By Ayya Lmahamad
The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) sold funds in the amount of $397.7 million at foreign currency auctions in March 2021.
This represents a 9-percent decrease compared to the transaction in February 2021. It should be noted that SOFAZ sold funds in the amount of $437.3 million at foreign currency auctions in February 2021.
İn 2020, it sold funds in the amount of $3.8 billion at foreign currency auctions.
It should be noted that the revenues of the State Oil Fund from the major oil and gas fields amounted to $578 million in the first two months of 2021. Of these, revenues from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli block of fields, which are the largest oil fields in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, amounted to $574.5 million, while the fund's revenues from the Shah Deniz field, which is among the world’s largest gas-condensate fields, amounted to $3.5 million
SOFAZ was established in December 1999 by the presidential decree and is a sovereign wealth fund of Azerbaijan, which accumulates and preserves the nation's oil and gas revenues for future generations. The fundamental mission of SOFAZ is to ensure intergenerational equality with regard to the country's oil wealth and to accumulate and safeguard the oil revenues for generations to come.
The fund accumulates income from the sale of oil contracts, and in 2003 it started to make transfers to the state budget of Azerbaijan. As for now, SOFAZ contribution to the country’s GDP is over 80 percent.
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