Teknofest Azerbaijan, the 2022 edition of Turkiye’s major technology and aviation fair, began in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on Thursday.
Teknofest, first held in Turkiye in 2018, has officially expanded to neighboring Azerbaijan this year and will run until May 29.
Last year saw Azerbaijan taking part in Turkiye’s Teknofest for the first time with 11 local companies and startups.
Visiting the event area prior to the start of the festival, Selcuk Bayraktar, head of the board of the Turkish Technology Team event organizer, told reporters that the enthusiasm of Teknofest can be felt everywhere in Azerbaijan, adding that he expects all Azerbaijani “brothers and sisters” to visit the event.
Bayraktar said they decided to organize Teknofest in Azerbaijan to strengthen the cooperation between Ankara and Baku and develop critical technologies.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the event, Bayraktar said that Teknofest will “gradually grow with the interest of my younger brothers and sisters in Azerbaijan.”
“On this occasion, Turkish youth will show the whole world what they can achieve thanks to their perseverance,” he said.
Turkiye and Azerbaijan are set to sign several agreements that will cover space, technology and industry areas, the Turkish industry and technology minister said on Friday.
Mustafa Varank spoke to Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of Teknofest Azerbaijan, the first foreign edition of the leading Turkish aviation, space and technology festival, which is currently underway in Baku.
The minister said the two countries will sign different agreements including one between the Turkish Space Agency and Azerbaijan Space Agency, which will enable the two countries to act together, especially in the field of satellites.
The two countries, which have deep economic links, also aim to mutually establish a technopark, Varank said at the event, which was first held in 2018.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Baku on Saturday and visit the venue with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev.