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Caspian: Technologies for the Environment
International Environmental Exhibition

21 November, Baku Expo Exhibition Centre is hosting CTE 2012, Caspian: Technologies for the Environment an international environmental exhibition. This can be considered the biggest event for ecological and environmental matters held in the Caspian and Caucasus regions, and one which comprehensively presents innovative developments in the field of environmental protection and natural resources management. The exhibition is held with support from and the active participation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The exhibition is organized by Iteca Caspian and its partner, the British ITE Group Plc.

At the opening of the exhibition the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, H.E. Mr Ilham Aliyev, addressed the participants of the international Caspian: Technologies for the Environment exhibition with his welcome speech and wished them every success in their work. In his welcome letter, which is included in the exhibition catalogue, the President said: It is encouraging that the holding of exhibitions related to the protection of the environment has become a tradition in our country. The progress made during recent year has strengthened the economic foundations of our country and created favourable opportunities to accelerate the development of the non-oil sector and infrastructure, as well the dynamism of the Azerbaijani regions, and particularly to implement complex measures to ensure environmental protection. The letter further notes that so far a number of projects to improve the environment, the protection of natural resources, and biodiversity have been implemented. At the moment, the attention of public, local and international organizations is focused on environmental issues, and the nations environmental policy, defined by the State, is being successfully implemented. The President expressed his confidence in the effectiveness of Caspian: Technologies for the Environment in terms of it reaching its performance targets.

The exhibition was prefaced by a VIP tour which was attended by Mr Huseyn Baghirov, Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Republic, as well as by government and diplomatic representatives. During the VIP tour guests were fully informed about new environmental projects and those that have already been successfully implemented in Azerbaijan by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. At the end of the VIP tour, the Minister gave an interview to the media, in which he noted the ecological importance of the exhibition industry and the significance of the fact that this show has become an annual event. At the end of the interview, the Minister wished all the participants a successful show.

CTE 2012 involves 60 companies from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Turkey and France, among other countries. The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Nakhichevan, Temiz Sheher JSC, Azersu SC, the State Company for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources, the Azerbaijan State Agency for Land Reclamation and Water Resources, the Azerbaijan State Shipping Company, and the Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture in Azerbaijan also have active roles in the exhibition.

Among the participants are the leading oil and gas companies of SOCAR, BP and Saipem, which are displaying their proposals and projects for the efficient use of natural resources, alternative and renewable energy, and water treatment. These projects are intended to eliminate the consequences of the long-term development of the oil and gas fields in Azerbaijan. Thirty per cent of the total exhibitors are new companies. This years newcomers include Gorex Analyt GMBH (Germany), Nord Engineering (Turkey) and Deniz Muhendislik Kimya Ve Aritma San. Tic. LTD. STI. (Turkey), and these companies will be demonstrating equipment for environmental impact assessments, systems for the collection and disposal of solid waste, water treatment facilities, and offshore deep-water treatment plants.

The exhibition ends on 23 November.

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