Innovations and Digital Development Department

 

1.

General provisions

 

1.1

The Innovations and Digital Development Department (hereinafter – the Department) of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan is a structural unit providing organization of activities and state policy related to the innovations and digital development of the administrative office of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (hereinafter – the Ministry) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

1.2.

In its activity, the Department is guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan, decrees and orders of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, decisions and orders of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, “Regulations on the Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan” , and other normative legal acts, decisions, orders and instructions (hereinafter – organizational and administrative documents) of the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies (hereinafter – the Minister) and these Regulations.

 

1.3.

When carrying out its duties and exercising rights, the Department interacts with structural units of the administrative office of the Ministry, and bodies that are included in its structure, and subordinate bodies that are not included in its structure.

 

2.

Activity areas of the Department

 

2.0.

Activity areas of the Department are as follows:

 

2.0.1.

participates in the development and implementation of innovation and digital government policies;

 

2.0.2.

participates in the development of innovations and digital development concepts, government programs and strategies, and provides their implementation;

 

2.0.3.

makes proposals for the development of the legal and regulatory framework for innovations and digital development and participates in their implementation;

 

2.0.4.

takes measures to promote the development of innovative entrepreneurship;

 

2.0.5.

takes measures to form and support startup ecosystems;

 

2.0.6.

carries out measures to promote innovation incentive;

 

2.0.7.

coordinates work on creation and organization of activities on the Government Cloud (G-Cloud);

 

2.0.8.

coordinates work on the phased establishment of the National Data Center and coordination of activities related to the organization of its activities;

 

2.0.9.

takes measures for the development of e-services in the activities of the Ministry;

 

2.0.10.

takes measures to promote innovations and digital development, including cybersecurity awareness as well as raising awareness and preparedness of the population, private and other entities in the relevant field;

 

2.0.11.

takes measures to eliminate the “digital divide” and coordinates activities in this area;

 

2.0.12.

takes measures to develop the national segment of the Internet and to regulate activities in this area;

 

2.0.13.

participates in the development of cybersecurity, Internet Governance and personal data protection policies and provides coordination of their implementation;

 

2.0.14.

ensures the organization and coordination of activities to prevent the disclosure of information prohibited by law on the Internet;

 

2.0.15.

carries out joint work with international organizations on innovation and digital development together with the relevant structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry;

 

2.0.16.

carries out activities in other areas as defined by law.

 

3.

Duties of the Department

 

3.0.

The Department fulfills following duties according to the areas of activity as defined by these Regulations:

 

3.0.1.

to make proposals for the formation of normative legal base in the field of innovations and digital development and to participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.2.

to identify priorities for innovations and digital development, including cybersecurity, personal data protection and Internet Governance, together with relevant government agencies and relevant structural units of the administrative office of the Ministry, to participate in the development and implementation of concepts, strategies and government programs in this area;

 

3.0.3.

to give opinion to the draft state programs, strategies and other relevant documents received in the Ministry and related to the activities of the Department;

 

3.0.4.

to give opinion to the regulatory legal acts that will affect the innovative activities of government agencies;

 

3.0.5.

to participate in the development of regulatory legal acts related to the activities of the Innovation Agency;

 

3.0.6.

to coordinate the of activities of the Innovation Agency, as well as participate in resolving issues within the competence of the Ministry on its activities;

 

3.0.7.

to coordinate programs (projects) funded by foreign states and international organizations in order to support innovation activities;

 

3.0.8.

to develop and implement high-tech scientific, technical and innovation policy together with relevant government agencies;

 

3.0.9.

to make proposals on the improvement of mechanisms established by legislative acts in the field of innovation activity;

 

3.0.10.

to support innovative scientific researches, to make proposals for innovative projects, including startups and participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.11.

to make proposlas for the solutions based on robotics, cloud, large-scale data processing, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and other digital technologies, and projects for their application and coordinate their implementation;

 

3.0.12.

to prepare and submit reports on the work done for the promotion of innovative development, including support for startup activities;

 

3.0.13.

to make proposals for the creation of incubators, innovation centers, laboratories, funds, technology parks, scientific research centers, technology and knowledge transfer centers and other institutions that are key elements of the innovation infrastructure and participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.14.

to take measures to attract investment in innovation activities;

 

3.0.15.

to identify innovative clusters and take measures to organize activities in this area;

 

3.0.16.

to create and maintain a public register of innovative projects, technologies, services, and funded scientific researches together with the Innovation Agency;

 

3.0.17.

to support innovative high-tech initiatives, including startups, to organize competitions, innovation weeks, festivals, startup tours, conferences, forums and other promotional activities, as well as courses, workshops and trainings;

 

3.0.18.

to cooperate with the specialized agencies of the European Union and the United Nations, other international and regional organizations in the field of innovations and digital development;

 

3.0.19.

to propose measures to improve the country’s rating in international reports on indicators and indices related to innovations and digital development;

 

3.0.20.

to take measures to improve the population’s knowledge and skills on the basis of scientific achievements and digital innovations;

 

3.0.21.

to organize the activities of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Ministry and its secretariat;

 

3.0.22.

to take measures to study and satisfy the need for scientific research in the bodies that are inlcuded in the structure of the Ministry and its subordinate bodies;

 

3.0.23.

to take measures for the development of e-government and transition to a digital government;

 

3.0.24.

to make proposals for improving the efficiency of the Ministry’s e-services in accordance with the results of their evaluation and coordinate these activities;

 

3.0.25.

to make proposals on electronization of public services of the Ministry and take measures for their implementation;

 

3.0.26.

to provide relevance of information on the Ministry’s services in the Public Service Register;

 

3.0.27.

to take measures to expand the use of open data;

 

3.0.28.

to coordinate the work on the electronic signature, including the expansion of the use of electronic signatures, the international recognition of the electronic signature and the implementation of measures for the use of electronic signatures in new generation ID cards;

 

3.0.29.

to coordinate the work on creation and organization of the Government Cloud (G-Cloud);

 

3.0.30.

to coordinate the work on the phased establishment and organization of the National Data Center;

 

3.0.31.

to take joint actions with AzInTelecom to maintain state information systems and resources in the National Data Center, to form and to maintain in a Government Cloud and coordinate work in this area;

 

3.0.32.

to make proposals for expanding the use of digital economy, including e-commerce, and to participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.33.

to participate in the development and implementation of measures to improve the knowledge and skills of different segments of the population in information technology and other high-tech sectors to bridge the digital divide;

 

3.0.34.

to participate in the development and implementation of measures to improve the knowledge and skills of civil servants and business entities in the field of information technologies;

 

3.0.35.

to make proposals for the development and international certification of IT specialists;

 

3.0.36.

to make proposals on the preparation of highly qualified personnel in the areas of activity of the Ministry;

 

3.0.37.

to make proposals for the organization of work with volunteers and to participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.38.

to take educational and encouraging action on innovations and digital development;

 

3.0.39.

to organize activities of the Azerbaijani Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) and coordinate the implementation of work;

 

3.0.40.

to coordinate the work done with the relevant departments of the Ministry within the framework of the European Union initiative on Harmonization of Digital Markets (HDM);

 

3.0.41.

to carry out joint activities with relevant authorities to raise awareness in cybersecurity, personal data protection and Internet Governance, as well as to raise the level of awareness and konowledge of the population, private and other entities in the relevant field;

 

3.0.42.

to investigate appeals regarding cyber security and personal data breaches in the Internet environment and to ensure that appropriate measures are taken by the relevant structural units of the Ministry;

 

3.0.43.

to carry out analysis of international reports in the field of cyber security, to conduct monitorings, prepare analytical materials and reports, as well as to provide the necessary information to international rating agencies;

 

3.0.44.

to take measures established by the legislation, together with the relevant structural units of the Ministry to obtain relevant information on internet information resources, to prevent the distribution of information on internet information resources prohibited by law;

 

3.0.45.

to participate in carrying out activities in the field of information security, including cybersecurity, protection of personal data, to organize and coordinate work that is within the competence of the Ministry in this area;

 

3.0.46.

to take measures to provide the development and security of the national segment of the Internet, as well as national internet resources, to conduct monitorings in this area;

 

3.0.47.

to organize the activities of the Coordination Council for the Internet Development and its secretariat;

 

3.0.48.

to make proposals for expanding the use of the .az domain and its development, to regulate activities in this area, as well as to develop, coordinate and implement appropriate measures;

 

3.0.49.

to maintain records of operators and providers of internet telecommunications services, as well as to coordinate the activities of Internet providers and operators in the relevant field;

 

3.0.50.

to provide representation at working groups at the local and international levels and coordinate activities in the relevant field;

 

3.0.51.

to participate in organizing and coordinating the activities of the Ministry with international organizations in the field of cyber security, personal data protection and internet governance, and to fulfil relevant tasks in this area;

 

3.0.52.

to participate in the coordination of the functions of the Ministry for the peaceful development and use of nuclear technologies;

 

3.0.53.

to investigate appeals regarding the issuance of special permits (licenses) for the activities in the field of formation of information resources of personal data, creation and maintenance of information systems, and to take appropriate measures in accordance with the legislation;

 

3.0.54.

to partisipate in innovative, scientific and educational events held in accordance with the activities of the Ministry;

 

3.0.55.

to participate in the coordination of activities of bodies that are included in the structure of the Ministry and subordinate bodies not included in its structure in the areas of activity;

 

3.0.56.

to coordinate the activities of the Ministry with private sector and civil society institutions in the areas of activity, to make proposals for the development of public and private partnership;

 

3.0.57.

to consider the applications and complaints received by the Ministry in the areas of activity , timely respond to them and take other measures;

 

3.0.58.

together with the structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry to establish contacts with international organizations, relevant scientific centers and organizations of foreign countries in the areas of activity and make proposals for the Ministry’s participation in international scientific, scientific and technical programs and projects;

 

3.0.59.

to make proposals to hold local, regional and international events, conferences, trainings, competitions, olympiads and other activities in the areas of activity and implement them or participate in their implementation;

 

3.0.60.

to ensure or participate in the execution of tasks entrusted to the Ministry in normative legal acts in accordance with the directions of activity;

 

3.0.61.

to make proposals for taking into account recommendations of international organizations in their activities and to take action in this direction;

 

3.0.62.

to carry out other duties provided for in the legislation according to the areas of activity.

 

4.

Rights of Department

 

4.0.

The Department has following rights to fulfill its duties:

 

4.0.1.

to prepare preliminary drafts of legal acts on directions of activity or make proposals on drafted projects;

 

4.0.2.

to study local and international experience in the areas of activity and make proposals for the application of relevant practices;

 

4.0.3.

to conduct analysis, monitoring, evaluation and research in the relevant field;

 

4.0.4.

to make proposals for the participation of specialists of the Ministry in various training courses, forums and conferences;

 

4.0.5.

to establish mutual business relationships with structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry, government bodies, municipalities, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, relevant government agencies of foreign countries, local and foreign private companies operating in the high-tech field, scientific research institutes, educational institutions, mass media and public institutions and to take appropriate measures with them;

 

4.0.6.

to make inquiries on the necessary information (documents) to the structural divisions, bodies, departments and organizations of the administrative office of the Ministry and receive such information (documents) from them;

 

4.0.7.

with the consent of the heads of structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry to involve the employees of these divisions in the preparation of documents, as well as in the implementation of measures, in accordance with the tasks assigned to the Department;

 

4.0.8.

to give opinion in accordance with the lines of activity, conduct analyzes, generalizations, monitoringes and researches;

 

4.0.9.

to participate in exhibitions, forums, workshops and conferences and make proposals for participation in such events;

 

4.0.10.

to participate in the development of regulatory documents in activity areas;

 

4.0.11.

to participate in the organization of work on the application and improvement of information technologies in the structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry;

 

4.0.12.

to report to the management of the Ministry regularly on the course of work carried out by the Department and its results;

 

4.0.13.

to require necessary information, including statistical data (in confidentiality) from licensed physical and legal entities in the field of formation of personal information resources and creation of information systems and their maintenance in accordance with the current legislation,and exercise control over compliance with license terms;

 

4.0.14.

to make proposals on taking measures for elimination of violations of the Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Personal Information”, “Information, Informatization and Data Protection” as well as to take measures on relevant articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Azerbaijan with regard to persons violating the requirements of the legislation;

 

4.0.15.

to participate in the activities of international organizations and working groups in areas of activity with the consent of the management;

 

4.0.16.

to exercise other rights in accordance with the areas of activity as provided for in the legislation.

 

5.

Organization of activity of the Department

 

5.1.

The structure and staff number of the Department are approved by the Minister.

 

5.2.

The structure of the Department includes the Innovation Policy Sector, the Digital Development Sector, and the Science and Technology Sector. Sectors are responsible for the performance of the duties entrusted to the Department by these Regulations.

 

5.3.

The Department is headed by head of department, who is appointed and dismissed by the Minister.

 

5.4.

Head of department is personally responsible for the organization of activities of the Department, carrying out the duties assigned to the Department and the implementation of rights.

 

5.5.

Head of department has two deputies, who are appointed and dismissed by the Minister.

 

5.6.

Deputies of the head of department are personally responsible for the performance of the duties assigned to them by the head of the department and the exercise of the rights.

 

5.7.

In the absence of the head of department, deputy head of department carries out his/her duties in the established manner;

 

5.8.

The Innovation Policy Sector, the Digital Development Sector, and the Science and Technology Sector are headed by sector leaders who are appointed and dismissed by the Minister.

 

5.9.

Heads of sectors are personally responsible for the performance of the duties as set forth in these Regulations and imposed on them by the head of department.

 

5.10.

Other employees of the Department are appointed and dismissed by the Minister.

 

5.11.

head of department:

 

5.11.1.

organizes the activity of the Department, heads it and supervises its activities;

 

5.11.2.

makes distribution of division of work among employees, coordinates their activities and provides the preparation of service instructions for employees of the Department;

 

5.11.3.

controls the performance of the duties assigned to the employees of the Department, labour and performance discipline;

 

5.11.4.

signs action plans and other similar documents drawn up to provide the fulfilment of the duties assigned to the Department and also exercises control over timely and efficient implementation of measures envisaged in the action plan and reports to the management of the Ministry on their implementation;

 

5.11.5.

defines the issues on the Department that will be discussed in the Board of the Ministry and submits proposals on this issue to the management of the Ministry;

 

5.11.6.

ensures timely and proper implementation of the relevant measures provided for in the decisions of the Ministry’s board and organizational and administrative documents;

 

5.11.7.

makes proposals to the management of the Ministry in connection with the appointment and dismissal of employees in the Department, the promotion, application of disciplinary measures;

 

5.11.8.

makes proposals to the management of the Ministry on the participation of employees in professional development courses, training courses in order to improve the professional training of the department staff and enhance their professional skills;

 

5.11.9.

obtains necessary information and documents from structural divisions of the administrative office of the Ministry, bodies that are included in its structure and subordinate bodies that are not included in its structure within its powers to perform the duties of the Department;

 

5.11.10.

organizes consideration of letters, applications, complaints and proposals received by the Department in accordance with the legislation, and timely and correct answering to them;

 

5.11.11.

provides clerical work in the Department in accordance with the “Instructions for clerical work in state authorities, in legal entities and state-funded organizations, the control package of shares of which belongs to the state”;

 

5.11.12.

provides the secrecy order in the Department, and is responsible for providing protection measures for state secrets in the activities of the Department;

 

5.11.13.

coordinates the activities of the Department with the structural units of the administrative office of the Ministry and agencies;

 

5.11.14. 

gives binding instructions on the part related to its powers, organizes their implementation and exercises control over their execution;

 

5.11.15.

approves relevant reports of the Department;

 

5.11.16.

participates in board meetings of the Ministry, relevant meetings, events and meetings of the scientific-technical council;

 

5.11.17.

fulfills the instructions of the management in connection with the activities of the Department;

 

5.11.18.

represents the Department.

 

5.11.19.

represents the Ministry in the higher state authorities, other central and local executive authorities, state bodies, international organizations, abroad on the instruction of the management and defends its interests;

 

5.12.

The employees of the Department bear responsibility for the violation of the requirements of these Regulations in the manner established by law of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

 

5.13.

The employees of the Department are responsible for confidentiality of data that is known to them and data containing state or business secret in accordance with their duties and powers.