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Thursday, 15 September 2016 11:00

Tourism Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan established

Tourism Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan established

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed (14 September) the Decree “On additional measures to develop tourism in the Republic of Azerbaijan”, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

According to the document, the head of state has enacted to establish the Tourism Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to fulfill the tasks arising from the “Key areas directions of the strategic roadmap for the national economy and the main sectors of economy”, to create a modern tourism industry in Azerbaijan that meets high economic, social and environmental requirements, and to ensure a further increase of its share in the national economy through an aligned policy in this area.

It was stated that the main aim of the Tourism Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan is to analyze the current situation in the tourism sector of Azerbaijan, to take appropriate measures to address the problems in the industry, to coordinate fulfillment of tasks in the tourism sector assigned to the government bodies;

The Council may involve in its activity independent experts and specialists, and establish working groups.

The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan was instructed:

- Together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan to work out proposals in a 6-month period with the use of the world’s best practices and submit them to the President of the Azerbaijan Republic. The said proposals shall suggest how to improve the mechanisms of state regulation in the tourism sector, to expand the possibilities of using the tourism potential of the country, to promote tourism in the regions, to boost different types of tourism taking into account the national, cultural, historical, social, economic and natural features and create required tourism routes, to improve the quality of travel-related services, to expand international cooperation in the field of tourism;

- Together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan to work draft Regulations about the Tourism Council of the Azerbaijan Republic within two months and submit them to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- On the basis of application of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan to envisage funds in the draft 2017 budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan for organizing shopping festivals;

- to work out in a three-month period proposals on bringing the acts of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in compliance with the present Decree and submit them to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- to ensure within three months bringing the law acts of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan in compliance with the present Decree and inform the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- To solve other issues arising from the present Decree.

The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan together with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan was instructed to work out and within a three-month period approve the action plan that envisages finances at the expense of the funds of the National Entrepreneurship Support Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan to support investment projects of local entrepreneurs, which target development of the tourism sector.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan was instructed to provide bringing the law acts and normative acts of the central executive bodies in compliance with the present Decree and inform the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

According to the document, the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan was recommended to speed up consideration of the draft law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Tourism”.

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