The Azerbaijan State News Agency – (AZERTAC) is a major news and information agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the only source of the official government news.
AZERTAC, founded by the Government of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic on March 1, 1920, functioned under various names during the Soviet period.
The Agency restored its historical name after Azerbaijan regained state independence. From March 3, 1995 to January 17, 2000, the agency bore the name "State Telegraph Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers", and then was renamed "Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency".
Along with the official government information, AZERTAC wires in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, French, German, Arabic and Chinese languages the round-the-clock news covering all spheres of life in Azerbaijan including politics, economy, culture, sports, health, environment and others.
AZERTAC has international cooperation agreements with Montsame (Mongolia). In 2004, AZERTAC joined the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and 2008 the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA).
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the joint opening ceremony of the 5th News Agencies World Congress and the 16th OANA General Assembly at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.
Almost 200 journalists from 80 countries representing more than 130 leading news agencies of the world from five continents discussed topical problems of media at the 5th News Agencies World Congress in Baku.