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Teknofest is Turkey’s largest aerospace and technology festival, and last month held an important event in Baku. (Image: iticket.az)

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In honor of Azerbaijani Independence Day, around 50,000 people attended Teknofest, the largest of its kind in the world, which was held outside of Turkey for the first time, which is a great achievement for Azerbaijan. Numerous children, waving both Turkish and Azerbaijani flags, proudly displayed their hi-tech projects at Teknofest. 

The event was held on May 26-29 at Baku Crystal Hall and on the seaside boulevard. The organizers of the festival were the Turkish Technology Team (T3 Foundation), the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey.

Professional pilots from the Azerbaijani and Turkish Air Force displayed their aircraft at the Teknofest Festival that was recently hosted in Baku. There were also many other professionals making displays there as well. Many of the Azerbaijani servicemen who partook in this festival were awarded with honorary diplomas and valuable gifts.  

Selcuk Bayrakar, the board chairman of Teknofest, told TRT World: “The motto of Teknofest is let a child come, the most disadvantaged child, come and touch an aircraft. Maybe he will work in the aerospace industries of our countries. That is the motto here. And everything is free of charge here. Some of the shows are done by high performing aircraft.”

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Akinci drones were flown all the way from Istanbul to be displayed at the show, alongside many other technologies of the future: “It was almost 2,000 kilometers. This aircraft and the one above is now doing a show.” A journalist from TRT World asked Bayraker if he would like to build a flying Tofas and he replied: “That is the way of the future, flying drones and taxi drones. We are working on it. Maybe it will take 10 years or so, but we will see that.”

In recent days, both Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting, where they discussed the brotherly relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan, and the importance of the Teknofest Festival that was held in Baku. According to them, it was an important example of the strong relations between the two countries. They stressed that cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan will continue.

Following Teknofest, Azerbaijani Minister of Digital Development and Transport Rashad Nabiyev stressed: “The Teknofest festival gave a message about the intentions of Turkey and Azerbaijan to work together in the field of technology. It is necessary to hold events in this format in Azerbaijan because we have seen how many benefits this festival has brought over the past period. We considered Teknofest as a tool.  Such activities increase our children’s interest in information technology.”

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Turkey was not the only country interested in cooperating with Azerbaijan technologically. Israel’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan George Deek recently stated: “We had an excellent visit lately to the smart village in Zangilan, where Israeli companies are present with their technology and know-how.” Numerous Israeli companies have applied for projects in Karabakh and some Israeli officials hope that the strong cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan can lead to reconciliation between Israel and Turkey.   

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog also greeted Azerbaijan in honor of its Independence Day and invited the Azerbaijani leadership to come to Israel: “Our countries enjoy a historic bond, one anchored in the close ties between our peoples. Azerbaijan is an island of stability and has provided a warm, welcoming and protected home for the Jewish people for centuries.”

According to him, “Here in Israel, citizens of Azerbaijani ancestry continue to make great contributions to our society and are a vital part of our national mosaic. These two communities serve as a living bridge between our nations, further securing binational ties.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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