At the Media Center initiated press conference Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center; and Suren Krmoyan, Deputy Minister at the RA Ministry of Justice, shared thoughts on the corruption cases detected in Armenia, as well as the efficiency of anti-corruption campaign and newly-amended concept for anti-corruption strategies.
Suren Krmoyan said that when developing the new strategic plan the authors considered the past experience, omissions and deficiencies. “In fact we took into account the deficiencies of the previous strategic plan and the recent indices.” Though there has been observed improvement of indices showing that we are on the right path, according to Krmoyan, the previous strategic plan was “too voluminous and ambitious, addressing all areas of public sector management, and as a result, it was impossible to focus on target and risk sectors.”
Varuzhan Hoktanyan believes that with respect to the corruption perception index, Armenia has not recorded a significant improvement. The little improvement is observed only due to the implementation of e-governance system which, however, partially solves the problem of prevention of corruption.
The two previous strategic plans focused on the prevention of the problem, which is not enough, according to Varuzhan Hoktanyan. Evidently, it is vital to punish every corrupt phenomenon. The speakers agreed that in Armenia there is a fairly large community tolerant towards corruption, which can be conditioned by the poor performance of prevention and punishment mechanisms. Suren Krmoyan said that the four main target areas selected for the new program include education, health, police and tax authorities.
Varuzhan Hoktanyan believes that the deficiency of the previous plans was that there was not established such a fully operating institutional system that could change the situation. And if the problem remains unsolved, Hoktanyan doubts that the new strategy will be effective.