Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties save money for Syria

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

As Ar­me­nian me­dia, ex­perts and econ­o­mists rec­og­nize them­selves, the only thing that has a sta­ble growth in the coun­try is prob­lems. Th­ese in­clude in­fla­tion, un­em­ploy­ment, cor­rup­tion, poverty, weak econ­omy, low for­eign in­vest­ment, fall­ing ex­ports and many oth­ers.

Dur­ing the re­cent dis­cus­sion of the state bud­get for the next year, Ar­me­nia’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter Var­dan Aramyan ad­mit­ted that there will be no in­crease of pen­sions and salaries in the next three years, but taxes and prices of goods will in­crease in­stead.

The Ar­me­nian econ­omy has reached such a de­plorable state that all the bor­rowed loans are now di­rected ex­clu­sively to sup­port the coun­try in this crit­i­cal con­di­tion be­tween life and death.

Cur­rently, the to­tal state debt of the coun­try ex­ceeds $6.2 bil­lion, and it con­tin­ues to grow ev­ery month, but this does not im­prove the wel­fare of the pop­u­la­tion. On the con­trary, prices for es­sen­tial prod­ucts in Ar­me­nia have re­cently dou­bled, thus ag­gra­vat­ing even more the sit­u­a­tion of many Ar­me­nian fam­i­lies.

More­over, the pop­u­la­tion suf­fers from ter­ri­ble un­em­ploy­ment for many years. It is the high­est among the CIS coun­tries, mak­ing up 19 per­cent. To­day, more than 200,000 of eco­nom­i­cally ac­tive peo­ple are un­em­ployed in Ar­me­nia, and this is only the of­fi­cial fig­ure.

All the prob­lems cause the con­stant ex­o­dus of peo­ple. Many Ar­me­ni­ans can­not stand the hard con­di­tion in the coun­try; there­fore they leave abroad to live there. Ar­me­nia’s pop­u­la­tion has de­creased by 15,200 over the past year, and to­day it is even less than 3 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice.

Mean­while, the gov­ern­ment tries to save on the well-be­ing of pop­u­la­tion as much as it can, it cuts so­cial ex­penses, say­ing, for ex­am­ple, that it would be ‘dis­hon­est’ to bor­row money for the sake of rais­ing peo­ple’s pen­sions.

In brief, the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties ex­plic­itly rec­og­nize that things are bad. How­ever, against this back­drop, the re­cent state­ment by the Min­is­ter of Ar­me­nia’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and In­vest­ments Suren Karayan sounds ridicu­lous. Dur­ing a meet­ing in Da­m­as­cus with Syr­ian Prime Min­is­ter Imad Khamis, Karayan said that Yere­van is ready to help in re­build­ing the ru­ined econ­omy of Syria.

Af­ter this, Ar­me­ni­ans should de­mand a com­pre­hen­sive ex­pla­na­tion from their au­thor­i­ties who claim that they do not have money for their pop­u­la­tion.

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