President of Azerbaijan: Companies should avoid job cuts
Society26 January 2016, 14:13 692
The head of state said additional measures have to be taken to develop entrepreneurship and increase local production.
"But I would like entrepreneurs to let us know of their problems so that we can solve them,” the president noted.
He added that more foreign investment is needed in the country and that the investment climate in Azerbaijan is good.
"Otherwise, there would not have been 100 billion of foreign investment in the country. We now need to make sure foreign investment is directed at the non-oil sector. At the same time, we are creating a mechanism of promoting exports. Entrepreneurs manufacturing competitive products and selling them abroad should be compromised,” said Aliyev.
The president said there is a need to create new jobs in the country as some of them were closed.
"As many as 1,500,000 jobs have been created in Azerbaijan over the last twelve years, of which, one million is permanent. On the other hand, Azerbaijani population reached 9.7 million this year. Population growth is a sign of development. At the same time it encourages us to work harder. I am pleased to see the population growth, but the infrastructure and jobs should also be increased accordingly,” he added.
Social responsibility must be taken into account and companies should avoid job cuts, noted Aliyev. "State agencies should be an example in creation of new jobs. Let the people who lost their jobs appeal to state-owned companies, I am sure that there will be offered jobs. Entrepreneurs should be involved in this process. The state is providing comprehensive support for businessmen and they must understand their social responsibilities,” he added.
The president said that about 300 hotels have been built over the last twelve years. "Tourist flow to Azerbaijan should be ensured and e-visas are very important in this regard,” he said.
The head of state went on to add that carpet-weaving should also be developed in the country. "Conditions should be created in the villages for women who are engaged in carpet-weaving. They should be given tools and raw materials,” he completed.
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