Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
It is with great honour that I welcome you to the Securex Caspian-2022 13th International Exhibition for Internal Security, Safety and Rescue Equipment, which will be held for the first time as part of the ADEX-2022 exhibition.
With its centuries-long history of statehood and the first democratic republic in the Ancient East, Azerbaijan has chosen the path of building a modern democratic state based on its national state traditions, history and cultural heritage. The Republic of Azerbaijan was subjected to military aggression during the initial stage of its independence, faced with internal instability, economic crisis, difficulties in its transition and other challenging problems. Nevertheless, under the wise leadership of the National Leader of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev, the Republic of Azerbaijan overcame all these obstacles and determined the right strategic development and is now successfully moving forward under the leadership of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Commander-in-Chief, Ilham Aliyev to become a modern country developing dynamically from the economic, political and other perspectives.
The Ministry of Defence Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan also contributed to the glorious triumph of our victorious Army in the 44-day war to restore historical justice and international law, which opened a new page in the history of Azerbaijani statehood under the wise leadership of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Ilham Aliyev. Thanks to this brilliant victory, our army has etched its name in gold on the most glorious page of the history of Azerbaijan. As part of this victory, we will take the necessary measures to equip our Army, our source of pride, with more modern weapons and equipment, as well as to strengthen the national defence industry and to boost the local production of military products.
In a world where globalisation is becoming more widespread and dynamically changing, countries are increasingly facing security challenges. Among the measures taken in this direction, the relevance of the exchange of modern technologies and security facilities is steadily increasing. In the context of rapid global changes, individual countries and the whole world face a number of threats, such as terrorism, conflicts, the rise of transnational organised crime, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution and illegal drug trafficking. These factors make it necessary to identify the priorities of each state, the risks to security, and to take adequate measures to prevent and eliminate those risks.
The leading countries of the world will showcase the latest achievements in the field of security and protection, and advanced technology and equipment as part of the Securex Caspian-2022 exhibition that can be attributed to the abovementioned measures. The exhibition will be an effective platform for establishing business contacts and creating new areas of cooperation for reputable foreign companies and organisations from friendly and allied countries worldwide.
By demonstrating the achievements in the field of security and defence, Securex Caspian-2022 will provide extensive opportunities for participants, experts and visitors to learn about new products and technologies, including the sharing of knowledge and experience, and effective business contacts. It will also remain committed to its tradition of establishing mutually beneficial contracts.
I believe that this exhibition will bring together the leading security and rescue organisations and manufacturers in our country and abroad, and will be an important event in the region. The equipment and technology that will be displayed at the exhibition, including the exchange of experience will contribute to the creation of new business relationships and cooperation opportunities with all the participants, as well as to ensuring security and stability in the region.
Once again I feel proud to welcome the exhibitors to Baku and wish them a fruitful time during the exhibition.