The lecture of “Economic reforms in Azerbaijan: role of the civil society” was launched

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  • Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communication of the Republic of Azerbaijan launched round-table on “Economic reforms in Azerbaijan: role of the civil society” jointly with the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Farasat Gurbanov, Executive Director of Council Secretariat, opened the meeting and informed that, the collection of documents on the “Strategic Road Map on the national economy and key sectors of the economy” was discussed in details on July 27, 2017 with the participation of NGOs. The Expert Group was established by the Council in order to learn the collection of documents and suggest the proposals. The Group worked out appropriate proposals on different branches of economy and submitted them to CAERC. F.Gurbanov noted that, majority of these proposals have been taken into account in the designation of the “Strategic Road Map on the national economy and key sectors of the economy”.

    Farasat Gurbanov said that, today the application of the reforms, mentioned in road maps are realized successfully in the real life. Active participation of NGOs in the realization of issues in the document above is very important. The role of NGOs in organization of public control and rendering expert services in various directions can be useful in the process.

    Vusal Gasimli, the Executive Director of the Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communication of the Republic of Azerbaijan made opening speech on “Establishment of new economic model in the Republic of Azerbaijan”. He stressed that, the biggest success of the reforms in Azerbaijan is getting steady. Because, not only government structures, but all the levels of the society are involved in the rings of reforms such as preparation, implementation, monitoring and communication. Now, despite the oil price expensive more than 50% that was intended in budget prognosis, the economic reforms course is still steady, durable and systematic. The national economy, accustomed to low oil prices increased the export capacity till ¼, on account of reforms, the hard competitors are prevailed in global competitiveness and “Doing Business” ratings. Vusal Gasimli added that, the reforms appropriately target the key challenges. “The reforms became the driver of the economy. Restoration of economic growth in 2018 means the beginning of new economic cycle. Now the main problem is to achieve the high degree of economic growth tempo and provide the sustainability. For this purpose, it is necessary to improve the competitive conditions, continue the institutional and structural reforms, force the promotion mechanism and strengthen the primary results for rescuing the finance-bank sector from the crisis. The synergy of the economic reforms with infrastructure projects realized in the country is a condition for sustainable development”.

    Within the meeting, Sabit Bagirov, chairman of Economic and Politic Researches Center provided speech on “Role of the civil society in economic reforms”, Ruslan Atakishiyev, chairman of Comprehending Economic Resources Public Union on “Economic reforms: macroeconomic stability and sustainable development”, Vugar Bayramov, chairman of Economic and Social Development center Public Union on “Economic reforms: fiscal durability”, Azer Mehdiyev, chairman of Support for Economic Initiatives Public Union on “Economic reforms: improvement of business environment”.

    After the speeches finished, the questions of civil society institutions were replied. The event participants were interested in the sustainability of realized reforms process. IT was mentioned that, the reforms process is durable according to the policy held by President Ilham Aliyev. At the result, created development and dynamism clearly reflects itself in non-oil export. In the result of the economic reforms in the country, there was mentioned serious growth in export on non-oil sector according 10 months of 2017 year. At the same time, due to seasonal factors, the structure of exports has also changed in autumn.

    The debates highlighted that, the opportunities for civil society institutions to take part in the reform process have been created. Organization of open public debates on monitoring and evaluation results of the strategic roadmaps is in line with the principles of civic engagement and open government. There are expanded opportunities for civil society institutions to work together with the Center for Analyses of Economic Reforms and Communication to raise awareness about reforms.

    It was pointed out that the debate on "Economic Reforms in Azerbaijan: the role of Civil Society" will contribute to the reform process.

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