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Center for Economic and Social Development iCESDj
Shirin Mirzeyev 76 "a"/33, Baku, Az1002, Azerbaijan
tel:994-12 4971161 fax:994-12 5984431

Organizational Status: Non-profit institute, founded in 2004.

General Description: Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD) was established for the purpose of promoting research into contemporary economic and social problems. The Center aims at organizing and promoting theoretical and practical research in the economic and social development problems (1), providing policy advice to the Government of Azerbaijan (2), contributing to the national capacity building and raising public awareness of socio-economic issues (3), fostering cooperation between the public, private, NGO sector, and educational institutions in addressing and resolving economic problems (4) and assisting sustainable development, reducing poverty, achieving Millennium Development Goals and economic and social reforms (5). The Center was established with initiatives of some distinguished economists, mostly who have received degrees from Western Universities. CESD holds regular seminars, conference and workshops on social and economic topics. The Center exchanges research papers with several research institutions abroad. CESD has achieved success by establishing an international network of academic contacts and promoting coordinated research programs. The center's work has involved its researchers in studies of social sphere reforms, WTO accession; poverty reduction; MDGs and many other topics in Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) as well as in other transition countries. Areas of Concentration are: Macroeconomic Policy; Competitiveness of the Azerbaijan Economy and Economic Growth; Social Sphere; Public Sector Reform; Financial System, Taxation and Fiscal Policy; Energy, Telecommunications, Transport; EU Accession; Regional Cooperation; and Foreign Economic Relations.

Annual Budget: EURO 200 thousand (2005)

Staff: 22 (12 research, 10 administrative / support), 3 visiting, 1 intern

Executive Officers:
Dr. BAYRAMOV, Vugar I (Chairman)
Ms.HANIFAYEVA, Faine (Deputy to Chair)
Mr. TOGRUL, Galib I (Deputy to Chair)
Mr. RESHADOV, Elchin (Outsider Reviewer)
Ms.SELOMOVA, Ayetkin (Outsider)

Public Relations:
Mr. MAMMADOV, Tural (PR Coordinator)
Mr. REHMANOV, Receb R (Coordinator)
Ms.GARAYEVA, Esmira (PR Manager Assistant)

(As of August 2006)

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