ArmInfo. In 2020, the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia was increased by 1.6 billion drams compared to the initial plan - up to 17.1 billion drams (approximately $ 35.6 million - the estimated exchange rate of the Armenian dram to the dollar is 476.4 drams). This was announced on June 3 by RA acting Minister of Finance Atom Janjughazyan in the parliament during the preliminary discussion of the annual report "On the execution of the state budget of the Republic of Armenia for 2020".
In particular, initially in 2020, the Foreign Ministry planned to allocate 15.5 billion drams from the state treasury for the implementation of 6 programs and 18 events. However, as a result of the adjustments, the budget was increased to 17.1 billion drams (about $ 35.2 million), while actual expenditures amounted to 16.8 billion drams, or 98.5% of the revised program.
The main share in the line of expenditures fell on the organization of the work of Armenian diplomatic missions in foreign countries - about 11.9 billion drams or 98.7% of the allocated 12.1 billion drams were spent for these purposes. The expenditures of the program of cooperation with foreign organizations amounted to 2.28 billion drams 97.3% of the allocation of about 2.3 billion drams. 99.1% of the revised program in the amount of 1.9 billion drams was spent on the maintenance of the apparatus of the foreign policy department.
Armenia's expenditures on membership fees in international organizations amounted to 3.324 billion drams against the required 3.396 billion drams of the revised program (this item of expenditures concerns not only the RA MFA, but also the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the National Assembly, the Ministry of Finance and the Public TV Council).
To note, head of the finance and budget department of the MFA Armine Galstyan presented the annual report on the execution of the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs instead of the minister or deputy minister. As Ruben Rubinyan from the "My Step" faction explained, a letter was sent to the NA President from the Foreign Ministry regarding their workload, and it was said that the head of the financial department would present the report, which was accepted.