Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues fake fight against cor­rup­tion

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The de­plorable cur­rent state of the Ar­me­nian econ­omy has many causes, and the wide­spread cor­rup­tion is one of the main rea­sons for that. The govern­ment pre­tends that it fights cor­rup­tion in the coun­try, but the sit­u­a­tion is not im­prov­ing.

The Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Karen Kara­petyan has re­cently held a work­ing meet­ing, which dis­cussed the is­sues of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the fight against cor­rup­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ar­me­nia-un­der­taken com­mit­ments.

Thus, Europe is vig­i­lantly mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Ar­me­nia and de­mands from the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties to de­ploy un­com­pro­mis­ing strug­gle with cor­rup­tion in the coun­try. Ar­me­nian ex­perts note that this is right, be­cause this scourge has deep roots in the coun­try.

How­ever, it is well-known that no­body in the Ar­me­nian govern­ment is able to fight cor­rup­tion in the coun­try. There­fore, the Ar­me­ni­ans are still skep­ti­cal about the au­thor­i­ties that for many years throw dust in the peo­ple’s eyes. No one be­lieves in Ar­me­nia that the fight against the prob­lem will yield any tan­gi­ble re­sults.

The fact of de­struc­tive cor­rup­tion in Ar­me­nia was re­peat­edly pointed out by for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the coun­try. Some months ago, the U.S. Am­bas­sador to Ar­me­nia Richard Mills noted that if Ar­me­nia does not man­age to solve the prob­lem, it will af­fect the re­la­tions between the two coun­tries in spe­cific ar­eas – for ex­am­ple, in in­vest­ments.

Mean­while, few peo­ple dare to in­vest in the cor­rupt Ar­me­nian econ­omy. Even the rich­est for­eign busi­ness­men from af­flu­ent coun­tries hes­i­tate to in­vest their money in a coun­try known for ex­treme cor­rup­tion and many other draw­backs. The 2015 re­port of the Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Anti-cor­rup­tion Cen­ter showed that Ar­me­nia is one of the most cor­rupt coun­tries of the world.

De­spite the Euro­pean Union Del­e­ga­tion to Yere­van con­tribut­ing €1.5 mil­lion to­wards two anti-cor­rup­tion projects in the 2011-2014 pe­riod, the dole­ful sit­u­a­tion has shown no signs of change.

To­day, in­stead of start­ing a se­ri­ous fight against the prob­lem, the au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to make un­re­al­is­tic prom­ises for poor Ar­me­nian pop­u­la­tion. This sug­gests that the rul­ing regime does not want to stop cor­rup­tion, as it has long ago turned into the govern­ment's main feed­ing source.

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