Aliyev Ilham Heydar oglu (was born in Baki, on 24.12.1961). President of the Azerbaijan Republic (from 2003), great politician and statesman. Graduated from the Institute of Moscow State International Relations in 1982. He began his scientific-pedagogical activity there (1982) and was a post-graduate student, teacher. He worked a director-general of the “Orient” company in Moscow from 1991, from 1994 a vice-president for the foreign economic relations of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic and the first vice-president from 1997, prime minister of the Azerbaijan Republic (2003). He was the nearest associate of Heydar Aliyev, national leader, in defending the stateship of Azerbaijan and establishing a new Azerbaijan.
Ilham Aliyev took a very active part in preparing the oil strategy, the founder of which was Heydar Aliyev, in arriving at a great achievement and realization of this policy, in working out different projects in that field, in fulfilling very difficult tasks and played a great role in putting a foreign İNVESTMENT to the country. He has very great contributions in expanding economic and cultural relations of the independent Azerbaijan with foreign countries, especially in signing the historical treaties with the leading oil companies of the world about joint exploration of the oil-gas deposits, of which, in signing the agreement about Baki-Tiblisi-Ceyhan main exporting pipeline and its realization, in general, in the way of integration of the Azerbaijan Republic to the world.
Ilham Aliyev who takes a very active part in the democratic, juridical and worldwide state establishment in Azerbaijan also is a prominent public figure. He is the leader of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), the leading political party of the country. Ilham Aliyev was elected deputy of the party chairman in the I congress (2001) of the party (1999), but in the II congress (2001) the first deputy. Ilham Aliyev headed the election campaign of the NAP in the parliamentary elections in 2000. Just under his leadership the NAP got a magnificent victory and occupied the most seats in Milli Majlis.
Ilham Aliyev demonstrated very high activeness when being the deputy of Milli Majlis. He regularly was among the people, learned their problems and systematically assisted his help to the category of people who were in need of social protection.
Ilham Aliyev who was a member of the permanent commission of the International and interparliamentary relations of Milli Majlis and his activity as a leader of the permanent delegation of the Azerbaijan Parliament in OSCE is an example of service to his native nation. His expedient, decisive and courageous speeches in OSCE impacted to regain the fame of Azerbaijan greatly, too. Just thanks to the tireless activity, resolute speeches of Ilham Aliyev, the aggressive Armenians were exposed in the Council of Europe, the objective view was formed in the Western world about Daghlig Garabagh, inseperable part of Azerbaijan, about the puppet “Daghlig Garabagh problem”, the very conflict found its correct political value and very decisive steps were taken in the way of its solution. Ilham Aliyev rendered great services in making Armenia be recognized as an aggressive, occupant state in the Council of Europe, in providing the Armenian terrorism a part of the international terrorism, in delivering the matter of uncontrolled Daghlig Qarabagh turning to the narcotransit station and den of terror to the community of Europe and the world. His activity in the Council Europe, objective and constructive speeches in OSCE caused Ilham Aliyev earn a prestige among the Western politicians. He was elected a vice-speaker of OSCE and member of Bureau. (January,2003).
Ilham Aliyev demonstrated an unexampled selflessness in realization Heydar Aliyev’s policy of youth. After being appointed president of the Azerbaijan Olympic Committee in 1997, Ilham Aliyev could demonstrate a very high organizing ability in a SHORT period and the sport of Azerbaijan made progress and earned a worldwide fame. The bright successes that Azerbaijan sportsmen made in the international contests is the victory of the sport movement, above all, a great political victory which is headed by Ilham Aliyev.
Ilham Aliyev as a broadminded statesman and politician, pursues the policy to turn the sport to the national movement in order to bring up a healthy youth and by this to provide the healthy future of our people. By his initiative the Olympic sport complexes were built and are under use not only in the capital city Baki but also in the regions of Azerbaijan as well. The establishment of rich material-technical bases to develop the different fields of sport is also a bright example of a wise policy forwarded to the healthy future of our nation.
Ilham Aliyev who got a magnificent victory in the presidential elections in 2003, was elected President of the Azerbaijan Republic by the will of the Azerbaijan people. Ilham Aliyev, president of the Azerbaijan Republic, follows the democratic, juridical and world-wide state construction policy of Heydar Aliyev, the great son of the Azerbaijan people, successfully. Under his leadership the economic reforms in the country picked up too speed and by special presidential decree the State Programme on the social-economic development of the regions for 2004-08 years was received. The President of the country signed a decision “About celebration the 80th jubilee of Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic” on February 9, 2004. The given autonomous status to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic was appreciated very highly in the decision. Ilham Aliyev paid visits to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (12-13.05.2004; 02.09.2004; 19-20.12.2005; 20-21.12.2006; 16.10.2007; 03.04.06.2008) and participated in the jubilee festivals. The visits of Ilham Aliyev to the aoutonomous republic gave a double impact to the all round development of this ancient land. Ilham Aliyev, president of the Azerbaijan Republic, always focuses to ensure the human rights and freedom in the country. He follows the course of Heydar Aliyev about defending the national-moral values and promotion of the Azerbaijan people successfully. His decisions “About publication of the Azerbaijan National Encyclopedia” and “Carrying out mass publications in Azerbaijan of the Latin graphic” (January 2004), his taking the personal responsibility about publication of the National Encyclopedia and the decisions signed in connection with this, additional salary to be paid the scientists for their degrees, repeatedly stipend rise of the students, master’s degree students and post graduates are magnificent examples of the state care to the national-moral and world wide values.
As a result of resolute and expedient activity of Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan, very significant successes are on going in putting into practice the course of foreign policy of Heydar Aliyev, of which, in exposing the aggressive occupation position of the Armenian occupants in the international sphere. Ilham Aliyev, a broadminded person possessing a very deep and solid knowledge, a high culture earned a great respect and prestige as a contemporary and adroit politician in the world. He systematically stands in defence of the interests of Azerbaijan in the rapidly changed contemporary world, in the processes of globalism and integration, in all international meetings and also in the TOP level talks. Thanks to the fruitful foreign policy of Ilham Aliyev, the role and image of Azerbaijan gradually rise in solving the international and regional problems too. The president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev was awarded with the honourable titles and awards of several countries and international organizations, he was awarded with the diploma of honorary member and medals of OSCE. Ilham Aliyev was awarded with the highest supreme prize of the Azerbaijan Republic “Heydar Aliyev” order which was instituted to the memory of Heydar Aliyev, the architecture and founder of the Azerbaijan state.