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Today, 16 June 2017, the AU and EU mark together the Day of the African Child. This year's focus is on accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030.

The EU Business Climate Report 2017 was launched during the recent EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum. The second business survey was carried out by the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan), with support of the EU. The survey aims to assess the current conditions for doing business in Azerbaijan, highlighting key reform achievements and remaining bottlenecks. Download your copy now.

Main Conclusions (taken from the report)

Despite notable improvements in the EU businesses' perception of the economic situation over the past one year, the majority still consider the national economy as weak. The findings of the survey suggest that concerns about the fragile economy and a low level of government investments continue weighing on many EU companies operating in Azerbaijan this year. The sluggish economic outlook emphasises the need for more comprehensive economic policies and their implementation to support the diversification of the economy.

This year, improvement in the customs system and immigration policies (referring to the e-visa in particular) was positively assessed. Since many EU businesses express a lack of confidence in the local judicial system and report the tax system as the main point of concern for their business operations, structural reforms in these areas remain a priority. Moreover, discussions suggest that additional measures to enhance the human resource base through improved academic education and vocational training would promote opportunities for the private sector in general and small and medium-sized companies in particular.

Consistent with the projected moderate recovery of the Azerbaijani economy in 2018, the European companies' longer-term outlook for revenue growth is positive. Thus, if genuinely implemented, the government´s Strategic Roadmaps are expected to alleviate the economic uncertainty and important downside effects of the financial sector, and hereby stimulate the business environment in Azerbaijan.

It is important to note that the EU Business Climate Survey Azerbaijan 2017 was conducted soon after the launch of the Strategic Roadmaps and therefore, the real outcome of this long-term government agenda can be gauged with the implementation of annual assessments of the business and investment climate in Azerbaijan.

You can download the PDF version of the report now.
Last year's report is also available for downloading.

19 июня в Люксембурге пройдет заседание Совета ЕС по иностранным делам.

19 чэрвеня ў Люксембургу пройдзе пасяджэнне Савета ЕС па замежных справах.

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A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors (BoG) was held on 12-16 June 2017 in Vienna.

Description: Strengthening Human Resource Management in Public Administration Institutions and support the Public Financial Management Strategy Implementation.

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Implementing organisations: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Duration: from 08/2016 to  06/2021

EU Contribution: € 5,300,000.00

Description: The contract shall help ensuring that the 27,2 ME 'Support for Migration Management' project will have impact and that an Integrated Migration Management Information System (IMMIS) will have been designed, installed, and implemented before the end of the project time.

Description: The specific objective of this assignment is to support the EU Delegation to Ukraine in the evaluation of the EU-funded Project on ''Improvement of Food Safety Control System in Ukraine (IFSSU)'' implemented by the consortium led by SWECO DANMARK AS.

Location: Nationwide

Implementing organisations: DAI EUROPE LIMITED

Duration: from 06/2017 to  10/2017

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