By Ayya Lmahamad
The World Bank (WB) has organized a virtual roundtable on
“Social protection in time of crisis and recovery” with the
participation of heads of social protection agencies from different
countries, Azernews reports.
During the event, Azerbaijan's Deputy Labour and Social
Protection Minister Anar Karimov spoke about the large-scale
measures implemented in Azerbaijan during the pandemic to support
employment and social protection of the population.
He noted that these measures include work on job and wage
protections, the creation of new publicly funded jobs, and the
expansion of a self-employment program that supports vulnerable
groups' access to small businesses, as well as the implementation
of lump sum payments, etc.
Moreover, the deputy minister mentioned those innovative and
digital solutions are widely used, which increase the convenience
of access to public social services and the accessibility of these
services, as well as ensure transparency. In this regard, he added
that new social service centers for vulnerable populations have
Anar Karimov also noted that currently, Azerbaijan provides 11
social services electronically, adding that half of them are
realized in a proactive manner.
Additionally, he spoke about the sustainable social protection
system in Azerbaijan and its goals in this area.
Azerbaijan joined the WB in 1992. Since then, the bank has
financed over 50 projects with total commitments of $4.4 billion.
It started economic cooperation in Azerbaijan to help increase the
country's institutional capacity and build efficient oil reserves
management. The WB has always supported the large-scale reforms
carried out in Azerbaijan.
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