My working time in Azerbaijan has been very interesting and active, the Head of the OSCE Baku Office, Maurisio Pavesi, who completed his mission in Azerbaijan, stated at a briefing for the media on 1 December, Trend reports.
He stated that today, 1 December, he would leave Azerbaijan and return to Rome where his new appointment would be known next week. In addition, Pavesi said that within the next 20 days, the new candidate for Azerbaijan would be identified. Touching upon his activities in Azerbaijan, the Ambassador said that he had witnessed the oil era being fostered in the country. The economical growth of Azerbaijan had reached 35%.
He stated that during that period, changes in the activities of the OSCE Baku Office took place and new priorities and projects were appointed. Pavesi considers that Azerbaijan possesses enough opportunities to implement projects linked with the modernization of the court system and training of the law enforcement. The OSCE had assisted the Government of Azerbaijan in implementing and prioritizing these projects.
He is certain that the time is right to leave Azerbaijan so that the next person who is unfamiliar with the country can take over the position, and bring new ideas and analyze the situation with new eyes. Furthermore, Pavesi stated that the number of projects of the OSCE Baku Office will increase from 2007 and they will be filled by local and international specialists.
Assessing the changes in Azerbaijan that have taken place during his time in the country, Pavesi said that it is difficult to work in the country having 35% economical growth.
The Ambassador felt that it needs to make changes to the public management of the country through this growth. He considers that the economical boom in Azerbaijan is more than double of those in China. The cultural and mental values should also develop in parallel with economical development.
The laws in Azerbaijan are very good, but the real problem is the use of these rules. I consider that firstly it needs to resolve the question of following the laws in Azerbaijan, as well as keeping the pluralism of the press, Pavesi said.