The President of NSI Assoc. Prof. Atanas Atanasov, PhD held a meeting with H.E. Huseyn Huseynov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Sofia and Mr. Chingiz Garibli, First Secretary of the Embassy. The visit was of informative nature and the guests showed interest in statistical data on population and demographic processes, business statistics and macroeconomic indicators for the country.
Assoc. Prof. Atanasov presented information on the 2021 population and housing census and undertook to provide the Embassy of Azerbaijan with up-to-date statistical information. He informed the guests about the cooperation agreement signed in 1999 with the State Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the long-standing fruitful collaboration between the two institutions. “Over the past 20 years, NSI has successfully implemented two EU-funded twinning projects with Azerbaijan, and together with the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) has organized a number of trainings in the field of theory and organization of statistical surveys for experts from the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We are ready to continue the joint work with our colleagues from Azerbaijan,” stressed the President of NSI.
For his part, Ambassador Huseynov declared the Embassy’s readiness to assist in organizing the next meeting between the Presidents of the two statistical institutions and expressed the Embassy’s interest in receiving statistical data from the NSI. Ambassador Huseynov pointed out that receiving timely and accurate data on the economic situation in Bulgaria and its foreign trade is extremely important for Azerbaijani companies that wish to enter the Bulgarian market and develop cooperation with Bulgarian partners.
During the meeting, a desire to resume the bilateral activities between the two statistical organizations, which were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was declared.