“Economic Issues in the Pre - Election Programs: New Solutions or Old Approaches?”
23.03.2017
20:00
Media Center held a debate, entitled “Economic Issues in the Pre - Election Programs: New Solutions or Old Approaches?” in “A1+” TV Pavilion with online broadcasting on March 23.

Arthur Khachatryan, “Armenian Revolutionary Federation”, Vilen Khachatryan, “Armenian Renaissance” Party, Ashot Yeghiazaryan, “Free Democrats” Party, Vazgen Safaryan, Armenian Communist Party, Zoya Tadevosyan, “ANC-APP” Alliance, participated in the debate.

Zoya Tadevosyan says that the establishment of democracy is a necessity in Armenia, otherwise, no economic problem will be possible to solve.   

“Monopolies, immigration, the economic breakdown arise because the government is not interested. The external debt is a good opportunity for looting. The external debt is formed just for looting, the debt is taken in order to meet the costs for intra-corporate interests, therefore it is constantly growing and results in high levels of poverty, low employment, and migration,” Tadevosyan said.

She emphasized that the formation of the state of grace is important for them.

“The government should not be composed of ignorant, random people, there should not be people who are employed through relatives and friends, they should be educated, experienced, respected and non-corrupted people. We consider it a very important step in the fight against corruption, it is the most important step,” Tadevosyan said.  

Vilen Khachatryan, referring to offshores, said:“If we consider the illegal outflow of capital, offshore funds, we can bring huge resources back to Armenia through deoffshorization rules and the unveiling of international accounts.

“Only $ 1.5 billion of untaxed, illegal goods enter Armenia, its customs clearance costs about $ 500 million. Each region should have 1 or 2 large organizations, around which small and medium-sized enterprises are formed. Metal refining plants should be established rather than exporting raw materials, we shouldn’t be a state that makes a progress by the model of a banana,” Khachatryan said.

Ashot Yeghiazaryan noted that Armenia, being a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, is dependent.

“This dependence makes the solution of this problem impossible, the dependence is based on the corruption schemes, those networks, and corruption schemes did not disappear. Political and economic elites of the former Soviet Union were closely connected with each other, which will make the fight against corruption and monopolies critical. Monopolies are becoming an irresistible problem; the only solution is the destruction of the network, which is possible only in the case of a sovereign state. When we say a withdrawal from the Eurasian Economic Union, we say to recover our sovereignty. We can have sovereign relations with other partners, as a result of which new political and economic elites would be created, which would make an effective fight against corruption and monopolies possible,” Yeghiazaryan said.

He emphasizes that in this aspect corruption is indeed a matter of national security.

Arthur Khachatryan says that today people emigrate from Armenia not only for economic reasons but because they are offended, they do not feel the state care.

“There is always money, the state always has the means, the important thing is where those funds are spent. The budget is a political document, it is not an accounting document. If we are able to run correct and fair tax policy and to direct tax means to the state budget, rather than allowing these people who avoid taxes, waste these funds under the charity label, it will be possible to allocate these funds for the financing of state enterprises,” Khachatryan said.

Vazgen Safaryan said that goods costing 4 billion have been imported to Armenia for years. 

“If we have organized local production in line with imports, we could have some money. Over the past 17 years, goods worth of 47 billion dollars and produced by others were imported into Armenia and goods worth $17 billion were exported, the negative balance of foreign trade amounted to 30 billion dollars,” Safaryan said. 

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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to lilitarakelyan@pjc.am.

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