The Enterprise Development Programme, initiated by bp and its partners, is a multi-million-dollar initiative to support of local business development – aiming to increase local content of contracts in Azerbaijan and contribute to the healthy and transparent development of the local economy. As part of this commitment a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with Azerbaijan’s Small- and Medium-sized Business Development Agency (SMBDA) to jointly explore opportunities for cooperation to support the development of local businesses.
Together with partners bp supported a programme enhancing employability skills for people with disabilities which aimed to develop skills and capabilities of selected people with disabilities through trainings and other specialised activities. As a continuation of a successful initiative completed in 2018 a new one was launched in 2019. The new phase of the project is designed to expand the training programme in order to further enhance employment opportunities for the participants.
bp Azerbaijan continues to support the School of Project Management (SPM) which it launched together with its co-venturers in 2011 and in 2018. As part of this support and its commitment to helping enhance local capabilities and overall capacity-building in the country, bp Azerbaijan is now sponsoring 20 participants in the 2021 SPM programme.
bp and its co-venturers successfully complete an important educational project in support of establishing project management capability in national higher educational insitutions.As part of the project a new manual for project managers has also been published in the Azerbaijani language.