"Other social projects include the introduction of paid public jobs. This issue was put forward on my initiative when unemployment in our country increased slightly. The reason was that oil prices dropped fourfold, and we were forced to cut down on investment," President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said in his speech at the conference dedicated to the results of first-year implementation of "The State Program on socio-economic development of the regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2019-2023" held on February 2020, APA reports.
"In my opening remarks, I already said that we managed to increase foreign exchange reserves even in the most difficult years for us. However, we reduced investment, so those who were expected to participate in these projects were left without work. Therefore, on my instruction, paid public jobs were created. But, unfortunately, violations were committed in this area in the regions and those who committed them were punished. If these shameful facts are repeated, no-one will escape punishment because it is absolutely disgraceful to embezzle the money intended for job creation for the poor. Therefore, strict control is in place. I am sure that such cases will not recur. But still there must be strict control. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population has been tasked with registering all jobs and exercising strict control. The situation with unemployment last year improved significantly again. But the population is growing. We must take this into account. Therefore, this year about 40,000 jobs will also be created by the state," stated President Ilham Aliyev.