ArmInfo. Armenia has always been for integration processes, because they allow for faster development. This was stated in an interview with Izvestia by the third president of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan.
"We always stand for close relations with all countries that are interested in it, so we are trying to actively participate in the integration processes in the post-Soviet space, thereby multiplying our growth opportunities." As for purely economic issues, we have become part of a large market - more than 170 million consumers, and here, with good work, you can be competitive and get profit from this .Anyway, in 2016 we noticed positive changes - the indicator of the growth in trade was double-digit.
Our trade with the members of the EAEU grew by almost 26% in 017. Our exports to the EAEU countries grew in 2016 (53.7%) and by 41% in 2017. These are good figures, I'm not saying that the situation is ideal " , - Sargsyan noted. At the same time, he added that the organization is still in its infancy, and all obstacles are eliminated in the way of free movement of goods, services, capitals and labor. However, according to him, in two or three years no organization would ever be able to achieve perfection and it is necessary to continue work.
Answering the question, what goods from Armenia are most in demand in the markets of the EAGE and in Russia in particular, Sargsyan noted that the list is really long. "Vegetables and fruits, fresh and processed, mineral water, wine, cognac, processed diamonds, jewelry, knitted wear, tobacco products, pharmacy, mining products have already gone." I repeat that 37% of GDP falls on exports of goods and services is a good indicator.We set a goal for ourselves to reach 40-45% by 2022, and to 50% by 2030. This will give the country macroeconomic stability.In addition, the structure of the economy is changing. Such trends are very useful, and, I think, potenti This is not fully realized, I will even say that so far we have implemented only a small part of it, "added the third president of Armenia.
Speaking about whether the rate on the priority participation in the Eurasian integration processes was justified, Sargsyan stressed that Armenia has never tried to get benefits from conflicts and contradictions. "We always spoke openly about our convictions and priorities, because this is the most favorable situation, when we can go forward through dialogue." I believe that our decision is certainly justified both from an economic point of view and from the point of view of supporting our citizens. I consider it most important for the leader or the ruling bodies to always make decisions that could be realistically implemented, and, of course, people's support is needed. I'm not talking about populism, because any large-scale transformations at the initial stage, as a rule, We are glad that this decision is supported by our citizens, "Sargsyan concluded.