"Azerbaijan has hosted regional, continental and international forums, conferences, summits and sporting events in recent years." SIA reports that President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev says in his message to participiants of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku.
The message was read out by Head of the Department for Social and Political Affairs at the Azerbaijani President’s Administration Ali Hasanov.
The message reads:
“The country has begun to see a rapid economic growth thanks to a series of successive reforms carried out over the last few years. The rates of poverty and unemployment have significantly reduced among all population groups, including youth.
Material and technical base of education, healthcare, culture, and sports has strengthened. Continuous stability is prevailing in the society. Hospitable traditions and tolerant atmosphere that have been typical to our people for centuries are deeply rooted now.
Provision of intellectual, physical and spiritual development of young generation, revealing the creative potential, increasing social activity, taking comprehensive measures to solve social and employment problems have always been in the focus of attention. For this purpose, a foundation was established to support youth organizations’ and individuals’ initiatives and projects implemented in accordance with relevant state programs approved over the last ten years.
Thanks to the projects implemented with the view of accelerating socio-economic development and forming excellent infrastructure, bilateral and multilateral relations built with various countries and international organizations, rich experience gained in organization of large-scale events, Azerbaijan has hosted regional, continental and international forums, conferences, summits and sporting events in recent years.
I’m confident that the first Global Forum on Youth Policies that started today will take a proper place among those events. We regard the decision to hold the forum in Baku as a high estimation given our country’s experience in work with young people. We believe that during the period of globalization this forum will be important in terms of specifying priorities of youth policies, seeking solutions to problems and conducting exchange of experience between the governmental and non-governmental agencies of the member states and memorable with fruitful discussions. I wish the Forum success and all of you robust health”.