Tuesday, January 21 2020 18:32
Alina Hovhannisyan

Economist: Competitiveness continues to be first priority problem in  Armenian economy

Economist: Competitiveness continues to be first priority problem in  Armenian economy

ArmInfo.The low level of competitiveness continues to be the first priority problem for the Armenian economy. This opinion was expressed by economist, professor  Tatul Manaseryan during a press conference on January 21.

In this regard, he emphasized that in terms of competitiveness,  Armenia is in a poor shape. "This is happening not only because in  Armenia there are very few goods and services that we can confidently  supply to foreign markets, but also because in many cases we have no  idea how we can improve our competitiveness," he said.

Answering the question of ArmInfo correspondent, Manaseryan noted  that in order to increase competitiveness, it is necessary to use a  trilateral format of cooperation: <state - private sector - expert  community>, which will also completely eliminate corruption risks.

''Scientists will present their new ideas, proposals, scientifically  based programs that are necessary as nutrition, both to the state and  the private sector. The fact that decisions today do not receive  expert evaluation cannot be called a new phenomenon, but one cannot  continue to work according to the method inherited from previous  authorities'', the economist complained, emphasizing the importance  of introducing new approaches.

Manaseryan touched upon Armenia's competitiveness in terms of  developing the IT sector, which is considered to be a dynamically  developing sector in the country. In particular, according to the  expert, Armenia lags several times behind the countries surrounding  it, including in terms of labor productivity.

Manaseryan, in this vein, indicated that in order to achieve  high-tech progress, it is necessary to integrate high-tech ideas into  the real sector of the economy. <For this, there should be at least  some desire on the part of the public sector, a conceptual approach  should be developed>, he said. In the near future, according to the  economist, serious mobilization is needed to resolve these issues. At  the same time, Manaseryan noted that the country's economy has still  not fulfilled itself, especially its scientific potential.  The  economist noted that, as a rule, proposals from the expert community,  which are sent to the relevant departments at the request of the  Prime Minister, ultimately do not reach the address. <In such  conditions, and with such a quality of the management system, there  one should not expect an increase in the competitiveness of the  country's economy>, he concluded.

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