ArmInfo. Perspectives and urgent tasks of development of trade, economic and humanitarian ties between Armenia and the Czech Republic were discussed today in Yerevan at a meeting of the Armenian-Czech intergovernmental commission.
As the first deputy minister of economic development and investments of the RA, co-chairman of the Armenian-Czech intergovernmental commission Garegin Melkonyan said at the end of the meeting, the sides noted the priority 10 main areas of interstate cooperation, some of which will be included in the agenda of the forthcoming Armenian-Czech business forum in October timed to the official visit to Armenia of the chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.
Melkonyan stressed that the further development of the Armenian-Czech trade ties can be facilitated by the more active use of the European trade regime GSP +, which is available to Armenian producers, and the connection to Armenia from January 1, 2018 to the European system REX (Registered Exporter System), which gives Armenian companies a preferential right to trade. All these regimes provide opportunities for Czech companies to intensify their investment policy in the Armenian market by exporting high-tech equipment in the industrial sector. Therefore, according to him, cooperation in the development of technological branches of production can become an important area of cooperation between the countries, and in this regard, the Czech partners have something to offer their Armenian counterparts. This includes, among other things, energy economics, especially renewable, as well as in the production of goods, in agro- processing and in agriculture. An important area is also cooperation in the transport field, in the issue of restoring regular direct air communication between countries. There are points of cooperation and military- technical sphere. The Czech co-chairman of the intergovernmental commission, the deputy minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic, Vladimir Bartol, also supported his Czech colleague.
The meeting was attended by Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Armenia Petr Mikyska and Armenian Ambassador to the Czech Republic Tigran Seyranyan, as well as representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of both countries, representatives of relevant ministries and departments.
To note, in the first six months of the year, Czech exports to Armenia totaled almost $ 10 million, having increased significantly, while Armenian imports to the Czech Republic, by contrast, still barely reach $ 1 million. However, recently Armenia began to ship to the Czech Republic, except for alcohol (brandy and wine), light industry products - men's and women's clothing. The Czech Republic today supplies Armenia with a fairly solid list of products - turbines, generators, electrical equipment for hydroelectric plants, cell phones, batteries, medical devices, and of course the famous Czech glass and beer. There are plans to supply agricultural machinery in the framework of the state support program for leasing schemes for its acquisition. According to Ambassador Petr Mikyska, the export offer of Armenia, calculated for the EU countries, is still limited in the quantity of quality competitive goods, although the process, in his opinion, is gradually gaining strength. On the other hand, Armenian exporters still maintain a high level of costs associated with transport communications and logistics. The main thing, Petr Mikyska is sure, the investment climate in Armenia is seriously changing, lately there has been a significant revival, representatives of the Czech business have become frequent in the country, and there are lively consultations on the implementation of a number of investment projects, in particular, in the field of solar energy and agricultural production. "We look forward to a breakthrough. It became easier to work in Armenia. Now it is up to us to determine the mutual interests," the Ambassador believes. Following the meeting, the parties signed the protocol.