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First AzerbaijanUkraine Youth Forum kicks off in Kiev

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The 1st Forum of Azerbaijani-Ukrainian Youth kicked off in Kiev on Oct. 25. The forum is organized by the Azerbaijani-Slavic Youth Association with the financial support of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation.

The two-day forum opened after the national anthems of the countries were played.

Delivering a keynote remark at the event, the vice rector of the Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design Vitaly Chaban, spoke about the relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine. He praised the role of youth in terms of developing bilateral ties.

Sabuhi Abbasaov, Chairman of the Azerbaijan-Slavic Youth Association, addressed the forum and gave detailed information about the project.

“The project on holding a forum aims to build coordination of youth working in local NGOs and media outlets with Ukrainian youth, convey the truth about Azerbaijan to Ukrainian society, ensure youth’s integration into the international community and promote Azerbaijan’s tourism potential in Ukraine,” he said.

Abbasov expressed gratitude to the State Committee of Azerbaijan for Work with Diaspora for joining the project as a partner.

“I also express my gratitude to Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Azer Khudiyev, the Azerbaijan Diaspora Information Center and some diaspora organizations in Ukraine for their special attention to us in Kiev,” he added.

Abbasov noted that the Azerbaijani-Slavic Youth Association also intends to organize such forums in other Slavic countries.

Then, Samir Allahverdiyev, an employee of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Ukraine, made a speech at the forum. He noted that Ukraine is a strategic partner of Azerbaijan, and bilateral ties are rapidly developing.

Addressing the event, Rahim Rahimov, a representative of the Azerbaijani Youth Foundation, informed the participants about the history and the activity of the organization he represents. He also conveyed to the participants the congratulatory message by Farid Javarov, Executive Director of the Azerbaijani Youth Foundation.

Later on, Lesyuta Natalia, head of the Student Youth Organization at the Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, spoke about the youth policy and projects carried out in Ukraine.

The first day of the forum wrapped up after a certificate-award ceremony and “Karabakh is Azerbaijan!” flashmob held in the Ukrainian language.

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Iran to raise wages after hike in petrol prices

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The Iranian government's bill on increasing the fuel prices was submitted to the parliament twice, and both times it was rejected with a very high vote, member of Iranian parliament's Energy Commission Qasem Saedi told Trend.

He said the parliament wasn't in favor of increasing the fuel prices.

The MP also said that the Supreme Economic Council was set to raise the fuel prices without the parliament's approval, but with the approval of the National Security Council and the country's leadership.

"Currently, the MPs are very upset with the timing and the manner of enforcing this policy, but since it is within the Iranian constitution, it should be agreed upon by the parliament," Saedi said.

He went on to add that the government will try to help low-income families in the country to get out of the situation with the least amount of damage.

Saedi said the regulation of the market by the government has become more stringent since the rise of the fuel prices.

Speaking of the wage increase, he said that the parliament plans to raise wages as well.

The peaceful protests have been recently held in connection with an increase in gasoline prices in Iran. In some cases, the protests resulted in riots.

Under the new fuel regulations, each driver is allowed to buy 60 liters of petrol a month at 15,000 rials (35 cents) a liter. Each additional liter costs 30,000 rials (71 cents). Previously, drivers were allowed up to 250 liters at 10,000 rials (25 cents) per liter.

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Number of particularly serious crime increased by 30 in Armenia

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The number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30% in Armenia, the National Statistics Service reports.

It is specified that from January to September 2019, 18,865 crimes were recorded in the country. In the same period last year, this figure was 17673 crimes.

According to statistics, this year the number of particularly serious crimes increased by 30%. In the first 9 months of this year, 36 murders and 24 attempted murders were committed.

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IMF forecasts GDP growth in oil countries of Caucasus and Central Asia

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the annual GDP growth of Azerbaijan and Central Asian countries to reach at least four percent, Trend reports on Nov. 8 referring to the IMF's regional report on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

In accordance with the report, the GDP growth of oil-exporting countries in the region, namely Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, along with Azerbaijan, will keep at 4.3 percent in 2019 and 4.4 percent in 2020.

The IMF calls relatively weak fiscal policy and growth in lending for the private sector as the internal causes of economic growth. The external obstacles are the slowdown in global growth, a decrease in commodity prices and an increase in geopolitical risks.

At the same time, the average current account balance of the countries included in the report will remain at around 0.5 percent of the deficit in 2019 and one percent in 2020.

The IMF expects the current account surplus to reach $1.7 billion in Azerbaijan. The surplus is planned to greatly increase during the next three years. Thus, a surplus worth $2.7 billion is expected to be observed in 2023.

The report said that the Caucasian and Central Asian countries shall make further efforts to stimulate higher and inclusive growth, create job places, improve living standards, sustainability and reduce exposure to the external shocks. News.Az

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