ArmInfo. The new government should first and foremost pay special attention on small business easing tax burden and putting en end to "business genocide", Chairman of "Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Armenia" NGO Tigran Hovhannisyan stated at today's press conference expressing by this the opinion of other heads of NGOs attending the press conference Gagik Danielyan (Fairs of Armenia NGO) and Poghos Oghlukyan (Organziaiton of passenger transportation in Armenia NGO).
Related to this issue the members of Confederation intend to send an official letter to the newly appointed Prime Minister requesting to put an end to "genocide of business" in all the areas. "We want the new Prime Minister to first and foremost give assessment of the current situation and only after that start searching for solutions and initiatives jointly with our representatives", he stressed. The expert thinks that besides specialists' participation in drafting bills transparency in implementation of grant programs, particularly in transport field should be ensured.
The heads of NGOs intend to create a website "museum to genocide of business", where all the events and losses, which business suffered in the country will be published. "The new government should have the courage to beg pardon and attempt to restore people's trust", Hovhannisyan stated.
Gagik Danielyan, Chairman of Fairs of Armenia NGO, noted in turn that along with negative tendencies in transport field trade sector is also in quite a difficult condition because of reduction of consumption and outflow of population due to complex situation in the country. "We do not need a prime minister who speaks 20 foreign languages we need a prime who knows our people's language", he stated.
To note, as of March 2016 according to official data there are around 64 thousand SMEs in Armenia, most of them small enterprises. At the same time SME sector covers 32% of the country's GDP, ensuring only 6% to 9% of tax revenues (according to official data at year end-2015).