2018 was successful for our country. Despite the adverse processes in the world and the region, Azerbaijan is developing comprehensively and dynamically, the remarks were made by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev while speaking at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to the results of socioeconomic development of 2018 and objectives for the future.
He emphasized that relations with neighboring countries, except Armenia, are at a high level. The Head of State stressed the importance of the Partnership Priorities document signed between the European Union and Azerbaijan and said that Azerbaijan will chair the Non-Aligned Movement this year. He stated that the position of our country reflected in the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.
Speaking about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the head of state underlined that the Azerbaijani people will never reconcile with the occupation. President Ilham Aliyev also pointed out that great achievements have been gained in the military field in 2018 and 11,000 hectares of land are fully controlled as a result of the successful Nakhchivan operation.
The Head of State emphasized that the third satellite was launched into orbit in 2018, the official opening of the Southern Gas Corridor was held, the TANAP project and the Alat International Trade Port were launched.
Speaking about the main economic indicators, the head of state characterized 2018 as a period of deep reforms. He said that last year the gross domestic product was 1.4 percent. Non-oil sector increased by 1.8%, industrial production by 1.5%, agriculture by 4.6%. Currency reserves have reached $ 45 billion and 118 thousand permanent jobs have been created in the country.
President noted that taking into account the 650-th anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi, he declared 2019 as a Year of Nasimi in Azerbaijan.