ArmInfo.Today Armenia is developing as quickly as possible. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan expressed this opinion at a meeting with the leaders of secular and spiritual organizations of the Armenian community of France.
So, according to the prime minister, in just a year, the Armenian budget grew by 20%, in 2019, as many roads were repaired in Armenia as the last time it was built and repaired with funds from the Kirk Kerkorian's Lincy Foundation. The authorities have increased the salaries of teachers, firefighters, foresters,starting January 1, 2020 they are going to raise pensions, " and the issue of the destruction of forests has almost been resolved," he noted.
In addition, as Pashinyan said, in 1.5 years the monetary allowance of military personnel has grown significantly in Armenia. "Over the same period, arms were acquired, as many were not in the foreseeable period," the prime minister said. Healthcare financing also increased - by about 30 billion drams or 35- 36%.
The authorities did not forget about the sector of education and sports - the allocated funds for providing sports and educational schools of Armenia with sports equipment from the state budget exceeded the figure for the last 10 years. At the end of 2019, the international reserves of Armenia will be the highest - about more than 1 billion drams. (On October 28, the head of the Central Bank of the Republic of Armenia stated that in comparison with the 9 months of last year, the international reserves of the Central Bank in 2019 became $ 250 million more than a year earlier, Ed.).
"Armenia has recorded progress on all kinds of ratings - Freedom of Speech, Democracy, Economics. Over the year I published two brochures" 100 Facts about the New Armenia. "Is there still a saying" did we make a revolution for this? " Armenia still has a tradition of distributing bread to the people by the ruling regime, which they called charity, but in reality it was a policy that kept people in poverty so that during the election they were ready to vote for candidates giving out election bribes of 5-10 thousand drams. We say that the only way to overcome poverty is through work. Citizens of the Republic of Armenia should not always be as beggars, "Nikol Pashinyan said. In this context, he said, today all conditions for decent work are created in Armenia - barriers for importers are removed and equal conditions are created for all business representatives.
Nikol Pashinyan recalled that in one of his last reports of previous years, as an indicator for reducing the shadow economy, the IMF stated that if the ratio of taxes to GDP in the Republic of Armenia increases by 0.3% annually, it will best success for the country. "Over the year, our government reduced the shadow economy by 1.2%, that is, four times more than the best IMF recommendations. There are obvious facts that we have an unprecedented situation with a reduction in shadow," Pashinyan said.
To recall, on October 16 at a press conference answering a question from ArmInfo, chairman of the State Revenue Committee David Ananyan stated that today the shadow share of the Armenian economy falls mainly on small and medium enterprises, it is more difficult to hide the "shadow" in large business. "The largest share of the shadow economy is in the trade sector. In agriculture, there is also a rather large" shadow sector ", but we do not consider this sector taxable because it does not generate taxes," David Ananyan said. As for the volume of the "shadow", the head of the SRC cited data published by the Statistical Committee of Armenia, according to which, now the volumes of the so-called "not considered economy" make up about 22%.