BAKU, October 5 (Itar-Tass) — Karachai-Cherkessia, Dagestan and Ingushetia signed intergovernmental agreements with Azerbaijan on trade, economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation.
"These framework documents take the partnership of these regions in the North Caucasus Federal District (SKFO) with Azerbaijan to a new level, and lend it greater dynamics," visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Presidential envoy in the SKFO Alexander Khloponin said after the signing ceremony on Tuesday.
Khloponin arrived in Azerbaijan on a two-day visit. He believes his trip is a "benchmark event, which will allow for launching regional cooperation between republics of the North Caucasus and Azerbaijan."
"It is a start, the beginning of dynamic development of our comprehensive ties," he underlined at a meeting with Azerbaijan's First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyubov.
According to the Russian official, he sees no problems that could hamper the development of direct ties between Azerbaijan and the SKFO region. "We're hoping to take these relations to a new level of cooperation," Khloponin stated.
The Russian deputy prime minister told his Azerbaijani colleagues about the programs to develop the North Caucasus Federal District.
"We intend to develop a tourism cluster here, and build ski resorts in each province of the SKFO," Khloponin said noting that the North Caucasus Resorts Company had been set up to coordinate this work.
The implementation of the project will contribute to the development of the tourism sector and hotel businesses.
Underlining that the projects stars next year, Khloponin invited his Azerbaijani colleagues to participate in its implementation.
Another point of interaction is the participation in the project to develop the Caspian coast. "We'll be always happy if you join our projects," Khloponin said.
To make these projects effective, the government envisioned certain measures, such as insurance of investors' risks.
Humanitarian cooperation is an important element in the ties between Azerbaijan and republics of the North Caucus, including young people's dialogue. "It is important to maintain all kinds of contacts between young people, facilitate their dialogue and interaction between students and youths' organizations," he said.
Initially, it was planned to sign a cooperation agreement between Azerbaijan and Chechnya, but it was postponed because of celebration in Chechnya of the day of its capital Grozny on October 5.