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Tuesday, 14 May 2002

AZERBAIJANI PRESIDENT PLEDGES TO BATTLE CORRUPTION

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By empty (5/14/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)

In a six-hour meeting on 14 May with 470 foreign businessmen, Heidar Aliev pledged to crack down on bribery and corruption, which international organizations consider are more prevalent in Azerbaijan than in almost any other country, but acknowledged that doing so \"will take time.\" Aliev specifically denied that corruption has penetrated the oil sector. He solicited criticisms of flaws in the economic system and suggestions as to how they could be remedied, and urged businessmen to consider investing in the chemical, metallurgical, engineering, and agricultural sectors.
In a six-hour meeting on 14 May with 470 foreign businessmen, Heidar Aliev pledged to crack down on bribery and corruption, which international organizations consider are more prevalent in Azerbaijan than in almost any other country, but acknowledged that doing so \"will take time.\" Aliev specifically denied that corruption has penetrated the oil sector. He solicited criticisms of flaws in the economic system and suggestions as to how they could be remedied, and urged businessmen to consider investing in the chemical, metallurgical, engineering, and agricultural sectors. Also on 14 May, presidential administration official Ali Hasanov formally denied a 9 May report in \"Hurriyet\" that Turkish intelligence officials detained an Azerbaijani at Istanbul airport several days earlier. The man was said to be carrying $40 million. \"Hurriyet\" suggested the funds may either have been intended for the PKK, or belong to someone close to Aliev\'s family. (Turan)
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