Azerbaijani president urges to improve conditions for business (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26
It is necessary to carry out additional measures for extension of entrepreneurship, creation of even better conditions for businessmen, acceleration of domestic production in Azerbaijan given the current circumstances, said Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
He made the remarks Jan. 26 in his closing speech addressing a conference at the Heydar Aliyev Center dedicated to the results of the second year of implementation of "State program on socio-economic development of districts of Azerbaijan Republic in 2014-2018."
"I want the entrepreneurs representing all the districts to give speeches, inform about the work being done and at the same time discuss their issues of concern," Ilham Aliyev said. "Today, after a break, ministers, government officials, heads of executive power and entrepreneurs will continue their work in sections. I am confident that the issues to be discussed there will be significant, and concrete proposals should be made as a result."
The president said that a lot of work was done for business development, and today most of the Azerbaijani economy, over 80 percent, is formed by the private sector.
"However, a new period, new situation require new approaches," said the president. "Given the current conditions, it is necessary to carry out additional measures to extend entrepreneurship, create even better conditions for entrepreneurs, and accelerate domestic and local production. I have already given instructions to the relevant government agencies, but I want the local entrepreneurs to talk about their problems themselves, so that these problems would be solved."
Speaking about the plans for the current year, President Ilham Aliyev said that all the social programs will be fulfilled in the first place.
"As you know, wages and pensions, social benefits have been increased, social protection is one of the main directions of our policy," he said. "Azerbaijan is faithful to the market economy and the market economy develops successfully in the country. However, while carrying out reforms, we must always remember about social issues. We mustn't forget that we work for the people, a citizen of Azerbaijan is in the heart of our policy, and we must solve his (her) problems."