Autumn 2000 (8.3)
Above: Pennzoil sponsored a
mugham competition at the Rashid Behbudov State Song Theater.
2000" was the theme for a May 19, 2000 concert featuring
the finalists of this year's Mugham Competition in Azerbaijan.
The Mugham Association organized the event, held at the Rashid
Behbudov State Song Theater. American oil companies Devon Energy,
parent company of Pennzoil Caspian Corporation, and Unocal Khazar
jointly sponsored the competition and concert.
Pennzoil Caspian has sponsored three such events in the past
several years; this year Unocal Khazar added its sponsorship
to the program. The goal for the competition is to help young
national performers exhibit their talents so that a new generation
of Azerbaijani mugham musicians can develop. All of the competitors
were either students or graduates of music schools.
This past summer, Unocal Khazar and Pennzoil Caspian sent 20
children from Orphanage No. 3 in the Khatai region to summer
camp at Chukhur-Yurt (Shemakha). This region of Azerbaijan is
famous for its tall mountains, dense forests, rivers and picturesque
landscapes. The children spent more than a month at the camp,
riding horses, playing in the water and having picnics.
Pennzoil Caspian has been an active supporter of various activities
that the orphanage undertakes throughout the year. On March 4,
2000, Pennzoil sponsored a pre-Novruz exhibition of drawings
and handmade dolls created by children from the orphanage.
On July 8, 2000 Pennzoil Caspian and Azerbaijan's Ministry of
Sport and Youth held the Second Annual National Economic Congress
for students and young scientists, organized by the NGO "Reliable
Future." The conference took place at the "Ganjlik"
Youth Center in Zagulaba. Its purpose was to stimulate young
scientists in their research activities, promote the educational
process and build cooperation between the youth of various regions.
At the Congress, young scientists discussed a very timely topic
related to the future of Azerbaijan: "Investments in the
Non-Oil Sector of Azerbaijan." Out of 67 research papers
on this subject, the top 16 were selected for discussion and
debate at the conference. Students talked about innovative directions
in marketing, attracting investments to the non-oil sector, leasing
perspectives and Azerbaijan's economic integration into the world
economy. Specific attention was given to privatization, agriculture
and the tea industry.
(8.3) Autumn 2000.
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