ArmInfo. Armenian President Armen Sargsyan, who is on a working visit to Switzerland, held a working lunch in Zurich with members of the Switzerland-Armenia Chamber of Commerce, as well as representatives of the Swiss business.
According to the RA President's press service, the President of the Switzerland-Armenia Chamber of Commerce Mike Baronyan congratulated the President and the people of Armenia on the success achieved in the republic in 2019, and noted that the presence of President Sargsyan at this event is of great importance for members of the Armenian community and the Chamber of Commerce. In turn, the director of the Investment and Entrepreneurship Department of the UN Conference on Trade and Cooperation (UNCTAD), James Jean, stated that this was his 4th meeting with the President of Armenia, moreover, he had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Armenian leader's vision on global issues and ways at various venues their decisions, in particular in the context of developing countries, as well as the future role of the UN Conference on Trade and Development.
James Jean also expressed his gratitude to Sargsyan for the trust placed in him in the preparation of the report on the investment environment of Armenia. He noted that this will help Armenia improve its investment environment and be at the forefront of the global competitive field. "In Armenia, significant changes will occur if the country's leadership is guided by the vector of turning the Republic into a regional business hub, and also makes progress in the field of information technology and artificial intelligence, becoming part of the global chain," he said, adding that seeing this potential, The UN Conference on Trade and Development will continue to support Armenia in improving the investment environment in the country. M
, the Director of UNCTAD noted.
In turn, Sargsyan expressed gratitude to UNCTAD for the proposed interesting ideas, based not only on the views of the Armenian government, but also on the investment community in Armenia and abroad. "This is a brief but comprehensive report. And for Armenia you did this work for free, for which I would like to thank you. I hope to see other partners in Armenia, leaders of different countries, in early March, when we will discuss the future of this UN organization>, - said the head of Armenia. Speaking about the problems in the country, Sargsyan pointed to such phenomena as corruption, expressing the belief that intolerance to this phenomenon should become a national culture, as is the case in many European countries, and expressed the belief that for the formation of this culture it is necessary to go a certain way, including changing the legal system of the country.
Another challenge for Armenia, according to the president, is the structure of the economy, which needs changes. , the Armenian President said, adding that the world is at a crossroads today, and the predictability of the world has fallen sharply.
At the same time, he stated that there are analysts and philosophers who positively assess this situation, because no one knows which direction to go, there are no foundations of stability for the global economy. "I always thought that uncertainty creates opportunities. And in an atmosphere of uncertainty, Armenia's future is for development. There is only one way to succeed, is to work hard for development and take this opportunity, because we can not only predict a lot politically and economically but we are at the crossroads of major technological changes that people call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.I have another term that I used several times - political or fleeting revolution. We are on the verge of constant revolutions because we have discovered how powerful can be small. We have discovered how powerful a mathematical program, mathematical modeling in the form of artificial intelligence can be. We are in a new era. We are dealing with leading to the future, "Sargsyan noted, pointing out that the future lies with the virtual world, where you can learn about everyone and everything.
In his opinion, Armenia should develop all sectors: tourism, hotel business, industry, banking system, which is well developed in Armenia.
"We need to get on our feet and take care of our nature. Nature is not limited to the environment in which we live. I represent a country that is not rich in gas and oil, but a country that is rich in water. We are looking for ways to make better use of solar energy. I I can proudly say that thanks to our efforts last year, we plan to build 400 MW solar power plants in Armenia. The project will be implemented by Masdar. This is the first step and we can do more. Armenia produces 6 times more water than we use. M many envy us in this regard. Water is much more expensive than oil. We need to invest in nature, clean water, clean food. This should be Armenia's calling card, logo, "the Armenian President expressed his conviction. Noting that the future is artificial intelligence, quantum technology, Sargsyan presented in this context his presidential initiative called ATOM (Advanced Tomorrow).