Azerbaijani President: “Today every Azerbaijani can be proud that Baku has become one of the most beautiful cities in the world”

Azerbaijani President: “Today every Azerbaijani can be proud that Baku has become one of the most beautiful cities in the world”
# 06 February 2013 23:41 (UTC +04:00)

"Baku": "Baku" magazine is five years old. Jubilee mood grounds on memories. Our first interview was with you. Today, five years later, it is curious to know your opinion about our magazine. How do you find our publication?

MR. PRESIDENT: It is significant that in a short time since the foundation of the magazine "Baku" has managed to gain a large readership. In the success of the journal, an important role, of course, plays a urgency of the facts, recognizable style, modern design and bright coverage. Articles about the rich and ancient history of culture and art of Azerbaijan, the centuries-old traditions of our people and materials on other topics make the magazine more interesting and readable. It is very important that the magazine "Baku" is read not only in Russia but also in other countries.

FIRST LADY: Magazine "Baku", was published recently and in a short time has won the sympathy of readers. I am glad that today there is such a source of objective and positive information about the country abroad. Magazine "Baku" speaks brightly and colorful about Azerbaijan and its capital, our famous countryman, famous representatives of Azerbaijani Diaspora, the remarkable events in the cultural life of our country, the national cuisine. I wish the magazine be even more popular, broader and more diverse audience in the future.

"Baku": Of course, the drastic changes in all spheres of national life for the past five years, are obvious. Today the country distinguishes for the high dynamics of growth. Azerbaijan is definitely a leader in the region. What is the secret of success?

MR. PRESIDENT: In my opinion, the secret of success, I would say the key to success in the first place is the continuity of the political course based national leader Heydar Aliyev. Time has proven that this is the only correct policy, which took Azerbaijan out of a series of chaotic events, and in fact half-life. Let us remember the early years of independence of Azerbaijan. There prevailed a military-political and moral crisis; the economy was in full decline. Azerbaijan faced a real threat of loss of independence. Since 1993, when Heydar Aliyev headed the country, the progressive development of Azerbaijan started. The period of the formation and strengthening of political, democratic institutions, a market economy and modern development. All these, in fact, led to the fact that Azerbaijan has become one of the most dynamic economies in the world. Today political reforms held in Azerbaijan have contributed to create a free society. In our country, all citizens are guaranteed freedom of speech, conscience, the press and others. Stable political system, effective social policies, rich natural resources, modern infrastructure, a favorable geographic location, educated young people - all of this is also the additional elements that ensure the rapid success of our country.

In the economic sphere in recent years, we have managed to achieve great success. For the last eight or nine years, our economy has grown three times. The poverty rate declined from 49 percent to 6 percent. The problem of unemployment, we can say, fundamentally solved. Today it is only 5.2 percent. We managed to implement major infrastructure projects. All social programs were implemented.

Despite the fact that the oil is now stabilizing factor for our economy, the non-oil sector in recent years has also successfully developed. This year, a growth is about 10 percent.

We have managed to diversify the economy and implement serious economic reforms in a short period of time. A series of global energy and transport projects are realized in the economic sphere in recent years and we have managed to achieve great success. For the last eight or nine years, our economy has grown three times. The poverty rate declined from 49 percent to 6 percent. The problem of unemployment, we can say, fundamentally solved. Today it is only 5.2 percent. We managed to implement major infrastructure projects. All social programs were implemented.

Despite the fact that the oil is now stabilizing factor for our economy, the non-oil sector in recent years has also successfully developed. This year, a growth is about 10 percent.

We have managed to diversify its economy and implement serious economic reforms in a short period of time. At the initiative of our country, a series of global energy and transport projects started.

Azerbaijan has today a very stable international rating. All major credit rating agencies appreciate our achievements. Today, the development of modern information technologies and communication technologies is one of the most important priorities facing our country.

Among the important decisions for the strategic development of Azerbaijan, I especially would like to mention a program of regional development. The process of the implementation of major infrastructure projects, the creation of new jobs continue in all regions. Since the start of the socio-economic development of the regions 1.1 million jobs created including 800,000 of them are permanent.

Azerbaijan has historically been a territory, where it joins the different civilizations. Today our country is built on a truly tolerant society where all religions and cultured co-exist peacefully. It is a tradition to conduct the Baku International Humanitarian Forum successfully. Azerbaijan has a unique experience in the implementation of inter-ethnic, inter-civilizational dialogues. I believe that this tolerance that can be an example to the world, will reign in our country and in the future.

Azerbaijan has become a strong sports power. Our athletes achieve great successes at the Olympics and at other prestigious international sport events. Azerbaijan hosts successfully European and world competitions in various sports. Across the country, a lot of work was done to build the Olympic sports infrastructure. In this context, I want to note the decision taken at the General Assembly of the European Committee to hold the first European Olympic Games in Baku in 2015. This is an important historical decision.

Azerbaijan’s prestige in the international arena is growing steadily. Azerbaijan has achieved great success in foreign policy. Azerbaijan’s role in the international scale is being strengthened. Today, without consent of Azerbaijan's foreign projects in the region can not be realized. We successfully cooperate within international organizations with many countries of the world. As evidence of our growing international reputation, Azerbaijan was elected a member of the UN Security Council with the support of 155 countries in 2011.

Along with all this, unfortunately, Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict remains unresolved. Armenia's aggression led to the occupation of 20 percent of our land. As a result of the policy of ethnic cleansing by Armenia a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs. The UN Security Council adopted four resolutions, which require immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied lands. In addition to these resolutions, there are solutions of the OSCE, Council of Europe, resolutions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and other organizations that require invigoration of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. And our position is that this conflict can be resolved only on the principles of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

"Baku": Mrs. Aliyeva, where do you see the secrets of all this enumerated achievements by Mr President?

FIRST LADY: No doubt, in the dynamic development of Azerbaijan, targeted political and economic reforms, a competent oil strategy and reinvestment of oil and gas revenues, strong social policy played a crucial role. The main thing is that at the heart of the work is the human factor. Ensuring free, secure and prosperous life is the main task of the state.

As an independent country we live only 21 years. Due to historical and objective reasons, the independence of our nation - is a awaited and absolute value. Our goal and our desire - to live in a developed, strong, free and self-sufficient country. Certainly, this is a very strong motivation. At the same time it is important that the international community formed a real and objective image of the modern Azerbaijan. We deeply connected to our history, our roots and traditions. Along with this, we are open to the world. For us, the concepts of tolerance, multiculturalism are not just a set of popular words. This is age-old philosophy and way of life of the Azerbaijani people. Today our country is a platform for numerous prestigious international conferences, forums, meetings, where a dialogue is held on political, economic and cultural spheres.

This is modern trend of historical traditions. Every guest who visits our country, along with the tremendous development, notes hospitality and mellowness of Azerbaijanis. A striking example can be the international song contest "Eurovision-2012" held last year in our capital. We have desired the highest rating in the organization of such a large-scale cultural events. Thousands of visitors from all over the world were able to personally get acquainted with our country, to see how beautiful Baku is and to feel the warmth and friendliness of our people.

Our generation is very fortunate that we live in times of truly major changes and achievements in Azerbaijan, and we can be part of the creative process. You just have to love and appreciate your country.

"Baku": Baku became a center of world culture and civilization, which amazes visitors with its fabulous beauty. There is an incredible building boom. How would you characterize the modern look of Baku?

Mr. President: Today every Azerbaijani can be proud that Baku has become one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We see it and it is recognized by our guests. It is not a coincidence Baku was declared the capital of Islamic culture ISESCO in 2009. It was a really high score, given our capital. Today Baku has extensive landscaping and creative work, major infrastructure projects. It is encouraging that while being modernized every day, Baku managed to maintain its historic character. The number of visitors who come to the capital, which embodies a blend of European and Oriental architectural styles increases steadily. Today Baku has become the place to host international events. We will continue measures for further development of Baku in the future.

FIRST LADY: For me Baku was always a beautiful city with its unique aura. Old Town, Sea front, Trade Avenue, Petroleum, Baku Venice, funicular – for each Bakuvian these places have already become iconic. It's a blessing - to see how your favorite city gets deserved luster and shine. How clean and tidy it is. How carefully preserved its ancient historic character and an entirely new, modern face is created. As landscaping and renovation smoothly flow from the center to the outskirts. For example, in the near future a project called Baku - Art City will be completed. On the shore of the Caspian Sea in the course of the Seaside Boulevard a unique art center with galleries, salons, museums and exhibition spaces will be situated. Entirely new space for our city - a mini-town with a special artistic and creative atmosphere will be created based on the industrial architecture of the twentieth century.

"Baku": What in your life has changed in the last five years?

FIRST LADY: The brightest, happiest and significant events in the last five years, of course, we consider the birth of grandchildren. The birth of a child - is always happiness sent from above. It is a miracle that changes the whole of human life, makes quite a different look at the world.

"Baku": Your wishes to our readers in the new year.

MR. PRESIDENT: I congratulate the staff and readers of the magazine "Baku." Happy New Year and December 31 - Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis of the world, I wish the team to continue success and health.

FIRST LADY: Let the light and the good days will be much more in everyone's life! Let Hopes and dreams come true! I wish you health, happiness and love!

1 2 3 4 5 İDMAN XƏBƏR
#
#

THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED