Call for Papers – International Conference on Heydar Aliyev’s TRACECA Initiative, Middle Corridor and International Trade

The State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCC) and the Academy of the State Customs Committee (ASCCA) are pleased to announce the call for abstracts and papers focusing on the themes of the international conference entitled Heydar Aliyev’s TRACECA Initiative, Middle Corridor and International Trade. The conference will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on 16-17 November 2023.

The organizing committee of the international event invites scientists, experts, researchers, representatives of international organizations engaged in training and capacity building, as well as civil society organizations and the private sector to participate in the conference.

For participation, applicants from around the world can submit academic, applied, scientific, practical, policy papers, as well as specific country or case studies and presentations. Initially, authors should submit brief summaries of their research, articles and presentations. The selected authors will be requested to submit the full versions of their contributions.  The contributions may cover various topics in key areas such as international trade, customs, logistics, transport, supply chain and the Europe-Caucasus-Asia Transport Corridor (TRACECA) initiative, Middle Corridor initiative and Belt and Road Initiative.  In their contributions, authors should address such issues such as the role of customs services, trade, logistics, transport and other operators, infrastructure, strategies, policies of their countries in regional, interregional and international trade facilitation, supply chain management, security and stability.

Diverse thematic areas of the international conference include, but are not limited to, the following themes and topics:

  • TRACECA, Middle Corridor, Zangezur Corridor and Azerbaijan

– Heydar Aliyev’s role in the initiation of the TRACECA initiative (international transport program covering the European Union (EU) and 12 countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia)

– The importance of the Middle Corridor

– Zangezur Corridor as a central component of the Middle Corridor

– International trade and customs operations along the Zangezur Corridor connected to the Middle Corridor

– Belt and Road Initiative, TRACECA and Middle Corridor

– Role of Azerbaijan Customs in the Middle Corridor

The following thematic categories and topics allow authors from the around the world to address a plethora of issues related with the world customs.

  • Global customs, international trade, logistics, supply chain, security and sustainable development

– Customs and cross-border trade

– Customs and security

  • Digitization in Customs, Information and Communication Technologies

– Data analytics for customs

– Customs ICTs: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Virtual Reality

  • Innovations in Customs education, training, research, professional development and cooperation

– Latest updates on academic cooperation and research

– Post-COVID-19 training modalities for Customs

– Virtual Reality Training technologies

– Professional development of Customs human resources


For further information and specific instructions and requirements for responding to this Call for Papers, as well as registration, please visit the conference webpage.