Azerbaijani Politics 23 july — 08:37

Ilham Aliyev: Officials should not own businesses

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'As a result of the reforms, the tax and customs authorities collected more funds than expected in 6 months. Tax authorities collected over 810 million manats, customs authorities - 260 millions. By what means? Through reforms. Through honesty, transparency, accounting, ongoing reforms.' President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated this in an interview with Azerbaijan State Television.

The head of state recalled that time was given to business structures, recommendations were given regarding their activities, in which there should not be a shadow economy and everyone should pay taxes.

'There shouldn't be any illegal payments. No official should own any business structure. This approach has been very well received by the business community. It also took them a while to get used to the new rules of the relationship, to work correctly and honestly, and we are already seeing this. We have received more than a billion manats of additional income and due to this we carry out social payments, provide the families of martyrs with apartments and houses, increase salaries, pensions, and implement infrastructure projects. If this continues, then, of course, by the end of the year the numbers will be much more impressive.

'Every impartial expert, seeing these indicators, concludes that every country can be proud of such indicators,' said the President.

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