AHK-Working Groups

Working groups are of high significance for the German Chambers of Commerce. Each group is specialized in a particular sector of the economy and they dedicate their meetings to the discussion of specific topics of importance.

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The AHK Azerbaijan offers its members the opportunity to engage in these working groups. The main purpose behind the creation and operation of working groups is to facilitate the flow of information among the members and to address the similar problems they face. The agenda of the working committees is defined and implemented by the AHK Azerbaijan members on their own initiative. The AHK provides the framework and technical support for the committees to be in operation.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Working Group

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Working Group is the first committee of the AHK Azerbaijan and is open to all industry representatives which provide IT and Communication services, have an ICT department or are interested in ICT matters. The group was established on the initiative of Mr. Rufat Hajialibayov, Executive Director of SAP Azerbaijan, on 12 May 2017 and Mr. Hajialibayov was selected as the Chairman of the group. The ICT Working Group offers its members the opportunity to work jointly. Members will benefit from the shared knowledge and the practical experience of other companies in the realization of IT and Communications projects, as well as establish a better basis for negotiation with the responsible government agencies.

Protocol of the Meetings

07.12.2018: ICT Working Group meeting

AHK Azerbaijan organised the ICT Working Group meeting on December 7th, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room.

The honorary guest speaker of this meeting was the member of the Parliament of the Azerbaijan Republic, Mr. Tahir Mirkishili. He delivered a speech on the topic of “Impact of digital transformation on economy”. The core themes of this meeting were the impact of artificial intelligence on business, development strategies of the digital system and implementation of the international practices.

Following the speech, Mr. Tahir Mirkishili answered to the specific inquiries of participants and the meeting was followed by discussions. More

30.10.2018: ICT Working Group Meeting

AHK Azerbaijan organised the ICT Working Group meeting on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, from 15:00 AM to 16:30 AM at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room (Winter Park Plaza, 7th floor, 75 Rasul Rza Street, AZ 1014, Baku).

At this meeting, Chief Commercial Officer of AzInTelecom, Mr. Ruslan Aliyev delivered a presentation on “World Cloud Computing Trends. AzInTelecom as a first Cloud Services Provider in Azerbaijan” topic. The core themes of this meeting were the crucial responsibilities of AzInTelecom, provision of Cloud Services (IaaS) and the main Data Center in Azerbaijan.

Following the presentation, Mr. Ruslan Aliyev answered to the specific inquiries of participants and the meeting was followed by discussions. More

09.10.2018: German-Azerbaijani Business Forum on Energy and ICT

On 9 October 2018, Baku hosted the German-Azerbaijani Business Forum on energy and ICT. The Forum was organised by the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) in cooperation with the German Eastern Business Association (Ost-Ausschuss – Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft) at Fairmont Hotel Baku.

The main focus of this year’s Forum was on reforms and perspectives for partnership in the energy and ICT sectors. The Forum aimed to present projects, proposals and needs of German and Azerbaijani companies in the energy and ICT sectors and to identify current opportunities for cooperation in the respective industries.

At the official opening of the Forum, Mr Natig Abbasov, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr Azad Jafarli, Chief of Administration of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Mrs Andrea Sühl, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany delivered their opening remarks.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr Natig Abbasov informed the participants about the introduction of new technologies in the energy sector of Azerbaijan. Mentioning the role of digitalisation as one of the main priorities of the energy industry, Mr Abbasov also stated that the cooperation with German companies is expected to further develop in the upcoming years.

Chief of Administration of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations, Mr Azad Jafarli spoke about the recent reforms carried out in the information technology and telecommunication sectors. Underscoring the new measures taken in the implementation of the digital projects, Mr Jafarli mentioned that the work is underway in the sphere of integration and evaluation of electronic services in the country.

The programme of the event entailed parallel panel discussions focusing on innovation in the energy sector and ICT as a driving force for economic reforms in Azerbaijan. ICT panel discussions were moderated by Mr. Elchin Aliyev, president of the Sinam LLC. During the discussions Mr. Fariz Jafarov, director of E-Government Development Center, Mr. Farid Osmanov, director of the Information Technologies Department of Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Rufat Hajialibayov, managing director of SAP AZ LLC, Mr. Stefan Kägebein, head of Working Group Digitalization in German Eastern Business Association and Mr. Abzetdin Adamov, director of Data Analysis Research Center at ADA University have shared their ideas, experiences and valuable thoughts about the ICT field in Azerbaijan. More

07.06.2018: ICT Working Group workshop

The workshop in the framework of Information and Communication Technologies Working Group (ICT Working Group) of AHK Azerbaijan was held on 07.06.2018, from 11 AM to 12:30 AM at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room. 

During the workshop, Mr. Farid Gattal from SAP Azerbaijan delivered the presentation on the topic of “ERP as a key enabler for effective business operations”.

The participants of workshop were informed about the best practices of business process re-engineering in conjunction with the implementation of technical tools.

Afterwards, the presenter responded to the enquiries of participants and the workshop was followed by discussions. More

11.05.2018: ICT Working Group Meeting

The AHK Azerbaijan organised the next meeting of its Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Working Group on 11 May 2018, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room (Winter Park Plaza, 7th floor, 75 Rasul Rza Street, AZ 1014, Baku).

The focus area of the meeting was a discussion of “The Strategic Roadmap for the Development of Telecommunication and Information Technologies in the Republic of Azerbaijan” and the improvement of ICT infrastructure for the digital economy, and the further enhancement of ICT efficiency in the public sector. The honorary guest speaker of the meeting was Mr Elmir Valizadeh, Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies. More

02.05.2018: ICT Working Group workshop “Cyber Risk Management”

On 2 May 2018, the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) organized the “Cyber Risk Management” workshop in the framework of AHK Azerbaijan’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Working Group at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room.

Mr Agil Azimov from KPMG Azerbaijan Limited Company has delivered his presentation for members of the ICT Working Group. The workshop was attended by 20 representatives from relevant member companies of AHK Azerbaijan.

The core themes of the workshop were risk management, proactive strategy against IT Risks and discussions in business technology matters. The principal aim of the workshop was to notify member companies of AHK Azerbaijan about main critical steps in IT risk management strategy.

At the beginning of the workshop Mr Tobias Baumann, Executive Board Member of AHK Azerbaijan and Rufat Hajialibayov, Chairman of the ICT Working Group welcomed the participants and delivered their introductory remarks.

Following the presentation, Mr Agil Azimov informed the participants about modification, evaluation, and retention of operational risks. Afterward, the presenter answered to the specific inquiries of participants and the workshop followed by discussions. More

28.02.2018: AHK Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies

AHK Azerbaijan organised the Working Group on Information and Communication Technologies on 28.02.2018, Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. at AHK Azerbaijan Meeting & Conference Room (Winter Park Plaza, 75 Rasul Rza Street, AZ 1014, Baku).

The focus area of the meeting was a discussion of annual agenda for 2018. Participants came together to identify the main topics, objectives, key speakers and suitable dates for the upcoming ICT events. More

Tax, Customs and Legal Affairs Working Group

The Tax, Customs and Legal Affairs Working Group of AHK Azerbaijan has been established on May 4, 2018 by the initiative of AHK Azerbaijan member company KPMG Azerbaijan Limited. Mr. Farid Isayev, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the AHK Azerbaijan took over the functioning of the Working Group as the Chairman.

The crucial aims of the Working Group are holding informational events on actual legal issues for members of the chamber, discussing current changes in the legislation of Azerbaijan, exchange of ideas and experiences and deepening dialogues with relevant government agencies.

26.07.2018: Meeting of the Tax, Customs and Legal Affairs Working Group

On 26 July 2018, AHK Azerbaijan organised the next meeting within the framework of its Tax, Customs and Legal Affairs Working Group at the AHK Azerbaijan office.

The honorary guest speaker of the meeting was Mr. Elnur Suleymanov, Head of Employment Policy and Demography division of the Labour and Social Protection Ministry.

The participants were given an overview of the current situation in the labour and social insurance sphere in Azerbaijan and Mr. Suleymanov presented the action plan of the Ministry by elaborating on the planned reform Agenda. Moreover, he invited the companies to provide inputs and recommendations for the development of existing framework in the relevant field.

The event was concluded with a productive Q&A session.

04.05.2018: Kick-off meeting of the Tax, Customs and Legal Affairs Working Group

On 4 May 2018, the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) organized the Kick-off meeting of the “Tax and Legal Affairs” AHK Working Group at AHK Azerbaijan Conference Room. The meeting was attended by 30 representatives from relevant member companies of AHK Azerbaijan.

The principal objective of the meeting was to explore difficulties in tax sphere and gather suggestions of the participants.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mr Farid Isayev, deputy chairman of AHK Azerbaijan welcomed the participants. Mr İsayev informed the participants about productive discussions of AHK Azerbaijan’s board of directors with the Minister of Taxes of Azerbaijan Republic recently and offered help in facilitating the announced tax reforms.

The beginning speech was followed by a discussion of participants from several industries. Company representatives noted the difficulties they faced in the tax field and gave their verbal suggestions in terms of the improvement of the Tax Legislations of the Republic of Azerbaijan. More

HR and VET Working Group

AHK Azerbaijan established the Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training (HR and VET) Working Group with the initiative of GRC Executive Search and Management Consulting on September 19th , 2018.

The crucial aim of the activities of HR and VET Working Group is to address the potential challenges of the labor market, including human resource policies, legislative changes, exchange of ideas and experiences, to hold informational events on actual topics in the HR field and to strengthen dialogues with relevant government agencies.

29.11.2018: Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training (HR & VET) Working Group

On 29 November 2018, the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) organised the meeting of the Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training (HR and VET) Working Group at the AHK Azerbaijan office.

The meeting was dedicated to HR recruitment and development sphere and the HR specialist Mr. Bulent Hasdemir delivered a presentation on the topic of “How talent acquisition can establish a competitive advantage?”.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Agil Allahverdiyev, chairman of the Working Group welcomed the participants and informed them about the crucial aim of activities of HR and VET Working Group.

The beginning speech was followed by the presentation of Mr. Bulent Hasdemir. He informed the participants about human resources management, human resources planning within the enterprise and the strategies for employee training and development. More

19.09.2018: Kick-off meeting of the Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training (HR and VET) Working Group

On 19 September 2018, the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) organized the kick-off meeting of Human Resources and Vocational Education&Training (HR and VET) Working Group at AHK Azerbaijan office. 18 representatives attended the meeting from relevant member companies of AHK Azerbaijan.

The principal objective of the meeting was to explore challenges in HR and VET spheres and gather suggestions of participants.

At the beginning of the meeting, Mr. Farid Isayev, deputy chairman of AHK Azerbaijan and Mr. Agil Allahverdiyev, chairman of the Working Group welcomed the participants and informed them about the crucial aim of activities of HR and VET Working Group.

The beginning speech was followed by a discussion of participants from several industries. At this meeting the inputs of the member companies was collected, the current challenges due to the specified HR and VET issues was determined and the next joint steps was discussed. Participants also identified the main topics and objectives for the upcoming meetings.