Baku International Humanitarian Forum
*Dr.Sohail Mahmood he forum is an annual event of famous representatives community including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize’s international organizations whose aim was holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity. The goal of the Forum was to build a dialogue through round tables. Every single person can listen and can be heard in the arena for actual topics of concern. The task of the Forum was formation of ground for constructive debates and discussions; exchange of ideas, theoretical and practical knowledge. The Forum was held once a year in Baku, the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
The Third Baku International Humanitarian Forum 2013
The Forum was held from October 31 – November 1, 2013 in Baku. The forum included 7 former Presidents, 13 Nobel Prize laureates, 7 Emeritus Professors, 107 world-famous public 70 countries and 5 international organizations, took part in the Forum.
Excerpts from the Speech by President Ilham Aliyev at the opening of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum
I believe that social and humanitarian aspects of economic development should be a matter of particular interest for the development of any country. I think that it is necessary not only to conduct discussions on this issue, but also to provide recommendations. Sometimes the funds allocated for the solution of social issues give rise to economic problems in these countries. We see this through the manifestations of the cases, the unrealistic and populist campaign promises of some politicians lead to economic problems. At the previous forum I expressed my views on this matter and spoke about the responsibility of politicians. I believe that this issue will remain in the spotlight because populist promises and their subsequent implementation often lead to unnecessary borrowings. The national debt of some countries accounts for 100 per cent of their gross domestic product, perhaps even more. Countries that constantly borrow must repay their debt. In this case, they and wages. Therefore, social and humanitarian aspects of economic development and the economic downturn have to be subjected to in-depth analysis. Our experience lies in the fact that in conducting economic reforms we rely only on our own resources. Therefore, our external debt amounts to only 7-8 per cent of the gross domestic product. We can repay this debt at any time because Azerbaijan’s currency reserves make up 70 per cent of the gross domestic product. We are among world leaders by this indicator too. I think that the use of domestic resources is the right policy…The Forum will also discuss topical issues of the media in the period of globalization. This also a very interesting topic. I am aware that there are differing views on this topic. On the one hand, we live in an Internet world and this is our biggest advantages. I should note that the Internet in Azerbaijan is completely free, 70 per cent of our population are Internet users. Under such circumstances, the development of the free media, of course, is the basic condition. On the other hand, the impact of every word and piece of information in a globalizing world is also great. A word said in any place can have huge repercussions….The development of science and education is our future and the future of any nation. I have repeatedly pointed out that the future of our country will be associated with science and education. We are happy that there is a very high literacy rate in Azerbaijan – almost 100 per cent. This gives us the opportunity to improve the quality of education and develop science even faster. This is the future of any country. At the same time, competent and well-educated young people are far from radicalism. It is not easy to mislead them. Therefore, the development of science and education, the education of competent young people will provide for a long-term sustainable development of our country. Of course, our guests today represent many developed countries. They know best of all that the progress of developed countries was secured not by natural resources, but by science, must be the case here too. Our natural resources have only given an impetus to the development of our country. The future sustainable development of Azerbaijan must be based on and democratic society. Our country has taken major steps in aimed at promoting democracy, human rights and a free society. Political and economic reforms go in parallel in Azerbaijan. The Forum featured roundtable meetings on the following topics: