"This year, the TANAP project was commissioned. It is a historical project. TANAP has already reached the EU. We celebrated this historic event in November this year. TANAP is a part of the Southern Gas Corridor," said President Ilham Aliyev in his message of congratulation to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Day of Solidarity of World Azerbaijanis and the New Year, APA reports.
The Head of State noed that the Southern Gas Corridor consists of four projects and three of them –Shah Deniz-2, the South Caucasus Pipeline and TANAP – have already become reality. "The fourth project, TAP, is being successfully implemented and is more than 90 percent through. We are redrawing the energy and transport map of Europe and Eurasia. We initiated this project. We took on a major burden – both financial and technical – and are successfully implementing this enormous and important project together with our partners.
This year was a record year in terms of tourism. More than 3 million tourists visited Azerbaijan for the first time in history this year as a result of our policies, the development of our country, security and peace available here and the major events we have held in Azerbaijan.
Ten millionth citizen of Azerbaijan was born this year. This is also a historic event. In the years of independence, our population grew by more than 3 million. This increases our strength and responsibility because a growing population is a major advantage. At the same time, economic growth should always be ahead of the growing population. Growing population means that new schools, new kindergartens and new hospitals should be built, new jobs should be created. Thus, as the population of Azerbaijan grows, so does our strength. The beautiful girl Mehriban who was born this year made us all very happy. May God make her happy, may God make all our children happy, may God protect all our children!"