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.