U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs
November 25, 2008
The United States welcomed Azerbaijan Finance Minister Samir Sharifov and his delegation for the second annual U.S.-Azerbaijan Economic Partnership Commission (EPC) meeting on November 17, 2008. The EPC is focused on strengthening bilateral economic ties and furthering economic and commercial reform in Azerbaijan. The Commission met for the first time in Baku in 2007. Minister Sharifov and Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Daniel Sullivan chaired the Commission, with representatives from other agencies from both countries participating.
The Commission reviewed existing cooperation, discussed accomplishments since last year's Commission, and outlined priorities for the coming year. The participants reiterated their mutual interest in deepening dialogue on economic, diversification and commercial issues, and ensuring Azerbaijan's continued, sustainable development.