The press conference dedicated to the opening of the 18th Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition, BakuTel 2012, was held today, 5 November at 13:00pm at Trend News’s press centre. The press conference was attended by Mr Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Mr Edward Strachan, Executive Director of ITE Group Plc; Mrs Rena Abutalibova, BakuTel Project Manager; and Ulviyya Hasanzade, Corporate Communications department head of Azercell Telecom LLC - the general sponsor of this year’s exhibition.The press conference was opened by Mr Strachan, who, on behalf of the exhibition organizers, noted the huge contribution of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the development of the exhibition and wished everybody success. Mr Velizadeh described the work carried out by the Ministry to introduce ICT into the daily activities of the Azerbaijani citizens, and mentioned the Ministry’s future plans. During the press conference, journalists were told about the rich displays on the national stands this year. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will also take place on these dates, held at the same venue as BakuTel and bringing together delegates from all over the world.BakuTel 2012 will be held from 6 to 9 November at Baku Expo Center.