ArmInfo. From an institutional point of view, the main factor hindering the investment environment in Armenia is the underdevelopment of the securities market, which creates problems for both business and citizens. This opinion was expressed on November 14 by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during his speech at an event dedicated to the results of the year of activity of the US Chamber of Commerce in the Republic of Armenia.
"Today, citizens have no alternatives for storing their savings with the exception of bank deposits, and companies have not been provided with other ways to raise funds other than the banking system," he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that today the government is thinking about possible options to stimulate the development of the securities market through government decisions. In this regard, Pashinyan said that the government intends to identify possible state-owned enterprises that could issue securities after a certain development cycle.
"It will be good if we can make these enterprises profitable and transparent through legislative initiatives and the provision of incentives, so that, according to the results of the international audit, it is revealed that the latter are" healthy ", only then can they get an IPO. This is work for several years, "he stressed, noting that the government has already decided on 4 state-owned enterprises that have the potential to use such tools.
In addition, according to the head of government, in order to increase the attractiveness of the investment environment in the Republic of Armenia, the State Fund for National Interests was created, which will prepare investment proposals. "In other words, the Fund will determine investment programs, package them and offer potential investors who have funds, but have not yet decided which direction they would like to develop investment activities," he explained.
At the same time, the prime minister noted, the Ministry of Economy should work with specific investment projects, providing investors with all the necessary information about the country and its capabilities.
At the same time, Pashinyan emphasized that in Armenia there is still no quick mechanism for responding to investment proposals. "I instructed the relevant authorities to conduct research in this area in order to understand which government departments do not properly respond to investor requests," he said.
It should be noted that the volume of total foreign investments in the real sector of the Armenian economy in the first half of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018 increased by 26.2% (against 12.7% growth a year earlier), amounting to $ 1.5 billion. In the first half of 2019, total foreign investments accounted for 21.6% (against 22.6% a year earlier) or $ 319.2 million, which is 21% higher than the same period in 2018 (against a decline of 20.5% a year earlier).