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H.E. Prof. Dr  Ali M.  ABBASOV

Government of Republic of Azerbaijan. Minister of Ministry of Communications and High Technologies

"Broadbands as a trans-global socio-economic issue should become a new digital infrastructure to bridge all continents of the world and it should generate all kind of public-private partnership efforts, in international, regional as well as countries levels and it should be taken into strong consideration by every nation as a valuable tool in achieving the MDGs"

Professor Ali M. Abbasov is the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a position he has held since 2004. He has had a long and remarkable career in academia, education and the public sector. His recent experience includes posts as director of the Institute of Information Technologies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan (1991-2000), and rector of Azerbaijan State Economic University (2000-2004).

As Minister, Prof. Abbasov pays special attention to accelerating the transition to the information society and the formation of the digital economy; application of e-government solutions and new technologies; and the development of broadband services and human resources. He is has been the initiator of several national and regional projects and oversees their implementation. He also played special role in the establishment and further development of Internet access in Azerbaijan.