The UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy will visit Baku as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Azerbaijan, the British Embassy told Report.
Baroness Nicholson will travel to Azerbaijan for a three-day visit as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Azerbaijan and to expand trade relations between the two countries. This will be Baroness Nicholson's 9th visit to Azerbaijan.
Starting on March 9, the visit will focus on the UK's support for Azerbaijan's economic diversification and its transition to clean energy, as well as exploring further commercial opportunities in the reconstruction of the recovered territories. The visit will culminate on March 11 with a celebration of 30 years of diplomatic relations between the UK and Azerbaijan at the world-famous Heydar Aliyev Centre, designed by UK architect Zaha Hadid.
The UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy will meet a range of senior interlocutors. Key topics for discussion will include regional energy security, tackling climate change, UK support for the life-saving work of removing mines in the returned areas, and opportunities for further expansion of our commercial partnership, including on renewables. Baroness Nicholson will meet the new British Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan, visit ADA University, and meet UK companies and partners in the FinTech, ICT, and marine sectors. The Baroness will also be visiting the "Birgə və Saglam" Autism Centre supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and BP.
Speaking ahead of her visit, UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Baroness Emma Nicholson, said:
"It is fantastic to be able to return to Baku after a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic. Of course, the oil and gas sector and the energy security this provides Europe is critical and will remain central to our relations for decades to come. However, with every visit to Azerbaijan, I am delighted to see how cooperation between the two countries is expanding into new sectors, be it healthcare, ICT, finance, green energy, or demining.
"This visit is all the more special because it coincides with the 30th anniversary of UK-Azerbaijan bilateral relations on March 11. I am delighted to be attending events at both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Heydar Aliyev Centre to celebrate and showcase all that is great about UK-Azerbaijan relations."