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The 19th Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition

Year of ICT in Azerbaijan

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Bakutel 2013, the largest exhibition for telecommunications and information technologies in the Caspian region, and attended by 300 companies from 27 countries, opened today, 2 December, at Baku Expo Centre. The special theme for this years exhibition is that it is the Year of ICT in Azerbaijan. In this momentous year Bakutel occupies three halls, covering an area of 12,000 sq.m. for the first time. The exhibition area has increased by 35% this year, bringing together 300 companies from 28 countries.

On the first day the exhibition was visited by President Ilham Aliyev. The President toured all the halls, familiarizing himself with the stands of leading local and foreign companies. The President also attended the 1st Virtual Conference of Azerbaijanis of the World, held at the stand of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan. In the congratulatory letter from President Ilham Aliyev to the exhibitors of BakuTel 2013, the President states: "The International Bakutel Exhibition and Conference, held every year in Azerbaijan, creates favourable opportunities for the organizations representing various countries, scientists and experts to come together and share their ideas, expand business contacts, and become familiar with advanced technological achievements and innovations.

The arrangement of this exhibition and conference within the framework of the Year of ICT, with a conference on cyber security and other important events included in its business programme and much broader representation from leading companies, increases the importance of this event." The President expressed his hope that the exchange of experiences that will take place during Bakutel 2013 will contribute to the further strengthening of mutually beneficial cooperation between the participating countries, and the creation and implementation of new initiatives at the international and regional levels. The Azerbaijani president also wished success to the exhibitors, and offered some advice and recommendations.

During his tour of the exhibition President Ilham Aliyev gave an interview to Euronews TV channel.

Leading ICT companies, Azerbaijani mobile operators, telecoms operators, Internet service providers, system integrators, and distributors have vivid stands at the exhibition. Forty per cent of the exhibitors are regular participants. What is encouraging and a major achievement over the years of implementation of the exhibition is the annual growth in the number of local participants, which make up 30% of all exhibitors this year.

A distinctive feature of this exhibition is that the national stands, organized with the active support of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan, have also increased in number. Delegations from Afghanistan, the United States, Hungary, Italy and Israel, among other countries, have decided to participate in Bakutel. Among the VIP guests of the exhibition are Mr Hamadoun Toure, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, and Ms Zsuzsanna Nemeth, the Hungarian Minister for National Development, who, with others, have left their comments and suggestions in the VIP guest book.

All of the VIPs have noted the successful economic development of Azerbaijan, the rapid advancements made through the use of technology, the highly effective role of the exhibition as a platform for business meetings and the fruitful work of experts and researchers in the field of telecommunications.

This years festive Bakutel exhibition is proving its status as the main and most original exhibition in the industry, pleasing visitors with its many surprises, both from participating companies and from the organizers. On the first day there was a spectacular haute couture fashion show. In the third pavilion is a games area where everyone can participate in a game with laser strings or even compose music. X-Box consoles and other interactive games were also available in the same pavilion. Titan the Robot, which has already caught the fancy of visitors, is being demonstrated here in Azerbaijan for the first time in the CIS.

The general sponsor of Bakutel 2013 is HP, one of the largest American information technology companies.

The exhibition is organized by Iteca Caspian and its partner, the British company ITE Group plc.

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