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Staff nationalisation of oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan

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A meeting dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the staff nationalisation programme in the oil and gas industry of Azerbaijan took place on 5 December 2018. Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR, Vusal Huseynov, Head of State Migration Service, Gary Jones, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and other officials attended the event.

R. Abdullayev: “By the end of the year, foreign oil and gas companies staff in Azerbaijan will be 90% nationalised.”

Success Stories, a film about the staff nationalisation programme’s achievements, was screened during the event.

The staff nationalisation programme was established in 2013, following instructions given by President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The objective of the programme was to enhance the knowledge and skills base and level of professionalism of the national employees in the oil and gas sector. In the last five years, SOCAR, in close co-operation with the governmental agencies and relevant executive authorities of Azerbaijan, has undertaken a large-scale activity aimed at nationalising the oil and gas industry staff with a focus on the training of specialists involved in oil and gas operations in Azerbaijan. The training courses were organised to gradually replace the foreign personnel employed in the country’s oil and gas projects with national resources. The Baku High Oil School, as well as five training centres that meet international standards, have been established to educate highly skilled specialists and a professional workforce. The nationalisation programme is implemented in accordance with the adopted procedures and projects.

Addressing the meeting, Rovnag Abdullayev, President of SOCAR said: “Today we are reporting to the President of Azerbaijan, the author of the staff nationalisation programme, who has been following its progress during the last five years, that joint efforts by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the State Migration Service and SOCAR, have successfully achieved its goal. The oil and gas companies operating in Azerbaijan have shown great commitment to the programme. BP Azerbaijan and its contractors and subcontractors, who had 77% nationalised staff in 2013, have raised this number to 90% in 2018.”

Gary Jones, BP’s Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, said: “We are proud to have achieved this target in co-operation with the Government, SOCAR and other co-venturers. This is part of our long-term strategy and commitment to enhancing nationalisation of staff and development of workforce involved in our operations in Azerbaijan. We are pleased to see the successful outcome of our joint efforts and are committed to further co-operation in the course of Azerbaijan’s transformation into a regional human resource hub for the oil and gas industry.”

Vusal Huseynov, Head of State Migration Service, also addressed the event. They said the oil and gas companies operating in Azerbaijan have achieved success in their staff nationalisation, and this will make the presence of local experts in the transnational oil and gas companies more effective, creating a new labour market for improved employment levels within the country.

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