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East Europe & Central Asia
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AZ
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Asia
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Republic of Azerbaijan

The Regional Social Security Forum for Europe will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 14 to 16 May 2019, at the invitation of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

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The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Azerbaijan plans to start allocating disability pensions through an electronic system in March, Trend reports referring to the ministry. Work on the preparation of relevant electronic infrastructure is already being completed.

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Azerbaijan has positive experience of cooperation with the World Bank (WB) in the field of labor and social protection, and this experience creates a good basis for the successful continuation of cooperation, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Sahil Babayev said, Trend reports with reference to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population.

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Azerbaijan is currently developing an integrated approach towards the unification of benefits, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of Azerbaijan Sahil Babayev said at a press conference Feb. 14, Trend reports.

According to the minister, due to the large number of social benefits, there was a need for their unification.

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The Azerbaijani Ministry of Labour and Social Protection held a meeting with a group of women who successfully built their business as part of a self-employment program, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population.

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In 2019, 19,500 people will be granted labor pensions in Azerbaijan, and their income is expected to increase by 48 percent. On the whole, an increase in pensions of approximately 36,000 people is expected next year, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection said.

The country will automate pensions for 70 percent of those who will receive a pension from the beginning of 2019.

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There are plans to attract over one million people engaged in informal economic activity in Azerbaijan to paying contributions on compulsory social insurance, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s parliamentary committee on labor and social protection of the population Hadi Rajabli said at the committee’s meeting Nov. 8.

He noted that in order to reduce informal employment, reduction in the rate of compulsory social insurance for entrepreneurs is expected. Rajabli said that fundamental reforms in the areas of taxation are also expected.

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More than 95 percent of the expenses of the State Social Protection Fund are payments to the population. Azerbaijani Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population Sahil Babayev said that at the expense of these payments, it is planned to increase the average pension in the country, which will be more than 240 manats ($141). The draft law “On the budget of the relevant executive body that provides social security and protection for 2019” provides for the State Social Protection Fund’s revenues and expenses at 3.93 billion manats ($2.31 billion).

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Serious measures have been taken on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's initiative in order to strengthen the social protection of population in Azerbaijan over the past 15 years, Azerbaijani President’s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs, department head, professor Ali Hasanov says in his article on the results of President Ilham Aliyev's 15 years in power.

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Centralized E-Information System (MEIS) will be created in Azerbaijan on the basis of information systems of the Ministry of Labor & Social Protection.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on expansion of use of e-services in sphere of labor, employment, social protection & social security.

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