23 december 2011, 23:00
A program dedicated to Ilham Aliyev, “Formula of power”, was shown on “Russia” State Television Chann
A program dedicated to Ilham Aliyev, “Formula of power”, has been shown on “Russia” State Television Channel. Azertag has released the full transcript of the program.
From the author: Ilham Heydar oglu Aliyev. Born in Baku on 24 December 1961. In 1982, graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations. From 1994 to 2003 worked as Vice-President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan.
On 4 August 2003 was appointed as Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. On 15 October 2003 was elected President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Mikhail Gusman: Azerbaijan’s progress is very impressive - in industry, economy, agriculture, on the international arena. What, in your opinion, has been the key to this success?
President Ilham Aliyev: When I took office as President, in fact even earlier, before the election, I announced that if I was given the confidence of the people, I would continue my father's policies which took Azerbaijan out of a series of chaotic events, disruption and a practical collapse. With regard to the important decisions that were taken, I would point out to those that have had an impact on Azerbaijan’s the strategic development. First of all, it was the program on the development of districts. It was one of my first major policy steps and initiatives, because it was clear that the disproportion between the capital and the districts must be reduced and completely eliminated.
From the author: Over the last eight years Azerbaijan’s economy has grown by 300 per cent, industrial production by 300 per cent, and 950,000 jobs have been created.
President Ilham Aliyev: And as soon as the process of rapid growth began, the inertial force switched on. In other words, new initiatives from the ground started to emerge. A unique spirit of creativity appeared in society, the public impulse that helps us a lot.
Mehriban Aliyeva: This connection between a man, a politician, the leader of a country and the people is compelling, it is obvious. So I think we can certainly talk about the trips to the districts, Ilham’s constant, almost permanent contact with people of different professions. The sincerity, the love they emanate for him cannot be imitated. This is an absolutely sincere feeling.
From the author: 2011. Azerbaijan… The GDP per capita is $6,000, population incomes have risen by 19 per cent, the pension accounts for 40 per cent of the average wage.
Mikhail Gusman: You have mentioned, as I understand, the most painful problem, the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh. A complex knot of political problems. Do you think it this is a knot that you can untie by pulling at the ends of its threads one by one or is it the Gordian knot that can only be cut?
President Ilham Aliyev: In your question you have correctly identified the paths that exist. They are really only two. Solution options lie in the plane of international law. The implementation of resolutions of the UN Security Council, where we will now participate, must be ensured. There are four such resolutions. They all demand the same thing: restoration of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity. This is our sovereign right, just as it is our right to restore the territorial integrity of our state not politically but, speaking quite frankly, by military means. We also have this right in line with the UN Charter. We simply don’t want to resort to it.
Mikhail Gusman: You travel around the country a lot. I think you visit one district a week. I understand that this policy is facilitated by oil revenues. This is obvious. And yet, what is the main goal today?
President Ilham Aliyev: Of course, the oil factor has helped us a lot. But it is also our achievement. After all, many countries have oil. In fact, many have much more oil than we do. But the correct use of resources, the equitable distribution of national wealth and complete transparency in spending and accumulation of the funds have enabled us to a create situation when our exchange reserves grow by the year. Over eight years, the rate of poverty dropped five times – from 49 to nine per cent . Next year we will launch our first telecommunications satellite. We are creating a space industry. So we look much further than some might expect.
From the author: 2011… Azerbaijan’s currency reserves grew by 11 billion to exceed $40 billion. The oil economy grew by 8.2 per cent and agriculture by 7.8 per cent.
Mehriban Aliyeva: There was a live broadcast, they were showing the streets of Baku. And not just young people, but people of completely different ages. They were out on the streets with banners, flags, their eyes radiated happiness.
Now we have reached the top, we are winners. But this does not mean that we should stop. Now we are preparing to host Eurovision-2012 in Baku.
President Ilham Aliyev: I would also point to victories in sports. Every victory of our athletes becomes a great national holiday. We have Olympic and world champions. Every sporting victory creates a positive and emotional impulse in our society.
Leyla Aliyeva: It is amazing how jubilant he is over our victories in any competition, and how upset he is when we lose... I think that even the athletes don’t get so disappointed.
President Ilham Aliyev: No less important are the victories I have spoken about – daily, weekly and monthly. A new road, a new school, an artificial satellite, a new gas pipeline, etc.
President Ilham Aliyev: But as you have said, this was only the case in the first year.
Mikhail Gusman: So was this your favorite place in Moscow.
President Ilham Aliyev: I think that the present-day youth is, of course, more independent, perhaps more motivated and more professional. From what is going on in our country, I can see that young people have a huge desire to succeed and an understanding that this is only possible with a good education. I am very pleased that our young people are very attached to their roots. Despite globalization and the new trends, most of them listen to Azerbaijani music.
Mehriban Aliyeva: Mugham invariably arouses a special interest. Because it is really spiritualistic music. There is a spirit to it that is difficult to explain – the spirit of the people, the spirit of history, the spirit of tradition. We have started to conduct Mugham concerts, Mugham contests, and more and more young people have become interested in this music.
Mikhail Gusman: Do you recognize this file?
President Ilham Aliyev: I remember the name.
Mikhail Gusman: Russia is Azerbaijan’s neighbor. You have developed a certain political contact, a professional contact with both former Russian President Vladimir Putin and the incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev. You have what is called the “personal chemistry”, as they say at the MGIMO. How do you foresee the prospects for cooperation between Russia and Azerbaijan? Are there any weaknesses or untied knots there? On the other hand, what are the prospects for this development?
Mikhail Gusman: Ilham Heydar oglu, whether you like it or not, your 50th anniversary is right around the corner. You could, of course, rest on your laurels. But as far as I can judge and as far as I know you, this is not in your character. What goals are you setting yourself for the next half century?
President Ilham Aliyev: I will tell you quite frankly – I never take long shots in my personal life. But as President I cannot afford that. Because if you don’t think about the future, it will be difficult to address the issues of today. Many of our initiatives are planned for the future. The world is moving forward and we must be able to catch up with it. Who will dominate the world in the coming decades? Those who are more intelligent. Only.
Mikhail Gusman: Speaking about the future, what do you think one should always take from the past, so that it always accompanies you?
President Ilham Aliyev: The sense of dignity must not be left in the past under any circumstances. Honesty, a kind attitude to people, the feeling of patriotism. I think everyone should carry these main qualities forward. And one must always love his Motherland.
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