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the symbol of azerbaijan s oil strategy caspian oil gas 2013 sponsored by

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yesterday the atmosphere of festivity reigned in the pavilions of the baku expo centre field with positive energy and anticipation of pleasant impressions surprises from organisers presentations from exponents and numerous professional dialogues the exciting solemnity of the moment was accentuated with the exclusive design of the enormous exhibition complex with flowers paintings and music the artistic impact of which was intensified with the picturesque exposition stands it is invariably the meeting place of the industry sponsored by 2

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for 20 years running caspian oil gas has been the meeting place for the leading professionals of the oil gas and energy sector where memorandums agreements and contracts on further cooperation are signed over the years the exhibition has hosted a total of 5600 companies which represented more than 70 world countries here and now the organisers have managed to create a spectacular sight of decorative magic combining historical realities and contemporary strict businesslike attitude to present to all of us a fancy present ­ the best exhibition of the caspian region it is in this atmosphere that the activity of the 20th anniversary caspian oil gas exhibition started with the participation of 386 companies from 28 world countries traditionally caspian oil gas is held under the patronage of the president of azerbaijan ilham aliyev at the solemn opening ceremony of the exhibition the head of state addressed those present with a speech emphasising the history of the first exhibition s organisation back then in 1994 the caspian oil gas exhibition as part of the new oil strategy s implementation process attracted the attention of the whole world to azerbaijan mr president said further on president ilham aliyev emphasised the significance of caspian oil 20 caspian oil gas 5600 70 sponsored by 3

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­ caspian oil gas 386 28 caspian oil gas 1994 caspian oil gas caspian oil gas « » 4 sponsored by

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gas which gains in relevance every year these exhibitions reflect azerbaijan s historical transformations serve as a platform for international cooperation development and stagewise demonstrate the main trends of wide-scale development of hydrocarbon resources in the caspian sea basin we have accumulated rich experience in international cooperation successful development of non-oil economy sectors and creation of a favourable investment climate nowadays azerbaijan is leading among cis countries in terms of the scope of direct foreign investments the head of state said the chief consultant of the british ite group plc company andrew wood congratulated the organisers and participants on the beginning of their creative activity in the framework of the exhibition the us ambassador to azerbaijan richard morningstar read out the congratulatory letter from president barack obama then the british prime minister s special envoy charles hendry read out the congratulatory letter of prime-minister david cameron the vip tour round the exhibition was headed by president ilham aliyev and his spouse accompanied by honourable guests heads of sectoral ministries and government representatives of different countries the visit to the socar stand stirred much interest as the guests received information about the achievements of the azerbaijan state oil company and the prospects for this local oil production giant s future development the best achievements of the global energy resource industry were demonstrated by bp azerbaijan omv total tpao statoil petkim russneft halliburton and many others companies the exposition occupied three pavilions of the baku expo centre and the outdoor area adjacent to the building five countries namely germany china russia turkey and great britain were represented by national groups as compared to the previous year the area of exposition and total number of participants have grown by 22 and 25 respectively ite group plc vip bp azerbaijan omv total tpao statoil petkim russneft halliburton sponsored by 5

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­ 22 ­ 25 « » it should be noted that the participants guests and visitors of this grandiose event did more than just get familiarised with the outstanding achievements of many countries in the field of oil and gas production and processing it is here at the caspian oil gas exhibition that one involuntarily starts contemplating the philosophical essence of oil culture and the intelligent thought behind the expositions which represent both the generosity of azerbaijan s natural resources and the unparalleled human feat in extracting these treasures the current exhibition has become a platform for historical retrospection an embodiment of the epoch s spirit and the symbol of over billion tons of precious resources from the depths of azerbaijan land which secured the economic development of many countries the honourable profession of an oilman and the glorious history of discovering the deposits of black oil and blue fuel have elevated azerbaijan up to the level of an important member of the global community and a promising business partner we are ready to develop economic relations with azerbaijan is the slogan that depicts many global leaders approach revealed in the process of the caspian oil gas 2013 activity it represents the new facet and merit of the anniversary exhibition official support to the project is provided by the ministry of industry and energy of the azerbaijan republic and the state oil company of ar socar the organisers are the british exhibition company ite group plc and its partners ­ iteca caspian llc azerbaijan ite moscow llc russia euf and gima germany the meet the buyer event organised by bp and its project partners was held in the framework of the exhibition with participation of approximately 90 local companies « » « » « !» caspian oil gas 2013 6 sponsored by

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this year 20 companies are among the new record number of exhibition sponsors the general sponsor of caspian oil gas 2013 is socar the golden sponsors are the bp azerbaijan and statoil companies among other sponsors of the exhibition are axpo trading azfen-tekfen azeri mi drilling fluids bnp paribas bos shelf caspian drilling company caspian marine services cross caspian oil and gas logistics ihs global interpipe mcdermott caspian contractors inc nabucco nobel oil russneft rwe siveco romania and texnoprom the general media-partner of the exhibition and conference is the caspian energy international media group today caspian oil gas 2013 is continuing its activity one of the highlights of the day will be the ceremony of presenting certificates to the participants and sponsors who have supported the exhibition throughout the 20 years ite group plc ­ iteca caspian llc ite moscow llc euf gima «meet the buyer» « » bp 90 20 caspian oil gas 2013 socar bp azerbaijan statoil axpo trading azfen-tekfen azeri mi drilling fluids bnp paribas bos shelf caspian drilling company caspian marine services cross caspian oil and gas logistics ihs global interpipe mcdermott caspian contractors inc nabucco nobel oil russneft rwe siveco romania texnoprom caspian energy international media group caspian oil gas 2013 20 sponsored by 7

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planting of trees central botanic garden in baku here the organisers and participants of the exhibition and conference planted rare trees and flower bushes on may 11 as a tribute to the anniversary of heydar aliyev the founder of caspian oil gas 11 caspian oil gas sabir chopuroglu exhibition the exposition of the works by sabir chopuroglu who paints with oil on the days of the exhibition at the baku expo centre the visitors and participants of the event observe the creative work process 8 sponsored by

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student award presentation traditional awarding of the best student who chose to major in oil studies this year the annual caspian oil gas scholarship has been awarded to mamiyeva gulay a freshman who scored highest points to enter the azerbaijan state oil academy caspian oil gas exhibition of children s paintings organised by the kids art studio exposition of children s paintings small painters and the big world the young members of the kids art school are painting right at the exhibition kids art kids art evening receptions the evening reception organised by the embassies of great britain and usa in azerbaijan meeting colleagues and exchanging opinions in an informal setting sponsored by 9

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executive director of ite group plc edward strachan ite group plc 20 years of success ­ mr strachan we are all celebrating a remarkable anniversary on the occasion of which baku receives congratulations from many countries how would you characterize the exhibition s professional merits over the 20 year period ­ caspian oil gas is the largest event in the oil industry of the caspian region following the declaration of azerbaijan s independence it was the first specialised exhibition in the republic caspian oil gas maintains the position of one of the most reputable and long-awaited forums and representatives of the global oil and gas industry prepare for it every year the chief merit of caspian oil gas is that the exhibition and conference became the gateway to azerbaijan for many oil and service companies which later on got involved in the implementation of many energy related contracts on the territory of azerbaijan it is common knowledge that a number of countries send in welcome letters addressed to exhibition and conference participants while many high ranking guests arrive specifically to attend the opening ceremony of the event all of the above is very important in terms of relations between countries which are already cooperating or just planning to jointly work at a project ­ every year the exhibition pins the attention of the global community to azerbaijan how strong have the ties between the caspian oil gas event and the leading players of the global energy market grown how high is the rating of this exhibition among specialised international events ­ caspian oil gas is i would say unique from the very first days of their existence the exhibition and conference attracted attention and became the key events in the energy sector of the region involving both local and foreign participant-companies another irrefutably distinctive quality of the exhibition is the extent of official support we receive from the government of azerbaijan owing to the attention paid to the exhibition by the head of state caspian oil gas annually assembles the leaders of the global oil industry and pins the attention of the global community to azerbaijan as organisers we spare no efforts to maintain its high status attracting foreign companies and national groups all of the 14 ite offices support our local iteca caspian company which has already proven to be a professional «20 » ­ 20 ­ caspian oil gas ­ caspian oil gas caspian oil gas «» ­ caspian oil gas ­ caspian oil gas c caspian oil gas 10 sponsored by

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organiser and won participants trust as you know caspian oil gas has also won distinction in the fair industry and holds a certificate of the global association of the exhibition industry ufi the early history of exhibition auditing dates back 40 years ufi confirms the validity of the statistics announced by exhibition and conference organisers we are happy to note that caspian oil gas has been the first exhibition in the caucasus to receive a ufi certificate ­ how do the organisers manage to maintain such a high status of this international exhibition how important from this point of view are the human factor team spirit and corporate drive ­ azerbaijan has created very favourable conditions for the development of the exhibition and conference business the government of azerbaijan supports foreign companies entrance to the market of the republic and exhibitions are the most ideal tool for promoting that process i should say it is much easier to maintain the status of the exhibition now than it was at the start when we were launching our exhibition business here there was neither a professional exhibition venue nor infrastructure available today 20 years from hence baku is often chosen as a host to international events businessmen and statesmen are glad to 14 ite iteca caspian caspian oil gas ufi ufi caspian oil gas ­ ­ 20 be here as they are confident in the high performance capacity of business circles in azerbaijan at the same time they are attracted by the interesting history of the city and the colossal transformations it has undergone over the recent years by the way the baku expo centre constructed in 2010 is one of the symbols of the new baku our permanent participants who follow us to different countries from exhibition to exhibition underline that the baku expo centre corresponds to all the modern standards sponsored by 11

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promoting the azerbaijan exhibitions ascent to a higher level it is noteworthy that even from this point of view caspian oil gas has pioneered the way ­ it was the first exhibition to be held in the newly constructed baku expo centre in 2010 as to the human factor and team spirit we attach huge significance to this matter any exhibition s formula for success is quite plain summing up a successful economic policy commitment of governmental organisations and a professional team of organisers however believe me that this plain formula is just the façade of enormous efforts of a large number of people the main driving force of an exhibition is definitely its team our employees constantly attend international advanced training courses the staff of the company is characterised with such qualities as strong enthusiasm professionalism creative thinking and of course commitment to the common cause close cooperation between the local and foreign ite offices will undoubtedly lead to an increased role of the baku city as a regional exhibition centre ­ azerbaijan is called upon to play one of the key roles in ensuring europe s energy security how do your foreign exhibition partners express their aspiration to develop business cooperation with azerbaijan the azerbaijan market is a strategic point for us because the republic s economy demonstrates one of the highest growth rates worldwide it boasts perfect conditions for conducting business and taking this opportunity i would like to express my gratitude to the azerbaijan government for their support to the exhibition industry another important factor is that now we have at our disposal the baku expo centre which corresponds to all the standards it is what we have been missing to be able to organise full-fledged international events in the azerbaijan capital city our exhibition partners and we are quite enthusiastic and intend to continue our activity one of the main directions for us now is the development of the non-oil exhibitions we have the most positive expectations in this respect we feel the support of relevant ministries and government as well as the interest of participant-companies so there is a lot of work ahead of us to organise new exhibitions which will promote continued economic prosperity of azerbaijan 2010 caspian oil gas «» ­ 2010 ­ ite ­ ­ 12 sponsored by

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