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Azerbaijan has been an IOM Member State
since 2001

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IOM Azerbaijan has launched its first publication, “TERRA Toolkit: Community Approach to Radicalization”, devoted to different issues of preventing violent extremism and radicalization as a part of USAID funded Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity.

 

 

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IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES NEW REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS (RFP):

 

In the Integrated Rural Development for IDP Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Proposals for Development of a Bilingual Atlas of Kahrizes in Azerbaijan

 

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Integrated Rural Development for IDP Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System

Ref. No. :          KOICA-AZ-001/2019

Date       :         21 August 2019

Closing date of submission is 17:00 AZT on 4 September 2019.

RFP

 

 

 

IOM continues its efforts to increase employability skills of rural youth

 

 

 

Within the USAID funded Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity IOM continues its efforts to increase employability skills of rural youth and enhance their access to labour market. To this purpose 106 selected youth from target areas, namely Guba-Gusar-Khachmaz, Masalli-Lankaran-Astara and Sheki-Balaken-Zagatala regions are provided with vocational skills training via two modules. The Modul-1 is Professional Accountant and Tax Specialist Course, whereas the Modul-2 offers European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Training. In addition to core courses, both modules also include English Language and Soft Skills training.

USAID and IOM are interested in establishing collaboration with private sector under the Activity to enhance the capacities of the rural youth in access to labour market.  To this purpose on August 17, 2019 Araz Eyyubov and Ramil Mammadli, representatives of Prosol Company, one of the leading IT companies in Azerbaijan, delivered a motivational session for 36 participants of the vocational skills training in Lankaran.

The presenters delivered a session entitled ‘How to become IT specialist’ and shared both the challenges and tips to overcome them.  The session was followed by Q&A session, where the participants had a chance to address the questions.

 

 

 

Real stories from the Victim of Trafficking and the Center for Rehabilitation and Reintegration 

July 30 - World Day against Trafficking in Persons

 

 

 

The story is told by heroine Sevda (pseudonym). She is 43 years old. Eight years ago, this young woman, who has a daughter, divorced her husband. When she had financial problems, she received an advice from a neighbor to visit compatriot living in Turkey. Unfortunately, by accepting this advice, she became one of hundreds of women deceived by promises of good job abroad. During conversation, Sevda said that when she left Baku, she was promised that she would work as a babysitter or nurse in one of the regions in Turkey. “There were several women with me. I wanted to find a good job and make money. Upon arrival, they put us in a small room. The woman who brought us there deceived me, saying that she was trying to find a job for me. For this reason, she took my passport. But she sold me to a man who had a gun. I was very scared. Within a month, he forced me to provide sexual services to several men by threatening with his gun. Then they took me to another house. I did not know that I had become a victim of human trafficking, and I did not have the opportunity to fight or escape. I experienced all kinds of physical and mental abuse from the men I was sold to. Fortunately, the last person who bought me became my savior. He understood my situation. According to Sevda, the man helped her to return home. “After 10 days in the house of that man, I was able to get back my passport and returned to Azerbaijan. In fact, it was a miracle, because I had no hope of survival surrounded by armed men. I was told that if I did not obey them, they could easily have killed me”.  Read more…

 

 

 

The Canadian Visa Application Center continues its work at the new address

 

 

 

The Canadian Visa Application Center (CVAC) in Azerbaijan operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with VFS Global and authorized to provide administrative support services to visa applicants in Azerbaijan continues its work at the new address - in the Yasamal District, 23, Izmir str., near the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It should be noted that earlier the center was in the building of the Azerbaijan office of IOM.

CVAC is the exclusive service provider for the Government of Canada, authorized to accept applications in all temporary resident categories (visitor visas, study and work permits) and travel document applications from Canada’s permanent residents in Azerbaijan.

CVAC is also authorized to provide administrative support services, such as; the collection of visa applications, fees and return of passports in sealed decision envelopes to applicants. CVAC can also assist in scheduling interviews on behalf of the Canada visa office.

The Visa Application Center can be reached on the following number +994(012)538-57-44 or via e-mail: info.canbakiom@vfshelpline.com

 

 

 

What is trafficking in persons?

 

 

 

Trafficking in persons – recruitment, obtaining, keeping, harboring, transporting, giving or receipt of a person by means of threat or use of force, intimidation or other means of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power [influence] or a position of vulnerability, or by giving or receiving payments or benefits, privileges or concessions to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for purposes of exploitation; hashtag#EndHumanTrafficking

 

 

Human exploitation – forced labor (servitude), sexual servitude, slavery, practices similar to slavery and related conditions of servitude, illicit removal of human organs and tissues, illicit conduct of bio-medical research on a person, use of a woman as a surrogate mother, recruitment for unlawful activities (including criminal activities), and other forms of human exploitation. The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons shall be irrelevant where any of the means set forth in the article 1.0.1 have been used; Forced labor (service) – illicit coercion of a person into performing certain labor (service); hashtag#EndHumanTrafficking

 

Sexual exploitation – coercion of a person into prostitution, sexual servitude or production of pornographic materials, or benefiting from the sexual activity of other individuals; Slavery – the full or partial implementation of property rights with respect to an individual;

 

 

 

 

"On this World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives."

António Guterres UN Secretary-General

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

 

 

 

Geneva—The images are unforgettable. Desperate families in sweltering shipping containers and rickety boats. Bodies washed up on shores and beaches following failed voyages. Human beings scarred and broken from years of abuse and exploitation.

Indeed, we are shattered by tales of violence and predation by those willing to exploit the desperate for their own personal gain. Our consciences are shaken with the realization that children are at risk of irreparable damage—even death—simply because their families are trying to improve their futures.    

But today—this day when we observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons—is not a day to reflect on what we feel about migrants who are victims of trafficking.

Rather it is a warning that yet another year has passed in which we can remind ourselves that no matter how much good we can do, we still haven’t done enough. It is time to end the trafficking of men, women and children across the globe.

IOM  works tirelessly with partners in government, civil society and the private sector to sweep away bad practices in international labor recruiting. We fight to declare the rights of migrants who cross borders to do those difficult jobs that go unfilled in many prosperous countries, and see that those rights are protected and defended.

But still it is not enough. We need to go after the traffickers, too. And we must hold the governments of IOM’s member states accountable when they fail to protect the traffickers’ victims.

Migration is increasingly seen as an option to escape conflict, instability, food insecurity, natural disasters and climate change, and we know that with large-scale movements of people, the opportunities for criminal elements to rise and then expand to take advantage of those on the move increase.

Nonetheless, this knowledge has not yet resulted in sufficient action to arrest either the drivers of unsafe migration or to address the protection and assistance needs of migrants.

Nowadays, sadly, many governments first go after the NGOs who rescue vulnerable migrants, instead of going after the actual traffickers and smugglers themselves. It is unjust to penalize rescuers—especially on bureaucratic grounds such as not having proper docking permits, or operating without jurisdiction at sea—but it is also ineffective, and wastes the resources of both NGOs and the law enforcement agencies of these governments, themselves.

Responding to these challenges will require significant investment and international cooperation. But we cannot ignore these challenges whilst at the same time hoping that the unsafe migration and the migrant trafficking that follows will disappear of its own accord.

As private citizens, we can speak out against anti-migrant sentiment in both the public and private sphere, sentiments that erode public empathy and which allow traffickers to operate unchallenged and unpunished. We can demand accountability from leaders who tolerate or encourage narratives that dehumanize migrants of all kinds.

As consumers, we can demand goods and services produced without slavery or exploitation.

As leaders, we can reinvest in our protection systems. This includes child protection systems, protection systems for victims of domestic violence, and systems aimed at upholding the rights of workers. We must ensure that these are in place and have sufficient resources to meet the needs of all vulnerable people, including vulnerable migrants.

But we cannot do nothing and yet still hope for change.

I understand that many people are migrating not only to flee desperate situations, but also to fulfill their own aspirations. I agree that governments have a legitimate interest in securing their borders and managing migration flows. I am aware that, oftentimes, governments must reach for a balance between the interests of their citizens and the humanitarian needs of migrants which may not always appear to align.

However, we all have an interest in maintaining respect for human dignity and in upholding human rights.

Our humanity demands it.

Dünya İnsan Alverinə qarşı Mübarizə Günü

 

 

Cenevrə - Şəkillər unudulmazdır. Havasız daşınma konteynrlərində və sınıq-salxaq qayıqlarda yola çıxmış əlacsız ailələr. Uğursuz səyahətlərdən sonra sahilə, çimərliklərə atılmış cəsədlər. İllərlə kodub rəhftardan və istirmardan qorxan və sındırılmış insanlar. Həqiqətən də biz şəxsi mənfəətnə görə çarəsizləri istismar etmək istəyənlər tərəfindən edilən şiddət və yırtıcılıq halları haqda hekayələrdən sarsılmışıq. Bizim şürumuz çox zaman ailələlərin yaxşı gələcəyi təmin etmək istəyindən uşaqlarında da qarşısıalınmaz ziyan – hətta ölümlə üz-üzə qalması faktından sarsılır.

Dünya İnsan Alverinə qarşı Mübarizə Günü kimi qeyd etdiyimiz bu gün insan alveri qurbanı olan miqrantlar haqqında düşüncələrimizi əks etdirmək üçün bir gün deyil. Hər şeydən əvvəl bu nə qədər yaxşı işlər görməyimizdən asılı olmayaraq bunun hələ də kifayyət etmədiyini özümüzə xatırlada biləcəyimiz daha bir ilin ötüb keçməsi haqda xəbərdarlıqdır. 

Dünyada kişi, qadın və uşaqların alverinə son qoymaq vaxtıdır. IOM hökumətdə, vətəndaş cəmiyyəti və özəl sektorda olan tərəfdaşları ilə yorulmadan beynəlxalq işə qəbulda mənfi təcrübədən yaxa qurtarmaq üçün çalışır. Biz bir çox inkişaf etmiş olan ölkələrdə mövcud olan və yerlilər tərəfindən icra olunmayan ağır işlərdə işləmək üçün sərhədləri keçən miqrantların hüquqlarını bəyan edir və bu hüquqların qorunduğu və müdafiə olunduğunu təmin etmək üçün mübarizə aparırıq.

Amma bu hələ də kifayət deyil. Biz də insan alverçilərini təqib etməliyik. Biz insan alveri qurbanlarının müdafiə edə bilməyən  BMqT-a üzv dövlətlərin hökumətlərini məsuliyyət daşımsına nail olmalıyıq.

Miqrasiya getdikcə daha çox münaqişə, qeyri-sabitlik, ərzaq təhlükəsizliyinin yoxluğu, təbii fəlakətlər və iqlim dəyişikliyindən qaçmaq üçün bir seçim kimi qəbul edilir və biz bilirik ki, geniş miqyaslı insanların hərəkətləri zamanı cinayətkar elementlər üçün fəaliyyətlərini genişləndirməklə miqrantların vəziyyətindən istifadə etmək imkanları artır.

Buna baxmayaraq, əldə olan bu bilgilər təhlükəli miqrasiyanı təşkil edənlərin həbsi və ya miqrantların müdafiəsinə və yardım ehtiyaclarına cavab vermək baxımında kifayyət qədər tədbirlərin görülməsi ilə nəticələnməmişdir.

Hazırda çox təssüf ki, bir çox hökümətlər, ilk növbədə, həqiqi insan alverçiləri və qaçaqmalçılarını hədəf seçmək əvəzinə müdafiəsiz miqratnları xilas edən QHT-ləri təqib edirlər. 

Xilaskarları cəzalandırmaq, xüsusilə bürokratik əsaslarla, məsələn, sahilə yan alamaq üçün müvafiq icazələri olmadıqda və ya dənizdə yurisdiksiyasız fəaliyyət göstərdikdə cəzalandırmaq ədalətsizdir. Belə ki, bu həm səmərəsizdir, həm QHT-lərin, həm də hökümətin hüquq-mühafizə orqanlarının resurslarının sərf edilməsidir.

Bu çağırışlara cavab vermək üçün iri həcmdə sərmayə və beynəlxalq əməkdaşlıq tələb olunur. Lakin biz bu problemlərə etinasız yanaşa, eyni zamanda təhlükəli miqrasiya və onu təqib edən miqrant alverinin öz-özünə yox olacağıan ümid edə bilmərik.

Sıravi vətəndaş kimi biz həm ictimai, həm də özəl sferada miqrantlar əlehinə olan fikirlərə, ictimai hüsn-rəğbəti pozan və insan alverçilərini maneəsiz və cəzasız fəaliyyət göstərməsinə imkan verən əhval-ruhiyyəyə qarşı çıxış edə bilərik. Biz hər cür miqrantları qeyri-insan formasında göstərən hekayələrə qarşı dözümlülük göstərən və təşviq edən liderlərdən məsuliyyət tələb edə bilərik.

İstehlakçı kimi biz qul əməyi və istismar olamadan istehsal edilən məhsul və göstərilən xidmətlər tələb edə bilərik.

Liderlər qismində biz mühafizə sistemlərini bərpa edə bilərik. Bu özündə uşaqların mühafizəsi sistemini, məişət zorakılığı qurbanlarının mühafizə sistemini və işçilərin hüquqlarının mühafizə sistemini etiva edir. Biz bütün bunların işlədiyinə və müdafiəsiz insanların, o cümlədən müdafiəsiz migrantların ehityaclarını qarşılamaq üçün kifayyət qədər resursa malik olduğumuza əmin olmalıyıq.

Amma biz heç bir şey edə bilmərik və hələ də vəziyyətin dəyişəcəyinə ümid edirik.

Mən başa düşürəm ki, bir çox insanlar sadəcə ümidsiz vəziyyətləri qaçmaq üçün deyil, həm də öz istəylərini yerinə yetirmək üçün köç edirlər. Hökumətlərin sərhədlərinin mühafizəsinin təmin edilməsinə və miqrasiya axınlarını idarə etməyə qanuni maraq göstərdiyini qəbul edirəm. Mən anlayıram ki, hökumətlər öz vətəndaşlarının maraqları ilə həmişə uyğunlaşmayan miqrantların humanitar ehtiyacları arasında bir tarazlığa çatmalıdırlar.

Bununla belə, biz hamımız insan qüruruna hörmət və insan hüquqlarının qorunmasında maraqlıyıq. Bizim insanlığımız bunu tələb edir.

 

 

 

The representatives of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan visited the Cabinet of Ministers

 

 

 

On 26 July 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Mr. Ali Hasanov, the Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Aid.

During the meeting, Gjorgjiev expressed his gratitude about the existing cooperation between the IOM and the Government of Azerbaijan and stressed his interest in working together on future projects. Gjorgjiev expressed his appreciation to the Government of Azerbaijan for being one of the most active members of the IOM and expressed his gratitude to the government for its collaborative support for the IOM’s projects and effective cooperation.

Referring to the activities of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan, Ali Hasanov said that the mission is implementing various projects and programs that are priority for the country in close cooperation with the Government of Azerbaijan. Hasanov said the Government will support the Mission’s projects in the future as well.

 

 

 

 

IOM is continuing its efforts to deliver reintegration assistance to migrants who voluntary returned to country of origin under the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) projects.

 

 

On 24 July 2019, the representatives of IOM Azerbaijan visited Kamarly village of Oghuz district in order to delivery reintegration assistance to returnees from the Netherlands within its AVRR projects. In scope of this project, family has procured 10 cattle for establishment of income generating activity with the support of IOM.

IOM Azerbaijan currently provides its assistance activities for the returnees from Switzerland, the Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey and Latvia. The allocated reintegration budgets can be used to establish a business, invest into an already existing business, and receive education, as well as for temporary accommodation.

 

 

 

IOM conducts vocational trainings for young people in the region

 

 

 

The mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to Azerbaijan is working on raising youth's vocational skills within the framework of the USAID-funded ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity’ project. Since June, a total of 106 young people have been selected for vocational trainings in Guba, Zagatala and Lankaran districts. In the trainings that will continue until September, young people are involved in the module training they choose. Module-1 is a professional accounting and tax specialist training program, and module-2 is ECDL training (the European Computer Driving License). In addition, both modules includes English language, as well as CV writing, job recruitment and interview skills trainings.

106 young people were selected for vocational trainings among those who applied from Guba-Gusar-Khachmaz, Shaki-Balakan-Zagatala and Masalli-Lankaran-Astara districts according to the project geographical coverage.

 

 

Media coverage of vocational trainings held in regions

 

 

 

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IOM teams up with Azeri Academia to Study Ancient Water Supply Systems

 

 

 

Ganja, Azerbaijan - The lack of sustainable water supplies has always been a factor in human migration. As the climate changes, this phenomenon has become even more significant, and now IOM in Azerbaijan is embarking on a study of some of humanity’s oldest and most efficient water supply systems.

 

The study focuses on the kahriz - a man-made, centuries-old, gravity-fed traditional water-supply system that does not need electricity or fossil fuel to function. This method – very much alive in Azerbaijan and the surrounding region - ensures the access to water for current and future generations and contributes to local communities’ quality of life. 

 

A Project Implementation Agreement on the establishment of Kahriz Research and Information Centre and kahriz engineering course was signed last week in Ganja,  Azerbaijan’s second city, between IOM Chief of Mission Vladimir Gjorgjiev, and Ibrahim Jafarov, rector of Azerbaijan State Agricultural University (ASAU).

 

The Kahriz Research and Information Centre will be a unique facility for collecting, researching and disseminating information and knowledge on kahriz systems. ASAU faculty members will receive training on kahriz engineering and develop a training curriculum jointly with IOM.

 

“We are already implementing a project to renovate 40 kahrizes in selected regions of Azerbaijan close to IDPs communities, but we want to ensure sustainability of this process so that collected experience and knowledge will pass to the next generations,” said Vladimir Gjorgjiyev.

 

For ASAU, Mr Jafarov, Rector noted that the university has “all the necessary capacity, both human and facility resources for implementing this project to a high level, and we believe that this partnership will open new research perspectives to sustainability of kahriz engineering.”

The project is financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and focuses on improving the water supply in rural areas through the renovation of over 40 kahriz systems in areas which have a high number of internally displaced persons. In addition to renovating the kahrizes, the project includes components of local capacity building, irrigation improvement, support for IDPs’ small business start-ups, among others.

 

Media coverage of Project Implementation Agreement between IOM and ASAU

 

 

 

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The representatives IOM Mission in Azerbaijan has visited the Lankaran State University

 

 

 

On 11 July 2019, the representatives of International Organization for Migration (IOM) headed by Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of Mission, had a cooperation meeting with the representatives of Lankaran State University (LSU) represented by Idrak Asgerov, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning Technologies, Kamran Kazomov, Vice-Rector for Social Affairs and Zaur Mammadov, Head of International Relations Department. The prospects for possible cooperation within the framework of IOM projects were discussed at the meeting. IOM and LSU representatives agreed to hold new meetings to discuss further partnership and co-operation of both sides in terms of increasing sustainability and transferring knowledge and skills for future career opportunities for young people, including university students.

 

 

 

The representatives of IOM visited Masalli district

 

 

 

On 11 July 2019, the representatives of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan headed by Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of Mission, visited Masalli district to monitor small businesses supported within the Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity project implemented by IOM jointly with the State Committee on Religious Associations with a financial support from USAID Azerbaijan.

During the site visit to Masalli district the representatives of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan met the beneficiaries of the project, Benare Hajiyeva resident of Bina-Khojavar village, who has a home-based tailoring business. The other site visits were to hair-dressing business, owned by Dadashovs’ family and furnuture workshop belonged to Mammad Teymurlu located also in Bina-Khojavar village. The visit proved that the businesses of the beneficiaries are developing successfully and they are already thinking about expanding their activities.

The aim of the CRV is to prevent the transformation of selected population groups into projected migration, human trafficking, labor exploitation, forced labor, and the transformation of victims into violent extremism and radicalization, and to increase their resilience to different socio-economic challenges.

 

 

 

UN representatives met IDPs

 

 

 

On July 9 2019, Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Head of the Mission of the International Organization for Migration in Azerbaijan, together with heads of other United Nation’s local offices in the country and government representatives took part in the event entitled “One day with internally displaced persons: No one is left without attention” organized by the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Shikharh settlement for IDPs located in the Tartar district. During the visit, the UN Youth Advisory Council conducted a training for young IDPs on sustainable development goals. At the end of the event, UN representatives visited the village of Beimsarov in the Tartar district, where they met with IDPs who settled here.

 

 

 

The representatives of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan visited the Victim Assistance Centre

 

 

 

On 3 July 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief and Ms. Marija Nikolovska, Programme Officer of the IOM Mission in Azerbaijan met with Ms. Habiba Garibova, the Director of the Victim Assistance Centre (VAC) under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev expressed his appreciation for the Victim Assistance Center's fruithfull coopeation with IOM in capacity building and raising awareness to the potential and identified victims of trafficking (VoTs). Mr. Valdimir Gjorgiev further emphasised the importance of continuation of the cooperation in future to benefit those in need.

Ms. Habiba Garibova gave a brief overview of the about the Center’ s capacity and operations. VAC have been operational for 14 years and have been supporting victims of trafficking and victims of domestic violence. “Beneficiaries are offered a wide range of comprehensive services including medical, psychosocial, legal, educational, training and assistance in finding employment” said Garibova.

Ms. Garibova informed the meeting of the ongoing construction of the new VAC building in the Zabrat settlement aiming at increasing of the VAC’s operational activities. The new VAC will become operational in 2020.

Ms. Marija Nikolovska said that VAC’s capacity building and awreness raising activities held in regions throughout Azerbaijan are of great importance towards overall objective in countering human trafficking and assisting victims of trafficking.

The parties agreed to continue with regular meetigns and future cooperation.

 

 

 

Media coverage of the meeting at the Victim Assistance Centre

 

 

 

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Notification on Extension

 

Services: Development of a Draft National Master Plan for Kahriz Revitalization in Azerbaijan

 

 

 

Notification on Extension

 

REQUESTS FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ):

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of fruit dryer machine (with natural gas)

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-002/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 8, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-FRUIT DRYER.DOC

 

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of Potato harvesting unit

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-003/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 8, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

RFQ-HARVESTER.DOC

 

 

 

 

 

IT and dancing rooms were given to the disposal of Balaken youth

 

 

 

IOM Azerbaijan continues to support Youth Houses within the ‘Public Action for Resilience (PAR) Activity’ funded by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Azerbaijan and implemented by IOM Azerbaijan in close cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan since September 2018. The aim of PAR activity is to strengthen local resilience to different types of existing socio-economic challenges.

On 28 June 2019, an opening ceremony of an IT Room and a Dancing Room at the Youth House was held in Balaken district. Along with USAID representative Emin Mammadli, and IOM representative the small-scale event was attended by Ms Nazakat Rustamova, Deputy of Executive Power Office of Balaken district, Mr Rasim Pachalov, Head of Balaken Youth and Sport Department attended the opening ceremony, and Mr Taleh Shahverdiyev, Head of Balaken Youth House.

Within the PAR Activity IT Room was overhauled thoroughly and equipped with a set of IT equipment (PCs, smart board, projector etc.) designed for learning process of up to fifteen students; in turn, Dancing Room was established with necessary accessories as big glasses, handrails etc. Both IT Room and Dancing Room is already operational given to the disposal of Balaken youth.

 

 

 

Media coverage of an opening ceremony of an IT Room and a Dancing Room at Balaken Youth House

 

 

 

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Migrants learn Azerbaijani language

 

 

 

On June 28 2019, Vladimir Gjorgjiev, Chief of the International Organization for Migration Mission to Azerbaijan attended the ceremony of awarding certificates for graduates of the sixth-month Azerbaijani language course organized for the migrants living in the Azerbaijan in the headquarter of the Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society (AzRCS).

It should be noted that the Az.RCS has been providing free language courses for migrants from foreign countries living in Azerbaijan since 2013.

 

 

 

Fatal Journeys 4: Lack of Data on Missing Migrant Children Leads to Gaps in Protection 

 

 

 

A new report from the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) highlights the need for better data on migrant deaths and disappearances, particularly those of missing migrant children.

This year’s Fatal Journeys 4 report focuses on the theme of missing migrant children, given the growing number embarking on dangerous migrant journeys. According to IOM data, nearly 1,600 children – an average of almost one every day – were reported dead or missing between 2014 and 2018, though many more go unrecorded.

Detailed information on Report you can find here: https://publications.iom.int/system/files/pdf/fatal_journeys_4.pdf

 

 

 

IOM and KOICA visit to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress

 

 

 

IOM Mission to Azerbaijan is implementing “Integrated Rural Development for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Communities in Azerbaijan through Revitalization of the Kahriz Water Supply System” project, financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Recently the representatives of IOM and KOICA have visited to Banovshalar IDP Settlement located in Agdam district to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress. They had a meeting with community members of Banovshalar IDP Settlement who are the potential beneficiaries of Kahriz rehabilitation in Aghdam district.

The four-year project aims to provide safe and consistent water supplies for over 8,000 families in eight districts through the renovation of 40 kahrizes – a traditional, sustainable water supply system.

 

 

 

Media coverage of IOM, KOICA visit to monitor the Kahriz renovation progress

 

 

 

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IOM AZERBAIJAN ANNOUNCES TWO NEW REQUESTS FOR QUOTATIONS (RFQ):

 

In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of fruit dryer machine (with natural gas)

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-002/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 1, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

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In the framework of Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity, the IOM invites interested eligible Suppliers to submit Quotations for the supply and delivery of Potato harvesting unit

 (in two languages – English and Azerbaijani)

 

To          :         All concerned

Project   :          Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV)

Ref. No. :          CRV-003/2019

Date       :         25 June 2019

Closing date of submission is July 1, 2019 at 18:00 (Baku time).

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Access to free legal assistance in four regional ASAN service hubs

 

 

 

UN Migration Agency, International Organization for Migration is implementing the Rule of Law Project with the financial support from the US State Department. The project is supporting the efforts for increasing the access of population to professional legal services. With the same purpose the Project initiated the operation of Legal Aid Centers in four regional hubs of Azerbaijan. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Justice, Bar Association of the Republic of Azerbaijan and ASAN Service. As a result of close cooperation among the agencies the Legal aid Centers were opened in Barda, Gabala, Imishli and Masalli ASAN Service centers since February 2019.

By the end of May the Centers recieved 806 people in 1249 cases approaching the centers with various types of legal problems. 36% of the applicants were females and 33 % of cases were the issues under the court jurisdiction. The legal cases analysis in the first three months show that the 24% of assisted cases are related with bank loans, 16% were property related matters, 15% family issues, 10 % labor and social protection. In addition to these legal cases the other applications covered various areas such as inheritance, migration law, tax law, communal services, citizenship and registration, and the criminal and administrative cases.

The applicants demonstrate great satisfaction from the services which were carried free of charge. As of the Project’s objectives the amount spent for administrative and court proceedings were also reimbursed to the applicants. The services continue to be implemented successfully.   

 

 

 

The representatives of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan visited the State Oil Fund

 

 

 

On 19 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Shahmar Movsumov, CEO of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Introducing himself Mr. Gjorgjiev gave valuable information to Shahmar Movsumov about IOM history, principles, its global and local projects, achievements, and role of the IOM Azerbaijan in country level affairs, international and regional migration processes. Mr. Gjorgjiev expressed the interest in future cooperation with the State Oil Fund in arears of mutual interests.

The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest as well as the prospects of the cooperation.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with CEO of Oil Fond

 

 

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The representatives of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan visited the Ministry of Education

 

 

 

On 18 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Jeyhun Bayramov, the Minister of Education.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev spoke about the general outcomes of Mission’s projects in Azerbaijan and expressed the interest of the organization in cooperation with the Ministry in the framework of projects implemented in the country.

During the meeting the current cooperation relations between the Ministry of Education and the IOM Mission and their prospects of further development were discussed.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with Ministry of Education

 

 

 

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IOM Azerbaijan organizes a training on creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence

 

 

 

On 12-14 June 2019, International Organization for Migration Mission to Azerbaijan organized tree-day training on Creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence within the counter-trafficking in person’s component of the Community Resilience to Vulnerabilities (CRV) Activity. This project is implemented by IOM Azerbaijan jointly with the Government of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations with a financial support from USAID Azerbaijan. The three-day training was attended by staff members of the shelters run civil society organizations, as well as employees of the Victim Assistance Centre under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population. The training will cover topics on the improvement of the services provided to the vulnerable children at the shelters and centers, the possible ways of development the existing reintegration assistance, as well as existing practices in other countries.  

CRV project aims to reduce the vulnerabilities of the population, in particular, youth and women by enhancing their resilience, assisting them to start income generation activities and by the promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue among public sector, civil society, academia and the private sector on preventing vulnerabilities.

 

 

 

Media coverage of a training on creating models on assistance to the minors experienced violence

 

 

 

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Notification on Extension

Services: Mapping Locations, Conducting Technical Assessments and Developing a Bilingual Atlas of Kahrizes across Azerbaijan

 

 

 

 

Further cooperation between IOM Azerbaijan and the State Customs Committee was discussed

 

 

 

On 13 June 2019, Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev, the Chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan met with Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman of the Customs Committee. The meeting took place at the Heyder Aliyev Center during the Information Technologies and Technological Innovations Conference organized by the World Customs Organization.

The Chairman of the State Customs Committee informed about the measures taken to improve the business environment, entrepreneurship in Azerbaijan, simplify and accelerate international trade, as well as the establishment of a more efficient and transparent customs business, which plays an important role in shaping the country's economy. Mehdiyev said that currently there are effective cooperation relations among customs bodies, migration and border services of Azerbaijan and it gives positive results in the fight against illegal migration.

Mr. Vladimir Gjorgjiev spoke about the general outcomes of Mission’s projects in Azerbaijan and noted the importance of customs authorities' participation in projects aimed at strengthening migration and border management potential, adding that it would create conditions for further expansion of mutual exchange of experience. The sides exchanged views on the issues of mutual interest and came to the agreement to establish a working group to work on the future initiatives.

 

 

 

Media Coverage of the meeting with Chairman of Customs Committee

 

 

 

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The IOM Azerbaijan experience working in partnership with relevant Government institutions and partners to improve the border management system

 

 

 

Information Technology & Innovation were on the agenda at the World Customs Organization IT&TI Conference held in Azerbaijan on 12-14 June. For the first time, the WCO has merged its two major public-private sector events that contribute to the shaping of Customs technology-related initiatives, namely the Information Technology (IT) Conference & Exhibition and the Technology & Innovation (TI) Forum, into one major event - the WCO IT/TI Conference and Exhibition.

The chief of IOM Mission to Azerbaijan Vladimir Gjorgjiev participated as a speaker in the plenary session “Smart airports for seamless travel” alongside with Felipe Mendes Moraes, Fiscal Auditor of Brazilian Federal Revenue Service, Falah Al Sammak, Senior Manager of Dubai Customs at Airport Terminal 2, David Coyles, Counsellor Customs of Australian Embassy in Brussels, Timothy Norton, Global Market Director, Ports & Borders, Smiths Detection. The main question of the discussion was that - are Customs and border agencies making full use of new technologies and other developments that can speed up the movement of passengers? 

During the plenary session, moderated by Milena Budimirovic from World Customs Organization, Chief of Mission Vladimir Gjorgjiev emphasized that since it is the experience, the skillful use of new technologies that allow us to cope with the increasing level of passengers’ traffic IOM continuously assists the government of Azerbaijan with capacity building, networking, research and awareness raising activities. In his speech he highlighted key areas where IOM collaborates with the government.

Vladimir Gjorgjiev noted that IOM supports inter-institutional cooperation by bringing together border and migration agencies in the training activities and workshops, improving their language skills and providing them new tools in line with the international and EU standards. “IOM supported software and hardware development and procurement for the State Migration Service, State Border Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan,” said Gjorgjiev.

Talking about the legislation the Chief of Mission noted that IOM tries to eliminate disparities in the local legislation with international standards. “For example, the “Comparative review of customs-related legislation of the EU and the Republic of Azerbaijan”, developed by an IOM expert assisted the State Customs Committee to finalize the procedure for “Customs Clearance of Goods and Means of Transport by Physical Persons at the Customs Border.”  

According to him, a comprehensive information and awareness, which has become the main goal of one of the IOM local projects, is of great importance in this area. “IOM, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Migration Service and ASAN Service developed a comprehensive information campaign to raise awareness among the population of the country, Azerbaijani migrant communities abroad and foreigners coming to Azerbaijan about safe, regular and orderly migration, about smooth mobility of people, including visa regulations, migration procedures and new services available at Azerbaijani diplomatic representations in the European Union.”

In conclusion Gjorgjiev emphasized that IOM intends to support the Government of Azerbaijan in enhancing the national capacities related to passenger data collection and processing. “The initiative aims to support policy dialogue, legislative review, IT improvements, international cooperation and understanding of best practices in implementing ICAO standards.”

The three-day conference and exhibition provided a platform that brought together key partners from Customs administrations, relevant agencies and ministries, the private sector, regional economic communities, international organizations, development partners and academia and offered ample opportunities for networking and receiving more detailed information about the latest technological solutions available on the market.

 

 

 

Closure of “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)” project

 

 

 

On 12 June 2019, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission to Azerbaijan held a closing conference of the EU-funded project “Enhancement of National Capacities to Combat Human Trafficking in Azerbaijan (ENCT)”, the project also co-funded by the IOM Development Fund. The closing conference gathered project beneficiaries, stakeholders, officials from the ministries and diplomatic corps.

Representatives of the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, UN Resident Coordinator and the  Chief of IOM Mission in Azerbaijan delivered speeches highlighting the contribution of the ENCT project and its effectiveness in  countering human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking in Azerbaijan.

 

The UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan Gulam Ishaqzai, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, Ambassador Kestutis Yankauskas and Chief of the IOM Mission to Azerbaijan Vladimir Gjorgijev reitererated the support and active participation  of the Government of Azerbaijan in this project coordination and implementation. It was noted that Azerbaijan ratified the relevant conventions and protocols of the UN and Council of Europe and is fulfilling its international commitments in the fight against human trafficking. Azerbaijan, in line with these commitments, is also very active in implementation of it  comprehensive counter trafficking legislation and criminal prosecution of the trafficking crime.

 

The representatives of beneficiary organizations of the project – Mr. Heydar Heydarov, Chief of the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of Ministry of Internal Affairs, Police General-Major,  Mr. Parviz Musayev Deputy Head of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Alimirzamin Askarov, Head of Department on Humanitarian and Social Issues of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Elchin Khalafov, Acting rector of Justice Academy of Ministry of Justice in their speeches apprreciated IOM work in this feild and outlined project's contribution to the effective fight against human trafficking in Azerbaijan and the protection of human trafficking victims in the country.

 

Head of Immigration and Border Management Unit of the IOM, Ms. Meltem Ersan provided an extensive information on the achievements and contribution of the ENCT project which has the following specific objectives: