e-Residency (Electronic Residency) and m-Residency (Mobile Residency) is a government program, that allows entrepreneurs around the world to set up and run a location-independent business in Azerbaijan, using all the cross-border e-services of the Digital Trade Hub of Azerbaijan.
Becoming an e-/m-resident gives you a government-verified electronic identity, which you can securely use in an online environment. e-Residency and m-Residency are essentially the same, though e-residents receive a chip-enabled ID card for authentication and electronic signatures, while m-residents are issued with special Asan İmza (Mobile ID) SIM card that performs the same function.
Azerbaijan is the world's second country, after Estonia, to offer e-Residency and the first country to offer m-Residency.
It is exciting that Azerbaijan has become the second country in the world to launch e-Residency and first ever go with m-Residency to all global citizens. This is a great contribution to all electronic services already introduced in Azerbaijan for all citizens and will definitely serve as an excellent opportunity to connect with member countries all around the world, who are interesting in starting a business in Azerbaijan. In case of Estonia we have seen that E- Residency is very attractive for international business community. People from over 150 countries around the world now own e-Residency of Estonia. According to our experience it will bring similar benefits to Azerbaijan, but the most important is that it was a long awaited service to simplify life and post business for entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a partner for the European Union in the framework of the eastern partnership initiative. Operation and trade between Azerbaijan and EU will benefit from the e- and m-Residency. I believe both programs will also provide tangible results for all people, who owns business, and also introduce integrated reforms to make a business climate more transparent and remove burocratic barriers.
“I believe that "Asan İmza" or "E-imza" is the brand of Azerbaijan. This brand needs to be spread all over the world. I think that Islamic countries will share this experience in the future, which is very important for strengthening the position of Azerbaijan as the Digital Trade Hub.”
M-Residency involves more than providing digital signatures, it needs to be backed up with positive reinforcement by marketing Azerbaijan offering easy and very affordable services such as virtual offices, bank accounts, customer assistance and vessel investment. From the commercial point of view it is essential to make easy to buy and sell along the supply chain and to add value. DTH of Azerbaijan is a key component of the supply chain process.
Azerbaijan has moved one step ahead in the digital trade. This country is now ahead of most countries. I understand that M-Residency is made for offering trade turnover, which simplifies trade by operating from home just with your mobile.
It is indeed a great leap in the Digital Trade, because it is definitely going to expand international business reaches of Azerbaijan. It is important not only for Azerbaijan, but also for entrepreneurs who are looking for opportunities to develop and enter to different markets worldwide.
This is going to be a wonderful opportunity and I’m pretty confident that in times we come it is going to be order of the e-trade of the world. This is a new order and Azerbaijan has done it in amazing way.
Mobile Identity - Asan İmza SIM card
a digital ID card