Order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on organizing the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in the Republic of Azerbaijan

02 july 2012, 18:45

The development of sports in Azerbaijan is constantly in the spotlight of the state. In recent years, Olympic sports centers have been built and commissioned in many cities and extensive activities implemented to promote sports, especially among young people. Azerbaijan has hosted prestigious international sports competitions, including world and European championships, while Azerbaijani sportsmen have successfully participated in them.

Special attention is paid to football in Azerbaijan. The implementation of the “State program on the development of football in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2005-2015”, approved by the Order of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic dated 10 October 2005, is well under way. The state program attaches special attention to the development of women's football and the participation of national teams in world and European championships.

The fact that the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will be held in the Azerbaijan will further enhance interest in the sport in Azerbaijan and enrich the country’s experience in hosting prestigious international sporting events.

Governed by Clause 32 of Article 109 of the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and in order to organize the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in the Republic of Azerbaijan, I hereby resolve as follows:

1. To task the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan with submitting to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in a 10-day period proposals on simplifying visa procedures for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in the Republic of Azerbaijan over the organization and conduct of the final round of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

2. To task the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Special State Protection Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in accordance with their respective activity directions, with taking the necessary measures to ensure safety and security, prevent emergency situations that may occur during the tournament and eliminate their consequences.

3. To task the State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in accordance with their respective activity directions, with ensuring efficiency in dealing with issues such as crossing the state border, customs examination at the time of entry and exit to and from the country by employees and officials of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), FIFA delegation members, employees and officials of the FIFA confederations and member associations who will come to Azerbaijan to take part in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, and giving permission for registration at the place residence, temporary residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan of foreigners and stateless persons who arrive in the Republic of Azerbaijan in connection with the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and relevant activities.

4. To task the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan with taking the necessary measures to organize emergency medical aid, activities of sanitary and epidemiological safety during the World Cup finals.

5. To task the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Standardization, Metrology and Patents and the State Copyright Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in accordance with their respective activity directions, with ensuring the protection of media, marketing and other commercial rights of FIFA associated with the championship finals.

6. To task the Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the “Azerbaijan Television and Radio Broadcasting” Joint-Stock Company with taking the necessary measures to organize at a high level the telecommunication and IT services required for the championship finals.

7. To task the Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the State Social Protection Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan with ensuring expeditious consideration of applications from persons arriving in the country in connection with the championship finals.

8. To task the State Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Standardization, Metrology and Patents and the State Copyright Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan with organizing prompt procedures of registration, appeal against registration or refusal of registration of FIFA intellectual property rights and (or) third parties associated with the championship and championship events.

9. To task the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan with resolving other issues arising from this Order.

Ilham Aliyev
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Baku city, 2 July 2012