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INFORMATION on domestic support and international solidarity measures undertaken by the Republic of Azerbaijan to support global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

INFORMATION on domestic support and international solidarity measures undertaken by the Republic of Azerbaijan to support global efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

24 April 2020

- Patients infected with coronavirus are being treated in 23 public hospitals in Azerbaijan. 10 more modern modular-type hospitals with 200 beds each will be commissioned shortly, six of which to be built by the state and four by private entrepreneurs.

- The monthly salaries of doctors treating coronavirus-infected people have been increased up to 5 times.

- Tuition fees of 17 000 students from vulnerable families will be paid by the Government. For this purpose USD 23.5 million have been allocated from the state budget.

- Over 15,000 Azerbaijani citizens have been evacuated by the Government of Azerbaijan from abroad. All repatriated citizens have been placed in special quarantine zones in four- and five-star hotels, as well as in the Athletes Village in Baku that was home to 3600 athletes, participants of the first ever European Olympic Games in 2015, all expenses being covered by the Government.

- To meet domestic demand for medical equipment and supplies, a plant to produce face masks, disinfectants and protective gear was opened on 6 April 2020. It will produce 250,000 medical masks per day.

- Additional USD 57 million have been allocated to purchase necessary medical equipment.

- A Fund to Fight Coronavirus has been set up with state and private donations. Its reserves exceed USD $65 million.

- An Action Plan has been drafted and USD $1.5 billion been allocated to maintain macro-economic and financial stability, ease COVID-19 related unemployment problems. Businesses are encouraged not to lay off workers. The Government will pay a major part of salaries of over 300,000 work force in 44,000 companies. Over 290,000 entrepreneurs will also benefit from state support. These programs cover a total of 600,000 people. Over 900,000 labor force in the public sector and 690,000 employees in the private sector have been guaranteed employment. A total of 50,000 paid public jobs will be created to provide for social protection of the unemployed.

- A state guarantee will be provided for 60% of loans in the amount of USD $300 million, recently issued to entrepreneurs. Half of the interest rate on guaranteed loans will be subsidized from the state budget. The state will also subsidize 10% of the interest rate on existing bank loans in the amount of USD $600 million that do not have state guarantees. To this end, USD $30 million have been allocated from the state budget.

- As a result of social isolation measures, consumption of electricity by households has increased. A grace period has been introduced for payment of utility bills.

- As a key transit and logistics center between Turkey and Central Asia, Azerbaijan has taken additional measures to ease transit of goods. Despite the negative impact of the pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020 over 180,000 tons of goods were transported from Central Asia through Azerbaijan that represents growth of 40,000 tons year-over-year.

- Since early days of the pandemic Azerbaijan has involved the World Health Organization (WHO) in its efforts to fight COVID-19. WHO expert mission visited Azerbaijan and provided its recommendations.

- The Government of Azerbaijan has donated USD 5 million of financial aid to Iran to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

- Azerbaijan has contributed another USD 5 million to WHO Strategic WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

- On the initiative of President Azerbaijan as a Chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, an extraordinary Summit of the Turkic Council was held on 10 April 2020 date through videoconferencing. The summit was attended by Presidents of all member states of the Turkic Council and the Prime Minister of Hungary as an observer state and WHO DG Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus. The Summit focused on the fight against the COVID-19. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated that as a global threat the coronavirus pandemic requires a global response. He went on to stress the importance of solidarity and cooperation across the globe.

- In his speech WHO DG Tedros Ghebreyesus pointed out that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the leaders of the Turkic Council have been in close cooperation, including on sharing hospital facilities, providing humanitarian aid and testing kits, and exchanging clinical expertise and medical support. He stressed that this was an example of cross-border cooperation that the world needs to get through this pandemic that requires a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society response. He went on to commend the efforts of the Government of Azerbaijan as exemplary to curb the pandemic.

- The Embassy of Azerbaijan to Bulgaria has supported Bulgarian partners (the cities of Plovdiv, Karzdhali, Ruen as well as the Union of the reserve officers and sergeants of Bulgaria) by donating protective equipment and food.

- As the coronavirus outbreak rages across the globe and impacts on the world`s economy and our communities, the International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, an affiliated body of the Turkic Council, has announced a drawing competition and an online essay themed "Let's Protect Our World: Traditions of the Turkic World" to highlight universal values of solidarity and support. Students and schoolchildren from all over the world are encouraged to apply for participation until 1 May 2020 and 15 May 2020, respectively.


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