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Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure.
Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its workforce.
To avoid the paradox of plenty, Azerbaijan knows that it cannot rely on oil alone.
Managing the human capital that will sustain the country’s diverse non-oil sectors is just one goal of Azerbaijan’s strategic vision.
A holistic approach
We work closely with the government and international partners to foster the adaptation of human resourcefulness. Such collaborations help us assess the country’s place in a broad landscape of global human development.
A recent policy dialogue with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, and a joint international workshop organized with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs on developing a skilled workforce for economic diversification, are just few examples of the multilateral nature of our programmes.
Our Development Strategy
Our Converting Black Gold into Human Gold (BGHG) initiative prioritizes skills that will help the country’s economy succeed in the short term and in the long term.
To acknowledge global dimensions of development and further its impact in national policy, Azerbaijan must follow a new paradigm to further develop skill diversification.
As one of the report’s authors, Professor John Lawrence of Columbia University suggests, enhancing inter-sectoral coordination around a national strategy is important. A focus on high-tech within a broad human resource development strategy may engage not only the public and private sectors, but all relevant ministries of Azerbaijan in implementing the BGHG approach.
A new practical strategy for job training and cross-sector coordination for better online and e-governance services will also further establish Azerbaijan as a regional leader.
Our engagement with future generations
Local youth participation in governance is crucial in helping pave the road towards Azerbaijan’s economic diversification.
In its development plan, the government sees young people not just recipients from development, but as vital partners for the future of the country.
The findings of Post-2015 national consultations show economic diversification and inclusive growth as key priorities of the Azerbaijani people.
Currently, we are conducting the second round of Post-2015 consultations in the country, with a particular focus on the country’s vibrant youth.
The upcoming first Global Forum on Youth Policies will seek to align the results of the consultations with the global guiding principles for formulating and implementing youth policies.
With this unique approach, UNDP aims to empower young citizens – ensuring a country that is able to grow long after the oil is drilled.