BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 27
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev visited the new building of Azerbaijan State News Agency-AZERTAC.
The chairman of the board of directors of AZERTAC Aslan Aslanov informed the head of state of the conditions created in the building.
It was noted that the new building was constructed at 70 Atatürk Avenue in Baku in accordance with a relevant decree of the President of Azerbaijan. The building has nine floors and a basement (parking). Advanced security measures are being considered in the building, which has been constructed to modern standards, is resistant to magnitude 8 earthquakes, has fire safety and fire alarm systems, two underground water tanks with a capacity of 100 tons each.
A bust of the national leader Heydar Aliyev is installed on the first floor of the octagonal star-shaped building. There are also photo booths depicting the participation of the national leader, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva in various media events, their interviews with local and foreign media, the president’s speeches to the nation during the second Karabakh War, as well as visits to liberated territories. There is also a museum presenting the technical equipment used by AZERTAC at different times.
It was noted that the Agency, which issued its first report on March 2, 1920, was only able to cover the events in the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan and the work carried out by the government for 58 days. During the Soviet period, depending on the nature of public and political events, it met a different fate and its name was changed seven times.
Before national leader Heydar Aliyev came to power in Azerbaijan, AZERTAC, which was somewhat left in the background, became one of the main news agencies of the former Soviet republics due to determination, the personal authority and attention of the national leader. The exhibits presented in the museum section of the new building are proof of this. AZERTAC was just after TASS and Ukrinform to become a fully computerized news agency of the Soviet Union. The agency used the T-100 teletype, and the computers of the Italian company Olivetti were the most modern equipment of its time. AZERTAC was one of three agencies operating this equipment, which enabled it to directly transmit official documents – decisions, orders and orders – over long distances.
During the years of independence, the great leader Heydar Aliyev paid special attention to AZERTAC in the implementation of the state policy of the country. Following a reorganization decree of the Agency signed on March 3, 1995, AZERTAC was granted the status of State information body, was given a budget and access to the international information space has been set as the main objective. This marked the start of establishing close links with regional and international media for AZERTAC.
This strategic line continues successfully under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. At present, Azerbaijan represented by AZERTAC is one of the 13 members of the World Council of News Agencies with voting rights. AZERTAC is a member of the board
the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA).
The availability of modern equipment is of vital importance to adequately respond to the new challenges in the information space. The new building, equipped with advanced technology and office equipment, meets all the conditions for the efficient work of journalists and technical staff. The building has editorial rooms of international standards, studios equipped with multimedia equipment, an operational round table and a television system. The building has a 180-seat conference room equipped with simultaneous translation equipment, a 90-seat canteen, a library with a wealth of funds, medical and sports rooms for various events.
AZERTAC’s new building, which operates 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, has a separate transformer station and a diesel generator set that meets emergency electricity needs. A modern boiler system ensures central ventilation of the building according to the seasons. A 60-car parking lot has been set up in the basement and outside the building, the area has been completely landscaped and the adjacent street has been paved.
Currently a member of seven regional and international media organizations, AZERTAC has signed cooperation agreements with around fifty foreign press agencies in recent years and has exchanged information with around 150 agencies. Among them are TASS (Russia), Xinhua (China), Anadolu (Turkey), The Associated Press (United Kingdom), DPA (Germany), IRNA (Iran), ANSA (Italy), KYODO (Japan), Yonhap (Republic of Korea) and other influential national news broadcasters. The agency broadcasts news in eight languages - Azeri, Russian, English, German, French, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish, as well as news videos in five languages. AZERTAC has 21 correspondents abroad.
Witness to Azerbaijani history since the 20th century, AZERTAC is currently writing a 21st century chronicle. The overall conditions created in the new building create confidence that the agency will continue to mobilize all its creative and technical resources to disseminate information on the successes of the country, including large-scale reconstruction works in the liberated areas.
After getting acquainted with the new building of AZERTAC, President Ilham Aliyev said: Send my greetings to the whole team.
Aslan Aslanov: Everyone sends their greetings.
Responding to a question from an Azerbaijani TV correspondent, Aslan Aslanov said: “This building was built by order of President Ilham Aliyev. Thanks to the special care and attention of Mr. President, such a beautiful building is now in place. A total of 225 employees have the opportunity to work efficiently, to use modern technical means and innovative technologies. These conditions inspired our team to work even more productively.