Aslan Aslanov, Presidente del consiglio di amministrazione di AZERTAC e Vicepresidente OANA ha fatto la seguente dichiaraziione che Eurasiaticanews pubblica integralmente in inglese:
“For almost a hundred days now, the world has been waging war for life with aninvisible enemy – coronavirus. Strict isolation measures are being taken. Borders are closed. Planes don’t fly. Trains don’t run. Classes in schools have been suspended. Allpublic and sporting events have been canceled. The once crowded streets and squares, parks and alleys have plunged into silence. Half of the world’s&7 billion population&– almost 4 billion people – do not leave home.
At the same time, the number of those infected and victims of the infection is growing by the day. The figures changing on an hourly basis testify to the great challenge humanity is facing, the tragedy of millions. Losses are different – they vary across continents, countries and even cities. Comparison of the figures shows how effective thefight against the virus is in different countries. Azerbaijan is cited among model countries.
The first report about the disease caused by the new coronavirus was circulated on 31 December. Even though the disease turned into an epidemic after some time, the world didnot attach particular importance to what was happening. People in America and Europe thought the virus would not reach them. The world seemed to forget about globalization just for a moment, and it cost it dearly. There are already more than 3.5 million infected in the world and nearly 250,000 people have died. The time that has passed since the spread of the virus began can be described as a period that shocked the world in the literal sense of the word. For about 100 days now, there has been a merciless confrontation between man and the virus, and no-one knows when this will come to an end.
But the correct and timely decisions made as a result of the foresight of President Ilham Aliyev have allowed the country the opportunity to reduce losses to minimum. The government provides maximum social support to the most diverse segments of the population. It is no coincidence that Azerbaijan is one of the countries noted for the effectiveness of its anti-coronavirus measures.
In the conditions of a pandemic, every country faces two options: protect people’s lives or save the economy. Azerbaijan is a country that, without taking into account any economic implications and without any hesitation whatsoever, chose the first option. Thus, it confirmed yet again that it is a socially-oriented state. The approved Action Plan on the implementation of the President’s Order envisages a total of 10 programs in the above areas. They cover 2.5 million people, which is evidence of the yet unprecedented proportions of social support.
Let’s review some of the key points. In general, employment with the preservation of wages of more than 900,000 people working in the public sector and 690,000 people working in non-state companies has been ensured. All government agencies have been instructed not to commit unreasonable layoffs. An appeal was made to entrepreneurs in this regard. The state will pay a significant part of the salaries of more than 300,000 people working in 44,000 business entities. In addition, more than 290,000 representatives of micro-businesses and private entrepreneurs will benefit from state support.
In order to expand employment opportunities, the DOST Center has started creating 50,000 public jobs. Funds in the amount of 30 million manats have been allocated for this.
The total number of public jobs has reached 90,000. A one-off payment of AZN 190 is being made to people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. On the President’s instructions, the one-off payment will be provided to 600,000 people and cover April-May. Starting from 1 April, the number of families receiving targeted social assistance has been increased by 10,000. The program of targeted social assistance benefits a total of 330,000 members of 80,000 families.
These programs are only a part of government support, and work on other mechanisms is currently underway. Azerbaijan will overcome difficulties and trials and will definitely defeat the coronavirus”.