Agency for Pub­lic Ser­vice and So­cial In­no­va­tions un­der the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan (ASAN).

Ad­dress­ing the event, Econ­omy Min­is­ter Shahin Mustafayev stressed that the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Azer­bai­jan is di­rectly re­lated to the in­tro­duc­tion of de­manded in­no­va­tions in the coun­try, en­sur­ing the qual­i­ta­tive growth of pro­cesses or prod­ucts.

Azer­bai­jan in re­cent years has been in­te­grat­ing in­no­va­tive projects, as well as pre­par­ing new mea­sures for the tran­si­tion to an in­no­va­tive econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to the min­is­ter.

Mustafayev not­ing the value of the suc­cess­ful in­no­va­tion con­test, said that hence­forth such events will be held an­nu­ally.

In turn, the co­or­di­na­tor-res­i­dent of the United Na­tions Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Azer­bai­jan, Gu­lam Isakzai, stressed that in the fu­ture these con­tests will con­trib­ute to the pro­mo­tion of in­vest­ments in in­no­va­tive spheres, and will also con­trib­ute to the im­prove­ment of the na­tional in­no­va­tion sys­tem.

About 200 projects cov­er­ing in­no­va­tions in the eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal spheres were sub­mit­ted to the first in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion in Azer­bai­jan.

As a re­sult of the event, the authors were awarded diplo­mas and in­cen­tive prizes.

Azer­bai­jan was ad­mit­ted to the United Na­tions on March 2, 1992 at the 46th ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly. On the same day, the na­tional flag of Azer­bai­jan was raised in front of the UN head­quar­ters in New York.

The United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (UNDP) was the first UN agency to open its branch in Azer­bai­jan.

UNDP is a global UN de­vel­op­ment net­work that ad­vo­cates for pos­i­tive change in peo­ple’s lives by pro­vid­ing par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries with ac­cess to sources of knowl­edge, ex­per­tise and re­sources.

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