(AGI) Rome, June 13 - Azerbaijan "can boast time-old relations with Italy," said Energy Minister Natig Aliyev. "Democracy was born here, making a contribution to the entire world. Never has there been a pause, and relations between Italy and Azerbaijan have become stronger over time. Azerbaijan offers a favourable environment, with its economy growing at a rate of 3 to 4 percent, despite the drop in oil prices. The oil sector has been growing by 9 to 20 percent due to the fact that our country is rich in resources. But we also offer other kinds of opportunities such as in agriculture and the construction industry," added Aliyev. (AGI). .