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EY Azerbaijan holds business breakfast on Operational Efficiency Improvement

Baku, 28 June 2016

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EY Azerbaijan held a business breakfast on Operational Efficiency Improvement organized by the Advisory department in the Four Seasons Hotel, Baku on June 28.

EY Country Managing Partner Ilgar Veliyev opened the event by welcoming the participants.

Guest speaker Suleyman Gasimov, Vice-President on Economic Affairs, SOCAR, shared SOCAR’s experience of implementing an operational efficiency project in cooperation with EY.

The seminar was delivered by EY professionals from the Baku, Moscow and Almaty offices. Speakers discussed current trends in the Azerbaijan economy, the prerequisites for carrying out operational efficiency projects, and operational efficiency improvement business cases in the CIS.

Ksenia Babushkina, EYPartner, Head of Advisory Practice, Middle Asia and the Caucasus, shared her thoughts: “Every crisis represents not just challenges but also opportunities. We can help make them reality.”

“The event was successful, as actual issues were examined and a productive discussion was held to help our clients address the challenges of the current business environment,” said Advisory Services Manager Fikrat Adigozalov.

Tariyel Mirzayev, Head of the department of strategic development and investment projects, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company: “Taking into account current economic volatility, improving operational efficiency, achieving an optimized cost structure and ensuring efficient control over capital are high priorities for companies of all sizes. Today’s seminar is an excellent platform for sharing knowledge and experience in this sphere.

"I think it was very interesting and useful for all participants. Mr. Gasimov’s speech was particularly impressive," said Ekaterina Ponkratova, Operational Efficiency Improvement Manager, Business Advisory Department.

EY was delighted to see all the participants at the seminar and thanks each of them for their enthusiastic participation!

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