President Ilham Aliyev: state officials not to fight corruption and bribery to be dismissed


July 10, Fineko/abc.az. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev stated that it is necessary to fight corruption and bribery even more seriously.

At the Cabinet’s meeting on the results of socio-economic development in the 1st half of 2018 and the upcoming tasks, he said that this task is very acute for the new government formed in April and those negative phenomena should be put an end.

"Big work has been done in the last few years, and international organizations’ ratings show that Azerbaijan is constantly moving forward, but although there is progress, it can not suit us. In Azerbaijan, this great social evil must be eradicated. There are possibilities for that, there is a strong political will, and now there are institutional mechanisms. Most importantly, personnel reform is underway and will be carried out. Those state officials who do not meet these criteria will be fired, and all state officials should be aware of that," the president said.

According to President Aliyev, very serious struggle will continue against corruption and bribery, and institutional mechanisms will be used to suppress corruption.

"We also see some positive trends. For example, in the field of public services ASAN Xidmət is a structure which is absolutely free from corruption.  ASAN Xidmət received more than 20 million appeals, and the coefficient of approval of citizens is close to 100%. That is, it can be done, we just need political will, and it is necessary to take serious measures, and measures of punishment are taken and will be taken. However, I must also stress that in some cases administrative penalties do not apply. Therefore, it is necessary to apply the most serious international experience. The struggle in this area in Azerbaijan should be carried out in the same ways as in the leading countries of the world. Of course, it is necessary to tighten control over public spending. The relevant ministries have been tasked on the occasion, reforms are being conducted now, the heads of all governmental agencies should know this and carry out my instructions," President Aliyev said.