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29.03.2012 13:10

Matthew Bryza: ““South corridor” is impossible without Azerbaijan”

Tbilisi. Nizami Mammadzadeh – APA. Today, the 11th annual Georgian International Oil, Gas, Infrastructure and Energy Conference & Showcase GIOGIE-2012 started in Tbilisi.
APA’s bureau in Georgia reports that more than 100 representatives from 15 countries participate in the event. Representatives of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) in Georgia, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Georgia Azer Huseynov, UNDP Senior Programme Adviser Chingiz Mammadov and Gulmira Rzayeva, energy expert of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan, represent Azerbaijan in this conference.

First Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia Mariam Valishvili, officials of the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, ambassadors to Georgia, experts from European countries, heads of the different international organizations and journalists also participate in the event.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), South East Europe Pipeline (SEEP) and Nabucco projects were discussed at the conference today. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Georgia Azer Huseynov spoke about Azerbaijan-Georgia partnership in energy sphere and European Energy Security and the role of stability in the region. The ambassador also informed the participants of the event about the work carried out by SOCAR for contributing to Georgian economy.

Gulmira Rzayeva, energy expert of the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan, said that such conferences were held in Baku, Kazakhstan and Georgia: “Georgia and Turkey are still only transit countries for the export of Azerbaijani gas to Europe. That’s why it is significant to hold such events here. This country is also significant for Azerbaijan.”

Former US ambassador to Azerbaijan Matthew Bryza spoke about the perspectives of “South Corridor”. Bryza told APA that Azerbaijan carries out much work to ensure energy security of the European countries: “Europe intends to develop gas trade everywhere. If gas trade will be organized in Netherlands, Belgium, France and other countries, the gas market network will be established in these countries passing through Europe. Azerbaijan can play a major role in this field. “Southern Corridor” is one of the most important projects for European gas supply. However, the project is impossible without Azerbaijan”.

The conference will continue its work tomorrow.


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