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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 10:48

“To solve tasks of both investors and the society is equally important for us” - Shafiddin Pirmetov, General Director, Unico

“To solve tasks of both investors and the society is equally important for us” - Shafiddin Pirmetov, General Director, Unico

"Azerbaijan is now experiencing a trend of shifting from quantity to quality. Our team of employees, including designers and architects, got education in Europe. Therefore we can effectively work in partnership with European companies with standards that strongly differ from the local ones. For our company safety comes first. Our managers have enormous experience in this field. They organize systematic trainings for employees", Shafiddin Pirmetov, General Director, Unico said in the exclusive interview to Caspian Energy Investor.

 

Caspian Energy Investor (CEI): Mr. Pirmetov, how long has your company been working in the Azerbaijan market?
Shafiddin Pirmetov, General Director, Unico: Unico was established in 2007. Our main objective is highly professional, integrated and in many respects unique maintenance of construction projects at all stages. To solve tasks of both investors (maximizing profits) and the society (targeting new comfortable and high-quality living standards, development of business, production) is equally important for us.

CEI: How successful was the 2012 year for the company? Could you, please, share your plans for the 2013 year?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: We ended the 2012 year with a 30-percent growth, which was registered mainly at the expense of works in the construction sector and fit-out works. I would like to note that initially our organization was oriented at construction of office and trade buildings. But demand breeds supply. The demand shifted from administrative and trade buildings to industrial construction and then to healthcare facilities. And as result, we gained experience in construction of different buildings, including general construction, finishing, dismantling, digging, wiring and sanitary engineering works and also works on conditioning and ventilation of buildings and facilities.
Now we are implementing the projects on interior works of Port Baku and a new office of bp company in Baku. Among recently fulfilled projects is the interior finishing of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. At the same time we offer similar services to the private sector and we have recently finished interior finishing of some cottages and a restaurant. We are a new company with five years of operation.

CEI: How important for your company is to improve the quality of services?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: First of all, these are international standards introduced together with the leading European companies. We use European materials according to their certification. Azerbaijan is now experiencing a trend of shifting from quantity to quality. Many companies are not ready for this process. Our team of employees, including designers and architects, got education in Europe. Therefore we can effectively work in partnership with European companies with standards that strongly differ from the local ones. Issues of safety and quality are very important for European companies. 
For our company safety comes first. Our managers have enormous experience in this field. They organize systematic trainings for employees and trainings for non-standard projects. 
Our specialists are also certified by Knauf and Lindner companies in the field of provision and use of their materials.
In the process of performing general construction works, it is necessary to be able to organize working process accurately. Construction crews of our company have accumulated rich experience and have high qualification. They perform works in short terms on the high level. Our experts will be able to address any construction-related situation and solve tasks set out by a customer.
The company offers acceptable prices and guarantees the high quality of works. We will make necessary measurements and provide detailed estimate to our specialists the same day. We do not hide prices from our clients and we can suggest getting acquainted with them.
I would like to note that we work only with European companies and perform our work on the high-quality level. Our main objective is highly professional, complex and in many respects unique maintenance of construction projects at all stages of construction process. To solve tasks of both investors, including maximizing profits, and the society, including obtaining new comfortable and advanced environment of qualitative life, business and production development is equally important for us.
The company was established by the professionals who have worked in the field of real estate and construction for more than 10 years. Our executives have more than 15-year experience in implementation of investment projects in Baku of various scale and complexity.
Our slogan "High Quality Exact in Time" reflects our attitude to all processes in which our personnel is engaged. We are open to cooperation with all who appreciate high quality, accuracy and timely performance of set up objectives.

CEI: Which foreign markets are interesting to your company?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Now we are negotiating involvement of our company in the markets of Russia and European countries. Now we have perspective projects in Moscow and Sakhalin (Russia) and Georgia. In addition, we have one more project in Mecca (Saudi Arabia). 
In Russia we are implementing a project in the oil industry. Soon our experts will go to the Russian Federation to assemble certain parts of the oil platform. This will include pipeline and argon-welding works.
Moreover, we intend to develop auxiliary productions. Now we ourselves manufacture rubble and some other construction materials.
We are also thinking over production of various profiles, including aluminum ones. We would like to develop the local market because the majority of construction materials are imported to our market. We intend to sate the Azerbaijani market with qualitative construction materials of local production.

CEI: Did the global financial crisis affect your business?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I can surely say that the crisis has not affected our company due to the economic policy implemented in our country. As I already said in 2011 our company fixed a 30-percent growth of operations.

CEI: How would you evaluate the activity of the Caspian-European Integration Business Club (CEIBC)?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I think that the Caspian-European Integration Business Club is playing important role in building a business-to-government dialogue. I am pleased to say that this dialogue covers countries far from the Caspian Region.

CEI: Where were you born and got education?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I was born in Gusary, Azerbaijan. There I got my secondary education. Then I studied in Baku where graduated from the Baku Business University. Later I graduated from the Azerbaijan State Economic University, International Relations Faculty.

CEI: What business were you involved before? What did your carrier start from?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Before I was engaged in production of ice cream. For the short period we could occupy a considerable niche in the Azerbaijani market. My carrier in the construction business started in the production sector of building materials. The work was connected with production of rubble and brick.

CEI: Are there any of your classmates or fellow-students who is involved in the same business as you and even is your business partner?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Yes, of course. For instance, my fellow-student is acting as a partner in the construction business.

CEI: What do you think of charity activities? Should companies and their owners, in your opinion, take active part in this issue or it is up to the government to settle problems of low-income people? 
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I believe that commercial organizations should be actively involved in the process of settling problems of low-income people. This is the urgent challenge of society. We are also involved in such kind of activities.

CEI: How many hours a day do you work? Do you have hobby?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Very often I work almost 10 hours a day. My job is my hobby.

CEI: Which features do you highly appreciate in men and women? 
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Impartiality is one of major features of a person both in terms of relations to each other and with the society.

CEI: Could you, please, tell the cuisine of which countries do you like most of all? What are your favorite meals? 
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I like the Azerbaijan cuisine most of all. I like our kabab.

CEI: Please, tell a bit about your family status. Are you married?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: I am married and have a son and a daughter. One child is 5 years old, the other is 2 years old.

CEI: How much time do you spend with your family? How many children do you have? Would you like your children to continue your carrier?
Shafiddin Pirmetov: Indeed, not much. I would like to spend more time with my family. Sure, I would like my children to follow my steps.

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