ArmInfo. Raffi Semerjyan, Chairman of the Investment and Consulting Company "Management Mix" (MM), on July 13 at a press conference named Armenia's strengths from the point of view of investment attractiveness.
In general, giving a positive assessment to Armenia's investment environment, he explained that in comparison with some European countries, for example, with Sweden, Norway and France, Armenia's tax environment is much more favorable. However, when compared with Georgia and the UAE, the expert noted the need for improvement. Positive in terms of attracting investments, according to Semerjyan, are also the prices for real estate and land in Armenia. At the same time, the expert noted the high level of higher education in Armenia with low salaries as an undisputed advantage. "And it turns out that the labor force in Armenia is valued cheaply," he stressed. Speaking of other attractive aspects of Armenia, Semirjyan noted the 200-million market due to the state's membership in the EEA, which, he said, opens up great opportunities for producers.
At the same time, he noted that from the point of view of the industry, Armenia is interested in industrial and agricultural production. The head of MM added that last year investments were mainly directed to the real estate sector, however, further investment programs will be implemented in the agricultural sector and industry. In this regard, he drew attention to the interest of partners from the UAE and South Africa.
To note, Management Mix is an investment consulting company that provides services in the field of management consulting, investment management, and implements training programs in the countries of the Persian Gulf, Europe, Middle East, Africa. Representation of the company in Armenia was opened in 1999. Management Mix has managed to attract investors to the banking, real estate and industrial sectors, agriculture and renewable energy HF. Among the clients in Armenia, the company chairman named Viva ‘ell-MTS, Sanitek, Yerevan Brandy Company, Elseti Armenia, Vallex Group, Astgik Medical Center and others.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in 2016 the net flow of total investments totaled 81.6 billion AMD with an annual decline of 31.1%, including FDI decreased by 9.7% to 62.7 billion AMD.