IEC Affiliate Country Programme
At the end of June 2011, the IEC Affiliate Country Programme welcomed Azerbaijan as its newest participating country. With its 81 Full or Associate Member countries and 82 developing countries now following the Programme, the IEC Family numbers 163.
IEC Past President visits Central Asia
The June 2011 e-tech related the visit in May of IEC Past President Jacques Régis to Turkmenistan where he was speaking to representatives of the Caucasus and Central Asia regions at EASC, the Euroasian Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification. One of the countries present was Azerbaijan.
International Standards and Conformity Assessment important for growth
Immediate Past President Régis pointed out how, according to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the medium-term economic growth prospects in the regions were good, but equally, how countries needed, for prosperity, to be able to look beyond traditional sources of growth in order to get past obstructive import and export barriers. He underlined the importance of International Standards and CA (Conformity Assessment) Systems in this process.
Azerbaijan part of a WTO delegation visit to Geneva
In June 2011, Azerbaijan was part of a WTO (World Trade Organization) delegation visiting IEC Central Office in Geneva. The visit gave Affiliate Country Programme Secretary Françoise Rauser the opportunity to invite Azerbaijan to join the IEC's Affiliate Country Programme. Today, Azerbaijan has already benefitted from its first IEC International Standard under the terms of the Affiliate Country Programme.
A foot in Europe
The Republic of Azerbaijan lies mainly in South Western Asia, with a foot in Eastern Europe to its north. It is the largest country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. To its east is the Caspian Sea, the world's largest inland water body. To the north is Russia, with Georgia to the northwest, Armenia and a small 9-kilometre border with Turkey to the west, and Iran to the south. With an electricity consumption of 18 billion kWh, according to 2007 figures, the country exported 786 million kWh of electricity while importing 548 million kWh. The country's population is today verging on 8,4 million.