ArmInfo. The volume of industrial output of the Ararat region in 2016 amounted to about 178bn 975mln AMD, the gross agricultural output - about 132bln 900mln AMD, the head of the regional administration Aramis Grigoryan reported to the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan. In the Ararat region on July 29, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of the head of government to discuss the progress of development programs of the region and communities, work carried out and forthcoming plans.
Presenting the social and economic situation in the region and macroeconomic indicators, the Governor noted that the share of Ararat province in Armenia's GDP is 6.3%. Drying, hothouse and refrigeration facilities were activated in the region, as well as work on creating intensive orchards. For today in Ararat there is one enlarged community "Urtsadzor", electronic passports of communities are developed, where information is given about the socio-economic situation in a particular community and its investment potential.
Priority tasks for the region in 2017, as the governor said, the organization of the production of agricultural products, work to ensure continuous irrigation of land, inventory problems in terms of the necessary urban development, improving the accessibility of general education, as well as the quality provided in the field of medical services.
15 investment programs for a total of 1bln 966mln AMD were submitted to the Government from the Ararat region. Approval received two investment programs - the construction of a garbage collection station in the city of Vedi and the expansion of an abattoir in the slaughterhouse of Masis (857.5mln AMD). The remaining programs are under discussion. According to Aramais Grigoryan, until the end of the year, public-private programs with a total cost of 72.6 billion AMD will be launched, on the development of greenhouses, intensive gardens, light industry, road construction.
According to the Governor of the Ararat region, during the reporting period, the region's own revenues for 2017 were fulfilled by 35.9%, while the regional budget fulfilled by 112.2% compared to the same period. For the first half of this year revenues to the regional budget, compared with the same period in 2016 increased by 93.2%. In the framework of the "Clean Armenia" program, 217 illegal landfills from 260 were liquidated in the region. As the head of the regional administration noted, state support is needed for cleaning the rest.
The Prime Minister stressed that in the region they do not collect their own taxes adequately. According to him, the studies show that the plan for the region's own revenues of 2.1 billion AMD, in fact, should be 3.8- 3.9 billion. "You have great opportunities, and the growth of 10-15% cannot be considered satisfactory, but the indicators show a great imbalance. "All this should be regulated," Karen Karapetyan said.