ArmInfo.The new government in Armenia not only strives for excellence, but also takes concrete actions for this. This, speaking at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin, said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
As the press service of the government reports, in his speech the head of the Armenian government noted that 2019 was a significant year in the Armenian economy. First, after several years of stagnation, two large international rating agencies - Fitch and Moody's immediately upgraded the ratings of Armenia. Eurobonds were issued with unprecedented demand and low interest rates. In addition, in 2019, both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund changed their assessments of the prospects for the economic development of Armenia, significantly improving them. "Today we can state that the Republic of Armenia is really reaping the fruits of the revolution. Of course, I'm not saying that everything is perfect in the Republic of Armenia, but I can say that we strive for excellence and not only strive, but also take concrete actions for this," - emphasized Nikol Pashinyan.
He also touched on the economic indicators of the republic. By the end of 2019, economic growth of 7.9- 8% is expected, which, according to the IMF, is the best indicator in the entire European region, including among the former Soviet republics. In 2019, the inflation rate was only 1.4%, unemployment decreased by 2.2%, export volumes increased by 9%.
As a result of the fight against corruption, $ 105 million has been returned to the state budget since 2018. "But I have to say that both I and our society are dissatisfied with this figure, because we believe that the fight against corruption in the Republic of Armenia should be much more effective Regarding the fight against corruption, I would like to emphasize one of the nuances that is important for assessing the events taking place in Armenia and for assessing the reality>, the Prime Minister noted. In particular, according to him, usually after the revolution comes a new government and struggling with orruptsiey the previous one. "We say that we have no past and present corruption, we have the same corruption among officials, like former officials. Since 2018, when I became prime minister, several deputy ministers were held accountable for corruption, and just a week ago, the head of the Committee for Urban Development was arrested on charges of this crime, and this arrest was the arrest of the most senior official in the history of the Third Republic. That is, in the history of our country, not a single official of this rank has been arrested. In parallel with this, a large case of smuggling involving officials in the customs service was uncovered. I emphasize this to show, because this is an important nuance: the fight against corruption was not, is not and will not be an instrument for solving political problems. Acting officials are much more dangerous than former officials, because they act today, especially after serious political changes in Armenia, and their actions are much more dangerous, "Nikol Pashinyan noted.
Continuing to list economic successes, he emphasized that in 2018-2019, the state budget revenues of the Republic of Armenia increased by more than $ 1 billion. "We increased our budget revenues by $ 1 billion for a year and a half following the results of 2018-2019. Another fact that indicates a double-digit growth in tourism over the past two years. In 2018, the tourism sector grew by 12% and by 15% in 2019. And I am sure that this process will continue, especially when low-cost airlines such as Armenia enter Ryanair who will soon begin direct . Eysy from Berlin to Yerevan and Gyumri from Gummingema am convinced that the growth of tourists from Germany are not only maintained, but also increase "- premerministr RA said. He also pointed out the importance of the ideology underlying the economic policy of the Government of the Republic of Armenia. "Generally, the revolution was based on the slogan that we voiced for many years. When we tell the citizens of the Republic that the future of Armenia depends on each individual, we want every citizen of Armenia to accept this very slogan, that the future of Armenia depends on him. When the political revolution took place, we adopted the agenda of the economic revolution and, in fact, put the same concept at the center of the economic revolution, encouraging our citizens to engage in economic activity and believe in the ability to ensure their own welfare and well-being of the country. And we urge our citizens, including foreign investors, of course, to engage in economic activity in the Republic of Armenia, thus enriching themselves and enriching themselves, "the Prime Minister emphasized. He added that 2019 was a very important year in this regard, as he showed that an economic revolution is also possible when every citizen begins to believe in his own strength, his own creative talent, and the government takes steps to create conditions for the realization of this creative talent . "This is the essence of our current economic policy, and we say that individual efforts are the key factor that will ultimately lead to the economic revolution in Armenia, which we believe has already begun. In this regard, it is very important for us to encourage education. In the near future I will publish our strategic vision until 2050, and there will be questions that we will formulate as the strategic goal of our country. In my vision there is a point on education, which I consider very important, according to this paragraph on education should become a national way of life.What does it mean? Usually in many places or in many cases education is understood as preschool, school, university education, but we believe that education in the Republic of Armenia should be changed, because education is a process by which you need to live your whole life.