Ziyad Samadzadeh

Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy, Azerbaijan National Assembly

Ziyad Zamadzade was the first deputy director of the Scientific-Research Institute of Economics under the Azerbaijan State Planning Committee during 1976-1978. Vice-chancellor for scientific issues at the Institute of National Economy during 1978-82. In 1980, Ziyad Samadzade became a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and was selected an acting member of the Academy in 1989. During 1983-1993, Samadzade was the Director of the Economic Department at the Central Committee, First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council of Republic of Azerbaijan, First Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Planned Economy Committee, National Coordinator for Azerbaijan of TACIS and TRACECA programs.

Ziyad Samadzade is the author of over 500 articles and numerous monographs on economic development, structure, demography, employment, regional development, efficiency, and problems of market economy. He made a significant contribution into development of the concept of economic independence and preparation of relevant draft bills during 1987-1991.

Academician Ziyad Samadzade is the Chairman of the Azerbaijan Union of Economists, Vice President of the International Union of Economics. In 1999, Samadzade has founded the Igtisadiyyat newspaper which became a regular economy-oriented media in Azerbaijan. In 2004, Samadzade published a book (in Russian language) entitled “Milestones on a Long Way – Half a Century of Azerbaijan’s Economy: Realities and Prospects”. This work found high estimations of world known scientists and experts. The second and third volumes of this book are scheduled for release soon.

At present, Academician Ziyad Samadzade is the chief of committee on economical policy of Milli Mejlis (the Azerbaijani Parliament) and actively contributes to strengthening of economic legislation, improvement of budget system, and implementation of the entire economic development strategy of Azerbaijan.