The Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan held a regional conference on the topic of “NGO-government relations: earned experience and new cooperation opportunities” in Heydar Aliyev Centre in Shamkir on September 21, 2017 with the participation of NGO and executive power representatives of Ganja, Samukh, Gadabay, Goygol, Gazakh, Aghstafa and Tovuz. Monument of Heydar Aliyev was visited and flowers were put in front of it before the conference started.
Head of Shamkir Executive Power Alimpasha Mammadov noted that, in Azerbaijan, everybody’s fundamental human rights and freedoms are provided not depending on their race, language, ethnic and religious affiliation. Alimpasha Mammadov stated that there are civil wars in some countries for years and emphasized that the main reason of development observed in Azerbaijan in all spheres is stable public and political life. Head of the executive power noted that necessary conditions have been established for the development of NGOs not only in the capital, but also in the regions and also talked about efficient outcomes arising from close cooperation of state bodies with local NGOs in Shamkir. A.Mammadov said that the efforts of the Council for the development of civil society are commendable.
Official representative of the Department of Public and Political Issues of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Vusal Guliyev delivered a report on “Development stages and perspectives of NGO-Government Relations” in the conference. Vusal Guliyev emphasized that NGO-government relations have reached a higher level in the past decade, noting that civil society develops rapidly in Azerbaijan. He stressed that approval of Concept on state support to non-governmental organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the Decree of the President Ilham Aliyev and establishment of the Council on State Support to Non-Governmental Organizations under the Auspices of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan stimulated the development of civil society in our country.
V.Guliyev said that Azerbaijan pays a special attention to the formation and development of non-governmental organizations operating in our country and our country has a suitable legal base regulating the activity of public organizations.