Baku, Azerbaijan, May 20
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission on Azerbaijan Mohamed El Gorchi.
President Aliyev hailed long-term successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and the International Monetary Fund.
Saying this cooperation covers various formats, the president noted that the partnership has already entered a new phase.
President Aliyev highly appreciated IMF's support and recommendations for economic progress in Azerbaijan. The president expressed confidence that the activities of the mission led by Mohamed El Gorchi will strengthen the country's relations with this organization and contribute to continuation of substantial reforms.
President Aliyev noted that the dramatic fall in global oil prices naturally led to decrease in revenues. However, measures taken in the country such as consolidation of the budget and reforms to diversify economy helped to eliminate serious risks.
The president said he hopes that cooperation between Azerbaijan and the IMF will successfully continue.
Mohamed El Gorchi highly appreciated the measures taken by the Azerbaijani government to eliminate the complications caused by the global economic crisis. Mohamed El Gorchi said that devaluation of manat and other measures protected national production in Azerbaijan, and boosted exports in non-oil sector. He described the steps taken by the Azerbaijani government as brave and successful.
Mohamed El Gorchi stressed the importance of focusing on the banking sector in the current circumstances. He noted that the IMF is ready to conduct exchange of views with related institutions in Azerbaijan, render technical assistance to the country and participate in the relevant consultations.