Our Analytics 15 september — 11:04

Ilham Aliyev's punishment and Mehriban Aliyeva's sieve (Following President's speeches)



The facts of bribery, corruption, embezzlement by the former heads of the Executive Authorities of Jalilabad and Shamkir districts, cited by President Ilham Aliyev, plunge into despondency.

Indeed, it is not the first year that facts of criminal liability have arisen at the level of heads of Azerbaijan's districts. It is not the first time that Ilham Aliyev has announced serious punitive measures against such persons, hinting at other 'smouldering' potential criminal cases. And all the same, in one or another area, such revelations periodically arise in relation to officials who have 'lost touch with reality.'

Ilham Aliyev hints at other 'smouldering' potential criminal cases

The problem is complex.

First, we have risks of social and political consequences of such criminal actions. Ordinary citizens, ordinary people, using the example of negative governance, often judge the entire system of power without dividing it into levels.

One corrupt head of a district is a serious blow to stability within the entire system. Even if it is not large in scale, the risks of the consequences of such blows may increase. Especially during periods of crises such as a pandemic.

The second problem is the quality management of personnel rotation.

The target institution designed to train an official and raise his level is the Public Administration Academy of Azerbaijan. Over the more than 20-year period of its existence, about 4.5 thousand officials were graduated, about 1.5 thousand defended dissertations on public administration.

And despite these indicators in Azerbaijan there is a problem of a shortage of professional executives capable of moral and selfless work.

It is clear that we are talking about the qualities of the internal character of the personality, which are laid down by the family and school from a young age. Therefore, identifying such personalities from the mass of students devoted to the republic and possessing leadership qualities requires a fine tuning tool.

And such an instrument arose over time thanks to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and its head, First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. Supervising various educational programs from the secondary school level (for example, 'A new school for renewing Azerbaijan'), the Foundation helps to promote talented youth in their further education and career.

But in recent years, a tool has been developed to fine-tune personnel policy -- Heydar Aliyev Foundation

There are not yet a critical set of such examples, but the obvious 'stars' of the first magnitude at the ministerial level have already been lit thanks to the personnel policy of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

The thin sieve of selection through which new civil servants pass, falling into the reserve of President Aliyev, makes it possible to recruit financially healthy (not corrupt), highly ethical (decent) and highly prepared forces in terms of outlook and mastery of the subject of activity.

Several waves of rotations at all levels of government -- from heads of ministries and state-owned companies to heads of districts and municipalities -- have led to the formation of a new norm that is gradually replacing the old ways of behaviour of officials that contributed to their degradation.

The new norm, when moral character is no less and, perhaps, more important than professional qualities that can be taught, is gradually becoming the determining trajectory of the country's movement in Azerbaijan. But it takes time.

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