The 4th international conference on “Shaping the Geopolitics of the Greater Eurasia: from Past to Present to Future” has been held at ADA University, Baku, bringing together up to 40 representatives from more than 30 countries. The conference was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev.
The first session of the conference was moderated by ADA Vice-Rector Fariz Ismayilzade. He emphasized the importance of the conference in terms of discussing future trends in the region.
Addressing the event, Rector of ADA University, Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev said that this is the 4th edition of the conference hosted at ADA University. Pashayev noted that this event is of great importance in terms of politics, science and international relations, adding that ADA University is recognized as an important venue for discussion of issues on the regional and global agenda.
Ambassador Hafiz Pashayev highlighted exceptional services of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev to the restoration of the Azerbaijani statehood. “Azerbaijan was in the middle of crisis when Heydar Aliyev saved Azerbaijan from the threat of deep economic and political crisis, and put it to a path of sustainable development,” Pashayev underlined.
Speaking at the event Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Head of the Department of Economic Issues and Innovative Development Policy of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov emphasized the importance of “The Contract of the Century”, Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan (BTC) project as well as major offshore projects initiated by Azerbaijan.
“Nearly 300 billion US dollars have been invested in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has turned from a renewable energy distributing country into a transit country,” the presidential aide noted.
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev spoke about the numerous international projects initiated and realized by Azerbaijan, particularly in the field of transport and transit.
The second session of the conference, moderated by Professor of the US Naval Postgraduate School, United States Brenda Shaffer, featured remarks by former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, former co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis, Uzbekistan Sodyq Safoev, former Georgian Ambassador to the US and Canada Tedo Japaridze, former Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Bolat Nurgaliev and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State David A. Merkel.
In their remarks, the speakers hailed Heydar Aliyev’s political wisdom, noting that his tireless efforts to pull the young Azerbaijani state out of chaos and put the country on a path towards development are always highly appreciated.