ArmInfo.In September 2020, Armenia will have to repay the last tranche of Eurobonds of the year2013. On April 28, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Armenia Atom Janjughazyan stated this from the rostrum of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia while presenting amendments to the Law "On the State Budget of 2020".
According to the Minister, at present the republic, like the whole world, due to the unprecedented pace of the spread of the coronavirus, was in a state of the highest degree of uncertainty. According to current forecasts, the coronavirus pandemic will lead to modest investment, increased unemployment, and possibly increased bankruptcy. In this situation, the government's task is to mitigate the consequences of COVID-19 and create the prerequisites for a quick recovery. At the same time, the executive body does not intend to raise the issue of postponement of payments on previously attracted credit resources, including the rest of the Eurobonds of the first tranche of 2013. In September, the last coupon of $ 100 million from the previously placed $ 500 million in the form of Eurobonds will be paid. This will happen, in particular, due to 300 billion drams accumulated in a single treasury account. The government cannot fully use these funds, since a significant part of them is the property of the budgets of local governments.
Atom Janjughazyan emphasized that unpredictability due to the spread of a new type of virus forces the government to reconsider previously established restrictions on the volume of public debt and deficit in the country's GDP. The total deficit will amount to 324 billion drams, having increased by 169 billion drams compared to the planned level. Taking into account that, the previously planned level was 161 billion drams, thus, the total amount of necessary funds to pay off the state budget deficit will be 260 billion drams. The deficit repayment is seen in attracting credit resources, issuing state treasury bonds, and, it is possible, the next tranches of Eurobonds. In the latter case, the state will so far abstain in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister informed that the International Monetary Fund, which agreed to provide about $ 300 million to Armenia, will become one of the sources of financing. But, as the head of the Ministry of Finance noted, the government sees its mission in the future in becoming a donor country, and not a state attracting borrowed resources. He especially noted that Armenia is considered by creditors as a stable and dynamically developing borrowing state and therefore can't even in the current situation consider issues related to postponing the repayment of payments on current debt obligations. It should be noted that the IMF agreed to provide the government of Armenia $ 280 million to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main purpose of using these funds will be to significantly strengthen the health care system, as well as mitigate social and economic shocks.
The Government of Armenia at an extraordinary meeting on April 13 adopted decision extending the state of emergency declared on 16 March 2020, for another 30 days, from 5:00pm on April 14, 2020 to 5:00pm May 14, 2020. The country has a strict restrictions regime.