Moscow and Baku develop contacts in the field of science and tourism
The 10th Russian-Azerbaijani Interregional Forum, organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, ended in Moscow. The forum was attended by First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, heads of economic departments of Russia and Azerbaijan Maxim Oreshkin and Mikail Jabbarov, Russian governors and heads of executive authorities of cities and regions of Azerbaijan, business representatives of both countries. Participants of the forum discussed issues of cooperation in the field of tourism and science.
According to Elena Krivenkova, chairman of the tourism committee of the all-Russian public organization Delovaya Rossiya, today business needs to work on rapprochement within different industries more than ever, especially tourism: “As one of the main actors of the economy, tourism should become locomotive of growth and give new impulse to development of interstate relations. It's important for us to cooperate at the interdepartmental level to create new types of tourism routes and new places of accommodation. In order to do this we must work together and create a new program."
“Most of our joint work will be carried out in the field of business tourism development, organization of business missions, visits to industrial enterprises as part of industrial tourism development, visits to forums and exhibitions. Creating new interstate routes is necessary not only for increase of tourist flow between countries, but also so that we can follow new interstate routes to attract international community," Elena Krivenkova said.
Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Azerbaijan, Ibrahim Guliyev, noted that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, all areas became vulnerable: "But if business and tourism quickly regained their ties, it's in their nature, the sphere of science and education turned out to be the most vulnerable. Because restoring past ties while establishing them at a new level is incomparably harder in this particular area."
According to scientist, contacts within the international structures of the CIS, the International Academy of Sciences were established only by 2016 and they were pretty rate, but since 2016 there has been a huge surge in such contacts.
"The Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, together with the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research and our Foundation for the Development of Science under the President's carrying out 21 projects in almost all areas of the humanities, social and natural sciences. The Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan has taken several serious steps in recent years. On November 20, I had meeting with the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeyev. This was our fourth meeting over the past year, and in two or three months we will sign a roadmap on coopeation in almost all areas. This is a very serious step, which will allow us to significantly improve contacts, exchange and joint research," Ibrahim Guliyev said.
He also recalled that since 1956, Azerbaijani scientists have been working at the Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna: "About 20 of our employees participate in the largest projects, including through the Dubna center in a project with CERN and other leading universities, scientific centers of the world."
In October of next year, the Caspian Scientific Forum will be held. "It covers all aspects of scientific activity. We called it "Project 4E" - ecology, economics, energy and ethnic issues," vice president of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan said.