Sargsyan con­tin­ues to de­ceive pop­u­la­tion by un­re­al­is­tic prom­ises

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The fool­ish re­marks of Ar­me­nian Pres­i­dent Serzh Sargsyan, who promised bright fu­ture for the na­tion, still re­main a topic for dis­cus­sion in the Ar­me­nian so­ci­ety.

Last month, while ad­dress­ing the Par­lia­ment, Sargsyan said that Ar­me­nia plans "to en­sure the av­er­age an­nual eco­nomic growth of five per­cent un­til 2040." Thus, the Ar­me­nian Pres­i­dent wants to in­crease the GDP of the coun­try from the cur­rent $10.5 bil­lion to about $60 bil­lion. It seems that Sargsyan has for­got­ten that last year’s eco­nomic growth of Ar­me­nia made only 0.2 per­cent, which is quite far from the de­sired five per­cent. Al­most all sec­tors of the econ­omy are cur­rently in stag­na­tion, while the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment failed to find a way to change the sit­u­a­tion.

Sargsyan also touched upon the poverty rate in the coun­try. He claimed that "Ar­me­nia plans to re­duce the level of poverty to 18 per­cent in the next five years, and to eight per­cent un­til 2040." This, of course, is im­pos­si­ble in Ar­me­nia at least in such a short term. The data of the Na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice of Ar­me­nia shows that the level of poverty in the coun­try makes 29.8 per­cent for the first quar­ter of 2017. This means that about 900,000 Ar­me­nian ci­ti­zens are poor, of which 300,000 are very poor, and about 60,000 are ex­tremely poor.

More­over, un­of­fi­cial Ar­me­nian sources note that the real num­ber of poor in Ar­me­nia has long ago ex­ceeded one mil­lion peo­ple. Thus, while one third of Ar­me­ni­ans live in poverty, Sargsyan is telling tales about eight-per­cent poverty rate in the near fu­ture.

Apart from the eco­nomic dev­as­ta­tion, Ar­me­nia is at risk of an­other prob­lem – rapid de­pop­u­la­tion. How­ever, the Ar­me­nian pres­i­dent is again think­ing pos­i­tively – he an­nounced that "the num­ber of coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion will reach 4 mil­lion in 2040 thanks to a sharp im­prove­ment of the de­mo­graphic sit­u­a­tion.”

Even of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics of Ar­me­nia in­di­cate much more neg­a­tive prospects for the Ar­me­nian pop­u­la­tion. The per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of Ar­me­nia is cur­rently un­der 3 mil­lion, while non-of­fi­cial fig­ures sug­gest that the fig­ure is hardly close to 2 mil­lion. Since the in­de­pen­dence of Ar­me­nia in 1991, the pop­u­la­tion has de­creased by al­most 640,000 peo­ple.

The fig­ures of the Na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice pub­lished on April 1 show that the per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try de­creased by 12,900 peo­ple since early 2017 as com­pared to the last year, and by 4,600 com­pared to the be­gin­ning of 2016.

More­over, the UN has re­cently fore­casted that the pop­u­la­tion of Ar­me­nia will be about 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple in 2050, which is by 10 per­cent less than the cur­rent fig­ure

The of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics of the coun­try's eco­nomic in­di­ca­tors are enough to un­der­stand that the Ar­me­nian pres­i­dent is do­ing noth­ing but, de­ceiv­ing the pop­u­la­tion. The author­i­ties opt to sim­ply make un­re­al­is­tic prom­ises about the fu­ture of Ar­me­nia that no­body be­lieves in, in­clud­ing the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment it­self.

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