ArmInfo. There are practically no monopolies in Armenia. This was stated in the conversation with journalists by the head of the State Revenue Committee of Armenia Vardan Harutyunyan in the parliament on June 27.
According to Vardan Harutyunyan, the import market of goods in Armenia is fully open and there are no barriers for importers. Answering the question that the monopoly of businessman and deputy Samvel Aleksanyan is still preserved, Harutyunyan said: "It's nothing like how many people can carry sugar to Armenia? Very many." As the head of the Committee assured, the import markets for sugar and bananas are open and today more than 20 importing companies import these types of goods. Vartan Harutyunyan explains the incessant talk about the presence of monopolies in a number of spheres of domestic business by deep-seated stereotypes in the society. "All markets are liberalized and it is possible to import any goods," Harutyunyan summarized.
Recently the Minister of Economy and Investments of Armenia, Suren Karayan, also announced the eradication of monopolies in Armenia. According to him, there are no monopolies in Armenia, except for natural monopolies.
Meanwhile, many businessmen have repeatedly stated that the import of a number of goods to Armenia, in particular sugar, bananas, gasoline, acts as a taboo because of the monopolies in the republic.