President Ilham Aliyev: Main idea, ideology of Azerbaijan, including young generation is sovereignty, independence and reliance on own resources

The main idea and the main ideology of Azerbaijan, including the young generation is sovereignty, independence and reliance on our own resources, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said while responding to moderator’s questions at a panel discussion on “Strategic Outlook: Eurasia” held as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The head of state noted that in Azerbaijan youth is not in the streets, youth is in the universities, at school, youth is in the start-up business, youth is actively involved in governmental issues.

“We have launched a very huge volunteer movement, and tens of thousands of people have been trained in the public services sector as volunteers and then,we recruit these people, those who have good results, to the governmental institutions. Frankly speaking when we see in different parts of the world youth on the streets it is because of dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction with the life, they lost trust in their governments. The governments use populistic slogans to come to power, and then, cannot deliver what they promised. Actually they lie, and the main reason for that is irresponsibility of politicians. Because we see in many countries not only in Europe but in other places that one government comes, immediately the head of government is under fire. People elect him or her and then within one year he or she loses all the credibility. That is because the promises were given which were not been possible to implement. In Azerbaijan we always keep our word, we never say something we cannot deliver and year after year living standards of our people is better,” President Ilham Aliyev said.

“I think the main idea and the main ideology of Azerbaijan, including the young generation is sovereignty, independence and reliance on our own resources,” the head of state underlined.

“And me as the president one of my targets was to transform Azerbaijan into a self-sufficient country. The country does not depend on anyone. In other words, economic independence was the main priority because this is a foundation for political independence. Of course, different countries have different agenda, economies of different countries is more vulnerable than others. As far as Azerbaijan is concerned once again, our geographical location is very advantageous, plus we invested largely into creation of modern infrastructure. Second, as you mentioned our generation is very young, and we have extra labor resources and very creative. Of course, we are rich in natural resources, oil and gas, which create energy security for us, Therefore, our relations with our neighboring countries and the big number of partners are based on mutual interest and plus in every issue related to our presence in that or other international body we look at the pragmatic side. What will it give to us? If it gives us more economic incentives more opportunities for business, more stability, more security, of course, we are considering that. We are members of a number of international institutions. One of them is the Non-Alignment Movement,” President Ilham Aliyev added.