Does Declining Oil Revenue Equal Less Security for Azerbaijan?

Does Declining Oil Revenue Equal Less Security for Azerbaijan? Declining oil revenues and a changing energy marketplace are placing Azerbaijan’s social and economic development under strain. Worse still, observes Eric Eissler, the lost income might curtail the country’s defense spending at a time when Baku needs it most. By Eric Eissler for ISN ________________________________________ To say that Azerbaijan lives in a unique but troubled... Read More

SOFAZ’s Tardy Investment Policy

SOFAZ’s Tardy Investment Policy Vugar Bayramov: “ SOFAZ’s investment policy is not flexible” The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) intends to invest in commercial real estate in London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul and Moscow and is planning to increase its holdings in gold. As we know, an economic crisis has covered Western Europe. Due to the crisis, price drops have occurred erratically and unpredictably. Likewise, the dollar and especially... Read More

Oil Contributes 87,0 % of Total Export in Azerbaijan

Oil Contributes 87,0 % of Total Export in Azerbaijan The share of crude oil in Azerbaijan’s overall export made up 86.29% against 86.62% in 2011, 86.53% in 2010 and 81.57% in 2009. In the first quarter of 2012 oil export grew by 6.76% versus last year’s same term. The State Customs Committee (SCC) informs that for Jan-Apr 2012 the country’s oil export reached 12.086 million tons (5.989 million tons in April is still the best index of the year)... Read More

SOFAZ announces total revenues for 12 years

SOFAZ announces total revenues for 12 years Since the establishment of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) up until March 31, 2012, the Fund received $70.8 billion in revenues, SOFAZ head Shahmar Movsumov said in an interview published by the Respublika newspaper yesterday. SOFAZ was established in 1999 and then its assets amounted to $271 million. According to Movsumov, $32.4 billion (45.7 per cent) of the total revenues of the fund were directed... Read More

Azerbaijan Economy in the first quarter of 2012

Azerbaijan Economy in the first quarter of 2012 Decline wave in production sector keep on the first quarter of 2012 in spite of the fact that Government of Azerbaijan has been trying to attain expansion in above mentioned sector.  Considering keeping still high portion of oil sector in total GDP, decline in oil sector noticeably reduce economic growth rate in Azerbaijan. Oil sector is still dominant in both GDP and budget revenues based on the results... Read More

Oil boom and resource curse

Oil boom and resource curse European Stability Initiative (ESI) has recently produced “Oil boom and resource curse” research report where CESD reports extensively used. The report addressed certain economic issues particularly developments and problems in oil sector, mainly how oil money spent in Azerbaijan. The full report is available here.    Read More

Oil Production Down, Revenue Increase

Oil Production Down, Revenue Increase Export of Azerbaijani oil products amounted to 1.4 billion manat in 2011, which is 176.2 million manat more than in 2010. It was stated in a government report on the results of 2011, presented to the Parliament. According to the report, the country exported about two million tons of petroleum products only in 2011. Around 3.69 million tons of oil has been sold on the domestic market of Azerbaijan in 2011, which... Read More

The World Bank Adjusted GDP Grow Forecast for Azerbaijan

The World Bank Adjusted GDP Growth Forecast for Azerbaijan The World Bank  (WB) also adjusted its forecast for GDP Growth in Azerbaijan in 2012, The Bank’s projection decreased from 6,1 % to 3.1%  according to  WB Global Economic Prospects Report.  Last week, International Monetary Fund (IMF) adjusted its economic growth for Azerbaijan from 7.2 % to 5.7 %. IMF’s newest explanation on modification was bottom on decreasing of oil production. According... Read More