ArmInfo. Armenian Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan participated in the presentation of the Human Development Report -2019. As the press service of the government told ArmInfo, during his speech at the event, Avinyan congratulated everyone on the presentation by the UN Development Program of the Human Development Report for 2019 and the launch of the National Human Development Report.
At the same time, Avinyan expressed confidence that the questions and proposals raised in the reports would serve as a guide for the country's authorities in developing the sector development policy.
"The possibility of developing human capital, namely the realization of the right to education and health, is the basis of all other human rights and freedoms. This is not just a personal conviction, but a proven fact in the social sciences. It is also a fact that investments in health, knowledge, people's skills and abilities have a direct impact on economic development, providing decent living conditions and social well being. Therefore, if we seek to reduce the number of premature deaths, we must improve the quality of the first health care and promote a healthy lifestyle from the kindergarten, "Avinyan noted. At the same time, the Deputy Prime Minister expressed his conviction that the result of the development of human capital is not only economic development. According to him, this is an important tool to combat the spread of intolerance and hate speech, to ensure equality between men and women, as well as to further expand economic opportunities and promote participation in political life. Avinyan added that this idea is also reinforced by a government plan and a comprehensive vision by the authorities for the development of the country. "We believe that providing quality, affordable education and healthcare services will ultimately lead to increased productivity and economic development. Therefore, we are increasing funding for education by creating new content and encouraging schools. We are increasing spending on healthcare, making many services affordable for all members of the society. We are developing targeted policies aimed at reducing air, water, soil pollution, increasing green areas and encouraging responsible consumption for a safe environment for the health. I would also like to highlight the major changes in the social programs of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs ", 0said Deputy Prime Minister. At the same time, he pointed out the important role of youth in this process and assured that, despite the progress achieved in the development of human capital in the country compared to last year, much remains to be done. "I assure you, the government has already committed itself to take strategic steps in this direction, making education and healthcare a priority. I hope that we can make significant progress in a short time thanks to this effective partnership," Avinyan summed up.