Turkey's aerospace festival TEKNOFEST kicks off in Baku

The largest Aerospace and Technology Festival TEKNOFEST has kicked off in the Azerbaijani capital Baku today. The festival will be held from May 26 to 29 on the territories of the Baku Seaside Boulevard and Baku Crystal Hall.

Turkey's Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank expressed his excitement about attending the opening ceremony. According to him, the festival should be regarded as a historic event for Turkey and Azerbaijan.

"The two fraternal countries are joining forces in the name of technological development. We hope that the TEKNOFEST festival will offer new opportunities for the development of technologies in Azerbaijan. TEKNOFEST is not only a festival but also a bright example of the Azerbaijan and Turkey brotherhood," Varank said.

Holding of the international TEKNOFEST festival in Baku once again testifies to the brotherhood of Azerbaijan and Turkey, Minister of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan Republic Rashad Nabiyev said at the opening ceremony of TEKNOFEST.

"Our youth liberated our lands from occupation in 44-day second Karabakh war. Our victory in the war will continue in technological arena. We will hold an award ceremony for all participants on May 28," Nabiyev said.

He also added that the board of 'Smart Karabakh' contest is one of the most spectacular. "Investors and heads of venture funds also take part in the festival, which indicates the possibility of attracting an investor to your project," Nabiyev said.

TEKNOFEST in Baku is held by the Ministry of Digital Development and Transport of Azerbaijan. At the same time, the TEKNOFEST production office operates in Baku. The full staff of the office consists of Azerbaijani specialists.

The event has been held annually since 2018, with the joint organization of the Turkish Technology Team Foundation, which is managed by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology and the technical director of Baykar Makina, in partnership with more than 60 Turkish state institutions, universities and private companies.

The goal is to popularize such areas as aviation, space industry and digital economy, to encourage entrepreneurship in these areas, to identify the knowledge and skills of young engineers through competitions organized within the framework of the festival, as well as to present national technologies to the general public.