Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev made the remarks on March 18 in the nationwide festivities held in Baku on the occasion of the national holiday of the people of Azerbaijan – Novruz.
The president said that the gross domestic product grew by 0.4% during the first two months of this year. "The country’s non-oil industry has grown by 5% and agriculture by more than 3%. These are the main indicators of our economic development. Unlike many countries exporting oil and gas, we managed to maintain our foreign exchange reserves last year. Although, we could spend them. However, we are thinking about the long-term interests of our country. Every year we should increase our foreign exchange reserves. We achieve this. Today, the country’s foreign exchange reserves are five times higher than its external debt. There are few countries with this indicator”, said Mr.Aliyev.