Date: 27 December 2018, 15:58, READ:
Azerbaijan has become a leader country in the South Caucasus region, as a result of successful domestic and foreign policy aimed at improving the social welfare of citizens, relations ensuring national and mutual interests with other worldwide states. Azerbaijan that made significant progress, especially in the period of socio-economic progress is known as a worthy member of the international arena. Azerbaijan’s achievements are recognized by influential international organizations and individual experts.Suffice it to say that according to the World Bank’s Doing Business report, Azerbaijan has climbed 32 steps and is now ranked 25th in the world. This shows that the reforms in the area of supporting private enterprise, transparency and entrepreneurship are producing good results. This, of course, raises our investment rating, and this year we have attracted $10 billion in investment. This makes investors feel confident and also demonstrates our determination to continue the policy of reforms. Inflation was slightly over 2 percent. Population incomes grew by more than 9 percent. We have increased our foreign exchange reserves. We keep our foreign debt at an acceptable level – it accounts for about 20 percent of the GDP. A strategy has been developed for the coming years to reduce the external debt to 10 percent of the GDP. A strategy has been developed for the coming years to reduce the external debt to 10 percent of the GDP. Foreign exchange reserves are almost five times higher than our foreign debt. In other words, we can repay our external debt in a maximum of one year.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has been interviewed by the Russian Rossiya-24 TV channel. The head of state spoke about achievements, the work done in 2018, the role of our country in the international arena, balanced foreign policy course, relations with neighboring countries and more.
Pointing out that the macroeconomic situation in the country is stable, President Ilham Aliyev said that there are no potential risks in Azerbaijan. Referring to external potential risks, the head of state said that Azerbaijan can protect itself from them. Touching upon importance of economic reforms, the head of state said the significance and role of Azerbaijan not only in the energy market but also in general, in geopolitical terms, is growing. The country is becoming more developed, has more plans to assert itself in the region. And in proportion to our development and to how we conduct independent policies, pressure on us is growing. But it is not connected with energy factors, it is connected with attempts to involve us in some adventures that are absolutely contraindicated for our people and our country.
President Aliyev emphasized that there are no potential risks and threats in our country – physical, ideological, social or political: "Whatever can undermine the peace of our citizens can be brought in from the outside. Therefore, we are very careful about issues related to our sovereignty. We are very sensitive to this, to issues related to our security, to the security of our citizens. Therefore, attempts to drag Azerbaijan into some kinds of international adventures have always suffered a fiasco. Some people may not be impressed with that, and we occasionally see these results. As a rule, this is manifested through the adoption of some resolutions by international organizations we are not even a member of.” the head of state added.
Azerbaijani President said that it is strange when resolutions against us are adopted by organizations we are not a member of and are not going to join. This causes more and more smiles, so to speak. Also, of course, fake media stories are actively used. This is a favorite method of vilification, blackmail and attempts to exert pressure. But we have already developed an immunity against this. The people of Azerbaijan understand very well what is behind these attempts. The confident and steady development, safe development, stable development of Azerbaijan is the best answer to all those who want to harm us.
In his statement to "Kaspi” newpaper, political analyst Mubariz Ahmedoglu said that a weak, dictatorial country can hardly attract the attention of world power centers: "Azerbaijan’s perspective and strenghth is the main reason standing behind the pressure and influence on it. Presidency of Ilham Aliyev, modern and powerful leader increases Azerbaijan’s power. Up to the time that, President Ilham Aliyev came to power, the great powers, Western states were trying to have three equal states in the South Caucasus region. That is, the situation of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia would be the same. To achieve the target, it was intended to suspend development in Azerbaijan and keep up Georgia and Armenia at the expense of our country. Although our relations with Georgia are at a good level and we make certain assistance to the neighboring country considering the Azerbaijanis there and other factors, but the West wanted us to help Georgia more and more.” Ahmedoghlu said.
Under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev Azerbaijan, today, is the possessor of its own wealth and resources and manages to overcome those crafty plans and intentions against our country: "The economy of Azerbaijan accounts for 75-80 percent of the South Caucasus economy. At the same time, Azerbaijan is superior to Georgia and Armenia in terms of territorial and demographic terms. Although this is a natural advantage, our economic achievements are the result of the policy pursued under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev. Of course, this outcomes demolished the West's scenario on the South Caucasus region. Therefore, they attempt to drag Azerbaijan into some kinds of international adventures, confrontations and provocations in different ways. They will never able to drag Azerbaijan into some kinds of international adventures. Our country will not participate in any geopolitical game."