IT Opportunities for U.S. Companies -- Azerbaijan Sees 32.1% Growth in IT and Communications

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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Philip L. Verveer, to meet in DC with Information Minister of Azerbaijan and Discuss IT Business Opportunities for American Companies - May 20, 2011

Azerbaijan’s Tech-Savvy Population Fuels New and Powerful Economic Engine

According to preliminary studies, Azerbaijan's Information and Communication Technology (“ICT”) sector revenues may exceed its energy revenues by 2022, becoming the country's new and powerful economic engine.

On May 20, 2011, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Philip L. Verveer, will attend the 2nd U.S.-- Azerbaijan ICT Forum in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. Keynote speaker, H.E. Professor, Dr. Ali M. Abbasov, Minister of Communications and Information Technologies for the Republic of Azerbaijan, will highlight recent developments in Azerbaijan's ICT sector and elaborate on new and exciting business and partnership opportunities available to U.S. companies.
Please visit the U.S.--Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce at
https://www.usacc.org/index.php?Itemid=86&option=com_registrationpro&view=events.

Azerbaijan’s Tech-Savvy Population Fuels New and Powerful Economic Engine

In 2010, Azerbaijan saw a 32.1% growth in its ICT sector, the largest single year-to-year sector expansion in the country’s economy. Such development is fueled in large part by Azerbaijan’s tech-savvy population, which counts seven million mobile phone users for its nine million people, as well as the rapid expansion of Internet access and use across the country.

Further building on this momentum is the news that the Government of Azerbaijan will launch its own communications satellite by 2012. This and other developments point to how Azerbaijan is quickly demonstrating that, when it comes to Information Technology (“IT”) and communications, the sky’s the limit.

For more information,please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYsbAkpf0n8.

About the Event

Friday, May 20, 2011
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
International Gateway Room
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20004

Special Panelists Include

Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy;

H.E. Mr. Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to US; and
Mr. Alexei Tikhomirov, United Nations, Chief, Transition Economies Unit

The event is sponsored by the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. For questions, please call Fettah Anadol at 202-333-8702 or e-mail at fanadol(at)usacc(dot)org. Also visit the Chamber’s website at:
https://www.usacc.org/index.php?Itemid=86&option=com_registrationpro&view=events.

About H.E. Professor Dr. Ali M. Abbasov

H.E. Professor Dr. Ali M. Abbasov is the Minister of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a position he has held since 2004. He has had a long and remarkable career in academia, education and the public sector. His recent experience includes posts as director of the Institute of Information Technologies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan (1991-2000), and rector of Azerbaijan State Economic University (2000-2004). As minister, Professor Abbasov pays special attention to accelerating the transition to the information society and the formation of the digital economy. For more information, please visit
http://www.itu.int/bbcommission/commissioners/abbasov.html.

About Philip L. Verveer

Ambassador Philip L. Verveer was confirmed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy in August, 2009. Ambassador Verveer has practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for more than 35 years. In 1979, Ambassador Verveer became a charter member of the Senior Executive Service and in 1980 received the Distinguished Presidential Rank award.

As a Bureau Chief at the FCC, Ambassador Verveer participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services and limited regulation of information services. Ambassador Verveer is a graduate of Georgetown University (1966, BSFS), and the University of Chicago Law School (1969, JD). For more information, please visit http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/rls/bio/129133.htm.

About UC Berkley Professor Lofti A. Zadeh

The discovery of “Fuzzy Logic” in 1965 by University of California, Berkley Professor Lofti A. Zadeh, sparked the worldwide “smart” consumer products revolution. Professor Zadeh, an American electrical engineer of Iranian decent, born in Baku, Azerbaijan—turns 90 this year and leads the World Conference on Soft Computing at San Francisco State University, May 23, 2011 to May 26, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.ece.ualberta.ca/~reform/wconsc/index.html

To interview Minister Dr. Ali M. Abbasov, Assistant Secretary of State Philip L. Verveer, or Professor Zadeh about the event, please contact Monica Matulich, email: monica(at)prhollywood(dot)com, Tel: 310-383-9502.

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