Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence - Sixth Report


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Annex 1

Name of Country:Azerbaijan
Council Presence:Directorate—Baku
Name of British Council Director/Country Manager: Andrew Thomas
Number of Staff:14 UK recruited teachers, 7 local staff
Total Budget (incl grant in aid component): £600,000
Grant in Aid component of Total Budget: £170,000

KEY PROGRAMMES

    —  Promoting wider and more effective learning of the English language by:

        —  the provision of high quality language training to organisations and individuals (there are currently 5,533 students, rising to 7,389 in 1999-2000); assisting the Ministry of Education to improve English language teaching; and running an English language resource centre for teachers and students of English.

      —  Demonstrating that the UK is a committed partner in tackling key economic and democratic reform agendas in Azerbaijan by:

        —  ensuring full Azerbaijani participation in Know How Fund regional reform programmes and other relevant initiatives (Chevening, the John Smith Fellowship Programme, the European Series).

      —  Promoting the UK's role as a leading provider of educational opportunity by:

        —  provision of an information service about education and training in Britain; promotion of English language and professional examinations; and organising a British Education and Training show at the British week trade fair scheduled for October 1999.

      —  Raising awareness of the UK's creativity, cultural diversity and recent achievements by:

        —  developing a well targeted, though modest, arts programme.

     KEY UK AND MULTILATERAL PARTNERS WITH WHOM WE WORK

      The British Embassy, the DTI, the BBC, the Azebaijan International Operating Company (AIOC), the country's major BP Amoco lead oil consortium, BP Amoco, the British Business Group in Azerbaijan, UK universities, the European Commission's TACIS office, the World Bank.

    KEY INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK/RESOURCES OF OUR ANALOGUES

      Large active United States Information Services.
    Name of Country:Turkmenistan
    Council Presence:No permanent presence
    Name of British Council Director/Country Manager: Managed by Michael Moore (Uzbekistan).
    Number of Staff:None on the ground.
    Total Budget (incl grant in aid component): £15,000
    Grant in Aid component of Total Budget: £15,000

    KEY PROGRAMMES

      —  Promoting wider and more effective learning of the English language.

      —  Demonstrating that the UK is a committed partner is tackling key economic and democratic reform agendas in Turkmenistan by:

        —  including Turkmenistan in Know How Fund regional reform programmes and other relevant initiatives.

      —  Raising awareness of the UK's creativity, cultural diversity and recent achievements by:

        —  modest support for the cultural element of British weeks in order to create an enabling environment for British business.

    KEY UK AND MULTILATERAL PARTNERS WITH WHOM WE WORK

      The British Embassy.

    KEY INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK/RESOURCES OF OUR ANALOGUES

      The main analogues are Europe and the USA, with the USA ahead of all the others in terms of scope and coverage (the USA funds 50 scholars to study in America and supports 6 ELT resource centres).


 
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