Salim Muslumov: "2017 will be remembered as a transition to a qualitatively new stage in strengthening the social protection policy in the context of active measures"
An event on the occasion of December 31 - Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and New Year holiday was held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
In the event, the minister of labour and social protection of population Salim Muslumov spoke about the services rendered by nationwide leader of the Azerbaijani people Heydar Aliyev for the intensive combination of world Azerbaijanis around the idea of Azerbaijanism. The minister said that the successful domestic and foreign policy of the President of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, which ensured the dynamic development of our country contributed to the strengthening of the solidarity of the world Azerbaijanis and the sense of commitment to Azerbaijan.
S. Muslumov brought to the attention that purposeful reform program of the head of state allowed to continue the pace of socio-economic development in the country also in 2017.
S. Muslumov said that, in 2017, the next major successes have been achieved in the field of labour and social protection.
The minister emphasized that important steps have been taken towards enhancing active social protection measures, creation of unemployment insurance system, improvement of insurance-pension system, ensuring employment of labour resources, improvement of living conditions of Karabakh war invalids and families of martyrs, implementation of social programs, expansion of social services, provision of electronic services to population and etc.
Bringing to the attention the work done in these directions, S.Muslumov noted that the year 2017 will be remembered as a transition to a qualitatively new stage in strengthening the social protection policy in the context of active measures.
Noting that the next reforming measure was implemented in the current year in the direction of improving the insurance-pension system, the minister emphasized that progressive changes made to the Law "On labour pensions" this year, and came into force from July 1, 2017 caused a stable and long-term development of the insurance-pension system on more reliable grounds, increasing the capacity of decent pension provision of population: "These measures are highly appreciated at the international level. For example, at the statement made by the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on its recent visit to Azerbaijan that the creation of a new unemployment insurance fund in Azerbaijan, the implementation of the pension reform, transition from passive labour market programs to active programs, has been marked as significant achievements in the areas of social security and the labour market.
Noting targeted work is being carried out in the field of employment of labour resources also in 2017, the minister brought to the attention that in 11 months of the current year, 46 048 persons have been provided with suitable jobs, 1,114 persons were provided with paid public works, 3511 people have been admitted to vocational training courses by the ministry.
S. Muslumov noted that measures to improve housing and living conditions of Karabakh war veterans and families of martyrs are also continued this year, 315 Karabakh war invalids and families of martyrs have been additionally provided with housing by the ministry in the current year, also as continuation of the implementation of social programs, according to the data of 9 months of the current year, labour pensions have been paid to 1 million 330 thousand people, social benefits to 450.9 thousand people, Presidential scholarship to 59325 people, targeted social assistance to 400,000 members of 97,000 families.
The minister also noted that significant progress has been made in the field of expansion of the scope of social services in 2017.
S. Muslumov expressed his best wishes to the staff of the Ministry on the occasion of Solidarity Day of World Azerbaijanis and New Year holiday and wished them new achievements in the organization of high level of service to the population.
The event ended with an artistic part.