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President Ilham Aliyev attended opening of medical masks manufacturing enterprise in Sumgayit Chemical Industry Park
Baku, April 6, AZERTAC President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended the inauguration of medical masks manufacturing enterprise established by Baku Textile Factory LLC in Sumgayit Chemical Industry Park. Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov and director of Baku Textile Factory LLC Sakina Babayeva informed the head of state and first lady about the enterprise. Established by Baku Textile Factory LLC, the medical masks manufacturing enterprise was allocated an appropriate venue in Sumgayit Chemical Industry Park and gained Industrial Park resident status. The enterprise creates more than 30 new jobs which will employ people in three shifts. At the initial stage, the enterprise will produce 120,000 medical masks a day. Another production line will be set up in the coming days and at the second stage, the enterprise will double its production and manufacture 200,000-250,000 medical masks per day. The head of state and first lady then was informed of medical alcohol, disinfectants and protective equipment produced in Azerbaijan. Currently, six companies produce disinfectants. President Ilham Aliyev and first lady Mehriban Aliyeva was also informed of the STEAM-Azerbaijan project. After viewing the enterprise, President Ilham Aliyev appealed to the people of Azerbaijan. Appeal of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev - The production of medical masks begins in our country today. This is a very significant event because many countries of the world, including Azerbaijan, are currently experiencing a shortage of medical masks. We always relied on imports in this area. However, in the current circumstances, local production was organized in a short time, in a matter of two weeks. Entrepreneurs have played a major role in this and the Azerbaijani state also provided financial support. Thus, a new modern production facility was created in a short period of time, and this will allow us the opportunity to substantially provide ourselves with medical masks. As you know, the use of masks in the fight against coronavirus is of particular importance. As I already noted, many countries of the world are experiencing problems in this area these days. A deficit has also arisen in Azerbaijan. In some cases, there are no medical masks in pharmacies. Therefore, this production will enable us to provide ourselves and Azerbaijan will no longer depend on imports even after the fight against coronavirus is completed. At the same time, the production of disinfectants has been organized in Azerbaijan as well. This issue was also resolved in a short time. Our advantage was that there are several distilleries in the country where disinfectant production has begun. These disinfectants are already on sale. It has been repeatedly noted that in order to wage a more effective fight against the infection, people should be more responsible and pay attention to personal hygiene. But to do that, we need resources – medical masks and disinfectants, which are already on the market today. At present, one of the key issues is that pharmacies and other retail outlets should not artificially inflate prices. The lack of masks has already led to an artificial overpricing, and sometimes masks were sold from under the counter. This should not be allowed under any circumstances and relevant state bodies need to exercise strict control. In the event of an artificial inflation of prices, those involved will be severely punished because in the current pandemic such actions will be perceived as treason. The production of medical masks and disinfectants once again shows that the infrastructure available in Azerbaijan allows us the opportunity to succeed in organizing the necessary production in a short time. It is no coincidence that this production enterprise was set up on the territory of the Chemical Industry Park in Sumgayit. This park was established on my initiative and many enterprises are already in operation here. They are making a great contribution to our non-oil economy. At the same time, the available personnel potential, the development of the class of entrepreneurs, the partnership between the public and private sectors, the continuous state support for the private sector, both political and financial, the provision of low-interest loans –all these factors have brought about a new situation when we can organize the production and supply of the necessary resources in a short period of time. I want to note again that there is a shortage of masks even in developed countries these days. The new equipment we have purchased –there are plans to supply a second line of this equipment as well – allows us the opportunity to produce a large volume, a large number of masks in an automated mode. Therefore, today's event is of particular importance. I have taken part in the opening of hundreds, perhaps even more than a thousand industrial enterprises in recent years, but this enterprise is of particular importance because the medical masks and disinfectants produced in Azerbaijan today will protect our citizens. Our main goal is to avoid infecting people, protect people’s health, and all measures are being taken to do this. As a result of the adoption of preventive measures, the spread of coronavirus in Azerbaijan has not gained large proportions now. Hundreds of people die in developed countries every day. The health system of no country can fully organize the treatment of an ever increasing number of patients. This should serve as a lesson for us. Therefore, the adoption of preventive measures in Azerbaijan and the implementation of these actions in accordance with the situation pursue one goal: to protect the life and health of our people and prevent the spread of the disease in Azerbaijan. All measures taken so far have produced the desired effect. Suffice it to say that 45,000 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan to date. Currently, various Internet resources indicate the number of patients, the number of deaths, as well as the tests performed. Everyone can visit these sites and see. Azerbaijan is one of the leading countries in the world where so many tests have been performed. This has helped us to identify the disease, provide patients with prompt medical assistance and protect ourselves from even greater troubles. So far we have succeeded. At the same time, the adoption of operational measures and the implementation of actions in accordance with the situation have produced effect. The new quarantine rules which entered into force on 5 April pursue one goal: to prevent the spread of the disease in Azerbaijan. This goal was also pursued by the decisions that were made prior to 5 April and the new rules. I have repeatedly said that we have demonstrated national unity, national accord, and we must also demonstrate responsibility. But in the current conditions, taking into account the rules that entered into force on 5 April, people should demonstrate discipline, because strict measures are envisaged in relation to those violating these rules. And these measures are already in place. I am sure that our citizens will fully comply with these rules, the disease will not be widespread and we will be able to overcome this situation with minimum losses. I should also note that coronavirus patients undergo treatment in more than 20 hospitals today, including our most modern hospital, the “Yeni klinika”. This clinic was opened relatively recently, at the end of March, and is designed for 575 patients. If we take into account that the clinic was commissioned ahead of schedule, its capacity to receive patients will gradually increase –100 patients at the initial stage, then 300 and then it will begin to operate at full capacity. Also, the hospitals I attended the opening of in the regions in early March of this year were also made available to the patients infected with coronavirus. The most modern hospitals located in the cities of Gazakh, Goranboy and Shamkir are treating patients with coronavirus. The number of beds in these three hospitals is around 500. So more than a thousand hospital beds meeting the most modern standards were put into operation in a matter of just one month, and patients infected with coronavirus are being treated there. Taking into consideration the prompt actions of the Azerbaijani state and entrepreneurs, I also want to inform that there are plans to set up modern hospitals in Baku and a number of regions in the near future. They will be built on the basis of new technologies. These technologies make it possible to completely reconstruct a hospital in a short time, possibly within three weeks or one month. They will be built using the principle of assembly technology and fitted with the necessary equipment. The number of beds in each hospital is 200. The establishment of such hospitals in our country in a short time will, of course, provide us with additional opportunities in this fight. One of the key issues in this struggle is time. The more time we gain, the more quickly we do the work, the more success we can achieve in the fight against this disease. Therefore, the time factor and, of course, the professionalism of doctors, our capabilities, a combination of all these factors are allowing Azerbaijan the opportunity to overcome this situation with minimum losses today. However, of course, the subsequent development of events will show what our next steps will be. In any case, a strict quarantine regime will remain in effect until 20 April day. After that, we will take steps in accordance with the current situation. I should also note that a great success was achieved as a result of operational steps taken to return the citizens of our country living and staying abroad. To date, about 15,000 Azerbaijani citizens have been evacuated from foreign countries and the vast majority of them are now in quarantine. Currently, 4500 citizens are in quarantine. The most suitable places have been allocated for that. Most of the quarantined people are in the Athletes Village. About 1,300 people are accommodated there now. At the same time, quarantined people are accommodated in Baku and in the regions in 4-5-star hotels, recreation areas and recreation centers of some government agencies. They are provided with daily meals and undergo medical examination. The vast majority of them are very pleased with the conditions created and have expressed their gratitude to the state and doctors. In a word, faced with a serious situation, the Azerbaijani state demonstrated its strength again. It showed that our main goal is to protect the people and the state. Any steps can be taken to achieve this, and we are doing that. As a result of operational measures, we did not allow this disaster to assume large proportions in the country. But our further success will largely depend on the actions of our people. The state has done everything possible. Tight restrictive measures have been applied. People should be responsible, take care of themselves, their loved ones, family members. As we demonstrate unity and solidarity, we must also show responsibility and be disciplined. I must also note that coronavirus has created big problems for the global economy. This is already being acknowledged by leaders of the world's senior financial institutions. The International Monetary Fund has already stated that the crisis caused by the coronavirus will be even more severe than the crisis of 2008-2009. As far as Azerbaijan is concerned – it is possible to say that the oil price has dropped by more than in half – the coronavirus has adversely affected many sectors of the economy and the service sector. However, despite this, the problems of those working in these areas have been taken into account. The four working groups set up on my instruction have largely completed their work. I have received an update. Based on the instructions, the Cabinet of Ministers has already approved an Action Plan. The initial plan was to allocate about 1 billion manats for this purpose. However, subsequent additional calculations showed that this was not enough and at least 2.5 billion manats will be allocated so that economic stability in Azerbaijan is maintained, employment problems are resolved and our macroeconomic and financial situation remains stable. If we take into account the areas that were most affected by the coronavirus, as well as the people engaged in private entrepreneurship, 600,000 people suffer from this situation the most because their jobs have been closed. Everyone already knows about my appeal, my unequivocal demand to entrepreneurs: no staff cuts should be made in this period. However, we must create opportunities for entrepreneurs so that they are not affected. A total of 600,000 workers, including private entrepreneurs, will be financed at the expense of the state in Azerbaijan. The state has taken on a significant part of their wages and these payments are already beginning. The problems of students and the amount of unemployment benefits – all this is being taken into account. It is for this that 2.5 billion manats are provided. This is a huge figure. I want to say again that our oil revenues have declined, but the health, safety, comfort and well-being of our people are above everything for us. We are demonstrating this again. Turning to all the people of Azerbaijan, I want to say again: be responsible, do not violate discipline and rules, take care of yourself, your children, relatives, so that we can overcome this difficult situation with small losses! Together we are strong! Thank you!
 
Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan attaches great importance to its regular political dialogue with NATO
Baku, May 4, AZERTAC The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a statement on the 25th anniversary of the country`s joining to the Partnership for Peace Program of NATO on May 4, 1994. The statement reads: “Twenty-five years ago today, the Republic of Azerbaijan joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On May 4, 1994, late President Heydar Aliyev visited NATO Headquarters and signed the Partnership for Peace Framework Document. Azerbaijan has ever since developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the Alliance. Cooperation with NATO is one of the important directions of Azerbaijan’s foreign and security policy. Azerbaijan views its partnership with NATO as a means for contributing to security, stability and prosperity in the whole Euro-Atlantic area. The PfP program can definitely be as one of the most successful programs of the Alliance and Azerbaijan commends its positive role in enhancing the Euro-Atlantic security. 25 years of cooperation with NATO have been driven by common values and principles of the PfP Framework Document and the UN Charter, most notably by the commitment to respect political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. Azerbaijan welcomes the continuous support expressed by the NATO Allies for the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the resolution of the conflict based on these principles, as reiterated in its summit declarations since the beginning of our partnership. Azerbaijan attaches great importance to its regular political dialogue with NATO on a wide range of issues of common interest and highly values its practical cooperation with the Alliance on various fields, most notably on peace operations and defense reforms. Azerbaijan and NATO has strong partnership in the field of peace operations. Azerbaijan is an early contributor to NATO-led peace operations, which are mandated by the UN Security Council. Currently, Azerbaijan contributes by troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and enables use of its air and ground lines of communications in support of the mission. Azerbaijan also provides important financial support to the training of Afghan security forces. Azerbaijan is determined to continue to work with NATO by building on the success it achieved within the PfP, in line with its principles and purposes, with the aim to foster peace and security within the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond.”
 
5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue wraps up in Baku
Baku, May 3, AZERTAC The 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the motto "Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict” has ended in Baku. Addressing the closing ceremony, Executive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK, Professor Michael Hardy thanked the Government of Azerbaijan for the excellent organization of the Forum. He highlighted the importance of the event. Michael Hardy said that three main plenary sessions on the themes of “Managing diversity: multi-level and multi-sectoral collaboration”, “Youth4Peace: Building a CounterNarrative to Violent Extremism” and “Migration, displacement and human security” were held on the sidelines of the Forum. Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev thanked all participants and partners. He noted that important topics were discussed during the 2-day Forum. Then High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Nada Al-Nashif, ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri and UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler Halter commended the Government of Azerbaijan and President Ilham Aliyev for the excellent organization of the event.
 
Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends plenary session of 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
The 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue has featured the second plenary session on “Youth for peace: Building a counter-narrative to violent extremism”. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the session. Leyla Aliyeva addressed the session which was moderated by High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos. Speech of Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva Dear friends, colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to welcome you in beautiful Baku at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, a platform to support the diversity and peaceful co-existence. It is wonderful to see so many people from all around the globe organized by the reason to make this world a better place. Rich diversity, cultural differences and understanding that will all connected by the bond of humanity that is what brings us all together here today. I am especially pleased to take part in the discussion on youth role in promoting peace and embracing diversity. Young people have an amazing ability to build multiple networks and transcend all borders and frontlines. By striving for work peace and harmony young people are often regarded as hopeless romantics. I think it is a cynical attitude. I truly believe the openness of youth for dialogue is exactly what will lead to peace and prosperity. Dear friends, Education does not just mean gaining knowledge and skills for professional development. Moral and spiritual education is equally important. In this regard, family and schools are two core institutions. The family plays an important role in preparing children for a peaceful world by nurturing such values as compromise, cooperation and respect for all humans. Lack of these values create a vacuum that can be filled by feelings of hate, emptiness and intolerance. At the same time, empowering young people with proper education and training is essential in order to fulfill their full potential. Young people have the ability to learn quickly and observe as well as process tones of information. They are also more aware of protecting our environment and magical benefit nature gives of all us. Yet, too much pressure shouldn’t be put on young people. As it showed the world’s mightiest people are not always happy. Some are stressed, diseased. This means we must support the youth to create a better world than the one we have created for them. So they can enjoy the beautiful planet and live in harmony. And with the development of high technologies the speed of our thoughts increased drastically and our thoughts are one of the most powerful energies. It is faster than the speed of light. The world needs to invest in this potential and make sure the young generation has all the right opportunities for development. There are more young people in the world today than ever before. Their ideas and innovations could transform the future of the whole planet. But there are 617 million youth worldwide still lack math and literature skills. And this means we are missing their precious potential. Youth are the embodiment of progress. Each new generation is more advanced than the previous one. It is also more humane, tolerant, compassionate and open-minded. This is just a natural cause of history. So let’s help young people direct their energy at solving global problems. Let’s help them help all of us. Time is the most important resource in life. So let’s not waste it. Words must always be followed by actions. And we should not forget our intuition which is a sacred gift given to every human being. Everyone can make a difference in building a peaceful and sustainable community of nations by changing themselves and improving the way they see the universe. Dear friends, Like Jesus said we should learn from children. They speak and make the truth, are straight forward and eager to do good deeds. They are the living reminder of essential things that grown-ups turn to forget all the time. The material world does not mean success. And what is important in life is love, health, happiness, unity, understanding and unconditional support of each other. And that is all what I would like to wish all of us. Thank you.
 
World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue features High Level Ministerial Panel
Baku, May 2, AZERTAC High Level Ministerial Panel “Mobilizing intercultural dialogue for concrete transformative action” has been held on the sidelines of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku. The panel heard speeches on ongoing conflicts, elimination of violence, establishment of cooperation, development of tourism and other important issues. The event was chaired by Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev. He stressed the historic importance of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue. Garayev noted that the Forum brings together high-ranking officials from more than 100 countries and 30 international organizations.
 
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