Computer-chip manufacturer Intel Co. is looking to make Azerbaijan a member of its global partner network, the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday.
Intel partners such as HP and Dell have already established their presence within Azerbaijan's growing information technology market.
Intel official Alexey Sleptsov said Azerbaijan needs to improve infrastructure that could support manufacturing of components at scales Intel needs. At this time, the closest plant is in Turkey. Expansion into Azerbaijan would be great advantage for Intel.
"The advantage of this establishment will be an increase of the skill level of engineers and programmers," Sleptov said. "This is very important since it is Azerbaijani programmers who know well what is necessary for the Azerbaijani users."
Decisions at the federal level would need to be made in order for Azerbaijan to be able to compete with China and other countries with plants.
"Intel is ready to examine the plans of the state," Sleptov said. "I can see there are good chances as the goals Azerbaijan sets before itself are implemented, unlike many other countries. That says a lot, namely the great possibilities of making Azerbaijan an interesting partner for cooperation."