ArmInfo.Returning from vacation, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan appealed to citizens of the country via Facebook and partially declassified a secret document, developed back in 2014, which spoke about serious problems in the institutional development of the country.
As one of the examples, Pashinyan called the problem of road construction. According to him, even in the case of the availability of the necessary funds, the roads in Armenia were actually built for half a year, and then they became unusable. Companies won tenders, spent money, but the quality of these roads was no good. "Today we have created mechanisms ensuring that money is not allocated to such contractors, but the essence of the problem does not change. When you read this document, you get another confirmation that the entire system of state administration of Armenia was based on corruption. And when the corruption factor is removed, it becomes clear that under it there was no government system at all, "Pashinyan stressed.
According to him, this is the biggest problem and today's government should create management institutions from scratch - an independent judicial system, a system of public procurement. Earlier it seemed that in Armenia there are at least some institutions, but it turns out that all this was imitative in nature. In this regard, the prime minister believes, it is necessary to work out strategic and tactical decisions for the creation of these state-run government institutions.
He brought the example of the government's struggle against the "black woodcutters" of Ijevan, when country's population fully supported the government's position on the inadmissibility of the destruction of the country's wealth only because some people solved their social issues through deforestation, especially since, by and large, just a group of people grew rich.
When traveling to Gyumri, the Prime Minister realized that it was impossible to further maintain people's attitudes about life at the expense of humanitarian aid or a problem related to the fact that talented young people are deprived of the opportunity to study due to lack of funds - a problem that should be in the center of attention of the state.
He expressed his satisfaction that the population of the country understands the philosophy of the authorities about the need to earn a living by their labor and in this regard welcomed the decision of the government to amend the tax legislation on exempting microbusiness from taxes. These changes will be gradually introduced and will be fully operational in 2020. "Our logic is that the state provides certain guarantees in the field of healthcare and the social sphere, creating opportunities for work, and people, families, need to meet their immediate needs at the expense of their own work, their own legitimate activities. Already today in Armenia there are some opportunities for work that are not properly used and the government's task is, on the one hand, to encourage people to take advantage of economic opportunities, and on the other - to constantly expand them.
According to Pashinyan, it is necessary to understand the main task of transition from the "limited" economically oligarchic system to an inclusive development system. "We want to make sure that as many people as possible participate in the formation of the country's gross product. This does not mean that we must prevent the oligarchs from working, we must eliminate the artificial obstacles created by them for the purpose of personal enrichment and, on the other hand, by reforming tax policy, increase opportunities for others, increase people's access to preferential credit funds, etc. , stimulating people to conduct and expand economic activity, creating equal conditions for people.
Pashinyan also stressed the importance of developing educational services in the country noting that for a good life, people should have a good education and not necessarily higher education. He noted that not always the country's universities provide it. "People say that having a higher education they still can not find a job. And when you ask how many languages such a person knows, it turns out he/she speaks only Armenian. This is not a higher education.
The prime minister stressed that the task was set to turn Armenia into an industrial, technologically developed country. This does not mean that the state will not stimulate and develop agriculture or is not interested in the development of the mining industry, but their share in GDP should be small, yielding to the manufacturing industry, technologies and services.
Pashinyan also stressed the great importance of involving the female half of the population in the economic life of the country, calling unacceptable the traditional attitude towards women as incapable of running their own business and participating in improving family welfare. He believes that this important potential is actually unused in Armenia. "The velvet revolution" became possible because women's social activity increased significantly, which means that women are capable and should be active in increasing the country's socio-economic potential, " the Prime Minister said.