Media hold Armenia to account

Media hold Armenia to account

It is not often that Azerbaijanis are pleasantly surprised regarding the media’s reporting of the Nagorno-Karabakh issue. Yet the BBC’s recent HardTalk interview with Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, did just that. For the first time in memory, a key...
Thursday night lights

Thursday night lights

In the US, Monday evenings are synonymous with football, albeit a pigskin-throwing, rumbustious American variant to what the rest of the world identifies as the ‘beautiful game.’ In Europe, however – and particularly in Azerbaijan – the world game (soccer to our...
Championing Azerbaijan’s sporting talent

Championing Azerbaijan’s sporting talent

Azerbaijan is known around the world for its ancient history, culture and traditions. I am proud that it is also increasingly recognised for its commitment to sporting excellence. In recent years, Azerbaijan has successfully hosted some of the most prestigious...
Financial education is the ultimate investment

Financial education is the ultimate investment

Financial education must be embedded throughout the schooling system to nurture the next generation of investors. Despite government efforts worldwide, the data consistently shows that financial literacy – including in economies with well-advanced financial...
The importance of investing in world heritage

The importance of investing in world heritage

Baku, the capital of my native Azerbaijan, is proud to be hosting 2,500 delegates from 180 countries for the 43rd annual summit of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which runs until July 10. Attendees will debate 42 nominations to the World Heritage List, a vital...