ArmInfo. Despite the negative trend of the overall trade turnover in the Eurasian economic space in 2016, which declined by 6.7%, Armenia increased export deliveries to the markets of the countries of the Union by 53%. About this 6July, at the roundtable "Republic of Armenia: 2 years in the EAEU", said the Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics of the ECE Tatyana Valova, noting that the growth was recorded, in particular, on important indicators for Armenia.
In this regard, she noted agricultural products, stressing that the supply of Armenian grapes to the EAEC increased 5.9 times, tomatoes - 10 times. The registered positive trends, according to the expert, are related to the growth of industrial production in Armenia, which increased by 6.7% year-on-year, which exceeds the average for the Union. The ECE Minister noted that a similar trend continues this year. In particular, the volume of mutual trade in the I quarter increased by 38.4% to $ 102.5 million, exceeding the level of 2014 by 49%, and three times the level of 2015. The industrial production of Armenia, according to her, for this period increased by 16.2% compared to the same period last year. T. Valova emphasized that Armenia occupies one of the leading positions among the EEA countries in terms of GDP growth - 6.7% (6.5% in the press release, 6.6% in the statistical data). "It can be said that these figures show that Armenia has received a one-stage effect from integration into the EAEC and the Customs Union, which other member countries have been receiving for several years," she stressed.
Speaking about the 4% decline in Armenia's exports to the EEA, recorded in April this year (against 25% growth for the same period a year earlier), Gross explained: "It is possible that the decline occurred in those positions where a large Growth, due to which the demand for exports fell. Do not absolutize statistical data. However, Russia continues to act as the traditional partner within the Union for Armenia. In particular, the share of the RF in the overall structure of Armenia's exports exceeds 20%, while Belarus accounts for 1%, Kazakhstan - 0.2%. Answering the question of ArmInfo, Gross stated: "Yes, the share in the structure of the overall trade turnover does not change, but the dynamics itself is impressive. Barriers are gradually eliminated and today's figures testify to this. " In this regard, she said that in 2016 the volume of Armenia's supplies to Belarus increased 2.1 times, to Kyrgyzstan 2.8 times, to Kazakhstan 3 times. Summarizing the results of Armenia's membership in the EAEC for 2.5 years, Gross noted that Armenia's accession was for an exceptionally difficult period. "If we did not launch the Unified Energy System, today everyone would defend national markets, as a result of which we would face growing protectionism and restrictive measures for mutual trade. And now, despite economic difficulties, the markets are open, and Armenia is a vivid example of successful integration, demonstrating positive dynamics against the background of general negative trends, "she concluded.