Press Review 08.09.17

The implementation of social projects in the regions, the likelihood of a rise in price of diesel fuel, and problems created by the informal market are the leading topics of today's press.

The Azerbaijan writes about the successful implementation of social projects in the regions, promoting the development of the non-oil sector and progress since 2004. The author recalls that for 7 months of this year the country's foreign exchange stock reached 3 billion 600 million dollars.

The Echo published an article entitled Sources in Azerbaijan Comment on Issue of Increasing Prices for Diesel Fuel. The population is agitated by the next portion of rumors that diesel fuel is on the queue, the price for which is also supposed to grow, which will inevitably lead to an increase in prices for many goods. The Tariff Council informed that so far no appeals from state bodies to increase the prices for diesel fuel have been received by the Tariff Council, and therefore there is no such issue on the agenda. But, as is known, the Tariff Council of Azerbaijan is characterized by the suddenness of the decisions made, and therefore what is not on the agenda today, can fundamentally change tomorrow. The increase in prices for it last occurred in Azerbaijan in 2013; then the price was increased by 15 gapiks from 45 to the current 60 gapiks. Experts believe the price will be increased by at least 10 gapiks in the near future.

The Novoye Vremya published an article entitled Informal Employment: Better Late Than Never. Informal employment has always existed, a lot of people work without formalizing their labor relations. and, accordingly, not paying taxes and not making the necessary social deductions. As a result, people themselves suffer, as they are outside the sphere of labor law and are deprived of a part of their future pension. The state also suffers, since the taxes are not paid. As of the end of 2016, the number of informally working citizens in Azerbaijan was 805-900 thousand.

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