Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan’s economy developed despite ungrounded pressure, provocations (UPDATE 2)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 12


President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev chaired the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Oct.12 dedicated to the results of socio-economic development in the first nine months of 2015 and objectives for the future.

Addressing the meeting, the president said that Azerbaijan's economy has been developing throughout the past nine months despite the ongoing crisis in the world, sharp decrease in oil prices, ungrounded pressure and in some cases, the provocations against the country.

During this period, the country's economy grew by 3.7 percent, industrial production by 2.1 percent, non-oil industry by over 10 percent, and agriculture by 6.7 percent, Aliyev stressed.

From January to September of 2015, the inflation in Azerbaijan stood at 3.7 percent, the population's cash income increased by 5.8 percent, he said, adding that $16 billion has been invested in the country's economy from all sources.

Speaking about the projects implemented in the social sphere, the president noted that 34 schools, 26 kindergartens and 11 medical facilities have been constructed or overhauled in the country during this period.

Ilham Aliyev said great work was done to improve the population's social state, transparency was ensured in rendering targeted social assistance, adding that 500,000 people, that's to say, 114,000 families receive targeted social assistance.

President Aliyev said that as a result of a consistently pursued government policy for creation of new jobs, 87,000 job vacancies have been opened in the country in nine months, and 67,000 of them are permanent ones.

He related the achievements with the country's independent policy, and ensuring stability and security, strengthening civil solidarity in Azerbaijan.

The Azerbaijani president noted that this year there were significant events to expand the country's transit capacity, recalling that the first container train from China arrived in Azerbaijan and that the construction of the Azerbaijani section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway was completed.

President Aliyev drew attention to that in the nine months of this year, considerable amount of work was carried out on the Southern Gas Corridor, as well as serious steps taken to develop the Shah Deniz-2 field and implement the TANAP project.

The president said that significant work was done in the country regarding army building, adding that this sphere will be the priority in 2016 as well and measures will be taken to strengthen the army's logistics.

He noted that Azerbaijan possesses superiority on the contact line, all enemy sabotage attempts were prevented. The president added that the enemy's subversive group was destroyed last month on the contact line, and the opposing side suffered heavy losses.

"The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved based on the principles of the international law and within Azerbaijan's territorial integrity," said Aliyev.

Touching upon the statement made by the criminal dictatorship regime in Armenia that allegedly, Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of Armenia, Ilham Aliyev said that the international community and international organizations recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as Azerbaijan's territory.

"This statement, made in such a tense psychological situation, exposes and disgraces the Armenian authorities," said the president, underscoring that nothing else can be expected from Armenia's junta regime.

"Azerbaijan is a strong state, it has achieved great success in the economic and political sphere and plays an important role in regional issues, and no project can be implemented in the region without our country's consent and participation," said President Ilham Aliyev.

He added that the economic and military capabilities further enhance Azerbaijan's power.

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