The 9th Caspian Energy Integration Award 2013 ceremony was hosted on March 18 at Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel Inn, Baku with Bakielektrikshebeke OJSC as the General Partner and Azerbaijan Railways CJSC, Fugro Survey LTD (Caspian), Akkord Industry Construction Investment Corporation OJSC, SOCAR-AQS LLC and Bakcell LLC as the partners.Opening the ceremony, President and CEO of the Caspian-European Integration Business Club (CEIBC) Mr. Telman Aliyev on behalf of the CEIBC member companies and numerous readers of the publications of Caspian Energy International Media Group expressed his profound gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Chairman of CEIBC, for his support to the activities of CEIBC and Caspian Energy International Media Group. He also expressed a deep gratitude to the First Lady of Azerbaijan Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva for her valuable recommendations and advice on organisation of the first Caspian Energy Integration Award ceremony in 2005. “Caspian Energy Integration Award international prize is awarded in Baku, Moscow and Ankara according to the results of Internet polling conducted by the Caspian-European Integration Business Club (CEIBC) in 50 countries worldwide. This prize is awarded to politicians, government officials, companies and organisations for achievements during a year in the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions”, CEIBC President Telman Aliyev said.According to Telman Aliyev, the Caspian Energy Integration Award ceremony is organised with the support of the Caspian-European Integration Business Club and Caspian Energy International Media Group.“CEIBC was established in June 2002 in association with Caspian Energy International Media Group and under intensive support largest oil & gas companies operating in the Caspian-Black Sea region. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev has been the CEIBC Chairman since its very establishing up to now”, Telman Aliyev said. He also noted that nowadays the CEIBC brings together more than 500 companies and organisations from 50 countries. Within Caspian Energy Interantional Media Group wporking under the support of CEIBC there are 6 international journals, News Agency, Marketing Researches Company, over 30 internet projects, the Weekly Online Newspaper and the Oil & Gas Online Encyclopedia.“Thanks to the support of the CEIBC Chairman, President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the Caspian-European Integration Business Club has become one of the largest authoritative international organisations working in the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions”, Telman Aliyev stressed in his speech.According to Telman Aliyev, CEIBC’s honourary members - presidents and prime ministers, ambassadors, ministers, heads of state committees and agencies of the EU and CIS countries, who have supported the initiative of the President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, - are actively involved in contributing to improvement of the business environment in the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions.In conclusion, Telman Aliyev thanked the partners of the ceremony, in particular, the General Partner - Chairman of the Board of Bakielektrikshebeke OJSC Mr. Baba Rzayev and also partners - the Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Mr. Arif Asgarov, General Manager of Fugro Survey LTD (Caspian) Mr. Chris Moot, Chairman of the Board, General Director of Akkord Industry Construction Investment Corporation Mr. Khagani Guluzade, General Director of SOCAR-AQS LLC Mr. Ramin Isayev and Chief Executive Director of Bakcell LLC Mr. Richard Shearer. He also thanked all heads of the government institutions, companies and organisations for their long-year support to CEIBC’s activity and fruitful cooperation, congratulated all the winning nominees and wished them future successes in their business activity.Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Natig Aliyev, Minister of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan, noted that Caspian Energy Integration Award international prize reflects the successful domestic and foreign policy of Azerbaijan. “Grandiose reforms were implemented in the economy of Azerbaijan last year, which in turn promoted further improvement of the business environment across the country. The role of the Caspian-European Integration Business Club in outreaching these objectives is great”, Minister Aliyev said.“I dare say that CEIBC has become one of the industry-leading social entities, bringing together a lot of companies, businesspeople, politicians and government officials”, Natig Aliyev said. According to him, “informing the society, including businessmen, about the work now performed within the frame of the well-thought-out programmes of the President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev is also a great and honourable mission”. Natig Aliyev emphasized that “our society has acquired the best practices and achieved big successes. The famous companies are getting more and more known to our society, the information on their activity and successes is being provided and awarding such prizes makes in itself a big sense”. In turn, Minister Aliyev said that “the companies that received awards take pride in their activity being properly appreciated”. Minister Aliyev congratulated all the nominees and expressed gratitude to the organizers of the Caspian Energy Integration Award prize ceremony for the high level of the event organisation.Speaking at the Caspian Energy Integration Award ceremony Mr. Iltimas Mammadov, the Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technologies (MCIT) of Azerbaijan, said that the 2012 year was successful for Azerbaijan in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). According to him, CEIBC has been organizing the Caspian Energy Integration Award ceremony for the 9th consecutive year. “If in the first years the oil sector was dominating at the ceremony, while the recent years have also seen companies distinguished and awarded in the sector of communication and information technologies, and the workers of the ICT sector are actively involved in Club’s activity”, Iltimas Mammadov said. He reminded that the 2013 year was declared a Year of ICT in Azerbaijan by President Ilham Aliyev. “Prepared for this purpose was the wide plan of measures for ICT projects realization, covering not only the activity of the Ministry, but also the private sector. In the next few days this plan will be approved and implemented. Thus, big and important ICT projects will be realized this year”, the Deputy Minister of Communication and Information Technologies said.He emphasized that “at the beginning of the year we have placed into orbit the first national telecommunication satellite”. According to him, “some of these days it will start commercial activity and cover the most part of Europe, Asia and even Africa”. “Starting from April 2013 the MCIT and SOCAR will start implementation of the project on bringing the optical broadband Internet to each house. It will allow increasing in short terms the speed of provided Internet to end users in Baku to 100 Mbps, in rayon centers to 30 Mbps, in the remote villages to over 10 Mbps. It will allow accelerating the implementation of a number of ICT projects, including the e-government project”, Iltimas Mammadov emphasized. “All this makes us sure to expect that more ICT companies will be awarded prizes in a subsequent Caspian Energy Integration Award ceremony”, Iltimas Mammadov said and congratulated the award nominees.Shirin Shirinov, Deputy Director of the Department for Industry and Energy of the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan, noted that “today’s ceremony aims at promotion of Azerbaijani companies internationally”. Having congratulated all nominees of the "Caspian Energy Integration Award - 2012" prize he expressed hope that all winners would maintain a higher rank defined by this prize and CEIBC. During the ceremony, Mr. Richard Morningstar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Azerbaijan, spoke about the role of the Club in development of relations between the Caspian region companies and the USA. Receiving the “Caspian Energy Integration Award – 2013” prize he noted: “It is a great honor for me to receive this award from the Caspian-European Integration Business Club tonight. I always dreamt of getting an Oscar, and this is a next step to it. I have spent many years working on Caspian Energy issues. I remember very fondly working with All-National Leader Heydar Aliyev on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project. Now, as an Ambassador to Azerbaijan, I can see it what the development of the energy sector and that pipeline have done for the Azerbaijani people. And now as an Ambassador, I continue to work and the United States continues to work and support the Southern Gas corridor projects which will deliver gas from the Caspian region to Turkey and Europe. So I look forward to continue to progress on that project and again thank you very much for this award”. Speaking about impression that the “Caspian Energy Integration Award – 2013” prize presentation ceremony made on him, Ambassador Richard Morningstar said: “I think tonight’s event was very terrific. I think it recognizes what all of the various businesses in Azerbaijan do, and I was very honored to get that award because I have obviously been very interested in the energy area, and it was a privilege and honor to be here tonight”. Addressing the ceremony Mr. Radek Matula, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Azerbaijan, said: “I find myself extremely honored to be receiving such an important and precious award. Of course, this award could not have been achieved without help of many of my Czech colleagues, without support, friendly and professional approach and work of my Azeri partners and my friend, President of CEIBC Mr. Telman Aliyev. I would like to thank all of you”. Speaking about CEIBC, the Ambassador noted that he was pleased with the opportunity of working with the Club. Both I, as an Ambassador, and the embassy have a good experience of cooperation with the Club. It is exemplified in the Azerbaijan-Czech business forum which we held in October 2010. We maintain tight contact with the Club on other events as well. We meet within the framework of meetings that EU Ambassadors hold with CEIBC member-companies. I find it very important to have contacts with such clubs because it makes easier for businessmen, coming to work in Azerbaijan, to orient in the business environment”, Radek Matula said. According to the Ambassador, CEIBC helps the Czech businessmen, wishing to enter the Azerbaijani market, to find partners here. “It would be difficult to work for us without such organizations as CEIBC. Therefore, we are ready to keep tight contact and cooperation with the Club”, the diplomat resumed. Winners of Caspian Energy Integration Award - 2013 on nominations:1. Mr. Richard Morningstar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to the Republic of AzerbaijanXƏZƏR ENERJİ LAYİHƏLƏRİNİN İNKİŞAFINA VERİLƏN TÖHFƏYƏ GÖRƏFOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CASPIAN ENERGY PROJECTSЗА ВКЛАД В РАЗВИТИЕ КАСПИЙСКИХ ЭНЕРГЕТИЧЕСКИХ ПРОЕКТОВ2. Mr. Radek Matula, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Azerbaijan AZƏRBAYCAN - ÇEXİYA ƏLAQƏLƏRİNİN İNKİŞAFINA VERDİYİ TÖHFƏYƏ GÖRƏFOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AZERBAIJANI-CZECH RELATIONS ЗА ВКЛАД В РАЗВИТИЕ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНО-ЧЕШСКИХ ОТНОШЕНИЙ3. Mr. Baba Rzayev, Chairman of the Board, Bakielektrikshebeke OJSCELEKTROENERGETİKANIN İNKİŞAFINDAKI XİDMƏTLƏRİNƏ GÖRƏFOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF POWER INDUSTRYЗА ВКЛАД В РАЗВИТИЕ ЭЛЕКТРОЭНЕРГЕТИКИ4. BAKIELEKTRIKSHEBEKE OJSCİLİN ENERJİ TƏCHİZATI MÜƏSSİSƏSİENERGY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY OF THE YEARПРЕДПРИЯТИЕ ГОДА В ЭЛЕКТРОСНАБЖЕНИИ5. FUGRO SURVEY LTD (Caspian)GEOFİZİKİ, GEOTEXNİKİ XİDMƏTLƏRİN GÖSTƏRİLMƏSİ, HƏMÇİNİN SUALTI TƏDQİQAT VƏ SUALTI TİKİNTİ XİDMƏTLƏRİ ÜZRƏ İLİN ŞİRKƏTİCOMPANY OF THE YEAR FOR GEOPHYSICAL, GEOTECHNICAL, SUBSEA INSPECTION AND SUBSEA CONSTRUCTION SUPPORT SERVICESКОМПАНИЯ ГОДА ПО ПРЕДОСТАВЛЕНИЮ ГЕОФИЗИЧЕСКИХ, ГЕОТЕХНИЧЕСКИХ УСЛУГ И УСЛУГ ПОДВОДНЫХ ИССЛЕДОВАНИЙ И ПОДВОДНОГО СТРОИТЕЛЬСТВА6. AZERBAIJAN RAILWAYS CJSCİLİN DƏMİR YOLU ŞİRKƏTİRAILWAY COMPANY OF THE YEARЖЕЛЕЗНОДОРОЖНАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ГОДА7. AKKORD INDUSTRY CONSTRUCTION INVESTMENT CORPORATION OJSC İLİN TİKİNTİ ŞİRKƏTİCONSTRUCTION COMPANY OF THE YEARСТРОИТЕЛЬНАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ГОДА8. SOCAR-AQS LLCILIN QAZMA ŞIRKƏTIDRILLING COMPANY OF THE YEARБУРОВАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ГОДА9. BAKCELL LLCİLİN MOBİL OPERATORUMOBILE OPERATOR OF THE YEARМОБИЛЬНЫЙ ОПЕРАТОР ГОДА10. BAKU TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION İLİN SABİT TELEFON RABİTƏSİ OPERATORUFIXED COMMUNICATION OPERATOR OF THE YEARОПЕРАТОР ГОДА В СФЕРЕ СТАЦИОНАРНОЙ ТЕЛЕФОННОЙ СВЯЗИ11. CASPIAN SERVICE LLCAZƏRBAYCAN-QAZAXISTAN ƏLAQƏLƏRİNİN İNKİŞAFINA GÖRƏFOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE AZERBAIJAN-KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONSЗА РАЗВИТИЕ АЗЕРБАЙДЖАНО-КАЗАХСТАНСКИХ ОТНОШЕНИЙ12. AVESTA COCNERN İLİN BEYNƏLXALQ TURİZM LAYİHƏSİINTERNATIONAL TOURISM PROJECT OF THE YEARМЕЖДУНАРОДНЫЙ ТУРИСТИЧЕСКИЙ ПРОЕКТ ГОДА13. CROSS CASPIAN OIL & GAS LOGISTICS LLCNEFT VƏ NEFT MƏHSULLARININ NƏQLİYYATI SAHƏSİNDƏ İLİN ŞİRKƏTİOIL AND OIL PRODUCTS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY OF THE YEARКОМПАНИЯ ГОДА В СФЕРЕ ТРАНСПОРТИРОВКЕ НЕФТИ И НЕФТЕПРОДУКТОВ14. SOCAR PETROLEUM CJSC İLİN YANACAQDOLDURMA MƏNTƏQƏLƏRİ ŞƏBƏKƏSİPETROL FILLING STATIONS NETWORK OF THE YEARСЕТЬ АВТОЗАПРАВОЧНЫХ СТАНЦИЙ ГОДАSOCAR PETROLEUM CJSC15. UNICO LLCİLİN TƏMIR-MONTAJ ŞIRKƏTIRENOVATION-INSTALLATION COMPANY OF THE YEARРЕМОНТНО-МОНТАЖНАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ГОДА16. AXA MBASK INSURANCE COMPANY OJSC İLİN SIĞORTA ŞİRKƏTİINSURANCE COMPANY OF THE YEARСТРАХОВАЯ КОМПАНИЯ ГОДА17. ASE ASYA AFRIKA HIZLI CARGO DAGITIM A.Ş.İLİN NƏQLİYYAT VƏ LOGİSTİKA ŞİRKƏTİTRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS COMPANY OF THE YEARКОМПАНИЯ ГОДА В СФЕРЕ ТРАНСПОРТА И ЛОГИСТИКИ18. GAZELLI INTERNATIONAL LTDQEYRİ-NEFT SEKTORUNUN İNKİŞAFINDA VERİLƏN TÖHFƏYƏ GÖRƏFOR CONTRIBUTION INTO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NON-OIL SECTORЗА ВКЛАД В РАЗВИТИЕ НЕНЕФТЯНОГО СЕКТОРА19. ITECA CASPIAN LLCİLİN SƏRGİ TƏŞKİLATÇISI ŞİRKƏTİEXHIBITION COMPANY OF THE YEARКОМПАНИЯ ГОДА В СФЕРЕ ОРГАНИЗАЦИИ ВЫСТАВОК20. ORLI SERVICETƏDBİRLƏRİN TƏŞKİLİ ÜZRƏ İLİN ŞİRKƏTİEVENT MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEARКОМПАНИЯ ГОДА В СФЕРЕ ОРГАНИЗАЦИИ МЕРОПРИЯТИЙThe ceremony was accompanied by the concert programme.