Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 8
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
Ali Asadov, whose candidacy was approved for the post of Azerbaijan's Prime Minister at today's plenary meeting of the Parliament, expressed appreciation for the trust placed in him, adding that he would live up to it, Trend reports.
Asadov expressed deep gratitude to the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for this high confidence.
"A brilliant personality, the great leader Heydar Aliyev in the early 1990s saved Azerbaijan from the crisis,paving the way to independence. Today, thanks to President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is moving along a path of rapid development. Grandiose success achieved is the result of the activity of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev," Asadov said.
"Over this period, the country's GDP grew by 3.3 times, the volume of investments in economy reached $270 billion, poverty level dropped to 5 percent, unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent, the country's strategic foreign exchange reserves grew by 26 times and reached $49 billion. At the same time, the population in 2019 reached 10 million people," said the prime minister.
"Under the leadership of the head of state, mega projects such as Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli, Shah Deniz, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum, the Southern Gas Corridor, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars have been implemented. Along with this, directing oil revenues to the non-oil sector contributes to serious success in the development of this sector. The GDP in the non-oil sector grew by 2.8 times, while the non-oil industry grew by 2.4 times. Azerbaijan has entered the group of space countries," said Asadov.
According to Asadov, currently the main problem of Azerbaijan is that Nagorno-Karabakh is under Armenian occupation.
"President Ilham Aliyev adequately responded to the irresponsible, populist speeches of the Armenian leadership. Karabakh is a historical land of Azerbaijan. Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan! Strengthening military power to liberate Karabakh and restore territorial integrity is one of the main priorities of the head of state," Asadov noted.
Asadov stressed that in recent years the country has made great strides in solving social problems, the social protection system has been created according to international standards, and social assistance and benefits have been increased.
"Thanks to the successful social policy, salaries and pensions were raised by 2.4 and 3 times, respectively. The country's leadership constantly keeps the focus of attention on the family of martyrs, war invalids, people in need of special care, including IDPs, the elderly and children. First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva shows deep concern and compassion to them," said the prime minister.
"Sustainable and multilateral development of Azerbaijan depends on the harmonious and equal activity of all spheres of the state. Speaking today from this high rostrum, before the Azerbaijani people, respected MPs, I promise to adequately fulfill all the tasks set by President Ilham Aliyev," Asadov concluded.