ArmInfo. Armenia is undergoing influence of shadow factors that prevent businessmen and exporters from being competitive on world markets, Levon Zurabyan, the head of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) Faction, said in Parliament on March 14.
He said that along with artificial depreciation of the Armenian dram and the lack of equal competitive conditions, Armenia has one more mechanism, which contributes to prosperity of several oligarch officials. The situation cannot be good in a separate sector, for instance, in the sector of electric power and gas supply. The Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) cannot function outside the corruption schemes in the country, where elections and referendums are rigged and where the power is usurped by a group of people, who abuse office for personal gain. It is no wonder that people expressed their discontent with that policy by organizing the Electric Yerevan movement. Despite the PSRC's assurances to protect the citizens' interests, the Commission protects the interests of the generating companies.
Zurabyan noted that the ANC has set up a working group, whose surveys demonstrate that it is possible to reduce the electric power and gas tariffs by at least 25%. He stressed that the ANC will first of all take measures to reduce the electricity and gas tariffs if it gains success in the upcoming parliamentary elections.