Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) is the official news agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Aslan Aslanov has been the agency's director general since 2002. Since 15 march 2018 Chairman of the Board.
Along with the official state news, Azerbaijan State News Agency releases information on politics, economy, education, science, culture, health, sports and environment in eight languages such as Azerbaijani, Russian, English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese.
AZERTAC was established on 1 March 1920. Throughout the Soviet period, the agency held various names and after restoration of Azerbaijani independence in 1991, the agency name was restored. In 1995-2000, the agency was named State Telegraph Agency under Cabinet of Ministers and then it was renamed to Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency. February 26, 2015 President Ilham Aliyev has today signed an order to rename Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency Azerbaijan State Information Agency (AZERTAC).
AZERTAC became a member of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in 2004. Agency is considered as one of the founders of the Association of National Information Agencies of the countries participating in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Association of News Agencies of Turkish-speaking countries and the Association of National News Agencies of the countries participating in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. Since 2008, AZERTAC is a member of the Asian consortium of news agencies, Asia Pulse.
During the years of 2010-2013 the agency chaired in Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.
At the 15th General Assembly of the OANA, held in Moscow in September 2013 AZERTAC was elected vice-president of the organization. At the same meeting in a secret ballot between member agencies Azerbaijan State News Agency received the right to chair the OANA in 2016-2019.
On November 20, 2013 at the 4th World Congress of News Agencies (NAWC), held in the capital city of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh by participation of more than seventy media structures of the world, leaders of news alliances OANA, EANA, FANA, IINA, media structures such as Sky News Arabia, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, BBC and Internet corporations like MSN, Google, Yahoo AZERTAC was elected chairman for 2016-2019. At the same time, it was decided to hold the 5th World Congress of News Agencies in Azerbaijan. At one of the Baku meetings the posts of the chairman and deputy chairman of the News Agencies of World Council were established for the first time.
On November 16-17, 2016 the 5th World Congress of News Agencies was held in Baku with the organizational support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and AZERTAC. Ilham Aliyev participated in the joint opening ceremony of the 5th Congress and the 16th General Assembly of OANA. The slogan of the Baku Congress was “New Challenges for News Agencies”. During the framework of the congress discussions were held on the topics “The Future of Information Consumption”, “Innovations of News Agencies”, “News Agencies – Challenges and Opportunities of New Technologies and Social Media”, “Training Journalists for the Future of Multimedia” and “Protecting the Mission of Journalists: freedom, accessibility, security and conflict areas”.
AZERTAC cooperates with other notable news agencies such as ITAR-TASS (Russia), Anadolu Agency (Turkey), Xinhua (China), Rompres (Romania), Ukrinform (Ukraine), BelTA (Belarus), Tanjug (Serbia), BTA (Bulgaria), ANSA (Italy), IRNA (Iran), Moldpres (Moldova), ATA (Albania), MTI (Hungary) MENA (Egypt), PETRA (Jordan) and ANTARA (Indonesia), Montsame (Mongolia), Yonhap (South Korea), LETA (Latvia), Kabar (Kyrgyzstan), Kazinform (Kazakhstan), KUNA (Kuwait), and Khovar (Tajikistan), KYODO (Japan), BuaNews (South Africa), AGI (Italy), QNA(Qatar), Elta (Lithuania), Telam (Argentina) and PAP (Poland).
It is a member of Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies and European Alliance of News Agencies. AZERTAC is also the co-founder of Association of the National News Agencies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Union of the Turkish Speaking News Agencies (TKA) and the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA). The agency has offices in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Baltic states, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, Japan, Spain, Romania, Italy, Sweden and all provinces of Azerbaijan.
On November 16-18, 2016 Baku hosted the 5th News Agencies World Congress, the 16th General Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and the 22nd session of the Council of CIS Heads of News Agencies which were co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and AZERTAC. Almost 200 journalists from 80 countries representing more than 130 leading news agencies of the world from five continents discussed topical problems of media at the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku. AZERTAC assumed presidency of the News Agencies World Congress and presidency of OANA for the next three years (2016-2019) at these events. On November 17, AZERTAC signed a Framework Cooperation Agreement with Spanish International News Agency (EFE), an Agreement on Cooperation with Paraguayan IP news agency of Paraguay's Secretariat of Information and Communication (SICOM) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bahrain's News Agency (BNA) on the sidelines of the 5th News Agencies World Congress.
Along with the photo and information AZERTAC prepares video news about the social, political, economic and sports life of the country and releases them on its internet source and social networks. The multimedia and video news services of the agency implements several projects, such as “Cities of the World”, “Travelling around Azerbaijan”, “Our Monuments”, “Our Leading Figures”, "Persona" and "We are also like everyone".
Since 2013, “Children’s Knowledge Portal" has been functioning on the base of the AZERTAC.
The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was a multinational, multi-sport event that was held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12 to 22 May 2017. Previously the event has been held in Saudi Arabia in 2005 and Indonesia in 2013. The second event, originally scheduled to take place in October 2009 in Iran, was later re-scheduled but then cancelled.
The Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) is responsible for the direction and control of the Islamic Solidarity Games.Aslan Aslanov
Aslan Ahmad Aslanov (Azerbaijani: Aslanov Aslan Əhməd oğlu) is a famous Azerbaijani journalist, Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC), Honorary Culture Worker of the Azerbaijan Republic (2000), the holder of Tereggi medal (2005), Order for the Services to the Motherland (2010), Shohrat Order (2011), 20th Anniversary Medal of TURKSOY (2014), “Hasan bey Zardabi”, “Golden Pen” and “Supreme Media”, Jubilee Silver Medal of the Commonwealth of Independent States awards.Aynur Sofiyeva
Aynur Sofiyeva (born 19 July 1970) is an Azerbaijani politician and former chess player. She has been Deputy Chair of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs since 2007.Azerbaijani pakhlava
Azerbaijani pakhlava (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Paxlavası), or simply Pakhlava, is an integral part of those sweets, which are made in Azerbaijan and Iranian Azerbaijan for Nowruz holiday, but it is not baked only for holidays. Yeasty pastry, hazelnuts or Circassian walnut, milled clove, cardamom, saffron are used for preparation of pakhlava. Milled nuts and sugar are used for stuffing.Azerbaijan–Bangladesh relations
Azerbaijan–Bangladesh relations refers to the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. Azerbaijan`s ambassador to India, is also accredited to Bangladesh. While Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey is accredited as Bangladesh's ambassador to Azerbaijan. Bangladesh supported Azerbaijan in the UN with regard to the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute. Azerbaijan supported Bangladesh on its nomination to International Maritime Organization in 2011.Azerbaijan–Portugal relations
The diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Portugal established in 1992 after Portugal recognized the independence of Azerbaijan.Chokak Hamam
Chokak Hamam (Azerbaijani: Çökək hamam, "fallen bath") is a historical bath near Juma Mosque in Ganja.Dovlat Film Fond
The Dovlat Film Fond (The State Film Fund of Azerbaijan) is a film archive funded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan. It has made formal agreements for co-operation with both the Bulgarian and Lithuanian Film Archives. Its president in 2007 was Jamil Gouliyev.Flag of the President of Azerbaijan
The Presidential Standard (Flag) of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan Respublikası Prezidentinin ştandartı (bayrağı)) is the official flag of the President of Azerbaijan.Ganja, Azerbaijan
Ganja (; Azerbaijani: Gəncə [gænˈd͡ʒæ]) is Azerbaijan's second largest city, with a population of around 332,600. It was named Elisabethpol (Russian: Елизаве́тполь, tr. Yelizavétpol, IPA: [jɪlʲɪzəvʲɪtˈpolʲ]) in the Russian Empire period. The city regained its original name, Ganja, in 1920 during the first part of its incorporation into the Soviet Union. However, its name was changed again in 1935 to Kirovabad (Russian: Кироваба́д, IPA: [kʲɪrəvɐˈbat]) and retained that name through most of the rest of the Soviet period. In 1989, during perestroika, the city regained its original name.Ganja State Philharmonic Hall
Ganja State Philharmonic Hall (Azerbaijani: Gəncə Dövlət Filarmoniyası) is a concert hall in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Ganja State Philharmonic is named after the composer Fikret Amirov who was born in Ganja in 1922 and directed the Philharmonic for a while (1942-1943).Hacıkənd (Ganja)
Hajikend (Azerbaijani: Hacıkənd) also, Adzhakend and Adzhikend is a town in the administrative-territorial unit of Kapaz raion of Ganja, Azerbaijan. It has an area of 107 hectares and population of 489.Ilham Aliyev
Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev (Azerbaijani: İlham Heydər oğlu Əliyev, [ilhɑm hɛjdær ɔɣlu ælijɪf]; born 24 December 1961) is an Azerbaijani politician who is the fourth President of Azerbaijan, in office since 2003. He also functions as the Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party and the head of the National Olympic Committee.List of tourist attractions in Ganja
Ganja, a popular tourist destination in Azerbaijan is the second largest city of the country. The city is located 400-450 meters above the sea level, lies on the Ganja-Gazakh plain in the Kur-Araz lowland in the west of Azerbaijan, 375 km away from Baku. It is situated at the north-eastern foothills of the Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges on the Ganjachay river. Ganja offers a variety of tourist attractions, including its nature, historical sights, monuments, museums, theaters and other places.Mehriban Aliyeva
Mehriban Aliyeva (Azerbaijani: Mehriban Arif qızı Əliyeva; born 26 August 1964) is an Azerbaijani physician and ophthalmologist, the First Vice President and First Lady of Azerbaijan, the head of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the chairperson of Azerbaijani Culture Friends Foundation, the President of Azerbaijani Gymnastics Federation, and the goodwill ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO.Piti (food)
Piti is a soup in the cuisines of the Caucasus, its bordering nations, and Central Asia, and is prepared in the oven in individual crocks with a glazed interior (called piti in Turkic languages). It is made with mutton and vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, chickpeas), infused with saffron water to add flavour and colour, all covered by a lump of fat, and cooked in a sealed crock. Piti is served in the crock, usually accompanied by an additional plate for "disassembling" the meat and the liquid part with vegetables, which may be eaten separately as the first (soup with vegs) and second (meat) course meal.
Piti is particularly popular in Azerbaijan, Iran (where it is mostly called abgoosht or dizi), Tajikistan, Turkey and Armenia (where it is called putuk from the Armenian word for crock).
Tasty, flavourful and nourishing piti is traditionally cooked in earthenware pots called chanag, kyupe or dopu. There are so many variations from the Balkans, Moldova, Georgia and Mediterranean countries that the name is more an idea of a recipe, rather than a named stew or soup. The etymology of the name is derived from the Turkic word bitdi, which means the end of need to eat any more food. The secret to a good piti is long, slow cooking. It is usually served in two courses: the clear soup, served with flatbread (lavash) and then the solid ingredients.Samir Sharifov
Samir Rauf oglu Sharifov (Azerbaijani: Samir Rauf oğlu Şərifov; born September 7, 1961) is an Azerbaijani politician serving as the Minister of Finance of Azerbaijan Republic.Sheki Halva
Sheki halva or pakhlava (Azerbaijani: Şəki halvası və ya Şəki paxlavası) is a type of dessert specific to Sheki region of Azerbaijan.Yoana Palacio
Yoana Palacio Mahmudova born 6 October 1990) is a Cuban born, Azerbaijani female volleyball player. She was part of the Cuba women's national volleyball team at the 2010 FIVB World Championship in Japan. She won the silver medal in the 2011 Pan American Games being selected Best Spiker and Most Valuable Player and twice won the bronze medal in the NORCECA Continental Championship, in 2009 and 2011.
She won three time the Cuban National League with the team from Ciudad Havana, Capitalinas from 2009 to 2011 and the Azerbaijani League with Rabita Baku in the 2014/15 season.