Azerbaijani Economy 15 september — 11:43

Two levels of Ilham Aliyev's regional strategy ((Following President's speeches)

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Thanks to the programs of the five-year Regional Development Strategies, launched in 2004, most regions of Azerbaijan have acquired a modern look both in the field of socio-economic development and in terms of infrastructure.

Ilham Aliyev's regional strategy can be divided into two levels.

The first one is macroeconomic and sectoral (example: in 2026, in Shamkir and Gadabay districts, it is planned to commission several copper deposits -- in Garadagh, Kharkhar and Jairchay). These kinds of mega-projects are under the direct jurisdiction of corresponding ministries and the government.

The second level is the sphere of regional responsibility. Naturally, the boundaries of these levels are quite flexible.

If we take, in particular, the Jalilabad and Shamkir districts, then over the past year several important regional infrastructure facilities have been commissioned here: the Shamkir-Abbasli-Narimanli highway, funds have been allocated for more than a dozen sub-artesian wells, and a regional complex of water treatment plants has been built.

This, of course, develops the country as a whole, but is specifically focused on residents of specific areas.

Last year, in Jalilabad district, the budget allocated funds for the design and drilling of 12 subartesian wells. The irrigation system for crops and the supply of drinking water to more than a dozen settlements, including neighbouring districts, with a total population of more than 100 thousand people, will be improved.

Also last year, the Ministry of Agriculture announced a tender for the design of a grain processing plant in the Jalilabad district. Just counting on the new irrigation infrastructure in the region.

Naturally, all these programs and facilities are in the focus of attention of both the central authorities in Baku and local ones.

But there are also more prosaic realities, local scales that are entirely dependent on local authorities.

The success of the whole country depends on how smartly and economically they carry out their work on targeted and individual support for the initiatives of their citizens.

It is about stimulating bottom-up initiatives in energy conservation, water saving, separate waste collection, and various environmental initiatives.

Local authorities should contribute to the development and promotion of small infrastructure projects, engage in their propaganda, training of personnel, should learn and adapt the best world practice to local conditions (install smart village systems).

By and large, this is a matter of consumer and everyday culture of managing their space, the standards of which have been developed over the years.

We read about this in the text of the President's speech: 'Look, the state has done everything, excellent roads, gas lines, electric and water communications have been laid, irrigation systems, reservoirs have been created, hospitals, schools, sports facilities have been built. The rest of the work should be done by local leaders. This is also one of my assignments to you, I want to say once again that you should work so that people are satisfied with you, that things go well in the districts, there is development, creation, improvement.'

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