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Human Resources and Labor

The Human Resources Committee meetings are devoted to the exchange of ideas and information related to the development and management of human resources in Azerbaijan. Committee members‘ practical experiences are frequently drawn upon as a basis for presentations and discussions. A new aspect of the committee’s activity is the preparation of commentary on legislation, including the revised Labor Code. The Committee enables AmCham members to share best practices and resources in the field of human resources management.  Its efforts focus on providing essential information to AmCham members and participating Committee members through:Annual National Employee Salary SurveysQuarterly Inflation SurveysResources on the current Azerbaijani labor law legislationTraining Sessions on HR Management (delivered by committee members on voluntarily basis)Best Practices presentations (delivered by committee members)Sharing human resource management expertise with local educational institutionsThe Annual National Employee Salary Survey is presented at a fourth quarter luncheon.Powered by Froala Editor

Travel, Hospitality and Tourism

AmCham Travel, Hospitality and Tourism Committee meets monthly to discuss the present situation of tourism in Azerbaijan and how to improve the country as a tourist destination.Considering the larger than normal expatriate community, an influx of short-term business travelers, and increased investment in infrastructure that are results from a very active oil sector Azerbaijan’s travel tourism industry is one of the most promising. The business travellers require and demand high quality airlines, hotels, restaurants and services in both the capital and the regions. Over the long-term, however, Azerbaijan also has the potential to attract a considerable number of international tourists. The country is blessed with ingredients that will create good memories for tourists, including natural or interesting scenery, people, a historically rich religious diversity, interesting cities to explore, unusual foods, exotic smells, opportunities to bring home memories they have purchased, and above all, safety in the country. Having these attributes should go a long way to enable Azerbaijan to redevelop its tourism industry more broadly.Taking all this into account we would like to invite all of the hotels, airlines, travel agencies that are members of the American Chamber of Commerce as well as any other member companies that are interested in shaping up the private sector efforts in developing and improving the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism in the country to join this newly created committee.Powered by Froala Editor

Procurement

The Working Group on Procurement was established at the end of 2018.  In 2019, the WG held a number of memorable events with participation of foreign procurement experts and local top managers. During 2019, WG formed a group of professionals with a passion for procurement and a desire to positively change the procurement environment in the country. The result of this work was a position paper with a set of proposals aimed to improve public sector procurement. In 2020, the WG was transferred to the status of a Committee and the committee's mission is to help the business community and the public sector to improve procurement processes, to educate and promote best practices and transparency in procurement processes and share successful stories within the Amcham community.Powered by Froala Editor

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Some Facts about AmCham Azerbaijan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan is a leading private, non-profit business association supporting and promoting the interests of foreign and local businesses in Azerbaijan. Established in 1996, AmCham is composed of over 260 Regular and Associate Member Companies active in every sector of the Azerbaijani economy. AmCham Azerbaijan represents nearly 80% of all foreign investment, as well as a significant portion of local investment, in Azerbaijan. Through its 9 industry sector committees, Member Companies are able to share information, raise issues of common concern and propose possible solutions. Being one of the largest and the most influential organizations in the country AmCham provides the best networking opportunities. Other membership benefits include access to the data on the latest tendencies in the market (through such information resources as AmCham White Papers, AmCham Annual Reports, IMPACT Azerbaijan Quarterly Magazines, Annual National Employee Salary Surveys, Quarterly Inflation Surveys); Member-to-Member Discount Program offers; U.S. Business Visa Facilitation Program benefits, etc.

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24 February 2021

AmCham Members' Online February Luncheon

On February 24, 2021, the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan)  hosted its monthly Members’ Online Luncheon. The Guest Speaker of this month was Dr. Taleh Ziyadov, Director-General of “Baku International Sea Trade Port” CJSC. Around a hundred AmCham members and partners attended the event, including representatives of diplomatic corps. President of AmCham Azerbaijan, Mr. Nuran Karimov welcomed the participants with an opening speech and introduced the guest speaker.Dr. Taleh Ziyadov started his speech by emphasizing the role of the Glorious Victory of Azerbaijan in expansion of the country’s opportunities in becoming regional transport and logistics hub through opening of the communication lines of the region considered in Agreement signed on November 11, 2020. Referring to the results of 2020, Dr. Taleh Ziyadov said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the turnover of the Port of Baku has increased by 20%. In his presentation, he also spoke on the activities of the Baku International Sea Trade Port , including development strategy for the next 2 years, agreements reached with leading logistics hubs and transport companies in Asia and Europe, and innovations in the country’s transport sector.Moreover, Dr. Ziyadov made an announcement of the upcoming Trade Mission Program to Belgium, jointly organized by Baku International Sea Trade Port (Port of Baku), Antwerp International Port together with APEC Antwerp & Flanders International Training Center, and AmCham Azerbaijan as an information partner. The Trade Mission Program will include trainings on topics such as environmental and occupational safety, improvement of trade and operational processes, as well as innovation and digitalization. It was also noted that the participants will be able to get acquainted with the activities of the Antwerp and North Seaports, the international logistics center and the customs service of the region for 5 days. Afterwards, he invited AMCHAM members to participate in the Trade Mission Program.In conclusion, all the questions and comments of the participants were addressed by Dr. Taleh Ziyadov.At the end of the luncheon, Mr. Nuran Kerimov thanked everyone for participation.Powered by Froala Editor

29 January 2021

Online AmCham Members Luncheon

On January 29, 2021 the first Online Luncheon of AmCham Members on “Organization of Digital Employment” was held. The guest speaker of the meeting was Mr. Mustafa Abbasbeyli, Chairman of the Board of the State Employment Agency of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population.President of AmCham Azerbaijan, Mr. Nuran Karimov welcomed the participants with an opening speech. The significance of such events for the exchange of views on the cooperation opportunities between government and business representatives was noted during his speech. Mr. Mustafa Abbasbeyli delivered a wide presentation on “Organization of Digital Employment” comprehending relevant issues and topics in its implementation.   Moreover, Mr. Farid Valiyev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Mr. Emil Huseynov, Head of Human Resources Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population, Mr. Orkhan Rasulov, Head of Digital Employment Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population, Ms. Fatima Alakbarova, Deputy Head of Baku City Employment Center and Ms. Asmar Bayramova, Employee of the Strategic Communications Department were also guests of the luncheon. At the end, all questions of member participants were addressed by Mr. Mustafa Abbasbeyli and other senior representatives of the ministry. Powered by Froala Editor

8 January 2021

Online meeting was held between leadership of AmCham Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population

On January 8th, online meeting was held between the leadership of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan on social support for the families of martyrs and war-wounded, as well as potential cooperation in this area.President of AmCham Azerbaijan, Nuran Kerimov welcomed the participants with an opening speech. He stressed the significance of such events in continuation of a dialogue between the public and private sector. Mr. Kerimov noted that AmCham Azerbaijan, as part of its corporate social responsibility policy, pays special attention to improvement of social security of the families of martyrs and war-wounded. He also said that the member companies of the Chamber have been constantly making contribution in this direction.Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Protection of Population, Anar Karimov noted that such event has been a beneficial platform for the exchange of views on the cooperation opportunities between government and business representatives. He also briefed the participants on the projects currently being implemented by the Ministry in this direction and the measures taken to improve the social security of the families of martyrs and war-wounded. Mr. Karimov noted that this initiative of AmCham Azerbaijan is highly commendable and the Ministry is ready to continue cooperation with the Chamber.Chairman of the Board of the State Employment Agency Mustafa Abbasbayli, Chairman of the Board of the DOST Agency Farid Mammadov and other senior officials of the Ministry also made speeches at the meeting. During the meeting, questions and recommendations also were expressed by the representatives of the Chamber. At the end, the parties agreed to hold joint events on providing social support to the families of martyrs and war-wounded, as well as ensuring their employment.AmCham Azerbaijan is a leading private, non-profit business association supporting and promoting the interests of foreign and local businesses in Azerbaijan. Established in 1996, the Chamber is composed of over 260 member companies active in every sector of the Azerbaijani economy. AmCham Azerbaijan represents nearly 80% of all foreign investment, as well as a significant portion of local investment, in Azerbaijan.Powered by Froala Editor

15 December 2020

AmCham Azerbaijan pledges support to Government of the Azerbaijan Republic

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (“AmCham Azerbaijan”) pledges its full Support to the Government of Azerbaijan (“Government”) in post-war recovery period.As a largest business association in Azerbaijan uniting 260 members we stand ready to support the Government’s efforts in rehabilitation and development of the liberated territories and are willing to make our contribution. We will be working closely with the Government, wide local and foreign business community as well as other interested parties on finding and implementing sustainable policy and implementation solutions to this most important goal of our country. AmCham Azerbaijan also strongly welcomes the establishment of “YASHAT” Fund by the President Ilham Aliyev  and is ready to provide all necessary assistance and support to it. The Chamber pays tribute to all heroes who sacrificed their lives and health for the country and calls on all its members to show necessary moral and financial support to the impacted families.Powered by Froala Editor

12 December 2020

Support to the war-wounded and families of martyrs of the 44-day Patriotic War

During last two months our hearts have been beating with the Glorious Azerbaijani Army fighting against Armenian aggression for restoring the justice and obliging Armenia to peace.We once again congratulate all of you and the people of Azerbaijan on the brilliant Victory achieved as a result of the 44-day liberation campaign. AmCham extends its deepest condolences to the families of military servicemen who died heroically for the Victory and to the families of civilians who lost their lives a result of war crimes and terrorism perpetrated by Armenia.As you may already know, on December 8, 2020, the President Ilham Aliyev signed Order on establishment of “YASHAT” Fund in order to support the war-wounded and families of martyrs who protected the territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Under the presidential order, the Fund’s resources shall be formed through voluntary financial assistance (donations) provided by citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijanis living abroad, other individuals and legal entities, as well as other sources not prohibited by law.As AmCham, we applaud this initiative and support the establishment of the Fund. Staying committed to the last two years’ decision of the Chamber on changing the policy on delivery of traditional corporate gifts at the end of each year, we encourage all our members to donate holiday gift budgets to the “YASHAT” Fund.We once again pay tribute to all our heroes who sacrificed their lives and health for making our life better!Powered by Froala Editor

3 November 2020

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan unequivocally supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

As the largest and the oldest business association of the country, we reprehend business activities conducted in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan as well as any financial or other support to the illegal separatist regime in Karabakh.We strongly condemn all individuals and companies engaged in such illegal activities. We also note that any direct or indirect business relations with the organizations engaged in illegal activities on the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is unacceptable.We would like to remind members that individuals and companies engaged in such business practices in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan are legally liable for breaching Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, national and international laws.We call on every individual and company to comply with Azerbaijan’s applicable laws and principles of the international law, and to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan.Powered by Froala Editor

9 October 2020

Joint Statement of the Business Community of Azerbaijan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham), The British Business Group in Azerbaijan (BBG), The Azerbaijan-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIAF), The Italy-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (ITAZERCOM) and The Israel-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IACCI) jointly express their support to the Azerbaijani Nation.We condemn all military actions by the Republic of Armenia towards the Republic of Azerbaijan including recent and ongoing attacks targeting civilians and critical infrastructure outside the conflict zone. We extend our condolences to those who have suffered as a result of the hostilities and we wish everyone to stay safe.We unequivocally support the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and call for resolution of the conflict within the framework of international law and in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884, which demand immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.The liberation of several territories in the past week from the occupation gives hope for the first time in 30 years that more than one million Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced people may  return to their homes and enjoy a sustainable peace in a stabilized region.Powered by Froala Editor

5 October 2020

AmCham Azerbaijan supports territorial integrity of Azerbaijan

The American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham) is deeply concerned with the events developing in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and other areas of Azerbaijan. AmCham Azerbaijan strongly condemns all attacks on Azerbaijan, especially recent large-scale shelling of civilian population and strategic infrastructure facilities carried out from  the territory of Armenia.AmCham Azerbaijan unequivocally supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and calls for the resolution of the conflict within the framework of international law and in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 which demand immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all the occupying  forces from the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.The liberation of several occupied territories in the past week from the Armenian occupation gives hope, first time in 30 years, for more than one million of Azerbaijani refugees and internally displaced people to return to their homes and sustainable peace and stability in the region.Powered by Froala Editor

26 August 2020

AmCham Webinar on Economic Implications of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

On August 26, 2020, AmCham Azerbaijan organized a webinar for its members on “Economic Implications of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict”. The webinar was conducted by our guest speaker, Dr. Farid Shafiyev, Chairman of the Board of the Center for Analysis of International Relations.Mr. Shafiyev shared both political and economic perspectives on the topic. He also briefed the participants on negative economic impacts of the conflict on Azerbaijan and on the whole region. It was also noted that the conflict creates big threat to the security and stability in the region which also affects business and investment climate too.The webinar was concluded with the Q&A session.Powered by Froala Editor

4 June 2020

Meeting with the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Mr. Sahil Babayev

Along with the protection of employment, one of the positive socio-economic factors was the fact that the growth rate in employment contracts continued, even during the pandemic, and the vast majority of this growth was in the private sector. At the same time, it shows the important role of entrepreneurs in accelerating the transition from informal to formal employment in the country, and therefore there are high expectations from them in this area.This was stated by Minister of Labor and Social Protection Sahil Babayev at a webinar with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan ("AmCham Azerbaijan").President of AmCham Azerbaijan Nuran Karimov said that the Chamber is following the social reforms with interest. He said such meetings provided an opportunity for the ministry and the private sector to exchange views and information on labor market reforms.Babayev stressed that the state consistently supports the development of entrepreneurship in all areas as one of the priorities of President Ilham Aliyev's successful socio-economic development strategy. As a positive result, the role of the private sector in the national economy is growing.Noting the measures to support employment and social welfare during the pandemic, Babayev said that a total of 4.8 million people or 48 percent of the population were covered by these measures, and entrepreneurs were provided with state support.He noted that at the same time, a successful experience was formed in our country in the protection of employment, as well as the close participation of entrepreneurs in social actions related to vulnerable groups, support for public policy, solidarity from the position of social responsibility. From this position, entrepreneurs, including companies that are members of AmCham Azerbaijan, can make a more active contribution in the future in the process of preventing informal employment and further reducing the shadow economy.Speaking about measures to combat informal employment, Babayev said that in addition to taking measures in this area, effective mechanisms are applied to stimulate the transition to formal employment. Raising the minimum wage, a number of tax incentives, simplification of tax procedures, support for entrepreneurs during the pandemic, as well as another socio-economic support these days, reduction of mandatory state social insurance rates, etc. are visual examples of this.The Minister noted that the functional capabilities of the "Employment Contract Notification" subsystem have been increased, and important information and warnings for employers have been placed in the subsystem. He stressed the importance of the "Employment" subsystem for employers, and recommended that AmCham Azerbaijan member companies make the most of these innovative opportunities to meet the needs of the workforce.Noting the reforms in the field of labor and employment, Babayev said that the reforms pay special attention to cooperation with entrepreneurs based on social dialogue, and this factor is important for achieving goals in the development of the labor market in general.The members of the Chamber were also informed about the new issues arising in the labor market, the work carried out to improve the labor legislation in connection with the new forms and approaches to labor relations, the proposed amendments to the Labor Code.US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Lee Litzenberger praised the work done in Azerbaijan in the fight against the pandemic, protection of public health, measures to support the economy and social welfare during the pandemic. He praised the state's support for entrepreneurship in our country, as well as the importance of cooperation with entrepreneurs and social dialogue in the reforms in the field of labor and employment.Members of the Chamber stressed the importance of such meetings. The meeting continued with an exchange of views on reforms in the field of labor and employment, improvement of labor legislation, expressed views and suggestions. The Minister answered the questions of the members of the Chamber.Powered by Froala Editor