BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 28
New opportunities for cooperation arose in the region after the end of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said during a videoconference meeting with Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya, Trend reports.
Hailing the fruitful cooperation between Azerbaijan and the World Customs Organization and the support of the organization for the country, President Ilham Aliyev recalled with pleasure previous meetings and discussions he held with Kunio Mikuriya. The head of state hailed the fact that the cooperation with Azerbaijan has always been in the focus of attention of the World Customs Organization’s Secretary General, pointing out that the organization's valuable recommendations and advice contributed to the development of this sector in the country.
President Ilham Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan has become a transport and logistics center in the region thanks to the country's favorable geographical position, investments in infrastructure, and relations with neighboring countries, adding that regional ties create a favorable environment for cooperation. Pointing to the issues of regional cooperation, the head of state said that despite the global economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the increase in trade with key partner countries for Azerbaijan last year was an indicator of the country's economic recovery and development.
The President of Azerbaijan described last year’s growth of the economy by more than 5 percent, the non-oil sector by 7 percent and the non-oil industry by 20 percent as a result of reforms. President Ilham Aliyev hailed new opportunities for cooperation in the region after the end of the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.