ArmInfo. The significant revival and growth of the Russian economy has a beneficial effect on the Armenian economy. Economist Tatul Manaseryan expressed this opinion during the round table "The Role of the Expert and Educational Community of Armenia in the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration", adding that the Armenian economy is gradually emerging from the protracted process of slow and low growth.
"This is not just about transfers, but also about the possibilities for increasing investment, and as a result - increasing jobs and increasing incomes of the population. "These opportunities can be multiplied by effectively implementing the command competitive advantages of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union," the expert said adding , that difficulties remain in the interaction between the EAEU countries.
As a proof of his words, he cited statistical indicators. So, according to the expert, in January - September 2017, in comparison with the same period of the last year, business activity grew by 5.1%, but at the same time, there were also negative trends in the Armenian economy - there is a decline in construction, a decline in the volume of agricultural production, etc. "According to the estimates of the Ministry of Finance, high economic activity for eight months and further trends make it possible to expect that in 2017 Armenia will complete with economic growth in the corridor 4-4.8%," he said. According to Manaseryan, Armenia's foreign trade turnover is also growing at a rapid pace - in the nine months of 2017, this indicator increased by21.7%, while the growth of exports of goods and services from Armenia amounted to 19.1%, while imports increased by 23.2%.
"It is difficult to find common ground in the segment of states that do not have complementarity in terms of the production chain, for example, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan are not connected by chains, but today the competition between representatives of Armenian and Belarusian IT for the market of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan is actively developing, the marked competition will be fragmented taking into account that the Armenian niche is a high-tech service of production complexes the cooperation between Armenia and Kazakhstan, because there is a need to develop such processes, unlike Kyrgyzstan," he stressed.
In Manaseryan's opinion, that the establishment of a free trade zone between Iran and Armenia serving all the countries of the EAEU is of great importance, in order to implement the advantages of cooperation and cooperation. He said that many Russian companies are already inclined to invest in this zone, it is interesting for Russian business circles to participate in the work of this zone, as the potential of not only bilateral cooperation between Russia and Armenia but also a multilateral one with the potential to enter the Iranian market is visible. "This cooperation is promoted by active trade and economic ties between Armenia and Iran, Armenia registered an unprecedented growth of exports to Iran in the first eight months of this year - about 11.2% and will receive additional benefits." This is an unprecedented growth, because for all the years of such growth in Armenia According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in January-August of 2017, Armenia's exports to Iran amounted to $ 54.8 million, an increase of 11.2% over the same period of last year. m, we can say that the Armenian economy is gradually emerging from a protracted process of slow and low growth", summed up Manaseryan. It should be noted that the roundtable was organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Eurasian Expert Club, the Research and Analytical NGO "Integration and Development" and the Noravank Foundation.