President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan is on path of economic development and serious reforms that are highly valued in society

Today, Azerbaijan is on the path of economic development and serious reforms that are highly valued in society, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said in his opening speech at the conference dedicated to the results of first year implementation of “The State Program on socio-economic development of the regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2019-2023”.

“Today we will discuss the results of the first year of the implementation of the fourth state program on the socio-economic development of the regions of Azerbaijan,” Ilham Aliyev said. “We will also talk about the work to be done this year. The program was adopted a year ago. The fourth program is a logical continuation of previously adopted programs. A lot was done within the framework of the first three programs but much still remains to be done. I believe that the key infrastructure goals facing the country will be met within the framework of the fourth program and thus better opportunities for the further development of our country will emerge.”

“Last year, all necessary steps were taken to implement the program,” the Azerbaijani president noted. “I can say that the program has been exceeded. All the issues provided for in it have been resolved. However, there are certain delays in some issues. Therefore, special attention must be paid to these issues. I believe that all the measures to be implemented under the program this year will be implemented.”

“In general, our country developed successfully last year,” said Ilham Aliyev. “Azerbaijan followed the path of development and stability. But the developments unfolding in the world are of concern to us, of course. There are new hotbeds of conflict and new zones of tension in the world. Existing problems are not being addressed. On the contrary, they are topped with new ones. We can say that there are certain tensions everywhere in the world – in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, in our region, in post-Soviet republics. In some cases, it takes on more severe forms.”

“However, Azerbaijan has been on the path of stability for many years,” the Azerbaijani president noted. “The stability prevailing in our country is underpinned by the will of the Azerbaijani people. Our policy is supported by the people. It is a policy that is measured by concrete deeds. Our policy is based on specific deeds, on real development, not words but actions, and each given word is reflected in life. Therefore, the confidence shown to us by the people is at a high level, and this is the main condition for stability and calm.”

“I believe that good results were achieved in the economic sphere last year,” added Ilham Aliyev. “Today, Azerbaijan is on the path of economic development and serious reforms that are highly valued in society. These reforms are improving the standard of living for our people, accelerate economic development of our country and play a very important part in resolving the unpleasant problems of the country. Fundamental economic and political reforms are usually fraught with major problems. In other words, sometimes or rather in many cases, these reforms negatively affect people’s way of life.”

“In Azerbaijan, reforms are carried out in a consistent manner,” the Azerbaijani president said. “It is a sound policy. We have simply entered a new phase of reform. Therefore, the reforms carried out both in the economic and political spheres serve the interests of our people and state. At the same time, very serious structural and personnel reforms have been carried out.”

“All this shows again that the main goal of our economy is to strengthen the state, ensure a better life for our people and create stability,” Ilham Aliyev noted. “We are achieving all these goals. This is once again confirmed by last year’s economic and social achievements.”