EU-supported facility in Azerbaijan produces masks during COVID-19 pandemic

Photo: UNDP Azerbaijan
Photo: UNDP Azerbaijan

With EU funds, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Agency on Vocational Education of Azerbaijan have procured technical equipment to support the production of medical face masks in Azerbaijan during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two state-of-the-art ultrasonic mask welding machines and one ton of raw material were delivered to Baku this week through UNDP’s international supply chains. The machines were installed in the Baku State Vocational Education Centre on Tourism and Social Services.

A total of 85 people have been hired at the facility, which operates around the clock and has the capacity of producing 100,000 masks per day. The masks produced are available in local pharmacies.

This initiative is part of the project ‘Support to the establishment of the Regional Industrial Vocational Education and Training (VET) Competence Centre in Ganja’. The project is funded by the EU and implemented by the UNDP and the State Agency on Vocational Education, with the aim to strengthen and modernise Azerbaijan’s vocational education and training system.

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