Our overarching aim is to build links between the UK and Azerbaijan, and to strengthen the friendships between the peoples of our countries. As our constitution says: “To foster Anglo-Azerbaijani relationships in all respects”
In its early days, the main thrust of the Society’s early activities was providing humanitarian aid. However, with the improved fortunes of the Azerbaijan economy through oil and gas wealth, the Azerbaijan Government is now well placed financially to meet its own needs. Therefore the present objective of the Society, while being non-political, is to further relations between the two countries:
• Through developing cultural understanding
• Through mutual development of the skills and talents of our peoples
• Through building a relationship with businesses so that they can better appreciate the cultures and history of the UK and Azerbaijan
• Through charitable work on a case by case basis should the need arise.
With this in mind, the Executive has set up two sub-committee’s:
The Health Sub-Committee run by Dr. Ali Atalar
The Education Sub-Committee
We were the first friendship society to be formed following the Soviet break-up and form a significant thread in the UK and Azerbaijan relationship. BP was the first founder member and then other corporations came along to support us over the years. But we can carry on only with the continued support of the sponsors and members.
Because we adhere to the principle that funds raised for our charities and other activities are used only for that purpose, we depend on our contributors for all the other costs of the Society including administration.
Who Are We?...
The membership comprises corporate companies such as BP, Amec, Connaught Investments, KCA Deutag, ITE Exhibitions, CB&I, and Rapid Solutions, SOCAR and Caspian Broking, along with many smaller firms, as well as individuals who have worked in or have an interest in Azerbaijan.
An Executive Committee of 16 officers runs the Society and until last year was chaired from 2000 by Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC, who sadly passed away in 2013. His predecessor and our first Chairman was The Rt. Hon. Tim Eggar, former UK Energy Minister. Lord German took on the role of Co- Chairman (London) in 2014. We are also honoured to have Professor Nargiz Pasheyeva as Co-Chairman of the Society in Baku.
The Society also has an Advisory Committee whose advice is sought on policy matters.
Co-Patrons are The Rt. Hon. Lord Hurd of Westwell and H.E. Mr. Tahir Taghizade, Azerbaijan Ambassador in London.
Tim Eggar, former UK Energy Minister. Lord German took on the role of Co-Chairman (London) in 2014. We are also honoured to have Professor Nargiz Pasheyeva as Co-Chairman of the Society in Baku. The Society also has an Advisory Committee whose advice is sought on policy matters.