Europe and Eurasia: Azerbaijan

Study Tour on General Regulatory Issues

Date: February 2005
Location: Turkey and Lithuania

With the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), NARUC implemented a five-day series of meetings and discussions at the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) of Turkey, and the National Control Commission for Prices and Energy (NCC) of Lithuania designed to educate and exchange experience with energy sector officials from the Parliament and various government ministries of Azerbaijan. The study tour focused on organizational and structural regulatory issues, legal framework and accountability, interdepartmental communication and public relations, regional market development and co-operation, support mechanisms for vulnerable customers as well as featured presentations by senior-level sector experts from the electricity and natural gas departments.

Participants learned a lot from the different stops on the study tour, and enjoyed gaining different perspectives to enhance their work at home in Azerbaijan.