: On 23 November, the achievements of the groundbreaking Azerbaijani Service and Assessment Network (ASAN) were unveiled during a seminar at the headquarters of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF International) – the largest business federation in the country – a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. The event was organised by the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) foundation in collaboration with MEDEF International, and came in the wake of ASAN winning the UN Public Service Award in June. Representatives of numerous French companies working in the spheres of security systems, technology, infrastructure and public transport were in attendance.
Marie-Ange Debon, President, France–Azerbaijan Business Council, MEDEF International, commented: “In France, public services provision is dependent on the region. France is a country of large physical size, and certain parts of the population are disenfranchised by their location. The application of such concepts as ASAN to the French context could have a major benefit. ASAN has the potential to change the mentality of public services provision for the benefit of all.”
H.E. Elchin Amirbayov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to France, stated: “This is an important opportunity for information exchange, and I am glad many representatives of French enterprises have been able to attend, despite the tragic events in Paris just over a week ago. Azerbaijan remains a very important partner for France, hence the hosting of this event in the headquarters of MEDEF International.
“Azerbaijan is undergoing very swift modernisation, and there is great political will to change. ASAN has the potential to become a great Azerbaijani export – alongside oil and gas – and I am delighted that it is in the focus of MEDEF International. ASAN has already been presented across Europe, including the European Parliament in Brussels and the British Parliament. This is a great opportunity to exchange best practice information, and ASAN is looking to co-operate with partners across Europe.”
Marie-Laetitia Gourdin, Director, TEAS France, said: “The development of ASAN in Azerbaijan has been a great transformational experience. After the Soviet collapse, it was necessary to completely reconsider systems for the provision of public services. The main tenets of ASAN are transparency and innovation, and it has enormous potential for overseas applications.”
Azad Jafarli, Head, International Relations Department, Azerbaijani State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations, delivered the keynote speech: “Today is a very important opportunity to exchange the experience of ASAN with France – we are already in the process of exporting the systems to other former Soviet, African and South American countries. There are currently nine ASAN service centres in Azerbaijan. ASAN is a national mechanism of public service delivery in Azerbaijan that provides a single space for more than 350 services from 10 ministries and is completely different to any systems available in other countries.
“Corruption is completely impossible, due to the effective service delivery process system that a priori excludes any negative conditions conducive to corruption. By providing a space for the delivery of public and private services through single.