Tuesday, June 26 2018 19:22
Alina Hovhannisyan

Expert: Without proper assessment of threats to the economy it is  pointless to talk about economic development in Armenia

Expert: Without proper assessment of threats to the economy it is  pointless to talk about economic development in Armenia

ArmInfo.Until the threats to the economy are properly assessed, it is not necessary to talk about economic development in Armenia. The head of the research center Alternative, economist Tatul Manaseryan stated on June 26 at a press conference.

"Without considering threats, it is not worth talking about a good  economic future, which is akin to a physically sick person who  intends to lead an active lifestyle," the expert said. Answering the  question of ArmInfo, T. Manaseryan stated that the key task for the  Armenian economy is to ensure food, energy, financial, investment and  demographic security. "Thanks to the revolution, we entered a  favorable environment. However, the outflow of intellectual potential  from the country continues, which will lead to the aging of the  nation, "he said. In addition, the economist raised the issue of  human capital from a professional point of view. "I do not want to  offend anyone, but we still do not know what country we live in." For  whom is the new government program being written? In the same IT  area, which is a priority for the government, we are actually not  aware of the number of specialists. Those figures that are published  are not exact. Armenia is going to become a health, educational,  scientific center. But who will serve? It is necessary to call on the  new government to address this issue in order to know who is dealing  with, "T.  Manaseryan stressed.

In addition, he noted that there are no serious geologists in  Armenia. The school of geologists in Armenia, according to the  expert, died along with the old specialists. When foreign experts  come to Armenia, he continued, and they give an evaluation of this or  that mining project, there is not one Armenian specialist in state  institutions who would have expressed disagreement or would have  indicated an error in the conclusions of a foreign specialist.  "Therefore, I first of all noted the human potential, not touching  the issue of production and financial opportunities," the economist  stressed.

T. Manaseryan noted that the assessment of the economy by experts is  not in demand in Armenia. He stressed that during 28 years of  independence of the RA no government had in any way formed possible  options for solving existing problems. "After all, not everything is  connected with money, there are questions for the solution of which  logic and experience are more likely. Naturally, the new government  has no experience and that's what we are here for.  We should help in  this matter," he said.

The expert underlined the importance of involving Armenian  Ambassadors in the development of the economy, which, according to  him, in general terms, does not engage in anything other than  organizing forums and official meetings. "If each Ambassador once a  year finds at least one medium or small investor, let alone large  investments, then imagine how the economic situation in the country  will change," he said.

T. Manaseryan added that it is impossible to assess and develop the  economy on an amateur level, calling it not just a science, but an  art where it is important to take into account all the nuances.

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